A couple of weeks ago, talking about health issues with a friend, she suggested a detox diet and sent me this series of videos to watch. After watching the videos with Jonny, we decided to try it. It’s a 26-day detox and we are almost through the first two weeks. The first few days were really hard, full of “smoothies” (I feel like it’s a stretch to describe them that way) containing only raw greens, water, and lemon juice. They were drinkable but nasty. There was also plain oatmeal for breakfast and steamed broccoli and cauliflower with only a bit of salt-free seasoning for lunch. I went to bed hungry every night. I started “cheating” on day four, deciding that I needed a little protein. My cheats may have ruined the whole thing for me but I’m okay with that. My diet has been heavy in animal fats and proteins for the past year, which seemed to be working for me for awhile, but lately I’ve not been feeling great. The detox diet is vegan, so quite different. I’ve eaten more raw vegetables in the past two weeks than I thought possible and that alone seems like a really positive step. I’ve never liked beets, but now I drink them in smoothies! Jonny has done a much better job of sticking with the program though we both plan to stop in a couple of days rather than see it through to the final detoxing stages. I feel like I’ve learned a lot, and discovered some great new recipes. My favorite food right now is a raw cabbage salad. I’ll share the recipe at the end of this post so you can try it too! It’s economical and filling and it makes me feel so healthy to eat it! Now I want to hunt down some cookbooks with more recipes like this one. My longterm plan is simply to add more vegetables, both cooked and raw, to my diet.
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We’ve been reading so many good books lately! I just finished reading The Sign of the Beaver to Larkspur and Beatrix, and our new read aloud is A Papa Like Everyone Else (By the author of All-of-a-Kind Family). Jonny is reading the second book in The Wilderking Trilogy to Silas and Job. I started reading My Father’s Dragon to them the other day, and now they are listening to it on audiobook. I’m reading Devil Water, by Anya Seton, and love it. I really enjoy her historical fiction. (The Winthrop Woman and Katherine are a couple of her other books that I have liked.) Jonny is finally reading The Shepherd’s Life.
Jonny painted Larkspur and Beatrix’s room last week. The color is Benjamin Moore Quiet Moments, a color that I read you can’t go wrong with. It’s true! It’s so pretty! Now he’s working to replace their flooring, and he’s almost finished. It’s exciting to have these major projects underway. I’ve been working on projects as well, mainly knitting and dyeing. I’ve just listed some playsilks in my shop, and have a few different Valentine’s Day sets available as well as rainbow sets. It feels good to be easing back into some work. I also started a new knitting project, a wild rabbit, that I hope will be really cute. I don’t knit many toys, but this pattern really grabbed my attention. I’m still working on my shawl, but right now I am in the mood for small, fun projects. February will be here in a few days, and it calls for that sort of knitting.
Cabbage Salad (adapted from a recipe called Purple Heaven from The Green Smoothie Girl’s 26 day detox)
2 cups shredded red cabbage
2 cups shredded green cabbage (I use a bagged cole slaw mix containing green cabbage and carrots for the green cabbage to make things easier.)
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
Mix above ingredients and then serve with the following dressing:
2 T maple syrup
2 T red wine vinegar
2 T olive oil
1 clove garlic minced or pressed through a garlic press