I’ve never had much understanding for people who try following a recipe, then decide to change at least 5 steps and then complain about how the end result ist not great. That’s why I’m hesitant to talk about how not much has changed for me so far. I can see in our WhatsApp group that a lot of women are already at the point I can only dream of reaching. Of course I’m sticking to the hard rules: no alcohol, no red meat, and I reduced my caffeine intake (it’s not at zero. Far from zero actually). I started this programme with a mixture of “I’m NOT sure…”, “Could you please just shut up, Klara, and let it go on?” and a thirst for adventure. Something that definitely helped was that it involved shopping, namely my favourite kind: grocery shopping. I made the Dr. Shinya smoothie and drank it (meanwhile my kids were equally excited and disgusted and kept shouting “Mum is drinking a monster drink! Mum is drinking a monster drink!”), I’ve also made the chocolate pudding and the date sugar (I did this with a hand blender since I don’t yet own a stationary one – that’s where the comment at the start came from, I’m sure
the smoothie made in in a stationary mixer would remind me less of drinking the leftovers from my lawnmower ). The first serving of the chocolate pudding I actually ate with a bit of sugar, berries and a dash of cream (which is still allowed), that was actually really tasty. The second serving will be my second breakfast of the day, I’ll leave out the sugar and add an extra spoonful of date sugar, maybe I’ll also add a bit of coconut. I haven’t decided what I’ll do about the cream, that will be a spontaneous decision. Oh cream! Oh, cream. I start my day with a glass of water with lemon (not warm, but cold), followed by black tea. In general, I’ve been drinking a lot of water with lemon and water with cider vinegar, but I’ve always done this with pleasure – with the only difference, that I’m now giving myself an inner brownie point, uh, sorry, an inner cabbage point for doing this. I eat a lot of vegetables – e.g. yesterday I had a huge serving of green beans, braised with thyme and a lot of lemon, pressed and just cut into small pieces. They’re not on the list, but at the moment this list is not the measure of all thing, YET. At least this recipe did not contain any meat or alcohol and it felt good and right. In my freezer there is a bag of kale, which is not in season unfortunately, and in the supply cabinet there are coconut flakes, psyllium, psyllium husks, flaxseeds (after buying one pack, I realised I still had 4 others), tigernut (whatever that is, I used them in the pudding, so I ate them), Kapha tea, as well as some salads, tomatoes, pumpkin seeds and pumpkin seed oil, sunflower seeds, walnuts, white beans, chickpeas, and lentils. Today I’ll cook something with kale and miso paste, and maybe later I’ll make a big pot of Indian Dhal for the weekend. (By the way, this is my hack at the moment: Buy food and plan your meals. Both are things that I thoroughly enjoy. Don’t think about what is ‘forbidden’ as much.) Yoga is not going to happen any time soon, I just caught a big fat cold, just in time for starting this programme – but I’m pretty sure that I’ll beat that either with the amount of greens I’m consuming or if all else fails, with ginger. And concerning the tipp to turn off all screens after 9pm: I can’t do it and will probably never be able to do it. So, the bottom line so far: I feel as I’ve always felt, apart from the cold (but even that feels the same – in my list of complaints I forgot to mention that for some reason I’m always sick… hopefully that will change soon). I’m still eating practically what I’ve been eating before and don’t want to complain too much, most of the new super-foods are still waiting for their turn and if I’ve been using them, usually in the form of adding them so something instead of replacing something else. I’m not sleeping very well (typical cold) but I’m still in good spirits. And today I’ll grab my last chocolate croissant, vegetarian and free of alcohol, on my way to work before I’ll have to cut out sugar from tomorrow on. I’m determined to say goodbye to that croissant as cheerfully as I’ll say hello to the upcoming days.