Monthly Archives: April 2012

Hot Choco-Carob Milk and Updates

Even though we’re entering Spring, we still have some awfully chilly days around here. Ending an evening meal with a warm beverage is comforting, warming, and a nice break from my near-daily dark chocolate habit. I made Britney a regular hot cocoa and she ended up liking mine so much more that I made her a cup of the same.

Hot Choco-Carob

Ingredients:

1 cup nut milk, unsweetened
2 packets stevia or 1 tbsp raw honey
1 tbsp carob
1 tsp cocoa
dash almond extract
pinch sea salt

Whisk together all ingredients and heat in a saucepan.

Updates! This month has flown by and so much has happened, here are a few re-caps and updates as we bring April to a close.

1. The Mindful Eating Challenge. This has not been perfect but I find that I’m much more aware and I’m excited to take this challenge into my day-to-day life moving forward. Having a snippet to read every day is very helpful, this book takes you through a whole year which should be more than enough time to develop some really solid, healthy habits around my food consumption. I apologize for not updating more about this this month, things got a little crazy around here!

2. Feeding Britney. This has been fun (she may or may not agree πŸ˜‰ nah, she’s having a good time too I think)! We’ve been playing with food combining during the day and loosening up in the evenings. I’ll try and post more transitional recipes as we go along- the other day I introduced her to millet! Good stuff.

3. Ending my fast. The fast went pretty smoothly and, as expected, there was a desire to overdo things as I broke it. Thankfully I’ve been around this block before and was able to break it sanely and enjoyably. I’m looking forward to some longer fasts in the warmer months to come.

See you on What I Ate Wednesday!

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Juice Fast Day 3 and Wasabi Spiced Veggie Juice

I’m about to finish three days on just juice! I have to admit, today felt slow, I was hungry, and I felt like I needed a TON of juice (as you’ll see below). I’m looking forward to breaking the fast tomorrow with some Pumpkin Pie in a Bowl. I’m also very aware of how easy it can be to break a fast poorly, binge, or eat less than ideal foods and I’m prepared for those sorts of feelings to pop up. Here what was on today’s menu:

28 oz jicima/romaine/kale/lemon juice

34 oz cucumber/turmeric/fennel/mint juice with coconut water with vanilla stevia, bee pollen, and cayenne pepper

40 oz Wasabi Spiced Veggie Juice*

24 oz Gena’s Nourishing Veggie Broth

32 oz carrot/kale/fennel juice with spring water and bee pollen

32 oz parsnip/romaine/carrot juice with spring water

*Wasabi Spiced Veggie Juice

Ingredients:

8 roma tomatoes
10 carrots
1 cucumber
1-2 lemons
4 cloves garlic
1 tsp wasabi powder
big pinch black pepper and sea salt (optional)

Juice all veggies and add spices. I didn’t include any sea salt but it would have been delicious.

This was such a fun departure from my normal juice routine and I’m excited to try out some more tomato-based juices! I’ll keep you posted on how the break-fast goes, have a good night!

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Juice Fast Day 2 and My Can’t-Live-Without Detox Treats

Day two was very smooth! I ended up running more errands than anticipated before getting juicing groceries so I did end up quite hungry at one point but other than that it’s all going very well.

Today’s juicy goodness:

32 oz basil/garlic/lemon/celery/carrot juice
24 oz Tazo Passion herbal tea
8 oz parsley cilantro juice and young coconut water (with a probiotic)
30 oz Casey’s Mexicana Green Juice
32 oz Gena’s Nourishing Vegetable Broth
34 oz romaine/carrot juice with vanilla stevia and cinnamon

I also thought I’d share my favorite ways of assisting my body in the detox process. As previously mentioned, I’ve attempted fasts before without employing anything of this sort and either failed to finish the fast due to uncomfortable symptoms or didn’t end up with any noticeable benefits at all. It doesn’t do any good to hydrate all the old stuff in your body if it doesn’t leave, and my body seems to appreciate all the assistance it can get.

