Monday, February 2, 2009

Gillian McKeith Detox Week 1, Day 1

So today is the day we start Gillian's detox!
Things to eat: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, tofu, nuts and seeds. Things not to eat: sugary sweets, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, white bread, white rice, white pasta, processed foods, sodas and junk.

I'm not worried about the amount of food I'll be eating as there are plenty of things to eat, I'm just afraid of the day when I'd kill to eat a whole french baguette and a piece of cake. Three weeks without dessert. Can it be done? Dates are on the menu and they are pretty darn sweet and good thing I love them. But I'm sure too many dates aren't that great for you either. We'll see how this goes!

So every morning I will pack my husband's lunch as well as a set for myself. This morning for breakfast we both had a strawberry-date-banana-blueberry-spinach smoothie. Yum.

Today's lunch and snacks:
A thermos of turnip and leek soup (from You Are What You Eat cookbook)
A small green salad with spinach, pumpkin seeds and dijon vinaigrette
1 apple
Celery sticks stuffed with sunflower paté and baby carrots (paté from Ani's Raw Food Kitchen)
Nuts/Seeds/Raisins/Dried apricots/more fruits
Lemongrass herb tea/ Dandelion tea

That's quite a lot of food isn't it? I normally don't eat that much at lunch. My husband looked at his lunch bag with disbelief. I told him if he couldn't finish it all to let me know and I will pack slightly less food tomorrow.

Turnip and Leek Soup. It was very straightforward recipe: turnip, leeks, celery, onions, veggie broth powder, water, parsley. I added a little unsweetened soymilk to make it creamier. I also added a tsp. of low sodium miso and low salt soy sauce (which is allowed) for some flavor. The soup was very nice. Kind of sweet with a delicate flavor.

A sampling of snacks we'll be eating during detox. Celery with some kind of spread (in this case, sunflower paté), carrots, fruits, raw and unsalted nuts, seeds, raisins etc.

For dinner I made brown rice pasta with oven roasted grape tomatoes, spinach, olives and lots of crushed garlic.


leslie said...

good luck on your detox!! i bought the same cookbook on your recommendation and LOVE it! i will check out your progress.


Dawn said...

The soup wasn't really turnip-y? That all looks great. Enjoy your first week!

kmouse said...

The book is pretty great. All very simple recipes but gives you good ideas to incorporate a variety of veggies into your diet.

The soup wasn't turnip-y at all. It actually had more leeks and celery than turnip.

Minta said...

The food looks yummy, Kim! Good Luck! The first week is the toughest.

Anonymous said...

WOW - with a beautiful menu like that, your detox ought to be a cinch! :)

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shen said...

Just curious - where did you find low-sodium miso?
That would really be a great addition to our battery of "Gillian food".

kmouse said...

I use a brand called Cold Mountain Miso and they have one flavor called Kyoto White Miso which has 60% less sodium. I found mine at a japanese grocery. Here's their website:

shen said...

Thanks so much! I'm low-sodium miso bound!

Jackie Smith (the other one) said...

Hi, Kim,

I just watched four episodes of 'You Are What You Eat' and decided July would be a great time to do a McKeith/ETL detox. How did you plan yours? I usually plan about a week's worth of meals at a time, but it seems for an undertaking like this I should plan with a long-term view. Any suggestions? Thanks! Jackie (Kelvia on PPK)