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    Monday, January 31, 2011


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    It has been so interesting to hear about this from you. How has your strength been in the gym? Any loss of muscle mass?


    Bravo, Norma!!! You know, this may not appeal, but on days when I know my schedule may not allow time the following morning to make a smoothie, I make twice as much and store in the frig for the following morning. It's not as fresh as it could be, but it's better than other options. Most of them hold up better than you think. I know this was not easy, so applause to you!

    Seanna Lea

    I have what might be a silly question, but do you think you are spending about the same amount to eat this way that you were before? It just seems very hard to me to get so much produce in the dead of winter, so I'm very curious.


    Seanna Lea - I'm also doing CLEAN and last night I spent $80 at whole foods stocking up on what I needed for the week's breakfast, lunches and dinners. I got: 1 bunch of beets, 2 heads of kale, 1 bunch of celery, 3 lemons, 2 avocados, 5 apples, 2 bags of frozen peaches, 2 bags of frozen pineapple, 2 heads of baby bok choy, 2 containers of almond milk (I only need 1 per week but stocked up) and salmon (2 servings) and cod (3 servings). All organic fruits and veggies.

    I already had almond butter and quinoa which would probably add another $15, but is not a weekly purchase.

    I hope that helps!


    Possibly dumb Q's - Do smoothies have to have crushed ice in them? I don't like cold drinks except for a few weeks in the summer.

    A few times I've had smoothies at the juice bars, it seems that the ice is important for flavor & texture. Do these taste vile at room temp?

    And can I manage with a KA food processor and a good blender? (If ice is actually needed, my fridge dispenses crushed ice so it's just the veggies/fruits I need to pulverize....)

    & sorry, last one - so, with this method, am I understanding right that the fiber of the vegetables is preserved? Seem to remember hearing that juicing was not so good b/e it stripped the fiber. This is different, right?


    I don't know...
    I'll file this away for when veggies and fresh fruit are more plentiful. I might think differently about it then. Interesting, though, that you figured out the wheat/dairy thing.


    Congratulations! And I've enjoy reading and being inspired by your cleanse. I know I'll never have the discipline but it's fun to dream! :-)

    Elisa Campbell

    did the Amy's Veggi lasagna by chance have processed white rice in it? My GI reacts horribly to processed starches/carbs, could be a source of sensitivity for you too?... Your Clean diet sounds a lot like the Fat Flush Diet. Glad to hear its working for you!
    As for the sweets, try Stevia. The FDA finally approved it as a sugar substitute and there are a lot of new brands on the market now for baking and plenty of books with great recipes.


    Congrats.... I'm reading the book.... that's a start... it's all a process... I even looked for kale..

    Thought on the dairy,as I read the blog of another lady who used to have troubles with dairy. She switched to raw milk and has no troubles any more. Might be worth a try, as I know you love your yoghurt.

    Congrats again, I am very impressed.... now if you could just parcel up your will power and ship if over


    Brava Norma!!! and let me say.. that is another gorgeous smoothie! I still haven't gotten the book but it's on my list.
    You're right up at the top of my list of most favourite people ever, and why? one reason (there are many) is because you're willing to adapt to different tastes, you give it a go, and as in most cases after the major hurdles come to realize 'real' really does taste BETTER! I thought about you and this issue while I was baking some quick breads today using quinoa and brown rice flours.. do you think milk in baked goods would bother you also? just curious. I don't do 'milk' but the breads I bake don't seem to bother me. XOX

    elizabeth a airhart

    perhaps they would hire you
    you do have a blog etc
    and lots of readers to offer them


    One of the benefits of this diet is that it makes it a lot easier to identify the things that give you problems. (I had a terrible time figuring out that it was soy that I was allergic to, for instance. I was working at a natural food store at the time, and soy was in *everything*...)
    Good catch on the dairy. A little more experimentation will show if it's just the lactose that's bothering you, or if it's dairy as a whole.
    Good luck!


    I am SO PROUD OF YOU! Perhaps one of these days I'll give it a try. Feeling good would be a lovely change of pace.



    Plus there's the humor value we get out of wondering, "So what kind of fucked up shit is Norma drinking for breakfast this morning?"

    Cabbage, pineapple, beets, blueberries, and sunflower seeds - a very, um, unlikely combination!


    (I say that with love, and with tongue very much in cheek!)

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