Detox Diet, Days 5 & 6 ~ Rachel

Before I tell you all about my fascinating life (*sarcasm*), I want to announce that the winner of the Hungry Girl cookbook was Lisa from Karma Per Diem! I only had 3 people enter the giveaway but that didn’t make Lisa any less excited about winning! She’s actually hosting her first giveaway on her blog so go check it out! Be careful…she posts some incredibly recipes that will leave your salivary glands working on overdrive!

I’ll probably do another giveaway in October that y’all will want to be sure to enter…let’s just say that it involves my favorite store in Raleigh (hint: they sell spices) and a few of my favorite things (hint: spices are involved).


I started Friday morning with my normal omelet and headed off to the gym. Five minutes warm-up on the Arc Trainer was a bad idea…my foot was screaming. Strength training was fine though! I then attempted 15 minutes on the stationary bike….my foot felt just kind of ok while doing it but when I got off the bike and set foot on land, there were sharp pains.  I’m thinking of taking water aerobics on Monday morning just so I can get some cardio in without screaming pain. We’ll see if I can get my act together in time to do that (I have to wash my old sneakers so I can grip the pool floor). I do not relish the thought of putting on a swimsuit.

The rest of Friday went pretty well even though I was in the kitchen a fair amount. I made low-fat chocolate chip zucchini muffins for Dave and a couple of other beneficiaries. They smelled incredible but I found that I wasn’t ravaged by cravings. I only felt a pang of craving when I was bagging them up for my Aunt but that quickly passed. The muffins were a success, apparently, as was my hummus!

According to Mark Bittman, who I will now consult on a regular basis because I trust him, you shouldn’t soak the chickpeas with baking soda. He also didn’t say anything about soaking them overnight and then again for additional hours. So I soaked them overnight in cold water and then on low in the crockpot for about  hours (Karen told me that trick). They were perfect! I baptized my new food processor and went to town making hummus. Um…it could not have been any easier! The result was fantastic. HOWEVER, the result was high in points. It was 10 points for a heaping 1/4 cup of hummus! I knew it was too good to be true! The problem was that the recipe called for 6oz of olive oil. I now know from others that (a) that seems like way too much and (b) I could probably get away without using the olive oil at all. DOH! No wonder the hummus was fantastic! So I need to mess around and perfect a points-friendly hummus recipe before I post it. At least I now know how to soak and cook chickpeas (and other beans). That crock pot of mine might be my favorite kitchen appliance. Or maybe it’s the food processor. Or maybe it’s my Kitchen Aid mixer. Hmmmm.

Saturday morning began with my normal omelet and a trip to the Farmer’s Market with Dave. This is now a standing “date” where we stop for coffee (or tea for me) on the way, fill up on produce, get Dave his Bavarian pretzels from the German baker and try to avoid all the bees that are flying around the fresh produce (peaches are magnets for them!). Dave also buys me a bouquet of flowers (see picture of this week’s bouquet and some of our produce booty but ignore my terrible photography). We had a lovely morning except for an uncooperative stomach…My colon is trying to figure out how to handle this detox too!

We are each going to take a certain amount of cash out of every paycheck for our Farmers’ Market trips and whatever we don’t spend goes in the Nightmare Before Christmas cookie jar for our honeymoon at Disney World!

The rest of Saturday was pretty lazy on account of me not feeling too hot. And by lazy, I mean cheesy tv. We even watched the second half of Marley & Me…I cuddled Darwin at the end while I sobbed my eyes out. Darwin is 60lbs but he was on my lap and I was holding him like a baby. I tell Kharma and Darwin, all the time, they have to live forever.

I felt hungry all day but managed to actually come in on target with my points for the day! Breakfast was my omelet. Lunch was leftover curried turkey with potatoes and I had snacks of nectarines, an apple with almond butter and some baked lentil chips with fruit salsa. I made myself flounder with okra (my first time eating fresh, not frozen, okra!) and more pineapple salsa. It was yummy!  I’m kind of digging all these fish dinners that come together in one saute pan! Dave, on the other hand, is not. He did not partake in the fish.

Tomorrow will be meal planning, grocery shopping and most likely food prep. I was supposed to do some of that tonight but ended up blogging instead 🙂

Have a good rest of the weekend!

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  • Rachel's Cottage House  On August 14, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Congratulations to Lisa!

  • Shelley B  On August 14, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Your flowers are gorgeous! Sounds like you are feeling your way through this whole detox/whole foods/cooking thing – you are going to be posting recipes like Biz pretty soon! 🙂

  • Karma Per Diem  On August 22, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Lisa is still uber excited and, in fact, as soon as she turns off her computer she’s picking out a dessert recipe from one of her lovely FREE cookbooks and is making it for a dinner party tonight! Wahoo, thanks Rachel, I’m glad I found you!!

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