detox three, day three

i received a compliment on the seasoning scent of my lunch yesterday, so i passed the recipe along. while the chickpea kale curry is tasty, it’s missing either spice or sweet. i had even added some coconut nectar to give it something. i remember it being close to sensational last time.

the turkey burgers were both annoying to make and not very tasty. i don’t like touching meat to make the patties; i could have bought pre-pattied turkey, but i needed to add stuff to make it ‘thai’, fish sauce being an ingredient. i forget how salty the recipes are in gwenyth’s books (as opposed to the goop site).

i made an extra burger for tonight, but think i’m going to skip it. i have a project that i need to start an finish for the pantry and i can’t be spending two hours in the kitchen after work.

so, the detox will come to an end today. perhaps i’ll celebrate with a latte.

detox three, day two

the niçoise salad was pretty good; i think i could have seasoned up the tuna a little, and i forgot the avocado, but all in all, it was tasty. i even didn’t hate the arugula and radicchio.

i did stop to see matt and have a drink after work, but life is about moderation, not exclusion and depravity. while i was putting the menu together and reading through gwenyth’s cookbook, it occurred to me that it could be pretty simple to maintain the unprocessed/no sugar/still yummy food lifestyle; especially now that i eat bird. so, i’m allowing myself to create my own rules for this one.

keeping with my daily kombucha is helping. during previous fasts, there wasn’t a whole lot of movement until day four, if you know what i mean, and i was lethargic and bloated. who wants to do that voluntarily for a week?

i spent longer than wanted making the next meal (chickpea and kale curry) and didn’t sit down to dinner until shortly after 8, but the turkey chili didn’t let me down.

for some reason, in the recent past, i’d gotten used to having a couple spoonfuls of green tea or strawberry ice cream (haagen daas doesn’t put a bunch of crap in their ice cream), so mangoes are my dessert this week, and they’re a pretty good substitute.

my egg drop soup breakfast was tasty and i was sweating before i left the house. halfway to work, i realized that i was biking way faster than usual and i’ll attribute that to not stuffing my face for dinner and having calories before leaving the house (normally, i don’t eat anything until around 10a). we’ll see if my theory holds up the rest of the week.

detox three, day one

after the lunch last thursday made me feel so badly, i decided it was probably about time for another elimination.

i used a little bit of the last two menus from goop and added in some meals from gwenyth’s “it’s all good” cookbook.

i also made a granola bar from angela liddon’s “oh she glows every day”, just to replace the apparent daily latte i started getting from porter; it has a tiny bit of caffeine.

i also decided not to eliminate my daily kombucha. i really do feel like it has a positive effect on my digestion, and that’s important with this food plan.

so, day one was supposed to be egg drop soup for breakfast, but i misunderstood how slowly the bone broth would defrost. i had also planned for turkey chili and niçoise salad for lunch/dinner the first two days, but one of the jars of salad slipped and hit the fridge and busted. some choice words followed and matt, thankfully, cleaned it up because i was trying to figure out how to salvage the hard boiled egg that i was convinced did not have shards of glass.

after a little shuffling, i had the turkey chili for lunch and we shared pressure cooked chicken legs and black rice for dinner.

i started getting a headache around 4p but i think it was because of the low pressure.

detox days three, four, and five

i forgot to post because friday came and went so quickly. the rice cake + avo with a had boiled egg was an interesting snack, but it filled the void. the lentil soup wasn’t all that flavorful, but i have since learned that items made with home made broth need more salt added than one would think.

dinner was cabbage-wrapped dim sum and it was a lot of work. i’m not sure that it would be worth it again.

saturday morning’s oatmeal was good. but, again, not worth the effort. i think i’ll stick to my overnight oats from oh she glows.

the niçois salad was tasty, and it was just enough to keep me from buying everything during our grocery shop. i skipped the afternoon snack because i wasn’t hungry. we used up the rest of the chicken from friday for laarb cabbage cups and miso sweet potatoes. matt enjoyed both things and is willing to try the laarb again. i think i’d like to use a more authentic recipe that isn’t catered to a detox.

this morning i had egg drop soup for breakfast and then distracted myself in the kitchen for so long that i forgot to eat lunch and forgot to get some work done. i broke the detox with some brown rice (tho, that was already called for in the last meal — fried rice) and roasted chicken.

