Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Day 2 on The Garden Diet





Gazpacho for dinner last night.  The flavors were nice, but I think I'll make it in the food processor next time to keep in chunky instead of smooth.  For the recipe, go here.

I wish I could say that my first day went without a hitch.  I am so accustomed to tasting food whenever I'm preparing food for others.  Last night I made the kids spaghetti with marinara sauce and Parmesan cheese with a sliced cucumber.  Not something I care to indulge in, except the cucumber.  My breakdown was with the pita bread, toasted with olive oil and garlic.  Did I really think I could sit at the table with a bowl of those in the middle?  I had a couple triangles, not the entire bowl.  It wasn't a total breakdown, but I'd love to be the all or none type that can diet and NOT CHEAT.  Later, I found an open bag of tortilla chips (Whole Foods brand, they make them to perfection) that my daughter had squirreled away in her reading corner.  Had a few of those, too.  Maybe a couple of handfuls to be more honest.

I loved the carob smoothie for breakfast, as did my 4-year-old.  It was heavy, though.  From OJ one day, to carob, banana, nuts and a date the next seems like a huge change in calorie content.  I know this isn't about counting calories, but my experience eating raw is that it's easy to get carried away with the nuts and sweet stuff.  During my walk this morning, it did give me the energy needed to hoof it for an hour.

Beautiful Chicago Spring

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