Dr Joshi Detox: Day 5

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This post isn’t that exciting as I had leftovers for both lunch & dinner today- I actually had stuff to do today for once!

Breakfast was the now usual gluten-free granola, banana, and soy milk.

Lunch was the last bits of that Quinoa Salad and some almonds.

Dinner was the leftovers of yesterday’s brown rice bowl.

It was so hot out today and I wished I could have indulged in an iced coffee or frappuccino, but stuck with the water instead.

5 days down, 16 to go!

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Dr Joshi Detox: Day 4

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I’m halfway through week 1 already! I am fully into my morning routine of hot water and lemon now, and enjoy it more than I thought I would. For breakfast I had the same as yesterday- gluten-free granola, banana slices and soy milk. I think this will probably be my go to breakfast in the coming weeks.

Lunch consisted of yesterday’s Quinoa Salad leftovers- still as good the next day!

I wasn’t totally sure what I wanted for dinner, so looked at one of my favourite vegetarian restaurant’s menu: http://www.freshrestaurants.ca/eat

I usually get the Buddha Bowl when I go, but since peanut butter, cucumbers and tomatoes aren’t exactly detox friendly, I had a look at the other bowls. The Green Goddess caught my eye and I decided to try and put my own spin on it. Here’s what I came up with:

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 First I made some baked tofu following this recipe: http://www.healthytippingpoint.com/the-perfect-baked-tofu

While that was baking I made brown rice (nothing fancy, just package directions), steamed some broccoli, asparagus, carrots, and kale, and made a tahini sauce by mixing tahini, olive oil, lemon juice and water together. When the rice and tofu were ready, I quickly made a scrambled egg, and sauteed some green onions and garlic. Then I threw everything in a bowl, drizzled some sauce on, and garnished with cilantro (my fave!)

I am finding my meals are keeping me fuller longer and I am a lot less hungry throughout the day- which means no mindless snacking, which I am usually a culprit of.

4 days down, 17 to go!

Dr Joshi Detox: Day 3

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Day 3 has almost come and gone and I still haven’t cheated! (self high-five!)

I started the day with the usual hot water lemon drink, followed by a half-cup of Gluten-Free Granola, with some banana slices, and soy milk for breakfast.

For Lunch I made a Quinoa Salad with broccoli and beets that my roommate Robin sometimes makes. I didn’t use an exact recipe, just googled a few and went from there.

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I added some Chickpeas for a bit of protein. I was originally going to eat the salad cold, but with the gross weather outside I decided to keep it warm and also melted some goat cheese in at the last minute.

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I found it quite tasty and filling!

Since the weather stayed crappy all day, when dinner came around I decided on a soup. Using this recipe from another one of my favourite food blogs I made a delicious Curried Carrot Soup:

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http://naturallyella.com/2011/06/27/curried-carrot-soup-vegan/

I added some Roasted Curried Chickpeas as a kind of substitute for croutons.

Luckily, I haven’t suffered any of the headaches many people warn about (even Dr Joshi himself) yet. But I am not a big coffee/caffeine drinker so am not going through any withdrawal from it.

3 days down, 18 to go!

Dr Joshi Detox: Day 2

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Day 2 is almost over and I am still going strong! I started the day with a mug of hot water and lemon, followed by a leftover mini frittata from yesterday for my breakfast. Lunch consisted of last night’s asparagus, goat cheese, lemon brown rice pasta. Around 4 I was feeling a bit peckish and as my bananas still have yet to ripen, I had a brown rice cake with a smidgen of almond butter.

That held me over until dinner time where I then took inspiration from another food blog I like: http://www.vegangela.com/

Using her Salt and Pepper Tofu Recipe http://www.vegangela.com/2011/10/02/elegant-salt-and-pepper-tofu/ I made myself this

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For sides I made some steamed broccoli with lemon, roasted beets, and PC Blue Menu Quinoa & Chickpeas. It was very filling and flavourful!

I haven’t had any real cravings yet. In fact, I was able to go into Bulk Barn today and not even look at the candy or chocolate! But it is only day 2 so there is time…

19 days to go!