after dinner, i whipped up some chicken noodle soup for this week’s lunches and have some new items to add to my weekly snack routine. namely, turmeric lattes.

detox night two

yesterday was a little rough. around 2, i started feeling pretty lethargic and my eyes started burning/getting fuzzy. i remembered the afternoon snack of apple and cashew and that seemed to help the lethargy, but my mood was definitely sour.

i woke up today and apologized to a coworker for being terse. his response, “No need to apologize. I didn’t think you were being terse at all. You’re so nice that even when you’re pissed, you still sound polite.”

isn’t that sweet? i guess, over online chat, i sound the same as normal.

last night, i had arrived home to a sink full of dishes and a full but dirty dishwasher, so that put a little damper on things. but, once i got my head around dinner and lunch for today (lunch was to use up some of the lentils from dinner), i was okayish.

on to dinner! and the story of the radicchio. so, this detox is laid out nicely, with a big ol’ shopping list split out by department and menus for each day with instructions for what to prep for lunch after you’re done eating dinner.

i use a guest check pad for my grocery lists because they’re abundant in the house.


the list for the detox took up four pages and we found almost everything at woodman’s. the two ingredients that aren’t available there are oil-cured black olives and radicchio. i knew i could get the olives at jeni st market since they have an olive bar, but i also knew that i couldn’t call to ask if they had radicchio because the average age of the checkout folks is about 13 and i once had one of them ask me what a leek was so she could ring it up.

my only other option was to call the willy st coop. on a saturday. nearing 5 pm.

i was transferred to produce, where the nice man double-checked for me that there was, in fact, one radicchio left. we hustled over (in the car) to the coop and the parking lot was jam packed, with folks circling and following people to their cars.

it reminded me of school at matc where people would park and wait at the end of aisles. my friends and i would always pick a row to walk down and then cut through, subsequently pissing off the driver and getting them out of their first place in line. haha.

i asked matt if he’d be ok with hopping out to grab the radicchio and meeting me at the car in the back of the store. he kindly did as i found a spot to park on the street. i ran in to make sure he had the right member number and looked down at the checkout belt and saw a very sad looking little vegetable. then i looked up at the register to see that it was $5.09. wah wah wah.

i wanted to get a feel for this sad, $5 thing so we grilled it with a dinner salad on sunday night. i wasn’t super impressed, but willing to give it another try. last night’s dinner was lentils with grilled radicchio and salmon. i ended up having to cook the salmon further because it was so thick, which gave me an opportunity to throw the grilled radicchio away.

i do not like it.


today’s lunch is immersion-blended lentils and bone broth.

i swayed from the menu and made a turmeric latte for my morning snack. it was good enough that i’d do it again.

detox night one; morning two

turns out chili with meat in it is pretty good. this was ground turkey (i probably didn’t get the most animal-friendly kind because it hadn’t occurred to me that woodman’s would carry antibiotic free chicken but not turkey, so i guessed based on the labeling :/ ) with cubed sweet potato and black, pinto, kidney beans. just the right amount of spice and i’m looking forward to having it again for lunch. a slice of crispy baguette with butter would have gone really well with it, but that’s not in the cards. this week, anyway.

this morning, breakfast was egg drop soup with bone broth. i had always wondered how they get the eggs to be so ribbony. a slotted spoon! tonight will be a little more intense as far as prep goes since it involves making tomorrow’s lunch, but it will be delicious. salmon with lentils (de puy) over grilled radicchio.

remind me to tell you a story about the radicchio.

also, here’s the turkey chili with beans and pots:


detox two; day one

i’m mixing the two detox menus. instead of having warm water with lemon upon waking, i’m sticking with the herbal tea of cardamom, fennel, and cumin seeds. i opted out of getting the $120 worth of powders to make the warming lattes because i still have powders left from the october cleanse, so i’ll likely employ their use.

lunch today is a crunchy veggie salad with chicken and sun butter dressing; i had no idea sun butter was a thing. i’m also pretty sure i’ve never eaten kohlrabi before this. an addition of diced apple might be nice in here.


i made a lot, forgetting that some of the recipes are more than one serving, so i’m sure i won’t finish this.

