My Experience With A 21 Day Cleanse

02 04 2015

In the beginning of March I went on a 21day cleanse.

I decided to do it because I had slowly gained more and more weight over the past years so I couldn't even close the button on my ski-pants this past winter.

A friend of mine have had great success with this 21 day cleanse so I decided to give it a try too.

The program is a bit like the Hcg-diet but without injections. I would never do something like that!

But the calorie restrictions are high and you are only allowed to eat certain vegetables (as much as you want though during a meal) and 120gr protein per meal.

I know there are lot's of warnings out there to not do a crash diet like this but in my opinion it depends on the knowledge you already have about nutrition and exercise.

If you don't have a clue about nutrition and why you have gained more weight than you want, you should invest a lot time into learning about health and fitness and you then should probably take a slow approach to introduce and learn correct eating habits. 

I have been into nutrition and health for about 30 years now. Partly even professional.

My family and I already eat very clean and simple with lots of vegetables and only very little processed foods. Wherever possible organic and local. 

So why did I gained weight then? 

Because I love to eat, I didn't exercise enough and I am 48 years old.

In this age group an average woman's metabolism allows only an intake of 1300kcal a day!

Everything above that number will slowly lead to weight gain if you don't exercise enough.

And please - how little are 1300kcal??? That's nothing! Pretty frustrating and the older you get the smaller this number will become...

Anyway - I went on the cleanse and it wasn't as hard or difficult as I thought.

Sure the first days were hard because you suddenly realise, that 21 days are quite a long time.

I also had a bit of headache from detoxing in the first days.

But it all got better and I lost about 5kg of weight.

I had wished for more but even though I did not cheat at all, it didn't happen.


So what did I eat?

I had a Life Plus shake in the morning and usually a red pepper salad dressed with just herbs and good balsamico and a piece of lean protein (meat, fish, cottage cheese, egg whites ) for lunch.

For dinner I steamed up vegetables - often my favorites fennel and zucchini and again some protein. Super fast to make!

You can eat as much of the vegetables as you like during a meal so you don't have to be hungry.

It's just hard to wean off the carbs - especially if you have to watch the rest of the family eating them... 

No snacks in-between! It helped me tremendously to keep the meals at exactly the same time and also have a routine during the day and an early bedtime. Breakfast at 8am, lunch at 1pm and dinner at 6pm. Luckily for most of the 21 days that was possible but of course there are always days with appointments, travels, parties etc. and then you have to plan ahead but hey - it's possible and it's only for 21 days and not forever!

I was surprised to see, that I am actually able to be ok without snacks and want to try to stick to this now that the cleanse is over. I will also try to make it more of a priority to have the meals ready at a certain hour so I can really look forward to it and know how long until I will eat again.

I hope this helps with maintaining my actual weight.

I am even thinking to add another 21 day after easter!

If you like, follow me on my Instagram for updates... 


Happy Day,


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Life Changing Crackers

23 08 2014

Boy did we eat a lot of potato chips in front of the tv during the soccer world cup!

Time to wean off and offer a healthy alternative - at least: part time... :-)

life changing cracker

A while ago I found the life changing bread - recipe here - via Pinterest and Instagram and were immediately intrigued after reading about it.

I was also quite sure, that I would be the only one loving it in my family.

But then the crunchy cracker version of the bread came up and I knew I had to give it a try.

The cracker turned out great. They were delicious and eaten up in a mere couple hours.

I didn't even had a change to make pictures! 

Super easy and fast to make once you gathered the ingredients. 

For 2 baking sheets you need:

1Cup / 135gr sunflower seeds

1/2Cup / 90gr flax seeds

1/3Cup / 50gr pumpkin seeds

1/4Cup / 40gr sesame seeds

11/2Cups / 150gr rolled oats

2 Tbsp chia seeds

4 Tbsp psyllium husks

1 1/2 tsp salt

1 Tbsp maple sirup or stevia

3 Tbsp coconut oil or ghee

11/2Cups / 350ml water

Mix all dry ingredients. Then I took the water warm and melted the coconut oil in it.

Mix everything well together. Add flavorings like herbs, spices and dried fruit if you like.

Cover two baking sheets with baking paper and divide the dough onto the sheets.

Cover with another piece of baking paper to help roll it out nicely and even and thin with a rolling pin.

Take the top paper away and cut lines with a knife where you will break your crackers later after baking.

Let the sheets sit on the counter for at least 2hrs or a day or overnight.

Then preheat the oven to 350 Fahrenheit/ 175 Grad. 

After 20min baking time remove the sheets from the oven and flip the crackers over.

Peel off the baking paper and return the sheets to the oven for another 10min.

I baked mine quite longer because I wanted them to be extra dry and crunchy.

I also choose a higher temperature towards the end to roast the crackers a bit.

Every oven is different. So you might need to adjust and experiment to your liking.

When I posted the prepared sheets on my Instagram, Danijela from danci ceramics blog who lives in the beautiful swiss mountains let me know, that she makes a similar recipe which she graciously allows me to share now.

Thanks so much, Danijela! 

This time I was alert and managed to first shoot pictures; the ones you see in this post - and then I offered the crackers to my family :) 

life changing cracker

life changing cracker

Danijelas crackers were equally delicious and with the olive oil instead of the quite prominent coconut oil a nice variation. 

It also contains some flour so the dough sticks immediately together and you can bake it right away.

The life changing crackers ask for some waiting time before baking to start the germination process to even increase the nutritional value and to give the flax seeds, chia seed and psyllium husks time to build their gel like outer layers once they had contact with the liquid to help stick the dough together.

Here is Danijelas recipe: 

For 2 sheets you need:

100gr flour (for example rice, spelt, amaranth or quinoa)

60gr sesame seeds

40gr flax seeds 

20gr sunflower seeds

50gr pumpkin seeds

2 Tbsp psyllium husks

1 Tbsp poppy seeds (I didn't have those and choose some chia seeds)

5 Tbsp olive oil

1 tsp salt

4-5 dl water

spices and herbs like pepper, chayenne, caraway, garlic, thyme, rosemary... to taste.

Preheat the oven to 135 degree.

Mix flour, oil and water to a pancake like consistency. Add all seeds and spices.

Pour the mix thinly and even out onto two baking paper covered baking sheets.

Cover with some additional seeds (I used sesame seeds).

Bake for 10 min and remove the sheets from the oven to pre-cut the lines with a knife.

Put the sheets back into the oven for another 30-40 min or until crisp and dry.

I also flipped mine half way through baking time and I also baked mine longer and added some more temperature to brown them a bit.

But attention - it happens quickly and you better watch it - mine almost burned.

These crackers are also super tasty - pur - or I liked them especially with some goat cheese and honey... 

life changing cracker

Happy Healthy Weekend,


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