Sunday night, I had my final Kickstart meal – a bowl of Hearty Chili Mac and a side salad. I felt like celebrating, or like it was Christmas Eve, because finally I could eat dark chocolate, beer, sugar, and potato chips again. I’m really glad I stuck it through, though. I think the kickstart helped me break some cravings, and it was eye-opening how much added fat there is in certain meals, not too mention how filling beans and whole grains are. I also learned a few great new recipes that I will be adding to my “go-to” dinner rotation from now on. I’m even eating one of the recipes right now, the Southern Beans and Greens. I lost a total of five pounds, and my boy lost an incredible 11 pounds. I’m going to try to incorporate this way of eating into at least one meal a day, if not more. It makes you feel great, centered, focused, energized, and light. But man I am glad to be able to kick back with a beer!

Simple Bean Tacos with Mexican Corn Salad

Simple Bean Tacos with Mexican Corn Salad

Here are links to some of my favorite recipes during the cleanse:

Simple Bean Tacos with Mexican Corn Salad (both pictured at left)

Couscous Confetti Salad

Curried Lentil Soup

Easy Bean Dip

Breakfast Rice Pudding

Cream of Broccoli Soup

Lentil Artichoke Stew

And if you’re thinking about following the 21 day meal plan yourself, I would strongly advise you to steer clear of these items: Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes, Facon Bacon, and Chocolate Raspberry Mousse. I followed those three recipes to a T and they were pretty much gross. But don’t let those three gross foods scare you away from this diet! You can always substitute other meals if you don’t like the sound of what they suggest.

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