Dennis and I decided to do a cleanse before his heads to Mexico, so as we planned it out we figured we could go up to 9 days. My main goal was to eat more alkalizing foods and steer clear of acidic foods. Dennis was a healthier eater to begin with but was up for that challenge. His main goal was to use the cleanse to stop smoking and get back on track from all the unhealthy foods he was eating while here in Belize.
To prepare for our cleanse we did a lot of research, here is a good alkaline food list that we found – one of many. As we got looking various foods up, there were some that made it on both lists depending on which site we looked at, quinoa was one of those. I based my decision for keeping this one on the list based on information I found on the Sustainability and Raw foods blog. They say quinoa is a relative of amaranth, that it is technically not a true grain and is classified as an alkaline-forming food. It’s also extremely rich in nutrients – B vitamins, iron, phosphorous, and vitamin E. It has more calcium than milk and is a good source of protein.
Of course as we lead up to our cleanse last week, we totally enjoyed ourselves and consumed all kinds of naughty foods as we counted down the days till we gave it all up. On the list was drinks, burgers and fries from El Divino a few times, homemade chocolate cookies, deep fried calamari at Aji restaurant and breakfast on the beach at Estel’s Dine by the Sea. Charles even tried to persuade us to start our cleanse today instead of Monday as they were doing a special barbecue contest yesterday at Estel’s. As temped as I was I knew that delaying the process would not help me any.