I feel like a new person and according to Macrobiotics, I am. The standard line is 10 days to change the quality of our blood as the blood plasma is renewed; 4 months to fully clean the blood as the red blood cells are renewed and 7 years for all the cells in the body to be renewed. By eating well, sleeping well, thinking good thoughts, exercising and not over-working I started to clean it up!
The healing from caffeine, sugar and whatever else was going on was overwhelming and I felt foolish that I was being brought so low by a bit of rice and beans. I also hadn't thought I was feeling that out of whack but the difference in my energetic from then to now shows me that I was.
For those of you that know me this will be quite poignant. I feel that I can concentrate better. I feel like I am able to listen to people without my own thoughts racing so loudly that I miss what they are saying. I still go on tangents but I can feel my attention span and focus has strengthened.
I ate at least half as much more food in volume than I normally do and lost 5 pounds.
There is no photo of Day 9 breakfast because it was miso soup and steamed greens and toasted pumpkin seeds.
I had a girlfriend over for lunch and I was disappointed to feed her an Udon Salad with Tahini sauce. Only because as a fellow hippy this was familiar to her as a meal. But it was delicious and we enjoyed our meal. No photo of that either because it was Day 8's dinner with some sauce over noodles.
Dinner on the other hand provided me with one of my favourite things I have had on the cleanse. I ate a Nabe with a dipping sauce of lemon-soy (Ponzu) with grated daikon in it. And a small side of rice.
This recipe I will give as it is ubiquitous. Take a pot the right size for however many people will eat. Put about 3/4 cup water per person in a pot. Soak 2 stamp sized pieces of Kombu in the water while you prep your vegetables. Use whatever vegetables you like but think of it like this: 2 or 3 roots, 2 or 3 rounds, 1 or 2 leafy. So, not including your onion (use onion), find 2 root vegetables you want to eat. The recipe called for daikon and carrot. Find 2 round vegetables. Rounds are vegetables that are above ground but not leafy like cruciferous vegetables: broccoli, cabbage etc, or squashes, beans, corn. Then your leafy greens, maybe some mushrooms. You may use a protein in your Nabe too, tofu, fish, eggs or any meat.
Bring the water to a boil, then turn to medium-low, add the roots in groupings and beside each other and cook it for 5 minutes. Add the tofu, if you use that, cook for 3 more minutes. If you use a meat protein, depending on the size, cut it, add it in with the roots, or even before.
For my protein I used Aburage, or tofu puffs. These are deep-fried tofu skin squares. I slit the top, put in a small chunk of mochi, sealed the top with a toothpick and dropped it in to the Nabe. After 3 minutes, add the greens and give it another 3 minutes or until the greens are done. Mayumi did not have me season the Nabe but you could add shoyu, or miso about 5 minutes before you pull it off the stove. Done! Mix the juice of a lemon and a quarter cup of soy sauce together and use that as a dip for your veggies.
I like this dish because it can be as rich as you want but has no oil. It is filling but light at the same time.
The mochi in the tofu was so yummy. I had never had that before and again, for someone transitioning to eating less meat, the texture would be very satisfying. It was a deep-fried skin on a chewy center. So good!
I went to a movie with a friend and I ate what was not on my cleanse: popcorn. I decided to make it at home with organic popcorn, oil and just a little bit of salt. Just isn't a movie for me without popcorn! Emotional, associative eating at it's absolute best!
Day 10's breakfast was a light detox meal. Adzuki beans and rice cooked together and steamed greens with toasted sunflower seeds on top.
Lunch was a leftover rice stir fry with seitan in it. Simple and hearty. As well, there was a sweet vegetable drink, which I did not make. I am going to start that this week. It is excellent for remedying low blood sugar, as well as a million other things. I did not have a cabbage, so I didn't make it.
Dinner was a gentle affair. Kamut pasta, a bean soup and a Kinpira on salad greens. My kinpira had burdock, carrot, green beans and a white sesame dressing. I was a little disappointed with myself because I forgot to buy basil and cherry tomatoes as a garnish as well as forgetting to soak the white beans. So I ended up making black bean soup. Not a sexy finish to the cleanse because it would have been nice to finish exactly en pointe but I did it!!
In this electronic age I have sent Mayumi a couple tweets on Twitter thanking her for the book and the experience. I swear, this will be the first cookbook that I try every single recipe from cover to cover!
Her last tweet back, upon me letting her know that I had finished her cleanse and feeling like a million bucks was, " Congrats, you made it 10days!! Yay!! New you is started --Keep on it but enjoy back and forth till you find your way:))"
That was a great reminder and resonates with my yoga journey. Discipline, and habit-changing takes patience, enthusiasm, self-respect, trust and most of all perseverance. Enjoying the journey is the whole process. There is no goal but being present right where you are. Awakening to each change and calibrating accordingly. One foot in front of the other on The Path.
It has been two days and I am eating the same. Last night we went out for dinner. It was Japanese but more Izakaya style not my idea of good food or how I want to eat. Loud, cranking tunes and extreme dishes. I ordered as simply as I could and enjoyed my meal. And my Saké! Which I made sure only had rice Koji and no added yeast.
Thank you for following my journey of seeking Balance.