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strawberry lovin’

I felt like slurping on a smoothie this afternoon, and I wanted it to be pretty + pink!! 

Sometimes, my food just has to match the holiday!

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Strawberry Coconut Love [serves 1]

  • 1.5c frozen organic strawberries
  • 3/4c coconut milk
  • 1/2c unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1T coconut oil
  • 2T unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4c frozen blueberries
  1. Blend until smooth!

If your strawberries are tart, you may need to add a little sweetness.  Try 1T maple syrup, honey, or 1/2 banana.

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Refreshing + oh so pretty!!

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We didn’t have anything crazy planned tonight.  Chris wanted to cook together, which I’m always up for!  Typically I cook + he cleans.  It works either way.

I chose 2 recipes from Heidi’s, Super Natural Cooking, which was just gifted to me by a dear friend. :)

The first was for a slaw salad.  We typically eat a salad every night with dinner.  This was such a refreshing change of pace!  It’s nothing like coleslaw [which I hate] but the cabbage was so perfectly crunchy with a very mild flavor.  The dressing combined lemon juice, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, s+p and a splash of cream.  The salad also has grated apple mixed in and is topped with toasted walnuts.

YUM!  So much crunch + flavor.

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Dinner was the big curry noodle bowl, and we loved it!  The sauce combined coconut milk, coconut oil, turmeric, veggie stock, onion + a few other things.  Mixed in was tofu + my addition of cauliflower.  Yes, I said TOFU!!  Today, I started to reintroduce soy back into my diet.  It started with this fabulous organic sprouted tofu.  I absolutely love this tofu brand.  I’ve had others that I can tell don’t agree with my stomach, but this always seems to digest more easily, which is typical of sprouted foods.  My fingers crossed I’m feeling good in a few hours.  I would love to be able to still eat tofu + tempeh once in awhile!!

curry color + fake light = not my favorite

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This brings me to my FIVE week detox recap!  I seriously cannot believe it’s been 5 weeks!!

  • 3 weeks no gluten/soy/dairy
    • The first few days took some getting used to, but it was not nearly as hard as I though it would be.  Giving up my 1 morning mug of coffee was sad, but after the first week I didn’t miss it at all.  I didn’t have any withdrawal because I drank such a minimal amount, but I still missed it! 
    • The 5th day was the hardest.  I felt like crap + was super emotional.  Nothing a good sweaty workout can’t fix though!
    • My bloating decreased at least 80% after the first week.  What bloating I did still have, wasn’t the constant “food baby” that takes a whole night to go away.  It seemed to pass [hehe] much more quickly, and was probably just from veggie consumption.
  • 32 days drinking lemon water [skipped 3 days]
    • The warm lemon water in the AM really helped get rid of my need for coffee.  It’s not that it tastes good [because it doesn’t really] but it helped wake me up and also really helps with the whole cleansing process.  It keeps things moving, if you know what I mean. 
  • 35 days dry brushing
    • This is something I will continue to do.  I feel like my skin looks much healthier, is smoother and noticeably tighter, especially on my legs.  It definitely helped flush my body of toxins during the first 2 weeks of the detox.  I would feel energized and refreshed after brushing + showering during the first 2 weeks.  It still feels good, but I don’t physically feel different.
  • 2 weeks reintroducing dairy
    • The first day I ate yogurt after 3 weeks with no dairy was kind of strange.  I noticed much more phlegm buildup [which is normal] than I ever noticed before.
    • I have been consuming about 1 serving of dairy every other day and seem to have no problems with it at all. 
    • I don’t depend on dairy for protein, calcium, etc.  I eat it when I’m in the mood for it.
  • 1 day reintroducing soy
    • It’s been a few hours since dinner and my stomach feels fine so far.  No bloating!
    • Soy was the hardest ingredient to avoid.  Restaurants use way more soy than you could ever imagine.  [soy oil, soy lecithin, etc.]
  • 5 week thoughts
    • I was hesitant to bring back soy into my diet and am still nervous about gluten.  I’ve been feeling so good, I didn’t want to mess anything up.  To figure things out for sure though I have to bring them back.
    • I’m glad dairy was not the culprit, because even though I don’t consume a lot of it, and I like making vegan “cheeze” sauces….not much can top local, milky, organic cheese…mmmm
    • It’s really hard to go out to eat, even at vegan/veg friendly restaurants, mostly because of soy.
    • I’ve loved exploring new grains and grinding them into fresh flour for a few different recipes.  My favorite recipes so far have been for the millet/buckwheat pizza crust and any of the buckwheat bakes [oven + microwave versions].
    • I feel like I’m retaining less water from lowering my sodium intake.
    • My sugar/sweets cravings aren’t bad at all.  The past week or so I’ve been craving a lot of chocolate and finding creative ways to incorporate it, besides cake/cookies/etc.
    • Coming down with the flu a few weeks ago was no fun at all, but I stuck with the detox and didn’t eat any gluten/dairy/soy.  When I wanted toast, gluten free millet bread did the trick and then I found the super delicious Udi’s gluten free bagels.  They are fluffy and delicious! 
    • I’ve noticed the buckwheat bakes + puffed amaranth cereal keep me full longer than oatmeal! 
    • I’m not allowing coffee back into my diet and have had 3 cups so far.  I’m planning on drinking them sporadically.  I don’t want to get hooked on the 1 mug every morning again.  It’s funny because now I feel more awake + alert in the morning without it.