day five, part one

last night’s dinner didn’t sit very well, even though it was pretty basic. either my body got used to the types of foods or my body is done trying to get used to them. in any event, i went to bed without an idea for day five’s lunch (i was going to have dinner leftovers, but didn’t want a repeat). this is where most adjusted food intake plans go awry.

so, i packed up some of the leftover cashew dressing, carrots, and cauliflower and told myself that since this is the last day, i can deal with it.

but, also, it’s friday, which i’ve turned into “sushi friday!” at work. it involves me starting a group order on eat street and everyone joining in that wants some.

for the past few days, i’ve been trying to figure out what to plan on eating in order to wean myself back to the food groups i’ve been avoiding. sushi rice and tofu didn’t seem like such a bad idea, once the tummy grumbled. so, i got to celebrate sushi friday! after all. i stayed away from shellfish (as per the diet) and got eel, tuna, and salmon. the miso soup has tofu and seaweed.

in any event, it was delicious and exactly what i needed after a week of modifications.

day four

there’s a very soy saucy/ginger/asian theme to most of the dishes; at least the ones i tried from days 1-5. today’s lunch was so-so. i’ve come to realize that i don’t really care for chicken breast that’s grilled one night, chilled, and served over a salad the next day. it just doesn’t taste good. or maybe it’s that it’s free range organic and that makes it not kfc, or that it’s not on the bone*? idk.

dinner is the detox hot & sour soup. it’s not very sour, but it has a little bite. i was planning on taking it for lunch tomorrow but i’m worried about it leaving me a little hungry. except, i was noting to myself on the way home today that i never felt any hunger pangs. each meal/snack was spaced out enough. i suppose it didn’t hurt that i didn’t get to dinner until 8 or 830, which is a little later than i normally like to eat before bed.

tomorrow is the last day! clearly, i could keep going, but i don’t think i could maintain this pace forever… not without a personal planner/chef/shopper. i’m not craving burrito drive (yet), but i’m looking forward to the evening when i can just come home and relax.

*i’d kinda like to try some bone-in slow-cooker recipes

day three

i’m in the pattern now; let dogs out, zap water, fill dog bowls, let dogs in, pour water, set the timer for three minutes, put shoes on, find watch/bracelet/ring, pour tea into the mug, rinse seeds from this awesome little teapot that i bought two years ago, enjoy tea while standing in kitchen. it forces me to be mindful of the day and warms my insides for the cooler weather and bike ride.

since i’ve been measuring the powders for the smoothies at night, all i need to do is add the almond butter, coconut oil, and almond milk and “blitz” (as goop likes to call it) with the immersion blender. two ice cubes and the smoothie go into my thermos and i can keep on with getting ready.

around 11:45 yesterday, i crashed. i could almost barely keep my eyes open. i figured there was a blood sugar issue, so i ate lunch even though i wasn’t specifically hungry.  yesterday’s lunch was the leftover chickpea curry, which was even better after sitting in the fridge.

i got back to my desk and had to put it down into sitting. i think i’ve done that four times in the two years i’ve had the standing desk. i probably could have laid my head down and napped, but that’s weird. i’m not in high school history class!

i got a whiff of the apple that had been sitting on my desk since last friday and decided that, even though it wasn’t in the meal schedule, it was necessary. after about 15 minutes, i was wide awake. clearly, there is a blood sugar thing going on.

around 4, i decided to try the crudité and dressing from tuesday’s salad and had a few bites, but was filled quickly.

i got home and made thursday’s lunch: romaine salad with carrots, onions, and soba noodles, a fancy miso dressing, and a chicken paillard with third ward seasoning.

*then* i made the last two salmon burgers with the asian salad from monday and enjoyed a couple episodes of chopped with the dogs in the living room before bed.

one thing i will say is that it is a lot of work doing this type of diet. lots of planning, forethought, and work. after lunch on thursday, my next three meals are soup and then i’ll wean myself back out of the reduced food groups. it’ll be interesting to see if anything affects me, good or bad.

i will also say that, even though i enjoy the company of my friends at the bar and the “cool-down” time after work, it’s been pretty nice to refrain from booze and spend my time cooking, even though my feet hurt.