7/1/2013 – 7/7/2013.
Unexpectedly, I have discovered that my detox journey not only gives me physical benefits, but emotional rewards as well. I have become more creative, more curious and even more grateful. This week, I made four experiments (three new diet experiments and one lifestyle experiment) which I am proud of.
Week 6: productive and emotionally rewarding.
When I started this journal initially, I was expecting a series of positive physically impact on my body. As the journal has progressed into Week 6, I have just started to realize that: not only do I feel great physically, I gain more positive emotional side benefits as well. I am becoming more creative, curious and grateful for what life has offered me.
In my detox diet plan journal last week, I talked about why each one of us is also a chemist. Week 6 is another example to demonstrate why I think that way. The week was filled with fun experiments, interesting dishes and exciting discoveries, all happening in my “lab”. I love receiving surprises. But, instead of waiting surprises to happen, I find that performing experiments in my “lab” is a proactive way to welcome unexpected joy and happiness. Oh well, just a different taste of life. ; )
Probiotic and Enzyme Salad
I have known the benefits of this kind of salads ever since I bought The Beauty Detox Solution. But I never had a chance to make it myself until Week 6. Probably, it was because I had been busily adapting to the new changes that have been introduced to my body since Week 1: green smoothies, digestive enzymes, probiotics and the change of diet routines. Now that they have become a part of my daily life, my mind has reserved more space so that I can look for other discoveries.
This experiment is easy to start with. All I needed were three 32-ounce clean jars, a cabbage, a chuck of ginger, filtered clean water and some patience for five days’ fermentation process. On the fifth day, an interesting thing happened: opening the lids of the jars exactly reminds me of opening a Coca Cola bottle (even though I do not drink Coke anymore). As soon as I twisted the lid and as soon as the cabbage was exposed to air, the cabbage immediately started sizzling and bubbling. I would have been in panic, had I not read the instruction ahead of time and not known what was expected to happen. Since I knew that “bubbling is a good sign that healthy probiotics are teeming”, as the book describes, I stayed calm and simply enjoyed the happening as a spectator!
Basically, this salad is a non-salt version of raw sauerkraut, so the former is healthier. It has low calories, full of live cultures such as lactobacillus bacterias and rich in enzymes and minerals. I love this crunchy and delicious salad. It tastes like Chinese suan cai yet it is much healthier, since suan cai, like sauerkraut, is packed with salt.
In the last “episode”, I mentioned that in Week 6 I would sprout lentils as they are healthier than non-sprouted ones for better digestion. The process is as simple as – also as joyful as – the way I made Probiotic and Enzyme Salad: soaking the lentils overnight, draining them and rinsing them every 12 hours for 2.5 days. And, we’re ready to serve. It is interesting to observe the way nature works and how the “tails” grow over time. That is my second experiment.
New Recipe For A Green Smoothie
A third experiment I am proud of is my another invention (I have been documenting recipes of my favorite self-made smoothies). And, I cannot wait to share this recipe with you below:
3 handfuls of spinach
2 green apples
half a bunch of parsley
3/4 cup of coconut water
1/4 cup of clean water
Hearty Home-Made Dinner Shared Among Friends
Last but not least, here comes a lifestyle experiment. I always feel that self-invented joy is not as fulfilling as joy shared among friends. It is the talking, laughter, teasing and sharing that makes hearty meal even heartier, because there is an important ingredient added into the recipe: happiness.
The most emotionally rewarding part of Week 6 is treating friends to a healthy home-made dinner prepared by me on a Saturday afternoon (except the roasted chicken and hummus, both bought from Costco), while watching a movie together. I enjoyed discussing foods and nutrition with them, while being grateful for our friendship. First, I greeted my friends with a signature welcoming smoothie mentioned in my first week of diet menu plan. Later, we all enjoyed chicken salads with my prized Probioric and Enzyme Salad on the side. Unfortunately, sprouted lentils did not have their share of the dining table, as they were all gone by Friday. Maybe next time then, as I am liking my lifestyle experiment and planning to have this kind of gathering on a regular basis!
A friend of mine asked me if I have a treat day during the week. Of course I do! Even though I am not having treat days on a regular basis, I do have treats from time to time. Sometimes, it depends on the occasion, too. For example, I just had Surf and Turf at a friend’s wedding the past Friday (as a side note, I took probiotics afterwards to help with digestion) ;D YUM…