It's a clean-eating plan with green smoothies for breakfast, salads and soups for lunch, healthy snacks, and wholesome dinners. There's no gluten, no white sugar, and no processed food. I have nothing against those things of course, but every year in January, I like to adopt a temporary super-clean diet to get my eating habits back on track after the holiday indulgences. But here are a few last indulgences enjoyed over my last weekend before the cleanse.
For New Years Eve, we went to my friend Andy's house party. I had LOTS of vegan pigs in blankets, vegan cream cheese & chili dip with Scoops, and plenty of booze. Here I am with my friends Nicole, Pam, and Sheila. There was champagne in that red solo cup because I'm a classy lady.
Like a good Southern girl, I simply cannot let a New Years Day go by without my good luck foods — black-eyed peas and greens. Eating these on New Years Day is believed to bring luck and good fortune throughout the new year. This year, for New Years dinner, I tweaked the Hoppin' John recipe in Cookin' Crunk to use Tofurky Italian Sausages instead of my usual sauteed Gimme Lean. This also has brown rice, cabbage, and black-eyed peas. Also, lots of hot sauce.
Finally, this morning, I had my very last indulgent meal for the next 28 days. I wanted to make it extra special, so I went to brunch at Imagine Vegan Cafe with my friends and ordered the Vegan Philly Cheesesteak with Mushrooms & Onions. On the side are French Fries with Garlic Aioli. This was the PERFECT last pre-cleanse meal since I can't have any of this on the cleanse. It was all carbs and fried stuff and processed foods. And I loved every bite.