Well, today was my first day of food, so I decided to be creative and try some new food. I had granola and banana for breakfast, a delightful tomato pesto panini on multigrain bread for lunch and for dinner, Max and I shared a quinoa salad. It was simple to make (Max and I played GameCube while the quinoa was simmering) and very delicious. For us two (a little left over for lunch), I used 3/4 cups rinsed quinoa, 1.5 cups water, 1/3 of a tomato (more is better, chopped coarsely), 1/2 of an avocado (chopped into bits as well) and some chopped cilantro. Simply bring the quinoa and the water to a boil, and then slowly simmer until all the water is gone, then cool and add the vegetables and cilantro and mix with a little bit of extra virgin olive oil to keep from getting to clumped. We also had some carrots and a dollup of hummus on the side, with a few almonds and a sprig of cilantro for a garnish. It was very tasty and simple to make, here’s a shot of the salad, and us having fun plating it up.
It’s done! My 7 days without food has ended and I’ve begun to slowly add solid foods to my diet. I had a meager dinner of a banana and 6 baby carrots, taking great care to chew them slowly to get my system ready for a challenge. They went down quite well, except when I was helping my suite-mate move in, and had to lift some things, but other than that, everything went fine. I later had a few peanuts and some more carrots with hummus (which was excellent!). I’m planning on trying some granola with soy milk in the morning, perhaps with an apple. My lunch will be a toasted multi-grain tomato and pesto (I made it this afternoon, the whole apartment smelt like heaven) sandwich with some carrots and hummus on the side. I will try to post pictures of my meals when I can and post instructions for their creation.
I’ve been looking for a typical ‘starving college student’ meal, one that’s cheap, quick and will fill me up after a day of study. I know the most common is Ramen, which is cheap, but also quite unhealthy and rather foul. I came up with what I hope to fill that gap, and it’s vegan to boot! With my rice cooker, I’m going to make brown rice (it has a timer so it’ll be cooked when I get home!) and steam some broccoli in it at the same time. Then mix in a little peanut butter (all-natural, unsalted) and some soy sauce to make an Asian-inspired meal. If I have the time, I can saute up some tofu and sesame seeds and add for a little something extra. When I get my rice cooker, and I get my stomach ready for such a meal, I’ll let you know how it is, and a more detailed recipe and pricing.
Peace and chow,
I’ve decided to start drinking diluted fruit juices tomorrow to start weaning myself off the fast, but still no solid foods until Sunday night. I know it takes a while for your body to start digesting again, so I’ll be starting early to make sure my transition back to solid foods is as smooth and painless as possible.
Drink juice and be merry,
Well folks, it’s been officially 3.5 days, half of my 7 days without food. I feel quite tired (though I got very little sleep last night) but other than that, I feel quite good considering. I’ve noticed how important food is to our lifestyle and culture, taking it out entirely is very strange, but somewhat liberating, you no longer have to worry about getting feed, and you can be more free to do as you please. I’ve also noticed that my nose is much more sensitive to food smells than before, it seems I’m always smelling tasty treats that I want but cannot have. I’m quite excited for the breaking of the fast, and will ease into food by having a glass of orange juice in the morning, raw carrots and tomato at noontime and a quinoa salad with avocado, tomato and cilantro for dinner. I also found a delicious sounding recipe for a vegan pizza with a whole wheat crust, which I’m very excited to make and eat.
UPDATE: After making the pizza, it was very good, but took quite a while to make, I would use about 1/2 the amount of honey called for and make sure o spread it out very well as it rises quite rapidly. Here is a shot on the pan, and on the plate.
Wish me luck on the final few days,
So, today I finished my second day of fasting, I felt very nauseous this morning and vomited up a rather bitter yellow fluid this morning, then felt better. My hunger pains are gone, just a soreness in my calves. I’ve really been enjoying my teas, I have a Yogi Detox tea steeping next to me as I write. Energy wise, I feel only a little more cloudy than usual, but I have no problems walking around campus or socializing. I finally got to a scale today and I weighed 145.6 pounds and when I took my blood pressure after walking to Kinney’s yesterday, it came out to be 124/76 (not too bad). Today when I went to the food co-op I came across some excellent ideas of foods for phase II. Again, if you’re interested in more regular updates you can follow me on Twitter.
Peace and no chow for me,