Potato Cleanse Recap

So I was only able to do 3 full days of the cleanse without becoming bored and craving variety. I think if I wasn’t off from school I’d be doing this longer. The fact that I have a lot of free time makes me want to experiment in the kitchen and just baking potatoes for three days proved to be boring.

I am glad I did it for the three days. I didn’t see any massive weight loss BUT I did feel that I had more energy and I was certainly less focused on food which was great. Also, an added bonus was bathroom trips were certainly easier and more enjoyable, if you know what I mean.

What I learned :

  • I can eat broccoli for breakfast and enjoy it !
  • Ketchup is good on everything
  • I don’t have to eat immediately when I wake up
  • Having potatoes mainly for 3 meals a day – give you a lot of free time to do and think about things in life (other than food)

All in all I recommend it for people who need a ‘reset’ and I would certainly do it again. Most likely I wouldn’t do a whole week, but I found that three days was perfect.

Best, H


Potato Cleanse Day 3

Breakfast : Leftover hash browns with ketchup and a cup of coffee — as I attempted a large print crossword puzzle. Confession: I had to google some of the answers.

Workout : 4.68 mile Run in the local park. Beautiful morning. I felt so great after this. In the afternoon I took a 2 mile walk to the lottery store.

Lunch : Salad the same as yesterdays’ :  Romaine with tomatoes and cucumbers topped with chopped russet potato wedges and that walnut vinaigrette by Dr. Fuhrman I mentioned in previous posts.

Snack : 2 bananas, and enough watermelon to make my stomach hurt (not pictured)

Dinner : Same as yesterday, cauliflower, broccoli, potatoes and ketchup. I also had 1 cup of cherries (not pictured) as a dessert and a cup of herbal tea.

Today I felt like I have more energy then the previous two days. I also ate more fruit. I wonder if there is a correlation.

I have not lost a tremendous amount of weight since starting this. About -0.8 lbs — that is likely water. I am going to continue as long as I see fit, tomorrow may be my last day, or Sunday may be my last day — I’m playing it by ear.

This ‘diet’ is not that drastically different than my normal eating habits. On a typical day I would eat higher fat foods like hummus, nut butters and the occasional pint of dairy-free ben and jerry’s. My ‘most of the time diet’ is the reason I have a little tummy, and also is the reason why I’m not dropping major poundage eating mainly potatoes.

All in all I feel great and I would recommend this ‘cleanse’ to anyone and everyone wanting to reset their diet with minimal stress.


Potato Cleanse Day 2

Breakfast : High Carb Hannah’s Hash Brown Bake with Ketchup, and some chai tea with almond milk . Hannah has a great YouTube channel and has done the potato challenge in the past. She lost 70+ lbs by following a high carb low fat vegan diet and has several wonderful ebooks you can purchase. You can watch her videos by clicking HERE.

Morning Workout : 50 minutes at the gym- which consisted of : the rowing machine, the treadmill, lifting dumbbells, leg press, planks, push-ups, crunches etc.

Morning Snack : Iced coffee with soy creamer and 1 t. sugar, and some potatoes with ketchup.

Lunch : Romaine with Walnut Vinaigrette (same as yesterday) and some cut up baked russet potatoes

Afternoon Workout : 50 minute walk to and from the library. Then a little later on, another 45 minute walk around the neighborhood.

Afternoon Snack : 1 cup blueberries and 1 banana

Dinner : Cauliflower and broccoli (frozen and thawed), with russet wedges and ketchup. Then I also ate 2 more bananas.

I don’t typically workout 2x a day. I had the day off and I didn’t feel like just sitting around so that is why I moved so much.

I feel great – I have heaps of energy and no complaints so far. This is the easiest diet I have ever done.  I am not sick of potatoes and I’m feeling great.


Potato Cleanse Day 1

Breakfast : Chai tea with almond milk, Yukon gold potatoes with broccoli and ketchup, 16 oz. Iced Coffee with soy creamer and 1 teaspoon of sugar

Workout : 2 mile run followed by a 2.5 mile walk.

Lunch: Chopped romaine with cucumbers and tomatoes and Dr. Furhman’s Walnut Vinaigrette (I know it has nuts, but Its damn good) — and more potatoes

Workout : 3.5 mile walk with my sister around a local park

Dinner: Small bowl of potatoes with ketchup, 1 cup blueberries, 1 banana, 2 small bowls of mixed non-starchy veggies

Snacks : 2-3 sips of this weird beer, 1 banana, 2 small yukon golds


All in all a pretty great day ! I felt like I had energy most of the day. Overall no complaints.

On to day 2 !

