||[Aug. 19th, 2004|11:48 am]
Going on 3 days. I have kind of been eating a lot of stuff besides what I'm not eating, as in eating a large quantity of everything with animal fat. I.e. no meat of any sort, no eggs, no butter, no cheese. I think I've also cut a lot of salt out because i salt meat and eggs pretty heavily when I eat them. I could use more fresh fruit, but I've eaten a lot of salad. I've eaten a fair amount of crackers, corn chips, and almonds, so that vegetable oils have been my sole source of fat. I've used soy milk instead of cow's milk. I think I'm a bit lactose intolerant so cutting out uncultured milk aids my tummy.
I seem to always gravitate to foods that have a lot of garlic and onions. I should add in a lot of raw parsley, which is pretty good once you get used to it.
Physical manifestations: I feel pretty energetic, kind of like the buzz you get after a few days of not smoking when you start re-oxygenating. I've not weighed but I think I've dropped a couple pounds of water weight. I'll drop more if I drink more water to flush accumulated salt.
brown rice & tofu stir fried with vegetables
zucchini, green pepper, red onion, broccoli, tofu. soak tofu (extra firm) in soy sauce. fry in olive oil until surface of cubes is bubbly. take out of pan. throw in oil, and a table spoon of red curry paste. Get curry paste hot enough it mixes with the oil but doesne't burn. throw in vegatables. add a couple tablespoons of fresh chopped ginger and couple tablespoons of chopped cilantro. tablespoon crushed garlic. stir fry until hot through. Serve over rice with nonfat yoghurt.
black eyed peas. bring a couple cups of black eyed peas to a boil. Drain and bring to a boil with fresh water, when a grey scum full of the bean skin forms, skim off. drop in large chopped onion, 1/4 teaspoon cumin, 3 boullion cubes, 3 large cloves garlic crushed. keep just covered with fresh water until beans are soft, then cook down until beans are just thick enough not to run all over a plate. Cover with fresh salsa and nonfat yoghurt.
salsa: 4 or 5 large, ripe tomatos 1 small or 1/2 large red or sweet yellow onion, 2 large cloves (optional), 2 fresh hot peppers, salt, pepper, tablespoon olive oil.
Skin tomatoes by dropping for 30 seconds in boiling water - skin should peel right off. quarter peeled tomatoes and get rid of seeds and the clear jelly stuff my mother calls 'dog eye' by poking into seed chambers with a finger and then gently squeezing out the goo. chop into small chunks.
chop all other ingredients and mix together. I like adding a generous dollop of olive oil. Add about half of the peppers -- chopped very fine, or even blended, and let the salsa sit in the fridge covered for a couple of hours. Taste the salsa. If it's insanely hot, learn to love the pain. Otherwise add as much chopped hot pepper as you think prudent and let sit for another hour or two. when you want some, drain off clear fluid that collects and then stir well to mix in olive oil.
If you save the fluid you pour off when you serve, throw it in a soup, or even drink it. It tastes pretty good and has loads of vitamins.