Breakfast Smoothie: 1/2 pear, 1/2 nectarine, 1/4 avocado, 1cm piece of ginger, 1 date, ice and water. This was delicious but not substantial enough.
Lunch: Broiled salmon with cucumber, red onion and parsley “salsa” dressed with lemon and tahini, garnished with pine nuts and pomegranate. This was good but I think a firm white fish would do better in this context. This meal also made me miss tomatoes.
Dinner: Chipotle bean soup with lime-pickled onions, swiss chard and avocado, adapted from this recipe. My adaptations: I used some pinto-like beans I brought back from spain and cooked it by whizzing all of the ingredients in the Vitamix on high for 7 minutes, making this a VERY easy soup to make. And it was tasty; kind of like bean dip in soup form. But I might have gone overboard on the garnishes. Read on…
As I’ve mentioned, the Clean detox programme calls for two liquid and one solid meals per day, with the liquid meals ideally timed for lunch and dinner. On days 1 and 2 I saved my solid meal for dinner, but on Day 3 I decided to go for optimal and made a chipotle beans soup based on this recipe: Chipotle black bean soup with lime-pickled onions. The soup was great, and I couldn’t resist adding a few garnishes… it started with the lime-pickled onions, then extended to avocado… and then I added a pile of steamed chard which I think turned this from a pureed soup into more of a stew. I also had a few romaine leaves and dipped them in the soup as if they were corn chips (as if).
I don’t know if these “solid” soup injections constitute cheating or not, but it was good and made it a far more pleasurable and varied meal.
Two other notes of interest:
- This morning I had my first Primal Fitness workout since starting the Clean Detox. It was tough but not impossible. However, I struggled a LOT with hunger yesterday and I think I definitely need to beef up (not literally) my morning smoothie. I’m open to any and all suggestions for injecting more protein into my diet without resorting to protein powders or supplements.
- I’m sleeping very well at the moment – a solid 8 hours per night. I think this is a combination of eating well, particularly at night, and exercise. It feels good, but I’m not exactly a powerhouse of productivity during the day… I feel very unfocused lately and tend to crash at about 3 or 4pm, which might be caffeine withdrawal.