Monday, October 22, 2012

Life after the Fast

After focusing on slowly starting to wake up my digestive track all weekend; I am still ingesting green juice and eating only fruits and veggies.  I started with watermelon like I had planned.  The first bites of food were absolutely delicious!  I nearly lost my mind over red seedless grapes on Thursday! They were so juicy they made my eyes water.

Everyone in the juice fast world warns that you may gain a little weight when you return to eating. Of course, purely given the amount of food your digestive track can hold!  It was completely empty until now. I have yet to experience weight gain since beginning to eat again.  In fact, I lost 1.6 pounds since I started eating.  I also returned to calorie counting to ensure my new eating plan is focused on a caloric intake that will continue to support weight loss.  In the beginning it has been more tough to take in enough calories rather than too many.  The green juice has helped here as well.
 
I made a huge pot of vegetable soup that has been amazing to eat whenever I desire all weekend.  It is basically a minestrone soup minus the beans and pasta.  In 1 teaspoon of olive oil I sauteed onions, carrots, celery, mushrooms, zucchini, and garlic.  Then I added a 28 ounce can of Trader Joe's Toscano Marinara Sauce and a 32 ounce carton of their Low Sodium, Organic Vegetable broth and fresh Rosemary and Basil and simmered for about 30 minutes.  This soup has sustained me for days.  There are about 58 calories per cup.
I am planning on avoiding meats, seafood, and dairy as long as possible since my system is so clean and happy now.  So I came up with a DELICIOUS vegetarian stuffed zucchini recipe that you must try!
 
Vegetarian Stuffed Zucchini with Cashew "Parmesan" Topping
1 Zucchini
1/2 cup mushroom chopped fine
1/2 cup onion chopped fine
2 tbsp. fresh chopped basil
2 tbsp. fresh chopped rosemary
1 tsp crushed garlic
1/2 Sausage Trader Joe's Italian Sausageless
Sausage
1 tbsp. tahini
1/4 cup raw cashews
1 tsp. olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
 
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Wash and halve (long ways) zucchini.  With a spoon dig out seeds to make a hollow shell to stuff.  Rub with a few drops of olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast in oven on a cookie sheet for 10 minutes.  In the meantime in a skillet saute mushroom, onions, "sausage", garlic, and 1/2 the fresh herbs.  Saute until they begin to caramelize.  In a food processor blend the cashews and the other 1/2 of fresh herbs until it resembles Parmesan cheese. In a separate mixing bowl mix sauteed vegetable/ "Sausage" mixture with tahini and 1/2 of the cashew herb "Parmesan".  Gently stuff zucchini shells with the mixture and top with the remaining cashew/herb "Parmesan" mixture.  Return to a 400 degree oven for 10-15 minutes until the top is golden brown.

 
Try the new healthy recipes and let me know what you think! Where are you at in your Juice Fasts?  How is it going?

21 comments:

  1. Hi Kelly! I am your newest follower!

    I watched Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead and am getting inspired. Your testimonial on Joe's site led me here. I will be 34 in February and feel like SOMETHING needs to change. How expensive is juicing (minus the cost of the juicer)? After a few days, does your body have normal bowel movements, or do you still have to rush to the bathroom? I'm asking because as a teacher, I can't use the restroom whenever I want.

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  2. Kelly!

    I just want to meet you in person and take you out for lunch... I mean juice!!! I just sat here and read your ENTIRE blog in one sitting. You were so real about your journey and I thank you. I'm looking forward to starting in Jan and Feb!! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

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  4. Excellent post, I always tell people to start out eating the stuff you would usually be juicing when coming off a fast. It's a good way to introduce solids back into your diet. Great article, great site, thanks!

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  5. Thanks for posting. I'm always thrown out of whack when I do a juice cleanse or when I go Vegan. It is rough at first, but you get used to it. And then you're thrown out of whack when you go back to normal dieting habits. :)

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