I’m sitting here thinking about how I want to start this post and quite frankly, I do not even want to think about potatoes anymore. Week one was great- don’t get me wrong. But week two has came and went and with that so did my desire to stick this out any longer. Two weeks (well 13 days), mainly eating potatoes is quite a feat that most people can’t say they have accomplished (or ever wanted to do) but I’m glad that I decided to take the plunge. I learned quite a bit about my eating habits and my body from the potato cleanse which I’ll get into after outlining what week two looked like eating only potatoes.
Breakfast: russet potato hash browns
Lunch: garnet yam sweet potato fries
Dinner: more sweet potato fries
Breakfast: baked sweet potato
Lunch: baked sweet potato
Dinner: mashed russets with peas and gravy
Breakfast: mashed yukon golds
Lunch: garnet yam fries
Dinner: russet fries
Breakfast: russet fries
Lunch: mashed russet
Dinner: mashed russet with peas and carrots
Breakfast: russet hashbrowns
Lunch: russet hashbrowns
Dinner: diced russet with peas and teriyaki sauce
Breakfast: diced russets with peas and teriyaki
Lunch: baked sweet potato
Dinner: russet hashbrowns
25 lbs of russet potatoes
10 lbs of sweet potatoes
7 lbs of Yukon golds
Once again, crazy typing out those numbers and thinking that Aaron and I went through 40+ pounds of food. And also keeping in mind that he was not on the cleanse with me, so naturally I ate more potatoes than he did!
I was really trying to stick out the fourteen days, but day 14 we had a road trip to Sacramento planned to go to a concert and if there would be a day to break the potato cleanse, this one seemed like a winner.
Take aways from The Potato Cleanse:
- potatoes are so satisfying and filling
- incorporate more potato meals into my normal diet
- eating is not a pastime- food is fuel
- eating whole foods makes me feel my best
- listen to my natural hunger
- only eating potatoes save a lot on groceries!!
Eating this way for nearly two weeks and being mindful of how I felt through it all was crucial. I felt (and saw-acne) my body detoxing from all of the processed junk I was eating two weeks ago. I made sure to stay hydrated and listened to my natural hunger signals. It was crazy how many times I wanted to eat something when I wasn’t even hungry just to fill the time, or as a way to spend my time and share time with others. Eating only potatoes also cut down cooking time and the process of deciding what to eat because if you’re anything like us, no one can make a decision. I found myself spending more time on the things that I wanted to do during the day because I had more free time. I had so much energy after only just a few days, and I always woke up refreshed. And not to mention, score one for the great digestion.
Coming out of the cleanse I plan to slowly incorporate new foods back into my diet. Eating really clean makes me extremely sensitive to highly processed foods and foods with a lot of sugar. Trying to tackle those right away will forsure leave me with a stomach ache and a bad breakout.
I feel better, have more energy, and have a new found appreciation for the relationship we should have with food and the foods that we choose to fuel ourselves with. If I ever did do this again, I would stick to only eating white potatoes. Incorporating all variations of sweet potatoes provided me with too much variety and it was fairly easy when I had a lot of sweet potatoes to eat. I don’t know if it’s just my new found love for potatoes of that the sweet potatoes made me enjoy the cleanse way more, but I think I liked it too much. Just a thought, who really knows. Because after all, a potato is a potato.
One last note: I didn’t do this cleanse to lose inches off my waist or lose any weight but just for the heck of it I did measurements of before and after and here’s what it looks like!
Body Fat percentage: 26.1%
Body Fat percentage: 25.9%