Dr Joshi Detox: Day 1

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I am almost done my first day of the detox and am happy to say I did not cheat-woo! I started the morning with a cup of hot/warm water and some lemon. Dr Joshi recommends doing this every morning- check out this link to find out the benefits: http://tasty-yummies.com/2013/03/18/10-benefits-to-drinking-warm-lemon-water-every-morning/

And while I was sipping that I prepared my breakfast– Mini Frittatas! I used this recipe: http://www.canadianliving.com/food/mini_spinach_and_feta_frittatas.php but cut it in half, omitted the mushrooms (not allowed), and substituted the milk for soy milk. And here is the end result

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They are very tasty, perfectly sized and under 100 calories each!

Because I slept in and had a late breakfast, I didn’t have a mid-morning snack, which means the next thing I ate was lunch.

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Lunch was a mixed greens salad with shaved carrots and beets, topped with crumbled goat cheese, sunflower seeds (“borrowed” from my roommate), and two falafel patties, with a bit of olive oil and lemon juice as a dressing.

Around 4pm I got a bit peckish so had a rice cake with some honey on it. Rice cakes are gluten-free, and the honey is good for satisfying a sweet tooth.

For Dinner I made a recipe from one of my favourite food blogs- Smitten Kitchen http://smittenkitchen.com/

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The recipe is Asparagus, Goat Cheese, and Lemon Pasta and can be found here: http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2009/05/asparagus-goat-cheese-and-lemon-pasta/

I used Brown Rice pasta instead of the regular stuff, and honestly found no difference! I didn’t have any fresh tarragon so just used some dried herbs from my spice rack.

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I thought it was delicious and can’t wait to have the leftovers for lunch tomorrow!

So that is it for day 1. 20 more to go!

The Last Supper

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As you know by now, tomorrow I start the 3 week Dr Joshi Detox- no processed foods, no sugars etc. So I thought I would treat myself to a special meal tonight. At first I was leaning towards a greasy, cheesy, carbolicious pizza- 3 things I am going to miss-but then got a sudden craving for Ethiopian food. I only tried Ethiopian food for the first time about 6 weeks ago, but as soon as I had put the first bite in my mouth I knew it was love- the tangy, spongy injera (a yeast-risen flatbread) and the perfectly stewed and spiced veggies and lentils- a perfect combination!

My mind was made up- Ethiopian food it was! So my roommate and I went to Nazareth Restaurant (Bloor & Ossington) and got the Vegetarian Combo Platter (pictured above). All that food for only $10! The taste, quantity, and price can’t be beaten. If you’ve never tried Ethiopian food I definitely suggest getting your butt over to Nazareth asap! If I can’t convince you here is what blogTO has to say about it: http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/nazareth

The Big Grocery Shop

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I’ve spent the past few days flipping through the Dr Joshi book and compiling a list of foods and recipes I can eat during the detox- and there is quite a lot you can still eat! Today I headed to the grocery store with my roommate in tow to get all the staples. Here’s what I got:

  • Tofu
  • Eggs
  • Goat Cheese
  • Feta Cheese
  • Gluten-Free Bread
  • Brown Rice Pasta
  • Hummus
  • Red Lentils
  • Chickpeas
  • Spinach
  • Asparagus
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Beets
  • Bananas
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Almonds
  • Lemons
  • Soy Milk

I already have lots of spices, honey, brown rice, and quinoa at home. Oh and I also got a Cadbury Chocolate Bar- SHHH- it’s my one last treat before 3 weeks of being good! I am hoping I can make a few big meals the first few days that I can freeze and eat during the rest of the week.

http://inpursuitofmore.com/ is a great food blog with a lot of delicious looking recipes that adhere to Dr Joshi’s rules, so I will definitely be taking inspiration from them over the next few weeks!

Dr. Joshi Detox Challenge

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Starting this Sunday, May 26, 2013 I am going to attempt- no I WILL- beginning the 21-Day Dr Joshi Holistic Detox- vouched for by the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Moss, and by my less famous but equally, if not more, fabulous friends Deena and Tamara.

You can learn more about the specifics of the detox here: http://www.nowmagazine.co.uk/celebrity-news/230382/the-a-list-detox-diet  

I have never done a detox or cleanse, and besides being a vegetarian, am not one to deprive myself of any foods. However, after reading the book and what Dr Joshi has to say I thought I would give it a shot- it’s only 3 weeks! I plan to use this blog to share all the recipes I make, as well as my progress along the way. Wish me luck!