Since eating healthy is not only required during this cleanse, but also a hobby of mine, I find this cleanse utmost enjoyable. It allows me to take the time to cook, slowly, my meals. I had a busy day, yesterday afternoon and this afternoon, on top of work and school, in the kitchen. I made some of my favorite almonds, just the way my mom makes them! I soak however many almonds I want in water and a dash of salt over night, in the fridge. I started mine in the oven, on a baking sheet with parchment paper, around 8pm. You MUST set your over to the lowest possible heat. Mine is “warm”, so I go about half way in between “warm” and “off” (approx. 160 degrees). I bake them until they have my favorite crunch! when you bite into them. I did take them out (about 30 mins) to make my spicy breakfast, which I will show and tell you all about in a moment! I believe I cooked them for a total of 15 hours, so make sure you or someone will be home to check them often. I…didn’t leave my house, but this cleanse has got me being slightly introverted and self-improvement minded. Can’t complain!
For breakfast yesterday, I had a brilliant idea, inspired by Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations trip to Malaysia. I’m taking a culinary tourism course as one of my last general ED requirements before I graduate. It is a Geography 3500 course (slightly higher level if you aren’t studying anything related to earth sciences) that delves into cuisines and culture around the world. Now, I first thought this would be about Italian, French, Asian, Fusion, Hispanic, and more…but no! This class has started at the roots – where our food came from, how it traveled across the world, and how cuisine and culture are a mixture of ever-changing and ever-lasting identities that we seldom appreciate. So…without a further digression into my studies, I present you with my spicy breakfast concoction: I decided to use some organic polenta, mixed together diced tomatoes, black beans, and a little green chile pepper. I did a layer of each, cracked an egg over it, some fresh parsley and a few shredded of sharp cheddar (I caved and ate a wee bit of cheese). After it was baked, I shook on a little Habanero (insert tilde?) sauce! Delicious.
After this, I began my work shift where I was able to help out some wonderful Universal Formulas customers! After work, before doing some hot yoga, I decided to make a batch of humus. I soaked some chickpeas over night … in case you aren’t aware, dry chickpeas get a LOT bigger once you soak them. Making humus is very easy, as long as you have a decent food processor. Luckily, my blender came with an attachment and it worked perfectly after about 10 minutes! Homemade humus tastes delicious, has more nutrients, and is WAY cheaper. I used this recipe to make it – http://ohsheglows.com/2010/12/04/the-hummus-that-changed-everything/ So after my delicious breakfast casserole, I enjoyed some hummus and lots of fresh veggies before doing a hot yoga class! After class, I went home and fell asleep at a reasonable hour.
Today, my 6th day of cleansing, I woke up, reheated some of my spicy breakfast, at some cantelope and an apple, packed a lunch, and headed to class. Two of my classes ended up being cancelled so I was able to go out and enjoy the weather. I went to a beautiful part of a park near my home and enjoyed my packed lunch in the bird sanctuary. It was delightful! Well, now I’m off to go for another walk around downtown and enjoy dinner at a local food restaurant – Food Dance! I’ve been feeling really good for the past few days! I’m proud to say that I have yet to consume any empty carbohydrates, alcohol, caffeine, or meat products. I can’t believe that I was able to cut these things out so easily. I feel like this is the next step in my journey of life – where I am finally able to match my behaviors with my attitude towards healthy living. I know this weekend will be hard, as the weather will be nice, and all my friends will want to go out and enjoy it with a few cocktails! But I’m fine with water! I’ll even drink them with a water, cayenne pepper, lemon juice, and cinnamon drink! They won’t even be able to tell the difference. Plus, all the extra energy I have will be helpful in keeping up with my friends who may be a little “excited” this weekend. :) All for now!