Thursday, April 19, 2012

Day 3!

Day 3

Breakfast: Green juice
Lunch: Black coffee
Dinner: Warm Summer Salad
Dessert: Organic wine and dark chocolate

Recipe for Warm Summer Salad
I came up with this tonight because I wanted something hearty and satisfying for dinner tonight, after running on empty (poor planning!) all day.

Peel and dice a sweet potato and place on a baking sheet lined with foil. Dot sweet potatoes with 1-2 teaspoons of organic butter, and scatter a few peeled cloves of garlic and a few sprigs of rosemary. I use organic butter in lieu of oil when baking/cooking (during this program at least) because of assertions that oil mutates when heated-- must be another reason why fried food makes me feel sick! Wrap the foil up to blanket the potatoes and then bake this tasty orange bundle at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, finely dice 1 ripe avocado, and toss together with a few handfuls of grape tomatoes, 1/2 package sliced portobello mushrooms, and the corn from one cob. I LOVE raw corn off the cob, it's so sweet and crunchy and perfect in this salad. Once the sweet potatoes are baked, toss them in as well (minus the rosemary sprigs!), and sprinkle generously with sea salt and pepper. This salad has such a cheery color, and would be perfect for a bbq.

Serves 1-2 people or 1 very hungry girl!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Detox

I've decided to commit to 30 days of a raw food detox diet, guided by the many books on the subject by Natalia Rose. Now, don't fret, I'm not going 100% raw, but more like 75-80%. I will be eliminating all packaged/processed and artificial "foods", and will eat mainly vegetables with a small bit of fruit (organic whenever possible). I'll also eliminate all dairy (except goat cheese and organic butter) and all animal products (except wild fish and organic, free range eggs). Sugar and sweets are also out, except I am allowed dark chocolate. Oh, and wine! (thank god!). Bread, pasta and rice are cut out too, but I can have carbs in the form of quinoa, buckwheat and sweet potatoes. The most difficult thing about this program, in my opinion, is not being able to combine "fleshes" with "starches". Also, I will be drinking my beloved freshly made green juice every single day, and will aim to get in exercise every single day (whether in the form of running, pilates, dance or swimming).

My main goals for doing this are: 1. to generate happiness in my life and mood stability, 2. to increase energy, 3. to improve my skin, 4. to lose those last unwanted pounds, and 5. to keep my body young and healthy! I am a firm believer that preventative measures are infinitely easier and more effective than damage control.

For my own records, for accountability and in case anyone out there wants to see what you could eat on a program like this, i'll be *trying* to post my daily intake.

Here's what I ate for day #1: (I did not eat nearly as much as I ought to have, that will improve I promise!)
Breakfast: Green juice [in a juicer, process 1 lemon, 1 apple, several handfuls spinach, 1 inch ginger or as much as you can handle, 2 stalks celery]
Dinner: Guacamole salad served in little endive leaf boats [combine 1 diced avocado with a quarter chopped sweet onion, a handful of chopped cilantro, 2 squeezed limes (less if you are not a citrus junkie like I am), a quarter chopped bell pepper, and 1.5 chopped roma tomatoes. Scoop 1-2 spoonfuls into each dainty little endive leaf.]
Dessert: A nibble of Ghiradelli's 72% dark chocolate and some white wine

Day #2:
Breakfast: Green juice
Lunch: Fresh arugula salad with goat cheese [combine 1-2 handfuls of sweet grape tomatoes, a couple cups of spicy arugula, 1 whole squeezed lemon, 1/2 thinly sliced cucumber and 1 oz. of goat cheese]
Dinner: Creamy zucchini pasta [slice up 2 zucchinis into spaghetti like strips, chop up half a container of portobello mushrooms and combine in a sauce pan with 1 cup of high quality, all natural, organic pasta sauce (I use Muir Glen brand). I then stir in 1 oz. goat cheese which turns the sauce creamier almost like a vodka sauce. Only heat until it's all heated through, to retain as much of the vitality in the veggies as possible!
Dessert: Organic red wine and more dark chocolate. Mmm! Who says a diet has to be miserable!

Exercise: Ran a 5k on the treadmill and did some light stretching

I feel like the revolution of more conscious eating is upon me, wish me luck!

Love,
Jenny