It feels good to detox a lit­tle. It feels great, actually.

A lit­tle bit of back­ground, to explain why we are doing the lower carb diet right now. Partly, it’s to detox after months of hav­ing cook­ies, cakes, pies, etc in the house non-stop. Sure, it’s been fun, but it’s also made for many days where the idea of eat­ing sweets sounded unap­peal­ing. And then you feel the sugar blahs, your pants start get­ting tighter, it all goes down­hill from there. It’s all about moderation.

Aside from that, right after start­ing on the cook­book this fall, I had full blood work done and found out I am pre-diabetic. Yikes. Last year Jim and I really fell into a cook­ing slump, as my job became more demand­ing, I started school again, we were con­stantly on the go, so we fell to eat­ing a lot of con­ve­nience foods, and I know that didn’t help. Plus, I have some weight to lose and I have a good hand­ful of peo­ple in my fam­ily with Type 2 dia­betes and there is no way I’m going down that road. Had I been liv­ing a nor­mal culi­nary life, it wouldn’t have been hard to start adjust­ing accord­ingly but still enjoy some cook­ies here and a piece of cake here, but I was just start­ing on the book, so I decided to put diet woes on the back burner until all of the bak­ing is done.

And it’s done, all but a few loose ends that I am rapidly wrap­ping up (the man­u­script is due April 1!) and so it was time to start the cleanse!

One resource that I think is amaz­ing, but that I have never fully uti­lized is sparkpeople.com. Think of it as kind of like Weight Watch­ers online, but with­out the points. You track what you eat via their data­base of thou­sands of foods, foods sub­mit­ted by oth­ers (I’ve been pleas­antly sur­prised with some of the things I’ve found other peo­ple already input) as well as by enter­ing foods you eat your­self. You track your water con­sump­tion, exer­cise and weight in. There are tons of resources with recipes and forums to meet oth­ers and it’s free. Why haven’t I con­tin­ued using this even though it has fifty mil­lion pros and no cons? Because I’m lazy. But they just cre­ated an app for the iPod Touch, so I’m think­ing it might be eas­ier for me now. I always like the sys­tem and lay­out when I use it because it’s really user friendly, so here’s hop­ing on that. Hav­ing to actu­ally see what I am con­sum­ing and own up to it later in this for­mat always causes me to pause before shov­el­ing some­thing in my face.

This week­end we geared up and made our way through the mad­ness that is Costco where I got a 4 pound bag of aspara­gus for $3.99. The peo­ple there are crazy, but the deals can be worth it. I had been fan­ta­siz­ing about ways to eat the pesto ricotta that didn’t involve noo­dles. Yes, tofu ricotta is what I fan­ta­size about. Don’t judge.

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Aspara­gus, broc­coli and snow peas smoth­ered in pesto ricotta with a slice of toasted bread (which Jim and I shared) to mop up the cheese with. SOOOO good and hav­ing a big, beau­ti­ful plate full of green never hurt anyone.

Again, I made a giant pot o’ food on Sun­day for us to have for lunch this week. Whole wheat and flax penne from Trader Joe’s, tossed with some sauteed red bell pep­per, a can of roasted toma­toes, chick­peas, aspara­gus, and snap peas.

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We’ve been eat­ing it topped with a dol­lop of the remain­ing ricotta… num. I apol­o­gize for the “over the pot” shot.

Ravi is our shy kitty and other peo­ple rarely get to see. You wouldn’t know that right now, because he’s per­sis­tently yelling at me to play fetch with him and drop­ping his lit­tle pom-pom balls, sop­ping with spit, at my feet, but nor­mally he’s quiet and timid. But he felt left out from not being in any posts yet on this new blog. Sorry, Ravi! Here he is, stop­ping by to say ‘hi’ in his Ravi sort of way, unknow­ing and asleep. :)

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0 Responses to eat yer greens!

  1. DJ Karma says:

    Yeah, peo­ple don’t usu­ally think of veg­ans as hav­ing health prob­lems, but we too love cook­ies! And vegan cook­ies aren’t usu­ally that healthy :( But peo­ple also don’t usu­ally know that a lot of things are nutrition-related and can be cured through eat­ing good foods :) Hope you have fun with that pro­gram and start­ing your cleanse– looks like you already have!

  2. Shelby says:

    I love big plates of greens!!!

  3. jumbleberryjam says:

    Happy cleans­ing! I must check out the Sparkies ;-). I rocked WW, but don’t have the $$ for it now. Thanks for the free tip. I need it (in the down­ward scale direc­tion :=). Love your sleepy creature ;-).

  4. Tamara says:

    Good luck with your cleanse! I’ll have to go check out that web­site you men­tioned; I’d never heard of it before. I’ve been upping my intake of leafy greens by drink­ing a green smoothie every day. :)

  5. Courtney says:

    Your plate­ful of greens looks amazing…I want some too! And what a great deal on aspara­gus! Yum!

    Good luck with the rest of your lower carb cleanse. If you keep eat­ing foods like the ones in this post, it should be easy and delicious!

    Court­ney

  6. Diann says:

    An occa­sional sugar detox is a neces­sity for me. I’m glad you are feel­ing the ben­e­fits of a detox. Plus you’ve got all those healthy green foods to keep you satisfied!

  7. Vegetation says:

    Mmmmm some­times I crave a plate of noth­ing but green! I think your plate of green looks delicious!

    Good luck with the rest of the cleanse!

  8. Vegetation says:

    Oh! And I for­got to say that I’m in love with Ravi! I’m so glad you shared him :) He’s adorable!

  9. shellyfish says:

    I think every­one needs to step away from the sugar bowl from time to time, espe­cially if your health is in dan­ger! It’s hard at first, but you feel so good after­wards!
    I am jeal­ous of your amaz­ing aspara­gus score!!!!!! It is so expen­sive, but I love it so much!

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