21 days of self-love

The 2nd of September, three weeks ago, feels like a long time and that trepidation, how are we going to manage 21 days of detoxing, a distant memory. Well first of all, when you have someone in it with you for the long run, like Ahmed, half the battle is already won.

The funniest moment had to be when I thought that I had eaten ice cream mindlessly and was so distressed about telling him and was so annoyed that all my hard work had gone down the drain. I was relieved to discover, that it was just a dream.

Coming off the Clean Program today, I feel like I accomplished something. I didn’t lose a dress size or anything (that DEFINITELY was NOT the goal) and yet, somehow this is even better, feeling healthy gives you a buzz like no other. I have a hold of myself.

I thought that the second we came off it, I would reach for my favourite food cravings, pizza (yum), a cupcake (yummy) or fries (the yummiest), but no. What I was looking forward to most was having breakfast, an omelette and gluten-free oats for breakfast and the prospect of adding tomatoes to my lentils tonight.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not about to turn away cupcakes or pizza for the rest of my life, if anything it’s the exact opposite, I am looking forward a lovely chocolate one this weekend at my friends birthday! Just that something must have happened in these past three weeks, rather than craving the stuff I love, I now hope to simply enjoy it as a treat every now and again.

Overall the experience was really fulfilling, in terms of food and emotions. Having an awareness and hold of my true hunger, is really empowering and I hope to keep building on it.

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The Rush Line

I am guilty of it, you know, those quick fixes for a meal, where you boil something and open a jar? While those meals are great and comforting every once in a while, we had been doing it far too much, choosing the easier option because we were too tired, had to dash off somewhere or go to work.

It would be lovely to practice mindful eating all the time, but honestly these days life in the city just doesn’t yield to it, so this detox we are on was one way to do that. We have really made a point of sitting down at the table these past few days.

So here we are into the second week. I haven’t seen my fellow girl and favourite yogi at work for a couple of weeks and she told me my skin was glowing, yay! It might just be the sheen of Toronto humidity though. We did our Monday night usual while working at The Yoga Sanctuary, chugging coconut water, sharing life stories and recipes.

I was rushing on Monday and I knew if didn’t eat something I would attack the sesame snaps and granola bars at work and Ahmed would probably just eat nothing until dinner.

So I whipped this up. Like most things I do, it comes from what is in at home, you can always add a little extra something or take an ingredient away depending on what is available. The dish is gluten free and if you are a vegan, omit the salmon.

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Oriental Pea and Noodle Salad

(Serves Two)

For the salad:

1/3 packet of King Soba Buckwheat Noodles cooked, drained & rinsed
2 spring onions sliced
1 and a 1/2 cups of steamed petit pois

For the dressing:

1tbsp olive oil
1tbsp rice vinegar
1tbsp tamari
1/2tsp coconut sugar
1inch piece ginger, grated
Juice of 1/2 a lemon

Optional: Two fillets of wild salmon cooked to your liking (I pan seared this in a little olive oil with some garlic, red chilli & lemon)

Combine all your salad ingredients to a bowl.

Add each dressing ingredient separately to the bowl and toss it all together, well.

Divide in two dishes and serve immediately.