My Potato Cleanse

So I have done some research on Mary’s Mini and decided to adapt it and do my own little mini potato cleanse.

For those of you who are not familiar with Mary’s Mini — it is a 10 day reset put out by Mary McDougall, who is the wife of famous plant-based doctor John McDougall MD.

Mary’s Mini is described in detail HERE  & HERE— However this image shows the main points of the diet :


Here is more of a daily outline:


She does not recommend eating unlimited amounts of fruit, or drinking anything but water over the 10 days. However, low fat condiments such as ketchup, mustard and BBQ sauce are recommended. Additionally caffeine and alcohol are strongly discouraged.

My Adaptation : 

First what I am doing from Mary’s Mini :

  • I am eating potatoes as my main source of calories
  • I am eating other non-starchy vetgatbales and avoiding high-fat condiments to dress up my meals
  • I am avoiding high fat foods such as avocado, nuts and seeds and hummus with tahini

What I’m altering :

  • I am drinking coffee with soy creamer and sugar 🙂
  • I am not opposed to having a beer
  • I am drinking kombucha
  • I am eating unlimited quantities of fruit — because it is summer and I cannot imagine not eating blueberries when they are in season 🙂


It’s my own potato cleanse it may not be “Mary’s Mini perfect” but its my own little ‘reset’. I have been doing this for two days and I have already made two new potato recipes and I have been feeling great so far.

I have surprised myself by really enjoying potatoes and broccoli for breakfast (I have always been a smoothie girl). I never thought I’d enjoy a vegetable early in the day, but hey, its good.

I am also finding that by simplifying my diet and taking the focus off of food I am becoming very productive in other aspects of my life. VERY AWESOME.

I plan on doing this for about a week, but that may change.

What I eat on the cleanse posts coming soon. Stay tuned. Thank you for reading.

xo, H

What I Ate At The Beach

As I mentioned in a previous post – I went away last weekend for a long weekend to the beach. I documented as best I could what I ate each day and took some photos. Enjoy !

This is what I ate the first day :

I had a really hard time sleeping, So I got up early to run. I started off the day with a 3.68 mile run near the beach. It was SO HOT and I was so tired. It wasn’t the quickest I have ever run.

Breakfast : 2 1/2 bananas, 2 T. Skippy chunky PB,  1 slice of Eureka Flax Bread and coffee with french vanilla soy creamer, because that’s all they had at the local store. I felt that it was uber sweet.

Lunch : Brown rice, plain store bought hummus, roasted chickpeas with thyme, and frozen broccoli — I also had an IPA with lunch, because #vacation.

Snacks : 3 black licorice Twizzlers, and 6 red licorice Twizzlers & 2 Oreos

Dinner : 3 ‘Orange Crush’ cocktails at happy hour ! Gazpacho and Roasted veggies at this fancy southern restaurant plus a glass of Pinot Grigio. I was so thankful that this restaurant was able to accommodate me. Everything tasted delicious, however I’m not sure how much of that was me just so happy to eat after a few cocktails and how much of that was great cooking on their part. Nevertheless I ate dinner and survived.

Click through the slide show to see pictures from my first day on vacation.

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This is what I ate the second day :

I started off the day with a 3.06 mile walk with my fiancé. After those “orange crush” cocktails and staying up way to late, a long run was not happening.

Breakfast : Coffee, and same breakfast as the previous day. I have a love affair with PB that comes out when I’m on vacation. It’s cheap, portable and easy !

Lunch :  1 cup of brown rice with salt, 2 White Claw Hard Seltzers (at the beach) and 1 black Twizzler #LunchOfChampions

Dunner : Cocktail hour, I chose to have an IPA. Then we ordered a ‘hummus plate’ to share and I ordered a Veggie Sandwich which consisted of avocado, hummus, tomato and lettuce. It came with a side of fries and I felt like I was in heaven. I cannot eat too many french fries without a stomach ache, so I really tried not to eat to many.

Dessert : Because we were near a Ben and Jerry’s I had to stop for some Non-Dairy Ice Cream!  I got the Caramel Almond Brittle. IT WAS SO SWEET ! I was so hopped up on sugar the rest of the night and then came the crash ! Well worth it on vacation.

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This is what I ate the third day :

I started off the day with a 3.32 mile run to and from the boardwalk. I got back to the beach house and I walked 2 miles on the beach with my fiancé.

Breakfast : Coffee and a banana, then later another banana and PB and toast as per the previous two days.

Lunch : 1 peach, chickpeas, rice, broccoli and hummus blob.

Then it was time to beat the traffic and drive home ..

Snack : in the car I ate a Blueberry Clif Bar, and slice of flax bread because I was starving.

