Days 5 – 10 (Saag Mushroom)

Dear all,

I apologize for the absence. When I started the cleanse, I did not realize how life would get so crazy. I actually sat down and looked at my calendar and thought about when the most appropriate time for a cleanse would be… and of course life went and screwed things up. But the past is in the past now! I have officially finished the cleanse and I feel great! 

The last 5 days were definitely more of a struggle for me than the first five. I felt much more low-energy and going to the gym became much more of a struggle. I also caught a slight cold, so there’s no telling whether my exhaustion was due to my cold, the cleanse, or the lemons I’ve been making lemonade out of. 

Now, let’s talk results!

Over the course of the cleanse, I lost a little less than 6 pounds, dropping from around 108 to 102 lbs. I’ve never been much for sodas or unhealthy and sugary teas, so that was never a problem for me, but I have cut down my coffee drinking to one cup a day. I find myself reaching for water much more than I used to — which is great, because that means the weight I lost was most likely not water weight! Overall, I noticed that I suffered from fewer headaches than usual… which really is a huge plus for me. My goal now is to maintain my current weight by eating more normally (hello, eggs! I’ve missed your presence in my life…) and continuing my gym-going! This means Meatless Mondays and 6 to 8 oz of meat or tofu on other days. I’m excited! I hope to extend my healthy eating habits for as long as possible (BUT I LOVE FOOD!) so we will see how that goes.

 

On day 7 I was so hungry and I missed warm, cooked, and satisfying food a lot. After looking at the list of foods I was allowed to eat for a while, I realized something awesome: I can have Saag! 

After researching for a bit, I decided to follow this recipe from edible garden. Her recipe is so simple to follow and so easy. Since I can’t have paneer, I substituted with Mushrooms and opted out of all the cream/butter options. 

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I know it might not look super appetizing, but I love Indian food. This is a curry made primarily with spinach. It really is quite delicious! Image

Here is a blend of cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala, turmeric powder, ginger powder, garlic powder, and red chili powder. It just looks so bright and beautiful! and the apartment smelled wonderful for the rest of the weekend. I know I’m supposed to use freshly ground herbs and spices and it makes a huge difference, but I didn’t have most of the spices needed… so I cheated and used the pre-ground spices. It was still delicious!

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Minced ginger, garlic, and tomato paste!

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Almost finished product… yummy! I can’t even tell you how good it smelled. It was hard to resist excessive tasting.

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Add in mushrooms, close the lid, simmer, and serve. 

It was so delicious! The best part is that it was that Ken could eat it too, even on keto! I think the most challenging part about the cleanse for me was that it was hard to find common ground… My diet consisted of mostly fruits and veggies, and his was mostly meats, protein, and very limited veggies (basically mushroom, broccoli, and leafy greens). Absolutely no fruits (too much sugar, too many carbs!) Now that I am finished with my cleanse, I am super excited to remake this with the cream and the yogurt. I think it will prove to be a much more rounded! 

 

Enjoy! 

His and Her Lunchboxes

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His and her broccoli, chicken sausage, and shirataki noodle lunchboxes! (mine is the cuter three compartment one!) 

As much as I would love for everyone to believe that I always make super complicated, complex, and delicious foods for Ken every day, all the time, always, and without fail… that would just be a lie. Some (if not most) days just call for simpler things! This is a picture of a typical lunch/ dinner for us when Ken is doing Keto. The shirataki noodles, sometimes referred to as miracle noodles, are actually quite delicious and zero everything. Zero carbs, zero calories, zero, zero, zero! Some people think the noodles smell bad and have a weird texture, but neither of these things have ever bothered me. Make sure to rinse the noodles when they come out of the package! I usually just plop them in a pot of boiling water for about 3 to 5 minutes, set them out in a colander over a mixing bowl to drain and dry, and then mix in a few drops of sesame oil. The noodles actually pick up flavor pretty well. In this particular instance, I put in a spoonful of hot chili sauce in addition to the sesame oil. 

That’s it! I will be back with some japanese curry and healthy sesame soups.  Thanks for reading!