30 Wed, 2011 § 6 Comments
My diet has not been balanced this week. My mouth & tummy are seeing primarily carbs.carbs.carbs. Ridiculous because heavy carbs are not even what I am really craving. All I actually want is to dine on fruit & vegetables. I wasn’t staying hydrated either — & that was before I started bike commuting again — now I’m really feeling the thirst. When I am dehydrated, I crave fruit & juice. Does anyone else experience this? I don’t have a juicer, & we try to eat seasonally, which limits fruit right now. On hand, we have apples, lemons & oranges [citrus is in season here — well, in Phoenix which is only a couple hours away]. Are melons in season yet? 😦 I really want a cantaloupe.
Since I’m actually craving light fruit & veggies, I decided this Wednesday was going to be all about planning & prepping to better fuel & cleanse myself for the rest of the week [& on]. After all, Wednesdays are about me. 😉 I try not to be an “on Monday, I’ll start…”-kind-of-gal. If I want & need to make a change, I should do it now. It’s easy to put it off but resist!
Natalie reminded me of one of my favorite salad toppings; then Angela went one step further & inspired me to make it my salad. Tonight I threw together a big serving of her Spring Clean Raw Beet, Carrot & Apple Salad with extra beet. I also added extra lemon juice, so my chopped apples will survive until tomorrow [plus, I like lemon]. In the future, I will make this with white balsamic vinegar to keep it looking fresher. Dark balsamic made everything slightly brown: not so pretty. I think white will complement the flavors a bit more as well; champagne vinegar would be good too — oh with tarragon! Looks like I’ll be making more of this soon. I plan to top it with hemp seeds & maybe even some toasted almonds.
Some days I miss the shredder/grater attachment on my food processor; then I remind myself I do like the experience of connecting with my food through simple kitchen tools.
If you want practice in presence, grate your own carrots by hand.
— otherwise you lose part of a finger or nail ! which isn’t good for anyone.
A good sweat in the morning & fresh, simple foods should have me feeling my best again soon!
What helps you get back to feeling balanced & cleansed?
Beet fan? yea or nay? I think you either hate them or love them. I am obviously a YEA; Dave is a resounding NAY. This may be one I’ll never win. 😦