I cannot believe we are already entering week 3! I hope everyone feels as proud as I do. This is an amazing accomplishment, one you should feel particularly proud you've conquered as you enter the new year. I am so ready for eggs (my egg scramble with cherry tomatoes and mushrooms is proof, above) and gluten-free grains. I think both will give me the energy I need to feel really great as I finish this cleanse. I'm not a huge seafood eater, so even though we were able to add back high-quality protein last week, I still wasn't getting enough in my diet.
I love eggs though. Poached, scrambled, baked, fried---I think they are one of the most versatile, valuable ingredients in the kitchen, and one of the most affordable, to boot. Most nights after work, when I want something quick and without fuss, I'll just have an egg over whatever: greens, quinoa, polenta, pita, toast, combined with whichever vegetables I have hanging around. It's the ideal pantry dinner and saves me from resorting to Thai take-out.
I do have one confession to make. Yesterday I had coffee. I know, it's horrible. But I love the ritual of drinking coffee and was out to breakfast and really wanted a cup and my thought-process went like this: I gave it up for two full weeks, working through tough detox withdrawals, and I am so glad I went that long to see how my body reacted without my daily morning cup. That being said, while cutting out caffeine and alcohol are essential for a detox, they don't fall into the same category as gluten, dairy, and most meat, which often need to be cleared out of your system for at least three weeks for you to truly gauge how you feel without eating them. So there you have it; I cheated.
On another note, I'm really excited about this week's recipes, developed by Whole Living's deputy food editor, Shira Bocar. Definitely try the Shiitake Mushrooms and Brown Rice in Parchment: it's super delicious. The brown rice gets a crispy crust and the thyme, fresh lemon juice, and earthy mushrooms go perfectly together.
Oh, and I also can proudly say that I've lost a few pounds! I don't have a scale nor weigh myself regularly, but I can typically tell by how my clothes are fitting and let's just say I am one happy girl.
How are you all feeling? One more week to the finish line (and for those of you going the full four weeks, I applaud you!).