20 May 2010

Liver Cleansing Diet: Conclusion

Conclusion? Surely 56 days haven't already passed us by, I hear you exclaim. Well no, no quite...

Things have been a little quiet on the blog front since the spectacularly early demise of the liver cleansing diet. On day 6, after incessant complaining from yours truly, hubby and I dropped the diet and celebrated with KFC for lunch that day.

Rather than rabbit on about it any more, I thought a quick summary would suffice.

Things from the diet I will continue to use:

• the pumpkin soup recipe, yum yum;
• the chicken and almonds recipe, ditto;
• drinking filtered water (it tastes so much fresher);
• drinking 2 glasses of water with freshly squeezed lemon juice first thing in the morning; and
• drinking V8 daily

Things from the diet I have been happy to ignore since day 6:

• soy milk - I don't like it and it doesn't like me;
• eliminating red meat from my diet;
• eliminating dairy from my diet - as well as milk in my coffee, I'm quite partial to yoghurt and ice cream;
• wholemeal bread;
• wholemeal pasta (an abomination in my book);
• cooking absolutely everything from scratch; and
• celery in every single meal.

Of course if I thought we actually needed to do it we might have lasted a bit longer (maybe a week!). But considering my alcohol intake is virtually non-existent and weight loss is not on my agenda, I don't think the liver cleansing diet is really for me. Now, time for a coffee with cow's milk.

07 May 2010

Liver Cleansing Diet: Days 4 & 5

The last couple of days have not been very exciting foodwise. It has seemed to be quite bland and made more difficult by my cooking separate meals for MissyMoo1 (of sausages, no less) so she gets to eat some meat.

Day 4 lunch was a sandwich, but of course, it could not be a normal sandwich. It had avocado, grated carrot, grated raw zucchini and tinned tuna. It had a very "fresh" taste but really the only flavour came from the tuna, which was tomato and onion flavoured (and I think that was cheating a bit - it probably should have been plain, bland tuna).

Day 4 dinner: I dislike wholemeal pasta. That is all.

Day 5 lunch and dinner were both sandwiches. Dinner was pretty good though with pieces if chicken breast, avocado, tomato & lettuce. I did miss the cheese and mayo which are usually part of that sandwich filling gang. It wasn't anything fancy but it hit the spot. The gelato for dessert was again delicious. It was a battle to eat it in peace though - by the end of my bowl I had both MissyMoos climbing all over my legs trying to get to my bowl.

There have been a few highlights and I know we're only 5 days in but I've been seriously thinking about ditching the diet at times. I'll stick it out for a while longer but I can't wait until it's over.

06 May 2010

Liver Cleansing Diet: Day 3

I'm getting used to this eating healthily thing and not lamenting the lack of chocolate too much any more - although I do have to stop myself from automatically grabbing a lolly when I open up the pantry.

One highlight of today was a fine example of my self-control. I went through KFC drive-thru to get a bottle of water (the missy moos were asleep in the car and we're supposed to drink filtered water - I figured drive-thru was the best option. I wish there was such a thing as a drive-thru bakery, but that's off the topic - I'll save that for another time). I got the water and did not get any KFC. I was so proud of myself as KFC is a major weakness of mine.

The other highlight was dinner: chicken and almonds followed by gelato for dessert. DELICIOUS. Even with my sense of smell temporarily disabled by my cold, it tasted so good. There's another dish I'll be doing again even after all this is over. Mmmm...

04 May 2010

Liver Cleansing Diet: Day 2

I managed to get through the night without being woken by hunger pains, which was a good start. After my two glasses of water with lemon juice, it was time for the raw vegetable juice made from carrot, celery and parsley. Silly me, in 'I should be making everything fresh' mode, had a go at pureeing said vegetables and adding water to make it "juice". The result was a disgusting lumpy mush which I immediately wanted to spit into the sink once it made contact with my tongue. Upon closer inspection of the book, it appears that making the juice is not necessary. Tomorrow morning I think I'll go with the V8 juice.

I was pretty hungry today but I think it was more a longing for nutella on toast than a lack of nutrition bring provided by the food I was eating. The pumpkin soup for lunch was delicious - I'll be making that one again even after this is all over.

Tonight's fried rice was average & MissyMoo1 refused to eat it. It was bland but filling. Hope tomorrow's is better. Cooking new things is not really my forte...

03 May 2010

Liver Cleansing Diet: Day 1 (of 57)

Today it began. Although the diet began this evening, the mindset started in the morning with grocery shopping. I loaded up the car with all sorts of nuts, seeds and vegetables. It was more time-consuming (4 supermarkets to find all the stuff) easily $50 more expensive, but the smells were delicious. The beautiful aroma of basil kept us company on the drive home and made me a bit excited at cooking up all the goodies.

Tonight's dinner was vegetable ratatouille followed by passionfruit gelato (not home-made) for dessert. Dinner was okay, but not very satisfying. Maybe my head was telling me that I couldn't be full because there was no meat in the meal ... or maybe it just wasn't satisfying. The gelato was delicious so I'm on a winner with dessert! Now I'm cooking pumpkin soup for tomorrow's lunch. Let's hope it's okay and fills my tummy, otherwise it's going to be a long eight weeks.

02 May 2010

Liver Cleansing Diet: Preparation

A few days ago, Hubby announced he wanted to do the liver cleansing diet.

A few years ago we bought a book called The Liver Cleansing Diet by Dr Sandra Cabot. We had a look at it but only got as far as making the seed & nut protein mix, which we never actually used. I was breastfeeding MissyMoo1 at the time and so couldn't go on it myself, so I didn't end up cooking the special meals for hubby to enable him to stick to the diet. After a while it was forgotten.

It was actually completely forgotten ... until Thursday night when on a rare late-night shopping trip hubby mentioned he wanted to go to a bookshop to see if he could find a book about the liver cleansing diet. "Ummm, we already have it," I told him. He was quite surprised. I had to convince him by telling him that I had read it and had even made the seed & nut mix that needs to be sprinkled on everything. I only threw the mix away in a pantry clean-out about six months ago.

So the book has now been retrieved and dusted off. We will be starting the eight week program tomorrow with our evening meal. I spent a fair bit of time today looking through the book and drawing up a menu plan for the next week. It will mean a bit of extra work for me as the Missy Moos will need to have separate meals but we'll give it a go and see if it does us any good.

It is supposed to improve the liver's health by removing the fat from the liver ... or something. But it means a few sacrifices, such as no red meat, quite a sacrifice in this household. Hubby wants to do it to improve his health. I'm pretty much doing it because he is, although it's probably a good thing for me considering I'm still eating like a breastfeeding mother even though MissyMoo2 is weaned now.

Tomorrow it begins. I'm sure I'll keep you posted.
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