Today is Day 7 for me and I'm lying in bed with pain that just won't go away,
but this is my third time round on this Cleanse and with experience I know that
somehow period pain always gets worse while I'm detoxing - so nothing new!
So its a good time to do some work and what better than blogging and sharing
this week's experience, food and pictures with all of you here. This is the best
distraction, taking me away from this constant pain!!!
I also know and this time around it is reconfirmed, that even though there is
unbearable pain at times, there is also calm and joy that is a continuous flow
and unstained, unaffected by the waves of pain :-)
My first round was 42 days, I did a double Cleanse and it was one of the most
incredible, amazing and life-changing experiences ever - it brought me stability
in the body along with deep healing and vitality/energy, it brought me clarity
of mind and purpose, as well as a new direction in my life. It reconnected me
to my path and helped me to see where I wanted to really go and be......
So this year, after 20 years of living abroad (15 in Paris and 5 in London) I finally
moved back to my country India. Now I live in a small town called Coonoor in the
Nilgiris mountain range, south of India. I am surrounded by green lush tea estates
and eucalyptus groves, and I wake up every morning feeling I'm home......
The last couple of months have been very busy settling down here, unpacking, sorting
making a new life......it's been tiring but exciting and wonderful beyond words!!!
It has also not been easy to keep on track with food.....
I finally got around to doing this much needed Cleanse once again - I need to get back
on track with my food, lose the few kilos I've put during my move, and reconnect
with my body. I'm physically tired, which is normal after moving countries for sure,
so I need to get my energy flowing again........
It's the season of heavy rains here right now and its not always easy to find greens,
near impossible to find salad greens for sure and organic is hard too - I do my best
with whatever local produce I manage to find here and with some of the products
I brought back with me (like quinoa/buckwheat noodles, hemp seeds etc).......
I drink juices/smoothies in the morning and mostly soup at night - here are the pictures
of some of the food I have had for lunch this week;
Fresh broad beans, carrots, cauliflower, greens and french beans
with a warm dressing of mustard seeds, sesame seeds, coriander,
cumin and garam masala
Local Millet (Ragi) flatbread
Cauliflower, green peas, fresh grated coconut masala
Red lentil coriander soup
on a bed of coriander cumin Quinoa
with sauteed red onion and french beans
and blanched sliced almonds
with grated carrots, red onions, green peas, zucchini, cashews
Salad of cucumber and apple slices with sea salt, lemon juice and hemp seeds
with a Curry of veggies and greens in coconut milk
I have snacked on almonds and green juice mostly but also a couple of
dehydrated savory and sweet snacks I made a few days ago.
One of the recipes I posted here the last time around - Falafels - was hugely
popular with everyone. it is a favorite food for us too but this time around
instead of baking it, I put it in my dehydrator and it tastes awesome this way too!
(there are some chili flakes in these that you might want to avoid)
1 cup of cooked quinoa
1/2 cup of applesauce
1/4 cup of flax seeds
2 tbsp sesame seeds
1/4 cup of ground almonds
a drizzle of brown sugar syrup
It was Trevor's birthday on Thursday and a few friends were invited.
I made a Victoria sponge cake with a jam filling for them but for Trevor,
who has diabetes and for myself (he insisted that I should make a clean cake
that I could eat as well :-) I made a Quinoa and almond moist cake, for a first
try at a Clean Cake, surprisingly it turned out pretty good!
(I got two mini loaves and 3 muffins with this recipe)
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 cup ground almonds
1 cup fine dessicated coconut
1/2 cup applesauce
3 tbsp flax seeds soaked in 1/4 cup water
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
zest of lemon to taste (I like it lemony)
Sweeteners - stevia, 3 dates
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of sea slat
Combine all the ingredients in a food processor together to form a batter,
add a little water if batter is too thick,
then pour it into greased mini loaf molds or muffin molds
and bake in a preheated oven at 180 C - 350 F
for 30 to 40 mins.
Check them after 30 mins specially if you are using muffin molds.
These are moist cakes and do not rise too much.
I made these a day earlier and left them in the molds,
ate them the next day and they were firm and yummy!!!
Not too sweet, just perfect for an occasional birthday treat on Clean
Moist slices of a Clean Cake
I will be making some homemade Pasta for my Week 2,
so I made some cashew cheese in advance.
I used the dehydrator to dry it out, so it looks like parmesan flakes
even though it tastes nothing like it of course!
But for a raw clean cheese, it will do me fine :-)
Raw cashew cheese flakes
There is no need for a dehydrator, you can also make cashew cream cheese
and use it with pasta, crackers etc.
I made half into dehydrated flakes and half into
herb cream cheese.
I'll post the recipe soon along with the pasta recipe.
This was a real good distraction and my pain has been almost forgotten!
Hopefully I won;t need any painkillers tonight, fingers crossed.....
It is wonderful being back here at Clean and I feel so grateful this space exists,
with the fabulous team, with Angel Amanda and everyone here sharing so
generously.......thank you thank you thank you