Season for Detox – Day 21

End of week three today.  It seems to have come and gone.  The idea of starting a 28 day detox seemed like an extensive venture at the beginning.  I wasn’t sure I could do it since my husband wasn’t keen on trying the foods.  However, what’shappened is that he’s been eating exactly what I’ve had only I prepare some animal protein for him in addition to the raw foods.  He also gets grains and maybe coked vegetables while I do the raw.  So essentially, he has also changed his eating habits during this period of time too.  It was gratifying that he mentioned this over the weekend to family and friends who also noticed the weight loss in both of us.  That was a great benefit of this adventure and very motivating.

Thinking of Thanksgiving tomorrow I’ve been looking at a lot of recipes.  I’m staying home in order to stick with my detox as well as to get some needed rest and reflections time.  So today was another simple day.  I had a butternut squash still in the refrigerator so I decided to make a vegetable soup using the squash as well as sweet potatoes, along with other veggie sin the refrigerator.  Soups are great ways to use left over vegetables while creating a warm comforting meal.  I also had a nice vegetable salad.  The tastes were pretty “One-note” today but I was satisfied.

Interestingly, I decided to prepare hamburger patties out of some organic ground beef for the hubby.  Included jalapeno chili’s, brown rice, and spices.  For an extra taste treat for him I added some bacon.  Then I got lazy.  I was going to bake them but decided to pan fry them in teh bacon drippings.  I used to think bacon drippings were bad for you but in fact, they are a good fat because they are a natural fat.  How about that?  Plus it’s not something we do on a regular basis.  Anyway, there were some home made corn tortillas in the refrigerator that my husband bought from a new tortilla place in town.  I decided to fry some tortilla chips for him.  I added some coconut oil to the rying pan for that.  I admit, I cheated and had a few.  They were worth the cheating – fresh homemade corn tortillas fried in coconut oil   YUM.

Well, I’m going to try something new for Thanksgiving tomorrow; two different carrot cakes.  One gluten free, sugar-free, the other raw carrot cake.  This evening I prepared the carrots in the food processor.  I’m making raisin syrup by soaking raisins tonight as a sweetener.  I’m looking forward to trying the recipes and tasting the cakes.   Will let you know how they come out tomorrow.

Have an incredibly wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!

 

Season for Detox – Day 16

I’m so excited about continuing with this detox.  I feel I could be doing a better job.  I realized that making these posts helps with the accountability that helps with motivation to keep going.  I’ve strayed a bit from the original food choices I had selected to use over the 28 days.  This was mostly due to curiosity about a new way of eating raw and some boredom with the set of recipes I had to support this detox. 

It doesn’t help to enjoy cooking.  It only makes me want to try new recipes.  Every time I find something delicious, low-fat, and healthy, I want to give it a try.  As long as it stays within the parameters of raw and vegan it could be fine with the diet.  What I”m finding however is that the less complicated the  food the better; not only for the detox but for the digestive system in general.  My tastes seem to be changing in this way in that I’m much more satisfied with less complicated flavors and seasonings. 

I’m also finding my palette to becoming more sensitive to what is in the foods.  I can taste seasoning more and enjoying the basic tastes of the various vegetable combinations.   I contribute this to cleansing of the digestive system.

Today, (yesterday now) was a complete Lentil soup day.  One reason for this is that i knew we would be traveling this weekend. I didn’t want to freeze the soup and didn’t want to leave it uneaten in the refrigerator.  I got such enjoyment of it hat I ate a bowl for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  For lunch, I added a very small handful amount of left-over brown rice that I had cooked for my husband’s dinner last night.  That gave a different texture.  Threw in a little salt and garlic powder.  Otherwise it was only the vegetables and that was it.

I’m a bit concerned about what I’ll be eating over the weekend in San Francisco but will take each meal one bite at a time.  I packed  my Blendtec Blender and made two packets of fruits and vegetables for green smoothies each morning.  This consisted of kale, parsley and celery, fresh strawberries and a banana.  Filled two gallon jugs of filtered water (I always take this to have in a hotel room), along with snacks of raw almonds and raisons.  That will at least get the two of us through breakfast and late evening munchies.

Got a late start; didn’t leave home until after 9 p.m. arrived in San Francisco after midnight.  Need some rest; that’s why I didn’t post last night!

 

Season for Detox – Day 11

This was a “wake-up call” type of day.  I got too excited about trying new raw dishes that were too rich and delicious.  Not that delicious isn’t allowed on a detox; but the contents of meals needs to stay simpler. 

The Phad Thai was delicious and exciting to develop but it was too rich for the detox.  I went to bed feeling like my digestive system was working too hard instead of being relaxed and calm. I will definitely need to work my way back to that level of eating. 

So yesterday I was back to eating less complicated.  It really is neat that eating raw can be simple, yet have the complexity desired with other types of meals too.  I’m anxious to try dehydrating foods in a few weeks.  But honestly, I’m pretty sure I’ll be heading towards vegan/vegetarian as the foundation instead of raw. 

It really hit me this morning when it was so cold outside.  I like warm weather and warm foods so drinking a cold green smoothie wasn’t something I looked forward too but the hot water with lime was great.  I’m planning on soups for Day 12.

So for Day 11, I made another kale and tomato salad which I’m coming to love.  I included raw almonds and bit of goat cheese for protein.  Earlier I had a green salad.  I still didn’t feel too hungry at the end of the day but quite satisfied.  I can tell that weight is coming off but I haven’t been on a scale for a few weeks.  Guess it might be time for that pretty soon.