8.28.2006

Detox diet: Lentil Soup & Yogurt Smoothies

It's a sad state of affairs around the fork this household. We've banished salt! and sugar! and wheat! and (arrgghh) coffee!! and (soft sobbing...) cheese!! But not forever - this test of strength will only continue for a week, thank god, and then back to the glory of dairy products! Yes, we are going on a detox diet.

Normally, I detest the word "diet." I could stand to lose a few, but dieting has always seemed to be about extreme deprivation. The more promising the results, the more radical the program. It just can't be good for your body.

I did Atkins for about 4 weeks a few years back. I had cottage cheese and coffee with whole cream and brought bacon to work in a plastic baggie to eat as a snack. I didn't lose a pound. (I didn't gain anything either - despite all the fat I was eating.) I had fantasies about crackers, mashed potatoes and bread with butter. Of course I did! Completely eliminating carbs meant that I wasn't eating a full and healthy range of foods.

So why the seven day plan? I guess because I've fallen back into some unhealthy eating patterns and I feel like I need to snap out of it. I also want to see what happens when I eliminate wheat products. I've heard that many people are allergic to wheat and have no idea. It can make you feel fatigued and lethargic.

I'm not sure how I'm going to make it through without salt to season all those veggies and salads I'll be eating. I made a big pot of lentil soup last night and it is so bland! I used garlic, a bay leaf, cumin, red pepper flakes, ground black pepper, parsley and lemon juice. And it still tastes bland to me. Maybe that's why I need to cut back on salt.

Here's what I'm not eating: salt, sugar, wheat, dairy (except yogurt,) alcohol, coffee, meat, eggs, white rice

What I am eating: fruit, veggies, brown rice, quinoa, lentils, yogurt, oats, fish & seafood, beans, juice, herb tea, rice cakes, unsalted nuts & seeds, plain popcorn, olive oil & balsamic vinegar, unsalted peanut butter, tofu

This is the lentil soup I usually make that has amazing flavor! Items marked with an "*" should be removed to make it detox friendly.

Lentil Soup Original & Detoxified:
Olive oil
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
4 carrots, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
4 celery stalks, chopped
*1/4 lb. pancetta (sliced no greater than 1/8" and diced)
1 1/2 cups drained diced tomatoes
2 cups lentils, washed and sorted
8 cups chicken stock + 2 cups water (*or use all water)
fresh ground pepper
red pepper flakes
*salt to taste (at least 2 teaspoons kosher)
1/4 cup fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped fine
2 tablespoons lemon juice
*Parmesan for garnish

Sauté the garlic in olive oil over medium heat until fragrant, add the carrots, onion and celery and sauté for 4-5 minutes until beginning to soften. Add the pancetta and sauté for another minute or two. Add the lentils, tomatoes, chicken stock, water, pepper and salt. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer and cook until the lentils are soft. Add the parsley and cook for 2-3 minutes longer. Remove from heat, stir in the lemon juice and serve. Top with grated parmesan.

For the rest of the week I'm making heirloom tomato salad with basil and olive oil, quinoa w/low sodium tuna (canned in water,) with cannelloni beans, shallots, cucumber and cilantro, steamed broccoli, cauliflower & carrots over brown rice with nutritional yeast flakes, sweet white corn on the cob, arugula salad with avocados & tomatoes, baked salmon, prawn stir fry with bok choy, mushrooms, red pepper, garlic and tofu, oatmeal with berries & honey, yogurt with sugar/wheat-free granola.

This morning I made yogurt smoothies. I'm not usually a big fan but these turned out pretty darn good. Here's the recipe I made up:

Yogurt Smoothies
2 cups plain unsweetened yogurt
2 teaspoons honey
1/2 cup organic berries (I had to use frozen, but I'd use fresh if possible)
1 small banana
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 cup pomegranate juice

Blend until smooth.
(This could be sweeter if a different juice were substituted, like grape or apple juice.)

I think we'll be eating some really great meals. I'll continue to post the daily meal plan and maybe even take some photos.

Day 1: (UPDATED)
Breakfast: Yogurt smoothies
Morning snack: rice cakes with unsalted peanut butter (these are cute little rectangular cakes about 1 1/2" by 3" and 1/4" thick - surprisingly tasty.)
Lunch: Lentil soup and a Minneola orange
Afternoon snack: red grapes
Dinner: Quinoa salad w/tuna, cucumbers, carrots and red onion, sweet white corn on the cob, tomatoes & basil with olive oil
2 Liters of water
1 glass of apple juice

7 comments:

Rachel said...

This actually sounds really yummy? Can I move into your apartment? :)

xomomxo said...

NO SALT????!!!!!!!

melissa said...

rachel: I've got the couch all made up for you!

xomomxo: Can you believe it??? It's making me crazy!

Anonymous said...

sounds like the best diet you can go on, I did it for a year and lost 103 lbs.......no joke, people thought I had gotten cancer....lol.

but, I came off of it:( and gained it all back, so I will try it again in a couple of months to get the weight off again.

GOOD LUCK!

kevin said...
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Lirun said...

your detox diet is my regular food..

karan said...

Great, thanks for the Ideas, I will definitely be using salt.