I’m sipping some nettle tea right now (thanks mom), it’s bedtime and I’ve officially survived day 2. I woke up this morning feeling swell. I decided to switch things up today and I think it was for the better. I had one of the green juices with apple first thing, I think the sugar helped my morning be a little bit more enjoyable. I also had the delicious amazing chocolate almond for lunch. This was an awesome idea except for the fact that I’m much hungrier tonight than I was last night. That could also have something to do with the infrared sauna which can burn up to 600 calories according to the internet.
The sauna was really amazing. Very relaxing because in infrared saunas the air doesn’t heat up as much and you don’t get that choking feel like you’re going to die thing that happens in regular saunas. I’m considering making the sauna part of my usual routine.
I was hungryish this morning and not thinking straight, but after my chocolate almond it was as if I had super-powers. I was able to focus and knock out lots of things on my to do list! I’m really feeling like finishing out three more days will be no problem. 5 days seemed a little daunting yesterday, but today I’ve been thinking “bring it on” and “I’m so glad I went for the 5 day and not the 3 day.” It’s amazing how focused I feel, because the main thing I’m focusing on is sticking to the juice cleanse.
I’ve been going to sleep really early and getting lots of Zzzs. I think this has been critical to my success both because you can’t eat while you’re sleeping and sleeping gives you energy in a way that even eating can’t!
It’s 7:00pm and so far, so good. This morning started with some dandelion root tea and my juices arrived right as I was about to head out the door, so I was luckily able to down a greens 1.5 (kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, cucumber, celery, lemon, lime) on the way to work. I picked a pretty crazy week to do this because it’s our annual company retreat week. The office was filled with bagels, cookies, and sandwiches. The smell of delicious pickles wafted towards me every time I got up to go to the bathroom (which was often – I was peeing every hour on the hour!) After finishing my first juice I was still pretty hungry so I had the second juice, citrus 4 (cucumber, pineapple, lemon, coconut h2o, aloe vera) soon after. This one had a little more sugar than the first so it livened me up.
A few hours later I enjoyed juice 3, a greens 3 (kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, cucumber, celery, apple, lemon, ginger) which was good – very gingery. Actually all of these juices are spectacularly delicious, way better than any I’ve even made at home and much much better than the blueprint juices I was thinking of getting. All morning I was feeling kind of spacey but at lunch time I had some mint tea and started to feel human again. Around 3:30 I had another greens 1.5. I still felt hungry but the hunger slowly faded. I haven’t had juice 5 yet which is a greens 2 (same as greens 3 but without the ginger) but I skipped right to “juice” 6 – CHOCOLATE ALMOND (almonds, dates, cacao, sea salt, filtered water) I’m not sure if it’s the fact that I’ve had nothing but juice all day but this is so so so incredibly delicious that I think I’ll actually be able to survive on only liquids for 5 straight days. I will try to drink my juice #5 today too. Something tells me that I shouldn’t skip out on any of the allotted calories during this cleanse.
I’ve been wanting to try the whole cleansing thing for a long time now. i finally met someone in real life that has done a couple of 3-day cleanses and one 5-day cleanse. He recommended them and even said after the 5-day cleanse he was able to get his diet in such good shape that he quickly lost 30 pounds. Armed with this evidence, I figured, what have I got to lose? (Well, besides $325 of course.) So I’m going to try it. My 30 fresh juices are scheduled to arrive this Tuesday morning from Pressed Juicery! I opted for the most intese cleanse, not because I’m intense, but because I love green juice and the other cleanse levels’ juices had less greens and more sugar.
I’m planning a few other detox treats such as herbal teas, infrared sauna, and maybe a massage. This should be an interesting 5 days! Tomorrow is the last day before the cleanse and I plan to only eat fruits and veggies and maybe some nuts. I’ll be posting here daily as an attempt to keep myself sane. Who am I kidding, this is not a sane endeavor…wish me luck!
For the future re-creation of my chili cook off chili , here is more or less the recipe! Enjoy
Most of the measurements are relative, you might need a little more or a little less
1 yellow onion chopped
8 oz white mushrooms chopped
1/2 butternut squash, cut in 1/2 in cubes
7-10 stalks of celery, chopped
6 carrots, chopped
6 cloves of garlic
Slash of olive oil
1lb ground beef (I used 85/15)*
1lb ground turkey*
1lb italian bulk sausage (I made italian sausage first — recipe for this is below or you can buy it)*
A good splash of salt
2 tbs dried oregano (or fresh!)
2 tbs dried basil (or fresh!)
1 tbs cumin
4 (plus a little) tbs chili powder (salt-free)
1 tsp-1tbs cayenne pepper — I really don’t know how much I used, I’d say a heaping teaspoon plus a little more
2ish tbs hot sauce — I used Tessemae’s Medium hot sauce/wing sauce. This brand is an especially delicious cayenne peper based hot sauce you can find it online and at Whole Foods in mid-Atlantic and northeast regions.
A sprinkle of all-spice and cloves
28oz diced tomatoes
16oz tomato paste
16oz Chicken broth
*The type of meat you use is interchangeable (beef, chicken, turkey, pork, lamb, bison etc) although the sausage seasoned meat is crucial.
1. Sautéed the butternut squash until it’s about halfway done in a big pot, add rest of chopped veggies and garlic into the pot until they are all soft
2. Add meat and spices. Mix regularly until meat is cooked.
3. Splash in some hot sauce
4. Add tomatoes and chicken broth, season further if need be
5. Let simmer for 35 mins
6. Dig in!
For about a pound of meat add:
1/2 tsp crushed or powdered fennel seeds
1 tbs dried oregano (or fresh!)
1 tbs dried sage (or fresh!)
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp pepper
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
Today at work we had a chili cook-off. My paleo chili came in second. To be fair, the first place stuff was pretty darn good. No one noticed there might be anything “weird” about my chili. After a day of pondering about observation, I have come to the following conclusion: I think the lack of noticing anything “weird” is good and bad. It’s bad because no one realized all the crap that may be lurking in the other chilies…but it’s good because it proves that eating paleo food doesn’t have to be weird and scary. It just doesn’t come with cheese and corn bread. Just add some avocado instead.
In case you were wondering, the winning chili recipe was inspired Sarah Fragoso of Everyday Paleo’s Super Bowl 2010 Big Pot of Beanless Chili.
Talk about delicious: burgers with a fried egg, guac, mayo, tomato and sautéed onions and mushrooms. In case you didn’t figure it out, I couldn’t decide what kind of burger toppings I wanted so I just made all of them. Sweet potato fries with garlic and fresh rosemary and arugula with red onion, tomato and Tessemae’s lemon garlic dressing. What more could you ask for?
Artificial sweeteners in milk? The title sums it up…
Day 3 of the Whole30 is almost complete! So far so good, lots of yummy food and minimal complaining about the lack of chocolate and wine. Now only 27 days to go before I find a bar of Alter Eco chocolate. Alter Eco chocolate is delicious — and soy free! But enough about non-Whole30 food. One of the tastiest and easiest (I mean super easy) Whole30 recipes is Slow Cooked Italian Pork from Melissa Joulwan of The Clothes Make the Girl. Cook it overnight, no attention required, pull it apart and add some avocado, salsa or hot sauce, and viola, dinner (lunch or breakfast…) is served. What are your favorite Whole30 recipes?
Today I came across this digital book from IDEO, a human-centered design firm. The booklet mixes two of my favorite things: design and problems with food in American society today. Besides striking imagery, Designs On, Vol. 3: Food shares a slew of fascinating information. Go check out Thomas Brisebras’ Plate on page 12!