My Liver is De-toxing!
I am about half-way through a 12-day detox for my liver. I had wanted to start it sooner, so that i can officially do it in the Fall as detoxes are recommended, but i know i'm pushing it a bit. It's my first serious detox like this - complete with a kit with several nasty-tasting and bowel-shaking pills. But, i can already feel a diference. My energy has never felt so good and the initial days of being nauseous and irritable have passed. I love that i'm not eating any 'white stuff' like bread, cereal, vegan cheese, white rice, and pasta - and that i can live without it. Thank goodness i celebrated Halloween and sugar before i committed to this diet!
One thing that is helping me through this, besides J doing it with me, is that we still get to eat lots of food. Like fresh fruit and veggies that are local and organic (not allowed to have tropical fruits or juices), as well as using grains like millet, kasha, amaranth, quinoa, etc that i don't typically use. Now that i have to use them, i am finding great recipes that are both extremely healthy as well as flavourful.
Like, for instance, some great recipes from the book Super Natural Cooking - millet-fried rice, sushi rice bowls, wheat berry salad, and some great soups. The book is organized to highlight 5 key ways to eat a more healthy and colourful diet. I especially like the reminder to use 'alternative' grains like teff and quinoa, so this book came in my hands at the perfect time. There are also some great photos throughout the book to enjoy as your browse through. I think this book as inspired in me to try at least 2 creative dishes each week. And, i'll commit to this by weekly looking through my various books and choosing from them each Sunday afternoon. This way, i know i can put my words into action.Another great source for good meals while i'm on this diet is the blog Domestic Affair. She typically shares some great recipes, and since i went to a Detox Seminar at a Hillside festival that was hosted by Jae (years ago), i trust that she's got some great recipes up her sleeve for my needs! Tonight, for example, i'm writing this post as my Millet-Stuffed Peppers are baking in the oven. Can't wait for dinner - the filling before we stuffed it was fantastic on its own!
I'm sure my liver will thank me. It better.