Living a vegetarian lifestyle makes this portion of the fast seem like no change. Toward the evening, I said to my husband, “This isn’t so bad! I feel like I’ve eaten a lot today.”
Something like daggers were thrown from his look back to me. Like, Seriously, woman?! You’re stomach isn’t every moment consuming itself and groaning in agony?
We sat to dinner and began listing every different fruit or vegetable we had eaten throughout the day. It was astonishing. Apple, pear, cabbage, ginger, lemon, lime, spinach, arugula, tangerine, celery, carrot, radish, broccoli, sweet potato, parsnip, onion and garlic.
First thing in the morning
This fast has you begin and end your day with either tea or water. My son and I have decided we don’t drink enough water, so we recently developed a new morning ritual called Chug-A-Lug. We each fill a cup full of warm water (cold hurts our throats), after which we make toasts to whatever comes in our minds. Yesterday it went something like this: Me: To rainy days! Him: To slugs! We clink our glasses and then gulp about a third of the glass. Clinking and drinking continues until it’s gone.
My son also discovered a most peculiar herbal tea – Licorice Spice. Granted, I am one of those who picks out black licorice Jelly Bellies, because they overpower the taste of the next ten you eat. So, I was skeptical. But something strange happened with the first taste…
It was not as heavy on the anise/licorice flavor as expected. Then, a weird sensation. Sweetness burst out of it and sank into my taste buds. It was like they sifted through the licorice flavor and found a pot of sugary gold at the end of the rainbow. We passed it to my husband, also a skeptic, and he had the same reaction. He waited a few seconds, then sat up straight and got a big smile on his face. We’re converted.
The most important meal that we rarely eat. Perhaps this fast will get us into a better routine. Cherry Cinnamon Apple Bake today. Pretty much exactly what it sounds like, apples, cherries, craisins, and a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg baked. It was crazy sweet and tart, but delicious.
Lemon Lime – 1 lemon, 1 lime, 1 apple, 1 pear, bit o’ ginger, 2 carrots, and some purple cabbage. You had me until purple cabbage (husband’s reaction). First off, the dreaded cabbage had the most brilliant purple color. I enjoyed it, because lemon and lime always remind me of 7-Up. Question – why do I feel really thirsty after drinking juice? Isn’t that contradictory? One final thing – if you can afford a masticating juicer, do it. Lots of foam on this juice.
Spinach, orange, carrot, radish, celery, and broccoli salad. We went to the Portland State University Farmer’s Market on Saturday and came away with two items: cherry habanero jelly and pear ginger vinegar. We made our own dressing for this salad with the pear ginger vinegar and olive oil. I’m used to salads with feta, seeds, and nuts. This salad felt extremely bland, but for the dressing and orange.
Sweet Potato chips. Thinly sliced sweet potatoes seasoned with either sea salt or cinnamon. These dudes were difficult to make, because you had to keep an eye on them at all times. There were many burns and some floppy attempts before I got it right. Words of wisdom – eat immediately. Even the crispiest became soggy on the way to deliver them to my husband at work.
Roasted carrots, onion, ginger, parsnip, celery, and zucchini with olive oil, dried thyme and oregano. REALLY tasty. A nice warm food to end the day.
We ate some fruit strips as well as apple chips after dinner before bed. We decided it was like dessert.
This was a LOT of work. Not a maintainable lifestyle. I was peeling, slicing, juicing, chopping, and baking all day long. Plus, I think my husband was drooling when I cooked chicken for my son at dinner…