Dinner : We stopped at a diner on the way home and we split an order of french fries. I ordered a green salad (it had loads of olive oil, olives, stuffed grape leaves and pita chips).


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I used to get really stressed when I would take a weekend trip away that I would gain a bunch of weight or not be able to eat out at restaurants. Over the past few years and many little trips,  I have learned to overcome that fear and I know that I can always make do with what is available around me, and I won’t starve. Vacation is for eating differently ! Sometimes you’re going to eat more candy and drink more beer !

Fun Fact ! I came home from this weekend getaway weighing LESS than when I left. Go figure, it must be all the chunky peanut butter.

Hope you enjoy this post, xoxo , H

What I Ate Wednesday – 7/19/17

This is what I ate today, on Wednesday 7.19.17.

All Vegan, with minimal preparation needed !


  • Silk yogurt vanilla
  • 1/4 cup Trader Joe’s Muesli
  • 8 Strawberries & 1 cup Mango (which I finished for a snack later on in the day)
  • Iced Coffee
  • Tea

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Lunch — The same as always lately … I ate in the park on my lunch break. It was SO hot today.

  • 2 cups Gf pasta salad (GF pasta, zucchini, broccoli, black olives, chickpeas, & peppers)
  • Romaine – under the giant blob of pasta salad and hummus
  • 1/4 cup Hummus (homemade)
  • Tomatoes

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  • Banana
  • Small pink lady apple
  • 4 small Watermelon slices
  • Glass of Pinot Grigio at Pinot’s Palette
  • 1/4 cup cheerios (not pictured, just because I wanted something to chew on!)


  • 2 cups Broccoli
  • MORE Hummus
  • Beet Burger
  • Potatoes? I’m not sure how may oz. but there are 4 halves here.
  • 4 gherkins (Sometimes you just feel like a GHERKIN ! )
  • 2 ginger chews



  • 30 minute walk to library — in the blistering sun !

My finished painting from tonight !


Calories IN (estimate) : 2,045 ( Deficit of : 313) ** 13 is a lucky number **

Calories OUT (estimate) : 2,358

Steps : 13,021

Well I’m going away for the weekend — so I hope to post when I get back maybe a “What I Eat on the Road” or “What I Eat on Vacation” — should be interesting !

Until Then, xo, H


What I Ate Today – 7/15/17

Saturday 7.15.17

Here’s what I ate today :

Breakfast :  Yogi Blueberry Green Tea followed by my usual coffee with 2 t. sugar and 2 T. Silk Vanilla Soy Creamer and then a Banana. I took a nice picture of the ladies (the basset hounds) so I included it here, it was such a hot sticky morning !

Walk : 3 miles (my knee is bothering me today, so I decided to forgo my usually Saturday morning run) 😦

Lunch : Salad with romaine as the base topped with this GF macaroni salad I made which has chickpeas, peppers, zucchini, olives and broccoli. I topped the salad with my favorite Hummus and some of Dr. Fuhrman’s Walnut Vinaigrette I made a few days ago.


Afternoon Snacks : 2 ginger chews, Big bowl of watermelon . 2 date, Banana

I was occupied outside in the sunshine reading A Handmaid’s Tale. I wanted to read it before watching the Hulu series.

Dinner : 1 BIG Potato , Hummus blob (again, I love this stuff)  2 cups broccoli, 1 cup corn  & a sparkling water.


After Dinner : 1/2 pint So Delicious Dairy Free Cashew Milk Non-dairy Dessert in the Chocolate Cookies and Cream flavor ! I deicded to indulge as the Yankees went into extra inngings against the Boston Red Sox on tv. Perfect game watching snack! 

It’s really tough for me to eat ‘vegan junk food’ knowing my wedding is so close! But sometimes you have to indulge to avoid a binge episode later . That’s my experience anyway . 

Calories IN : 1,872 

Calories OUT : 2,174 (deficit -302)

Steps : 11,687 

Thanks for reading ! Best, H

Oil-free Hummus

I make this hummus at minimum once a week. I sometimes sub the chickpeas out for white beans and it is just as amazing. I can’t get enough. I eat that $h!t on everything !


Oil-Free Hummus 

  • 1 can organic chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • juice from 2 lemons (1/4 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon each onion powder, garlic powder, kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 heaping tablespoons tahini
  • water to thin as needed

Rinse your chickpeas and squeeze your lemons ! Then place all ingredients in your high speed blender or food processor. Give it a whirl. Add water as needed to thin consistency. Scoop out and place in an airtight container for 1 week (although, it won’t make it that long)

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Hope you enjoy your hummus ❤

Best, H