Today is day 3 of my cleanse (and Kaleo’s fast) which this time is consisting of: no dairy, breads (even gluten free), corn, most grains, booze, etc.
What it DOES include is mostly lots of nutritious veggies, fermented foods, some well sourced seafood, a few eggs, nuts, and for a treat, some yummy organic high quality dark chocolate and some homemade cold brew coffee and delicious herbal teas. So as you can see, it’s not a very strict cleanse. It’s completely doable and is just a basic reset to what I’ve been enjoying a lot of lately, which is basically whatever I want. :o)
So while Kaleo enjoys his delicious water fast (heehee), I am enjoying small portions of nutritious yummy, homemade food. I am also intermittent fasting, which works well for me, rather than a week long fast at this point.
Today I was craving something a bit more substantial than I have been eating, so I created this yummy bowl of bliss. Buckwheat is not actually wheat, so it is gluten free. However, it is a pseudo grain, so if you are grain free, make sure you use discretion. It is “allowed” on paleo diets, but always in moderation. It’s great for curbing cravings of grains.
I don’t measure when I create, so use this recipe as a guide, and use your creativity and intuition to make it your own!
Herbed Buckwheat Ingredients:
1 Cup organic Buckwheat
2 cups water
Sea salt and cracked pepper to taste
Squeeze of lemon
Any desired fresh herbs chopped fine: mint, cilantro, basil, etc. I used basil and mint, which is what I had on hand
Bring the water to a boil and add the rinsed buckwheat. Lower the heat, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes. fluff. Take out a scoop of buckwheat (use the rest for another meal, or make for a friend) and add to a bowl. Mix in all above ingredients to taste and set aside.
Ginger Slaw Ingredients:
Shredded carrot (handful)
Finely chopped cabbage and kale
HINT: I go to the salad bar section of my health food market and grab a scoopful of each of the three above. Easy and less expensive!
CAP full (not a cup full) of Apple cider vinegar
Either fresh grated ginger, OR a capful of ginger juice (found near the nori in the health food market)
Tiny bit of toasted sesame oil or avocado oil
Splash of Tamari or Bragg’s aminos
Mix carrots, kale, and cabbage (and ginger if using grated) together in a bowl with all wet ingredients to taste. Add pepper
Half of an avocado, cubed
2 inches of sliced cucumber
Half a sheet of Nori, sliced
(optional) Organic fermented food like Kim Chee made with no sugar
Lemon squeeze and/or a splash of Tamari or Bragg’s for a little more flavor if desired.
For some spice, add some chili flakes or chili pepper water.
Assemble the bowl by laying everything side by side for a nice aesthetic. Top with sesame seeds and enjoy with a pair of chopsticks to ensure a leisurely, slow meal. Savor each bite and honor the nourishment you are giving your amazing body. Eat with love.
Non Vegan Option:
If you do want a bit of meat protein, add half a can of line caught, plain albacore tuna on top (quicker meal) or slice some seared well sourced fish on top.