I am not sure why, but my motivation to write a new entry has been at an all time low since last week. It isn't because I have nothing to say - in fact, I have quite a bit to update - I just haven't really felt like writing...
I ended my first bout with The Master Cleanse on Sunday, 10 days ago. It was a bit more abrupt on an ending than I was planning on, but the timing was right. My tongue was not completely pink, but other factors just made it the right time for me to revert to a normal diet.
One thing that I was looking forward to eating once I went off the cleanse was my version of miso soup. I have since made the soup four times and each time it just got better! For the first attempt, I simply sliced some celery, carrots, and green cabbage (thinly) and added them to the vegetable broth while it heated up. After it reached the desired temperature, I removed the soup from the heat and added the miso. It was pretty good, though I am sure that the fact that I hadn't eaten anything for more than two weeks other than the lemonade had something to do with my perception of the taste.
The second attempt found me adding some diced onion to the complement of vegetables. I also lightly sauteed the veggies in some butter prior to adding the broth. I started by melting the butter in a sauce pan - just enough to coat the bottom of the pan. I then added the onion and cooked them until they just turned translucent. After that, I added the carrots and celery and sauteed the mix for a little longer before adding the cabbage. Before the cabbage started to wilt, I added the broth and brought the soup up to the desired temperature. I did not allow it to boil. Again, I removed the soup from the heat and added the miso. Oh My Goodness! What an amazing improvement! The first attempt was good but the second attempt was excellent! I am not sure if the addition of the onions accounted for the improvement or if it was the fact that I sauteed the veggies first. Whatever it was, it was worth it.
My daughter saw (smelled) me making the soup and wanted to try it. The 'food critic' loved it!
My intent to begin with phase one of The Maker's Diet fell a little short, however. I am still sticking to The Maker's Diet, but I have been eating some foods that should not be consumed until phases 2 and 3. Overall, though, my food choices have improved. As well, thanks to the cleanse, I am definitely more satisfied with smaller quantities of food. Eating due to true hunger vs. eating on impulse or because society dictates three 'square' meals was also something learned by the cleanse. We simply do not need to eat the quantities of food that we have grown accustomed to eating! As a simple comparison; the equivalent of one regular McDonald's hamburger and small order of should be enough food to satisfy hunger. (Of course, the nutritional content of that meal is suspect, but the quantity is what I am trying to illustrate.) Instead, we favor the Quarter Pounder or the Big Mac and a large order of fries.
In a previous post, Mom Always Said..., I talked about three things that mom really did always say about eating. Of these things, I am really focused on implementing two of them - taking smaller bites and chewing each one more thoroughly - as I was when this whole thing began. Because I am already eating smaller portions, I am not too concerned with leaving some on my plate. These rules are things that I constantly have to remind myself of. It is far too easy to revert to swallowing large, partially chewed bites. When I enjoy a meal, my tendency is to eat quickly. Rather than savoring each bite, I tend to stuff myself. Really, it just makes more sense to chew slowly and truly enjoy the food.
Today, I started to precede each meal with a small serving of plain, whole milk yogurt. Well, any meal that isn't primarily consisting of yogurt, that is. I figure that regularly supplementing with the probiotics found in the yogurt prior to eating would do wonders for my digestive system without spending any money on other supplements.
As it is Wednesday, I found myself alone at home all day. Weather prevented me from any outdoor activity - hence the title and the song reference, Here Comes the Rain Again, Eurythmics. Instead of getting outside - except to walk Ginger - I got some exercise on the Wii Fit Plus. Today also marked the first day that I have weighed myself since ending the cleanse. As expected, my weight loss was considerably less dramatic. Since ending the cleanse, I have only lost half of a pound. However, this 0.5 pound weight loss puts me at exactly 76 pounds lost year to date. Not bad for a 10 month total!
After my workout, I sat down and watched The Future Of Food. I had started watching it a few weeks ago, but didn't have the opportunity to finish it. If you are unfamiliar with it, the movie/documentary is focused on genetically modified food and Monsanto. I highly recommend watching this one. In fact, I have made it easy for you (at least for as long as it is available to watch online). I have it posted right here for you! Please, take a look. (When I watched it, I found it ironic that one of the sponsors of the movie was Lean Cuisine...um, really? A movie about genetically modified food sponsored by a company that sells processed food?)