Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Day 3 Sugar Detox
As continued from my last post. Another happy healthy day (which began with this beautiful sunrise). My strength and energy are back to normal. My mood is stable, and I feel thinner. I was in the kitchen this afternoon making yummy savory things (see below). Today I've been thinking about how easy it is to do a sugar detox diet - so why do I let myself get carried away on sweets to begin with? I'm wondering if it's all in my mind, or if it's the protein and lack of sugar that allows me to follow through effortlessly... or BOTH?! Any thoughts?
- 2 eggs cooked in coconut oil, chard, tomato slices
- Protein shake: 1 scoop protein powder, frozen blueberries, strawberries, plain yogurt, water
- Salad: Romaine, celery, tomato, red pepper, avocado, olive oil, sea salt, 3-4 oz venison, 2 seed crackers
- Protein shake
- Few handfuls kale chips
1 hour power yoga
Yoga is such a big part of my life. In addition to teaching it, I normally do it most days of the week but this summer I've slacked in favor of weight training routines. Time to get back on a regular schedule!
As you can see, my menu is boring these days, but I enjoy it. Here are some exciting eats from my recent weekly catering service that fit right in with my plan. As I write this, the smell of onion veggie bread, tomato chipotle flax crackers, and cheesey kale chips are wafting from my dehydrator. I'll be eating tuno sandwiches tomorrow. Mmmm!
Tuno Salad Sammie on Onion Veggie Bread
This stuff is sooo goood. I've made it many times before and enjoy it in lettuce leaves, in celery, on fresh tomato, and on raw crackers or bread. This recipe comes from Ocean and I've changed it slightly to suit my own taste. It looks like a lot of ingredients at first glance but I assure you it's very simple.
1 cup sunflower seeds, soaked
1 cup walnuts, soaked
2 tbs lemon juice
2 tbs nama shoyu or tamari
1 teaspoon kelp flakes
1/2 - 1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
3 tbs pickle juice* or more apple cider vinegar
1/2 - 1 teaspoon sea salt (use less if you're using pickle juice)
1 raw pickle, chopped (*Bubbies) - optional
1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
1/4 cup chopped green onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
3-4 tbs chopped parsley
1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
In a food processor grind the nuts and seeds.
Add the next seven ingredients and process to combine.
Transfer to a bowl and stir in the dill, green onion, celery, red pepper, and parsley.
Onion Veggie Bread
This is a fabulous version of the popular onion bread that every raw foodie has tried. Since I don't like onion much, this suits me perfectly! Found on Gone Raw. Sometimes I just use 1 onion and sub extra zucchini. I like to add a little salt as I find it a bit bland with only one tbs of tamari. Play around to see what you like.
1 medium zucchini, shredded
1 large carrot, shredded
2 large onions, shredded in a food processor
1/4 cup olive oil
1-2 tbs nama shoyu (or tamari)
1/2 cup water
1 cup ground flaxseed
1 cup ground sunflower seeds
1/2 teaspoon himalayan salt (added by me)
Mix together the veggies, olive oil, water, and shoyu in a bowl.
Add the seeds and mix to combine.
Spread a thick layer of the mixture evenly on teflex sheets. Score into desired sizes.
Dehydrate at 145F for 1 hour and then turn the temperature down to 115F and continue dehydrating for 6-8 hours, flipping over to the mesh screen halfway through.
Feeling good mentally and physically. I feel like I've lost 5 lbs which probably isn't possible, but it feels that way, lol. Speaking of health, we already know that happy bowels equal great health and a flat stomach. Mine were a mess (constipation) when I was sick and I'm happy to report that they're heaps better! When I eat too much cacao or sweets the reverse is true and things had been less than stellar lately. Well, things are superb in that department as a result of this diet (and its only the 4th day). Isn't it the truth that we feel great when we're pooping properly?!
Anyway, I made delicious egg salad this afternoon. Something I haven't made since the last time I did this plan. I simply pulsed some hard boiled eggs together in a food processor with olive oil, sea salt, pepper, then folded in chopped green onion and celery.
- 2 eggs, cooked in coconut oil, chard, tomato
- Protein shake: 1 scoop protein powder, frozen blueberries, plain yogurt, water, ice
- Kale chips, celery
- Salad (romaine, chard, tomato, red pepper, avocado) with 1 oz venison, egg salad, a few flax crackers
- Protein shake
-30 minute Jillian Michaels workout
This is a total butt kick in 30 mins! There are 4 different workouts on the dvd so it's nice to have a choice and switch it up.
-30 min walk
4 days down and 10 to go!