The Potato Cleanse – Week 2

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.

Day 8:

Breakfast: russet potato hash browns

Lunch: garnet yam sweet potato fries

Dinner: more sweet potato fries

Day 9:

Breakfast: baked sweet potato

Lunch: baked sweet potato

Dinner: mashed russets with peas and gravy

Day 10:

Breakfast: mashed yukon golds

Lunch: garnet yam fries

Dinner: russet fries

Day 11:

Breakfast: russet fries

Lunch: mashed russet

Dinner: mashed russet with peas and carrots

Day 12:

Breakfast: russet hashbrowns

Lunch: russet hashbrowns

Dinner: diced russet with peas and teriyaki sauce

Day 13:

Breakfast: diced russets with peas and teriyaki

Lunch: baked sweet potato

Dinner: russet hashbrowns

Totals:

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:

  1. potatoes are so satisfying and filling
  2. incorporate more potato meals into my normal diet
  3. eating is not a pastime- food is fuel
  4. eating whole foods makes me feel my best
  5. listen to my natural hunger
  6. 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!

Before

Arms- 15″

Bust- 40″

Chest- 33.5″

Waist- 33″

Hips- 39.5″

Thighs- 25″

Body Fat percentage: 26.1%

After

Arms- 15″

Bust- 40″

Chest- 33.5″

Waist- 32″

Hips- 38.5″

Thighs- 25″

Body Fat percentage: 25.9%

The Potato Cleanse – Week 1

Only eating potatoes sounded pretty bland, but bland was what I wanted and when it comes to food I can be really disciplined. I thought I could stick out the plain and boring for the sake of my skin and my health for at least two weeks without complaining too much. Turns out, I’m starting to love potatoes way more than I ever did before. I’ve always been high carb low fat and from what I have seen, you’re either a rice person or a potato person, or a fruit nerd.. but we’re talking complex carbs here people. I loved my rice and Aaron loved his potatoes and it worked that way. But this week we (well mostly me, he only lasted a day or two) ran through 35 pounds of potatoes. Its pretty crazy quantifying all of the food I ate in the last week like that, but it was a delicious 35 pounds. I didn’t finesse any crazy potato recipes this week, I mostly ate fairly simple; baked potatoes and mashed potatoes were the staple for week one and it wasn’t that hard. Here’s the rundown:

Day 1

Breakfast: baked russets

Lunch: baked purple majesty potatoes (purple skin and flesh)

Dinner: more baked purple sweet potatoes

Day 2

Breakfast: yukon gold homefries

Lunch: baked golden yams

Dinner: a mix of russet, red and yukon potatoes mashed with mushroom gravy and peas

Day 3

Breakfast: baked garnet yams with agave and cinnamon

Lunch: baked purple sweet potatoes

Dinner: baked red potatoes

Day 4

Breakfast: yukon gold potato wheels with ketchup and a head of romaine

Dinner: baked garnet yams

Day 5

Breakfast: baked garnet yams with agave and cinnamon

Lunch: baked yukon golds with romaine and ketchup

Dinner: mashed russet potatoes with mushroom gravy, broccoli and peas

Day 6

Breakfast: baked garnet yams

Dinner: diced and broiled russet potatoes with a veggie stir fry mix and teriyaki sauce (life changing good!)

Day 7

Breakfast: baked garnet yams with agave and cinnamon

Lunch: leftover diced russets with veggies and teriyaki sauce

Dinner: mashed yukon gold potatoes with mushroom gravy and asparagus

In total, we went through 10 lbs of russets, 5 lbs of yukon gold potatoes, 5 lbs of red potatoes and 15 pounds of yams and purple sweet potatoes! Still crazy, and what’s even crazier is how cheap our groceries were this week for how much we got in volume. This cleanse is magical! I haven’t been keeping track of calories or how much I have eaten and I don’t plan to because one that gets me a little neurotic and two, one of the points of this cleanse is to get back in touch with my natural hunger and satiation so I don’t need to count calories. I’ll be back with another update next week!