Let me know if you have any questions.  I’ll keep you posted on the soy reintroduction.  So far so good! :)

Off to relax with the huz for a little!

<3 Ashley

Catching up on my detox?

Reader Comments (62)

Pretty and pink is pretty much obligatory on Valentine's--so I'd say your smoothie is perfect! :) I am so glad that you are posting all about your detox plan! So very helpful!

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStefanie @TheNewHealthy

I have found it fascinating to keep up with your detox, I think you're doing so awesome! I hope for you it's not gluten, now that seems like a pain to avoid as well? but yeah soy is in everything, geez.

funny, I cook + he cleans too ;). and I LOVE it that way, hehe

x sabine

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSabine @ thefruitpursuit

ps I did a post solely on the benefits of drinking lemon(/lime) water yesterday, maybe there's something new in there for you!

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSabine @ thefruitpursuit

So interesting to hear you chronicle your journey.
I'm especially amazed by the powers of lemon water. You might just have me sold...
So was tea off limits for you too then?

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCasey @ Insatiably Healthy

This looks great- I loved the pics of you and Chris- what a gorgeous bride you were!

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBlog is the New Black

That smoothie looks perfect! Strawberry and coconut! How festive for the day. ;)

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this detox. It was so interesting to read your experience. I hope its helping you.

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

PINK! I love all things pink and smoothieified! Slash sprouted tofu?! I have to check this out!

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatelyn @ Chef Katelyn

You have done such a great job with your detox! I seriously cannot believe it's been 5 weeks since you started. I notice that I still have some bloating even with going gluten/corn free and limiting soy and dairy. I think it is because of all the veggies though! I definitely never have "food babies" like I used to a couple of years ago! I always feel bloated right after lunch, and I'm not sure what the culprit is as I usually have leftovers from dinner the night before and it doesn't affect me when I have dinner. ::sigh::

Keep us posted!

i'm kicking myself for not picking up the coconut milk at the store the other day! your smoothie sounds amazing!

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather (Heather's Dish)

Great job with your detox...even in spite of being sick and the stress of home buying!

Have you given up alcohol as well as coffee going forward? I just don't know if I could handle that! ;)

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberley

That strawberry smoothie looks to die for! I tried making the hus and I pink strawberry smoothies for breakfast but then I added spinach and it was more brown than pink, haha. I LOVE Supernatural cooking & heidi swanson, that bowl looks delish!

You are doing so amazing with your detox. I can't believe it's been five weeks either, you're a rock star!


February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristin (Cook, Bake, Nibble)

I read Crazy Sexy Diet recently and bought a dry brush from Amazon. It hasn't arrived yet, but I'm looking forward to using it.

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLee

I'm so impressed with your dedication to this detox! I feel like I would have quit halfway through.

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGina

You haven't mentioned anything about reintroducing gluten---are you still planning on doing that or are you sticking with GF? Thanks for the recap of the detox and congrats for sticking with it!

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

Pretty smoothie and great detox recap!

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaddie (Healthy Maddie)

I made a bright pink smoothie for V-Day too -- mine was coconut and strawberries. Great minds, Ash!

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGena

Interesting! I was waiting for another recap. When you re-introduce gluten, do you plan to do it wheat free at first (e.g. spelt, kamut) and then wheat products, or going all out? I find that wheat-free things agree with my stomach more so than wheat.

I tried Chris' breaded tempeh tonight. So, so delicious!! Tempeh in this country tastes kind of weird (which makes me crazy, since we're so close to Indonesia in Perth, where tempeh originated), but this made it oh-so-delicious! I'll bet it's even better with tempeh in the states, which is miles above any tempeh we have here!

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

wow i am so impressed that you stuck with the detox for so long! mine lasted 2 short weeks and i was done :p
i need that smoothie.

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrachel

Cooking with someone is always fun! Your dinner looked very tasty!

I also like your bright PINK smoothie!!

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCaitlyn (A Spoonful of Life)

Great recap, Ashley! It was so interesting reading about your detox. It must have been such a good learning experience about your body and what works for you.
The pink smoothie looks so pretty! Would have been perfect for the warm weather we had in Boston yesterday!

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCorey @ the runner's cookie

what a great recap--thanks for sharing your journey with us!

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth@The Sweet Life

It's so much fun to hear about how your detox is going. You've been doing so well on it! Glad the soy is doing okay with you so far.

Love the pretty pink :)

It's been really great to hear how the journey of your detox has been. I am trying to do a gluten free detox right now (I'm already dairy free due to lactose intolerance). I know I don't have celiac's but I am wondering if gluten is bothering me. Hope to get some answers and hope you do too!

