One thing that this elimination and detoxification diet experiment has taught me is simple eating. I have a set list of foods to choose from and there is not much one can do with these ingredients (especially at my very basic chef level).
However, it’s not all bad. I feel like I’m getting to experience individual foods for what they are for the first time.
To give you an example of what a lunch or dinner might look like, imagine a pile of short-grained brown rice topped with mashed yams, avocado, and pine nuts (toasted or raw). Four distinct ingredients with various nutritional, flavor, and texture qualities. I can taste each food for what it is, but also enjoy the combination of flavors in a single bite.
My breakfast consists of cooked quinoa cereal with apple pieces, pumpkin seeds, ground cinnamon, and a drizzle of pure maple syrup.
I realize hunger like never before. These meals are not as calorie-filled as I’m used to. I have to eat more to sustain 4-5 miles of running in the morning (at least that’s what my painful head told me today). The green smoothies are now a life-saver and I snack on figs and seeds to get through between meals.
Like in the Bible.
And there is something “old fashioned” about the way I’m eating. The simplicity of the food combinations makes me think of how people ate before there were recipes. At least how I imagine they ate.
This act of eating has become sacred somehow. As it should be. Something to look forward to rather than just another meal that we wolf down.
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