Day 5- Oy Vey

Oy Vey,

Yesterday, the headache I had had on the right side of my head faded over the day and I felt pretty good. Until evening, when a headache started up on the left side of my head after dinner. I went to bed at 10 pm which seems to be past my new macrobiotic bedtime and I was over-tired. By the time I got into bed I had a migraine. Not a headache. I spent the night not sleeping all that much, tossing and turning, breaking a sweat from the pain and rubbing tiger balm on myself. I had macrobiotic nightmares, wondering if I was killing myself with brown rice and cabbage and maybe I just needed to eat a muffin or something. I woke up with quasi-laryngitis and it took two hours before I sounded normal. As I said, Oy VEY.

I phoned my macro mentor in the morning just to make sure I am on the right track. She was too sick to talk having just gotten back from weeks in France being force-fed French bread and fabulous wine. Now she is 'cleaning-out' like me! She mumbled something like 'your fine' and that was it. 

There are many reasons I am doing this cleanse. One is a desire to stay more on this green side of the food chain as I head down the road to fifty. This time of life is when 'The Change' is approaching and I want to make sure I surf it with as much grace and ease as possible. All the studies show that a meatless whole grain and veggie diet with some soy in it is good for this.

I am writing this at 10 pm, my macro bed time seems to be a bit later today, but my head is still aching, not too badly though. I can look at a computer screen. Let's hope tomorrow brings some peace. Five days of headache is a bit much.  

Today was my big sugar day. Today breakfast does not have a photo. It was oatmeal with raisins and unsweetened soy milk and maple syrup (optional). Which you have all seen before. I took the option but went pretty light as I know my taste buds aren't up to my usual lashings of maple.

Lunch was sweetened by an impromptu visit from a friend. So I got to cook for someone which was a total treat. We had rice noodles with a pressed salad in a sweet mustard sauce topped with fried Seitan and a side of greens topped with nori . This cleanse has had a seaweed component in almost every dish whether eaten or not. I put a stamp sized piece of kombu in rice, beans and even water I am boiling veggies in. Seaweed is always in miso soup and soon I am making a seaweed salad.

The lunch took no time. I had to let the pressed salad sit for 30 minutes but that was more than enough time to get everything else cooked and ready. The dressing was delicious: 1 tsp shoyu, 2 tsp Dijon mustard and 1 1/2 Tbs maple syrup. Try it! 

My friend loved the meal. She couldn't believe the greens had no dressing and that there where only three ingredients to dress the pasta. After we ate we had a serious chat about her desire to learn how to cook more like this meal. Her doctor has told her she must eliminate red meat and she is suffering from some health issues that she has been told a greener diet might alleviate. It seems sad because her and her husband are gourmets but actually it is a blessing in disguise. He is a great cook, and he is supportive of the changes she needs to make so I am sure he will become an amazing vegetarian chef. I am going to go over and show them a couple hearty and yummy things to help transition into more meatless meals that don't include dairy and eggs. We hadn't seen each other in months so what a fortuitous time to come visit.

Dinner was very macrobiotic and it was my kind of meal.  Brown rice with celery and walnuts (the dish called for almonds but I didn't have any), a boiled salad with green goddess dressing, a side of sauerkraut and an adzuki bean soup.

The green goddess dressing was very green and all I could taste was chlorrophyl.

A word on the two salads. I prefer boiled salads to pressed salads, with a nutbutter and umeboshi dressing it is one of my favourite things to eat. Try 1 tsp tahini, 1/2 tsp umeboshi paste and one or two Tbs of water as a thick sauce over the veggies. Yum!