My can’t-live-without detox treats:

1. Booty cleansing (colonics and enemas)

2. Castor oil packs

3. Indian Healing Clay (my absolute favorite facial mask, I mix it with Apple Cider Vinegar)

4. Inversions (I have a cheap board that works just fine).

5. Rebounding (this! and this! and this!)

6. Yoga (stretching, twisting, and deep breathing are very helpful and feel wonderful, I got a stack of new yoga dvd’s from my library this week!).

and a few things I love but haven’t indulged in this go round…

6. Massage

7. Hot epsom salts baths (I’m freshly tattooed so no baths for me right now…pictures when it’s finished :))

8. Infrared sauna (I used to have this one and it lasted about a year, not bad for the price and I loved it).

Do you have any suggestions to add to the list?

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Juice Fast Day One, Pizza Broth, and Book Inspiration.

I’m on the first day of a three day juice fast.

Last month the idea of fasting hit me hard and I just sort of realized I’d be doing quite a bit of it this year πŸ™‚ I have a few small ones planned and this is the kick-off.

I’ve fasted in the past but I’ve never felt so confident and unattached to the idea that I “need” food to get by physically or emotionally for a little while. My previous fasts have also not been so well planned and I’d not done as much cleansing prior. I remember attempting my first fast in high school with my roommate. It ended up being a day of sugary fruit juices that culminated in a binge of waffles and eggs. I’ve also done fasts since then that at least lasted the full time I’d planned but where I was still including lots of fruit juices and raw honey while excluding colon cleansing (which I consider to be imperative). My last fast lasted 5 days, included just vegetable juices, and colon cleansing. I remember feeling discouraged that I didn’t lose any weight (that was my focus at the time) and wrote in to the Detox Community asking for insight. This was a piece of the response I got from the beautiful Ana Ladd Griffin:

Believe me, I know how hard this can be to accept. We all battle with this at times. But detoxification means your body is releasing stored toxins from many places, not just fatty deposits. It knows best, and you can trust that as you continue the process it will continue to morph and change. The detox process is happening, and changing you dramatically, it just might not be apparent in the places you’re looking. I’ve seen cellulite diminish before pant size, or hair grow in thicker and shinier before the scale budges. Or there might be nothing you can see, but instead something you can feel. I understand frustration, I promise. Hang in there, and your body will find its center.

I have since continued to live the detox lifestyle and the majority of the weight that I was worried about was taken care of. This is my first fast since then, I’ve tossed my scale, and I’m looking forward to this as being a time of looking at my emotional food addictions and taking my cleanse to the next level. I’m excited to embark and share πŸ™‚

Today I Drank:

16 oz cinnamon apple herbal tea
16 oz cucumber/spinach/lime juice
24 oz hibiscus herbal tea (from the coffee shop)
30 oz carrot/parsley juice
12 oz kale juice and young coconut water (and a probiotic)
20 oz Pizza Broth*
32 oz carrot/green leaf juice with cinnamon, stevia, and a scoop of bee pollen

Just so I don’t have to mention it repeatedly, I add NuNaturals stevia to almost everything.

*The veggie broth I enjoyed this evening was so wonderful, the best I’ve ever enjoyed.

Ingredients:

32 oz water
1 large sweet potato
1 large onion
2 Tbsp pizza seasoning (I found mine in the bulk bins of the health food store)

Pour water into a pot and heat on high. Chop veggies and add to the water along with the seasoning. Once it’s been brought to a boil, turn down heat to a simmer and let sit for an hour. Quite a bit of the water evaporates and you’re left with a concentrated broth that’s quite sweet and nicely flavored. Strain so that just the liquid remains and you have veggies left over for after fast.

I’m in the middle of what feels like a hundred books at the moment but I’ve paused to take in these two over the next couple of days:

This one is new to me and I’m loving it! There is a lot of great info on the reasons for fasting as well as the different types. I’m just getting into it but I’ll post anything I find interesting.

I’ve read this one before but Arnold is the man and really knew his stuff, it’s worth dipping back into over and over again.