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Hi! I'm new to your blog and just wanted to say that I absolutely love your photos. So bright and cheery. Plus, I couldn't help but comment on my love of strawberries for Valentine's Day. They are such a nice change of pace from the regular winter fruits. I had mine stuffed with a vanilla and nutella mixture, but that smoothy looks amazing. I may need to make one tonight!

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBritne @ Shabbott's Habits

what a great recap! love the smoothie too, glass straws are the bestt to drink smoothies/juices with!

My husband and I are eating a GF diet for February (and maybe longer). I'm excited to try your pizza crust!

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDorry

Mmmm, I made a similar vday- type smoothie yesterday using coconut, strawberry, peanut flour, chia seeds and banana. It was super yummy, but never thought to add coconut oil or avocado- i'll have to try that :)

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNamaste Gurl

I love that slaw too! I got the cookbook for christmas, and I was thinking about making that curry pot soon, so I'm glad it was good!

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

Wow, that curry tofu bowl looks most magical!!!

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristin@purplebirdblog

The smoothie looks beautiful! Thanks for the recap on the detox. I am always interested in others' journeys in finding out what is causing them tummy trouble. I am glad you are feeling better!

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

I have trouble digesting soy also and LOVE that brand of tofu. I've been eating it somewhat regularly for a year or so and have never had a problem with it. I can eat tempeh without problem as well and assume the reason is because it is fermented. Also, since I have a soy "intolerance" as opposed to allergy, I don't have any problems digesting soy oil or lecithin. The culprits are anything with protein in it (i.e. soy flour, soy grits, tofu, etc.) That may be the case with you as well?

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

I'm doing the same detox, and I feel great so far! I just started introducing soy as my first item. We'll see. The biggest thing I noticed was how much my skin has cleared up! Seriously, I had no idea why my acne came back, but now I'm thinking it's a food reaction. What a wonderful revelation. :)

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

It's funny because I always hear that when people detox from coffee they'll have the initial slump where they're tired and then all of a sudden they're more awake than they've ever been! This week I think I'm going to try it out by buying some tea flavors I really like so I don't miss out on that hot cup of liquid in the morning. It's so cold here in NY I just love having something hot to drink when I get to work.

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

I'm so happy that you've documented your detox journey. From a nutritionists perspective, it's so interesting to read! I really hope you find out who the culprit is in your life - it makes life so much more enjoyable when you're eating the foods that are right for your body!

Silly question, and I'm sure you get this a lot - where did you get the glass straw? I've been looking everywhere for one and have been totally unsuccessful.

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeanne @ Healthful Pursuit

that smoothie looks amazing!!!

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSalah@myhealthiestlifestyle

This smoothie looks so good! Thick!

Curry tofu sounds delicious! I don't eat tofu too often but it really helps get in some protein and has a lot of versatility.

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter(what runs) Lori

I've loved reading about your cleanse -- it's been inspiring for me, as I'm going on my second cleanse this spring, and am contemplating a mini-cleanse during february break (I'm a teacher). I hope you continue to be successful w/ soy -- when I went on my cleanse I realized that soy (and wheat and gluten, although I had known that previously) caused serious belly problems. No tofu was hard to get used to, and yes, it's SO hard to avoid!

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlauren @ spiced plate

I'm glad you've figured out what is causing you problems!

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

The straws are by Glass Dharma and they were gifted from the company. I have 4, all different and LOVE them. I think they guarantee them not to break and they come with special cleaning brushes. :)

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Awesome! Glad you're feeling great and that is so good to hear about your skin. I've definitely similar stories before. Good luck!

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I don't think I have any problems with tempeh either. Whenever I eat at restaurants and order tofu, my stomach ends up in a HUGE knot. The same thing happens with other brands of tofu, but never the sprouted or tempeh. Hoping to start playing with miso too, as that is also fermented. That's interesting about the oil + lecithin...I just try to stay away from them because of how processed they are and that they're in everything and a lot of times are GMO.

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks Sarena!!

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

You are just so nice. :)

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Awesome!! Can't wait to hear what you think. I liked both but favor the millet/buckwheat combo. :) Good luck!

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

That means so much Britne. Thank you! Your strawberries look outstanding. :)

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Good luck to you! I was tested for celiac's as well but it was negative. We'll see how everything plays out... :)

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks girl! I'm glad people are enjoying reading about it!

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yes, I think I'll start with the non-wheats first. I'm thinking it might just be processed buying bread from the store, etc. I'm hoping I can still eat things like farro and other whole wheat grains. We'll see! I'm so glad you liked the tempeh!! There is one brand we have here that is a little bitter...I've heard that if you steam it, it helps with the flavor a lot. :)

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Ahhh, I see!!! So purdy. :) Had to make something PINK!

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yes! I'm definitely going to, but you typically reintroduce one food at a time. I talked about in the 5 week recap how I'm nervous to bring it back in but will be doing so after soy.

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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