Full body detox day 2

I woke up with a little more energy this morning. Coincidental with starting this detox? Maybe, but then it’s only been one day.

Today’s breakfast was a random smoothie I blended together with peaches, strawberries and bananas. I do notice my appetite has declined a bit, I wasn’t able to finish the smoothie completely.

For lunch I decided to order a custom made salad from the cafeteria. Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, carrots, cucumbers and almonds with vinaigrette dressing. One thing I’m learning is that it’s very easy to mess up on this program if you don’t prepare all your meals yourself. I wanted baby spinach as my base greens which they didn’t have. And I later realized that the almonds in my salad were toasted. Not beating myself up over it, but it would’ve been preferable to have them raw.

I worried about how I was gonna cope with a raw salad while one coworker brought chicken & rice and another a hamburger with sweet potato fries followed with custard pie for dessert. Halfway through the salad, I started to feel full, I followed up with some watermelon later.

Because I have a big sweet tooth, I found some easy to make recipes for raw desserts for those times when I would normally crave something like ice cream or a piece of cake. Yesterday I made a recipe that I found online for raw vegan brownies.


and then I decided to be really adventurous and try out a raw pecan pie.


the brownie and pecan pie crusts are nut based and both recipes use dates to replace the sugar as sweeteners. Flavor wise, they are both intense despite not using any flour, sugar, eggs or butter. Small pieces at a time are more than sufficient to satisfy a sweet tooth.

Dinner was simple and light. Some kale chips and a bowl of cherries. Two days down, didn’t think I’d make it this long, but so far so good.

In a pickle……

Unexpectedly I’m on vacation this July 4th week. Why I say “unexpectedly”? Because when I originally applied for this time off, the boss declined my request because too many other folks applied for the same time. Don’t know whether he forgot or had a change of heart, but when I looked at July’s work schedule I saw the vacation time scheduled. I’m not one for turning down time away from work, I’ll always find something to do, even if it’s nothing.

I tend to prefer spending time getting exercise outside instead of the gym as the weather gets warmer. Spotted while doing one of my exercise walks through the neighborhood:

Heard about it on the radio a few months ago. Saw a few snippets of their performance onstage and kinda wished I had bought tickets. I never got to see Michael either.

After a brief stop as South Street Seaport, I did the tourist thing and walked across the Brooklyn Bridge twice on Saturday. One, for the exercise, and second, to check out my friend Mireille’s trunk show; which I ended up missing completely because according to Mireille, who I met outside the venue, the event was unexpectedly shut down early. If you’ve never walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, it’s something you must do at least once in your life, especially if you live here. I envy you folks in Brooklyn Heights who walk across the bridge as your daily commute.

Governor’s Island and the Statue of Liberty in the distance

I’ve walked across the Manhattan Bridge as well. It’s much less crowded but the view is not as nice, except for taking shots of the Brooklyn Bridge. Plus there’s the noise of subway trains passing by as they cross the bridge.

Last week’s veggie stash I got from the community supported agriculture (CSA) group included 5 large salad cucumbers. Didn’t know what I was gonna do with all of them. I couldn’t possibly eat that much salad. I’m not a big pickle fan, but it suddenly popped in my head maybe I should try making some. I googled some recipes and decided to use the recipe from this blog post:

Bread and Butter Pickles | RecipeGirl.com.

The exception is that I got regular salad cucumbers from the CSA instead of those pretty pickling cucumbers used in the blog recipe. Since they’re for my own personal use, a cucumber is a cucumber. The end result will be the same.

Luckily, I found most of the ingredients I didn’t have already at home, mainly the pickling spices and jars at the local dollar store. Bought multiple jars thinking I would have a huge volume, but it turned out I only needed two. Pickling is a lot easier than I thought, fun to do and the ingredients are inexpensive.

The end result:

Homemade bread and butter pickles

My mom has dibs on one of the jars since I can’t eat all these pickles alone. But they won’t last long anyway. The slices are a little on the crunchy side since I sliced them slightly thicker than what you’d typically find in a supermarket jar, but they taste a hell of a lot better.

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