I actually have a recipe in this book! There is a heap of good info but I’m mostly poking around for recipe inspiration.

I’ll probably have some more herbal tea tonight, make a shopping list for tomorrow’s juicy creations, and curl up in bed with my stack of books!

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Spiced and Herbed White Fish and an Exciting New Project

I have been having so much fun this week.

When Britney and I first started dating, I was just dipping my toes into a detox lifestyle and she was eating out more nights than not. I accepted early on that I’d fallen in love with a beer-and-coffee-drinking, hamburger-eating lady and (as much as we all want our loved ones to be healthy) I never pressured her to change. Since I cook whatever meals we eat together though, she’s been exposed to far more veggies than she’d probably ever eat on her own. I’ve proudly but quietly watched her naturally shift her diet over the last few years, cutting WAY back on coffee and becoming very aware of how different foods affect her. I don’t want her to think I’ve been brainwashing her πŸ˜‰

About a week ago she mentioned that she really wanted to try experimenting with her diet to see if it would have an affect on some physical issues she’s been dealing with (poor digestion and everything that goes along with it). It’s a daunting task to start spelling out just how much of a shift from pizza and frozen dinners it will be.

Right now I’m keeping things really simple and we’re focusing on the following:

1. Proper food combinations (most of the time)

and

2. Whole foods as opposed to processed foods

I think that at this point, I’m having way more fun than she is, skipping about the store and excitedly reading food labels! Yesterday she told me she’d eaten more vegetables that day than probably any other day in her life πŸ˜‰

She also mentioned she may start using the juicer that sits all lonely on the counter when I’m at work…

*giddy excitement*

I’ll keep you posted, and I’ll be pinning transitional sorts of recipes that we’ll be trying here.

We had this tonight, fish is a rare occurrence around here, I’d make it more but I’m feeding a picky eater who isn’t really a “fish person”. White fish, however, seems to be the exception (she also “hates” eggs but loves quiche…this is what I’m working with ;))

Ingredients:

2 filets of cod or tilapia
2 cloves garlic
a knob of ginger
1 jalapeno, seeds removed
a handful of fresh basil
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup white wine
a drizzle of sesame oil
green onions for garnishing

Preheat oven to 475. Mince garlic, ginger, and jalapeno, and blend with the remaining sauce ingredients. Pour over fish in a baking dish and bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove and garnish with chopped green onions.

Does anyone else have experiences to share or advice about transitioning a family member to a healthier diet?

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Tortilla-Free Eggplant Quesadillas


Ingredients:

eggplant
goat cheddar
salsa
organic butter

Slice eggplant very thinly on a mandoline. Heat a pan on medium-high and lightly coat the bottom with organic butter. Place a slice of eggplant in the pan, add a layer of thinly sliced goat cheddar and top with another eggplant slice. These are very delicate and easier to flip with a fork than a spatula. They will cook very quickly so keep an eye on them. When both sides are browned and cheese is melted, remove from pan, top with salsa and eat!

Tomorrow is my birthday. Yes…I was born on Earth Day. I’m in the midst of deciding if I want to celebrate by spending the day in the kitchen making elaborate treats (seriously a decadent day for me) or making Britney cook me birthday dinner πŸ˜‰ In the meantime, does anyone want to send over a batch of these?

Earth Day Peanut Butter (or almond butter!!) Cups. Yes, please.

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Raw Kale Pecorino Pesto

Yesterday I intended to post in “What I Ate Wednesday” style…and then I realized my commute was catching up to me and that I left my camera cord in Seattle by mistake! So I dug into my “Emergency Backup Recipe Stash” and pulled out this deliciousness to share:


Ingredients:

1 bunch fresh kale
3 oz raw pecorino romano (sheep cheese!)
1 clove garlic
1/4 tsp olive oil
1 tsp oregano
salt and pepper to taste

Remove kale leaves from stems and discard stems (or save them for your juicer). Shred cheese. Place all ingredients in food processor and blend to your desired pesto consistency.

I ate mine on lettuce wraps with red bell pepper slices!

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