After 14 days of Detox I find that what I miss the most is…. extra virgin olive oil. (Even more than coffee.)
From roasting, sautéing and grilling, I switched to steaming and poaching. I actually found that steamed fish gets much tender and stays moist and delicate when steamed compared to the other cooking methods.
I look at recipes in my cookbooks and have to eliminate a lot of the ingredients which I am not allowed to use until the 21 days are over including vinegars and oils.
It is challenging to detox and I miss dough, and dairy, and oils. Not so much meat (although there’s no telling what I’d do if someone put a fragrant 4 oz. grass-fed steak under my noise).
And it’s a good thing that I love lemon! It really helps with flavor. I also use red onion, garlic, and herbs to add flavor. But a little bit of evoo is still missing to round it all.
So what did I make?
In this bowl, I had arugula, roasted yam, fresh mushrooms, roasted butternut squash, brown rice, cilantro.
In this bowl, I had tomato, cucumber, bell pepper, brown rice, lentils, red onion, garlic, lemon juice, avocado.
In that bowl I had brown rice, lentils (those 2 were mandatory for the first 10 days), parsley, red onion, lightly roasted almonds, red bell pepper, cauliflower, broccoli.
Broccoli and cauliflower are the most challenging vegetables, in my opinion, to make something exciting out of when not using oil, cheese, eggs, and such.
What are the most challenging vegetable for you?
Here I made soup out of the water from steamed beets, leftover broccoli and cauliflower + carrots, yam, sweet potato, onion, and garlic cooked is salter water.
I lost 5-7 pounds which is nice—it feels good; I feel lighter—and with no effort really. I was never hungry in the past 2 weeks.
However, the other issues are still there. The naturopathic physician says “12 days are not enough to resolve a long standing problem that has been suppressed”.
I need to keep my hope that the Detox will help.
One more week to go.