Monday, July 31, 2006

Detox Cooking, #1

On Sunday night I prepared a few dishes to sustain me for the week ahead.

Firstly, I made a big vat of Nigella's Vegetables in Vegetable Sauce (Low Fat chapter of How to Eat, and then her Vegetable Soup (Basics etc. chapter of the same book), and finally, a half-quantity of her Happiness Soup from Forever Summer, subsituting green zucchini for the yellow ones and brown rice for the basmati. (So yes, not quite as "happy" as the original version of the soup, but good nonetheless). I also cooked up a batch of brown rice for me to pick at over the week. Mmm... brown rice.







Sunday, July 30, 2006

Detox Shopping, #1

On Saturday, Dad and I went to Coles to stock up for my detox.

- carrots
- turnips
- parsnips
- tinned tomatoes, lentils, chickpeas and red kidney beans
- 2kg brown rice
- soy milk
- celery
- 1 x Coles "soup mix" (i.e. turnip, carrot, parsnip, celery, potato in a shrink-wrap packet)
- capsicums
- red and brown onions
- cauliflower
- broccoli
- zucchini
- frozen raspberries
- frozen mixed berries (bilberries, blueberries, blackcurrants)
- Magazines: Delicious, Donna Hay, Australian Gourmet Traveller
- 2 litres Connoisseur ice-cream
- 1 packet Smiths Crisps

Needless to say, the last two items on that list were for my family, and not for me.

Sarah Discovers How to Detox

Hello all!!

I'm back from my trip! When I finished my How to Eat project, many people asked me what the next step was. Now, I think there's really only one logical conclusion from 365 days of enforced eating, followed by 7 weeks of culinary Eurotripping.... a DETOX!!

I'm following the detox that my travel-buddy Clarice followed during her exams (which came, in turn, from Pistachio). Basically, this entails...

- No wheat or yeast
- No sugar
- No meat or fish
- No dairy
- No caffeine (i.e. no tea or coffee!!!!!!!!)
- No alcohol
- No white rice

Additionally, you're supposed to eat small portions and drink loads of water. You can get protein from beans, pulses and tofu (yummy!), and calcium from soy milk and green veggies. If you're being really strict you should avoid fermented products (e.g. vinegar), but seeing as all soy products are made of fermented soybeans, I'm gonna ignore this rule. It goes without saying, I suppose, but you're not supposed to smoke whilst detoxing, and you should try to exercise regularly.

Over the next few weeks, as I progressively blog about the meals I ate in Europe, you'll see why a detox is so very necessary right now.

My detox officially starts tomorrow, Monday the 31st of July, and will go for 4 weeks. In preparedness for this detox, I haven't had any coffee (really!) or alcohol since I came home last week. According to Ed, the boyfriend of a friend of mine, you only need 2 days away from coffee to break the caffeine addiction. That is to say, after 2 days without coffee, you might still "want" a cup of coffee, but that will just be a desire, rather than a chemical dependency. Goodness, I hope so.

Anyway, if anyone has any recipes that you think would be detox-friendly, please let me know. Nigella books are, unsurprisingly, almost totally devoid of such food.

Bring it on.