DAY 7

I have a WICKED headache.  It just started halfway through supper.  All across my eyebrows and temples.  We had leftover that didn’t fit in yesterday’s squash, and barbecued vegetables.  Too much olive oil on the veg for my taste and this cleanse, but still very good.  Shawn bought a fresh salsa that we ate with the meal.  I should check the label to see if that is the culprit. Or the oil?  Or the BBQ?  Strange how it hit while I was eating.  This is my first headache this week.

Big smoothie at 10:00am again and a couple of the pb/apple/brown rice cakes in the afternoon.  I am amazed how satisfied I feel between meals.

I just realized I’ve been mindlessly eating the raw cookies as I surf the internet.  Time to get off the internet.

Tonight’s supper picture:

Barbecued veggies and leftover grains with chickpeas.

Day 6 feeling better

I feel much better today.  I had my morning green tea and oatmeal and then at lunch made a big salad.

Here is my salad recipe.

1 1/2 tbl of olive oil

1 1/2 tbl of tahini sauce

half a lemon

cut 1 tomato, slice 6 inch English cucumber, cut 1 green onion, slice 3 large mushrooms, add crushed garlic and chop 6 Romaine lettuce leaves.

I added ground seseme seeds, dill and a touch of salt.

Mix it all together.

Makes 2 servings

Finally Pooped!!

Well after a few failed attempts during the week I finally did it. I wasn’t sure at first, but when I awoke this morning with a strange feeling down there, I got rather excited and raced down to the bathroom, and sure enough it happened. It wasn’t quite as robust as before but I’m still happy. It can only get better from here anyways. Right??

I’ve also got renewed motivation as I lost 6 pounds this week. I’m sure some of it is water, but still it feels awesome. During the week I got my routine going now. Water with lemon, make my smoothie and put it in my 1 liter thermos bottle to take to work. Green tea when I get to work. Salad and some leftover dinner for lunch. I have one piece of fruit at around 3pm to tie me over until dinner, then make my dinner with salad when I get home.

Last night I made the bean tacos that sister posted. The bean mixture and Guac was really good. The tortillas were disappointing, and I couldn’t figure it out. After about an hour of struggling with too thin and too thick dough and the material breaking up and sticking to my hands I thought about abandoning the whole thing and breaking out the ezekiel wraps I bought, but I stuck with it and ended up putting the golf ball sized doughs into the pan and patting them down as flat as I could with my fingers. This ended up making thick patties. I still ate them with the other stuff, but they didn’t really taste like much. Maybe it’s because I used yellow corn flour instead of the Maecan or whatever it was. Oh well.

This weekends big task is to make some veg burgers. It seems like I’ll need to breakdown and go buy a food processor for this. I keep going back and forth on whether or not I should buy a blender or food processor. I’ve watched youtube videos of both in action and I think I’ll go with the processor as my hand wand blender does a really good job making smoothies and can easily be washed under running water when I’m done. Now to go research recipes.

 

Day 5 Little depressed and tired today

Today I felt emotionally down and tired.  I don’t know why because I had a good day food wise.  Is it because we are detoxing our bodies?  Sort of like a withdrawal symptoms. When you think about all of the sugar that I stuffed into my body for most of my life and the unhealthy fats and meats, it must be like giving up any toxic substance such as alcohol or drugs.  When I gave up alcohol 32 years ago, it was similar because   I also went through good days and bad days.  This was also the first day without coffee so I did have a mild shimmery headache this morning.  I trust the journey and will keep going.   

No more TGIF????

The dreaded Friday evening turned out to be just another evening.  After cleansing for 6 days, I didn’t yearn for wine when suppertime rolled around.  Reluctant vegan husband is another story, but I’ll let him do the talking for himself.  He did bring up the thought that without wine (and food) to celebrate the weekend, Friday night is just like the rest of the week – in a bad way, apparently.  What are your thoughts on this view?

Day 6: Chickpea and Grain Stuffed Squash

I did end up going for a long walk, almost an hour.  It felt great.  I also cleaned out the fridge.  Took EVERYTHING out, trashed all the expired bottles of this and that, scrubbed it down, reorganized.  The fridge looks brand new.  I made a space for my 4 boxes of spinach and salad greens that I bought today.

Today, over the course of the morning, I drank my giant blender full of smoothie.  In the afternoon, I had 3 brown rice crackers smeared with peanut butter and topped with thinly sliced apples.  Delicious!  I was completely satisfied until we ate supper at 6:30pm.

Supper was really good.  I made a stuffed butternut squash with some leftover quinoa/millet I had made the night before.  I am really getting the feel for this vegan cooking.  I just make sure to incorporate a vegetable, grain, and bean then have fun with the spice combination.  If you are following my recipes, please always adjust the seasoning to your taste as I am mostly estimating the quantities.

Finished squash quartered. We ate the whole squash between the two of us.

Squash stuffed with quinoa/millet/chickpeas…etc

1 squash, any variety

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 onion, diced

1 celery stalk, chopped

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon thyme

½ teaspoon sage

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

salt & pepper to taste

½ cup quinoa + ½ cup millet (or any other grain you like)

¼ cup golden raisins

1/8 cup copped walnuts, toasted

1 cup cooked chickpeas

1 medium tomato, diced

½ cup fresh spinach, chopped

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Cut squash in half and scoop out seeds.  Put cut side down on a non-oiled baking sheet.  Roast for about 30 minutes.  You don’t want it to be totally cooked when you pull it out.

Meanwhile, combine millet and quinoa with 2 cups of water and a dash of salt.  Bring to boil then lower heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes.

While grains and squash cook, in a large pan sauté onion and celery with olive oil until translucent.  Stir in spices.  Add water to prevent sticking/burning.  When grains are done cooking throw them into the pan with the onions and add rest of ingredients.  Stir it all up.  Taste it and make your adjustments.  Take the partly cooked squash, turn it over so it is cut side up, and scoop the grain mixture inside.  Press it in well and mound it on top.  Cover with aluminum foil and return it to the oven for another 20-30, or until squash is cooked.  Enjoy!  Great with a dash of hot sauce.

I also made a new cookie for dessert.  I know, I know.  Are you getting bored of eating the cookies?  I love them though.  However, I will work on something new for next week.  Until then, does anyone like TURTLES????  I’ll post that cookie recipe tomorrow.

Homemade Humus

I did make my first humus out of a can of soy beans, Tahini sauce, garlic and a touch of salt.  I just used my immersion blender to make it.  It was delicious with my carrots, celery and green peppers and that is all I had for lunch.   Now, I will go and have my herbal tea.  Which one should I have?  I think the lemon ginger sounds just right.