OK, so the Master Cleanse was an utter disaster (although it did lead to my buddy emailing me asking how my colon was). Predictable, some people might say. But, none the less, I went into it with good intentions. To
(1) Clean out my body
(2) Precipitate a general cleaning up of my diet (less alcohol, more fruit and veg, less red meat, more variety, less restaurant food as mine is always of the over processed cheaper take out variety and despite my best intentions I plow into the accompanying chips)
(3) sort out my general exhaustion and tiredness.
So, to this end, I have developed some new rules, to help me stick to them. I even joined Stickk.com. Stickk a website where you pledge to stick to a goal and every week that you don’t, your money goes to a cause of your choice. You can choose a friend, a charity, or if you really want to motivate yourself an ‘anti-charity’ of your choice; so every week I fail, ManYoo football club gets 10 of my princely dollars (NOT happening). Stickk is awesome – join it and friend me if you like. So, my ‘guidelines are’:
-No more than 2 meals from restaurants / take-outs per week
-No diet coke in the week
-2 ‘meatless’ days per week. As I was inspired by this Johns Hopkins health initiative I call it Meatless Monday, even though it doesn’t actually have to be a Monday. So here, is the results of my first ‘meatless Monday’, which was actually a Wednesday. I ate:
Breakfast: scrambled egg white, watermelon and a peach.
Lunch: Ratatouille with chickpeas:
1 eggplant / aubergine [see how multilingual I have become]
1 winter squash / zucchini / courgette
1 red onion
1 green pepper
2 cans crushed tomato
2 large cloves of garlic, finely chopped
fresh rosemary, dried savory & oregano
Roughly chop all your veg
Lightly saute them in a deep bottomed saucepan with the olive oil and chopped garlic
Add 2 cans of tomatoes, then half fill one of the cans with water and add the water to the pan
Add the herbs
Simmer on a very low heat for 2 hours.
Done. The great thing is that you can keep the ratatouille for ages, and it is very versatile. I added 1/3 can of chickpeas and that was my lunch.
A load of my generous office mate Stella’s cherries and an organic lolly.
I sauteed some mushrooms and chickpeas in Ragu canned sauce and garlic, and threw it on some spaghetti squash. Dessert: Chobani 0% and berries. Late night: 2 squares of Escazu chipotle chili & vanilla 74% cocoa chocolate.
Exercise for the day: 1 zumba class, 1 salsa class.
And there it is: the first menu for a meatless Monday 🙂 I was surprised, I wasn’t hungry and felt great.