Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Container Detox

While Tweeting about Kasia Kines and my 30 Day Whole Foods Detox the world shrank as it does on Twitter, and especially as it does in Smalltimore. @BriHoffman, Erica Penn's fiance suggested we follow each other on Twitter since she had completed Kasia's Detox. Erica was invaluable. Here are a few of her wise Tweets. Start reading from the bottom of the screen shot.

Erica was with me all 30 days and we created a hashtag for #kasiakines on Twitter because we love her that much. @Erp5005's most valuable Tweet was "Tupperware will soon be your best friend." She was absolutely correct. I had Tweets asking what detox I was doing at all hours of the night. I should have said, "It's called a Container Detox."

Luckily I'm king of a freak when it comes to food storage containers so I was well prepared. I started a great routine after the first stressful week of trying to figure out how I was going to change my whole way of thinking about food. I'm a foodie. I love sauces, foie gras, amuse bouches, cream, cheese, wine, gin not to mention sugar in all forms. But I've been having weight issues for years and my energy level was to the point of near depression. I had to change my habits or go see a therapist. I knew I wasn't depressed, but exhausted and turns out malnourished. Odd for someone overweight to be malnourished, but it all makes sense on the other side of the detox. Now each night I make a beautiful salad and a fresh vinaigrette. I use a tiny 3 oz glass ball jar (as seen below next to the Kim-Chi) and seal it tight. Spinach, sunflower seeds and organic strawberries from California is the perfect salad but also visually just beautiful.

At the beginning of the week the fridge is now crammed with Tupperware containers ready for lunches. Some of the weekly items are fresh beets, kale, leeks, mushrooms, Brazil Nuts, Miso, pears, lemons, apples, ginger, broccoli, cilantro, parsley, cut strawberries, curry soup, homemade hummus, hemp milk, quinoa, barley, and brown rice. The beer has been there for weeks and the milk now spoils quickly since I'm not drinking it as well. 

I'm now a Bragg's Apple Cider convert, but the first week I had lots of items in the pantry already for my vinaigrette. 

Basic Vinaigrette 

3/4 Good Olive Oil
1/4 Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar, or lemon juice
dash of Celtic salt 
1 tablespoon of any one of the following: almond butter, raw honey, tahini, mustard

Use a Ball Jar to shake up and seal tight in the fridge. Will last for one week!

The key to a good container detox is GOOD containers. I had a curry soup explosion happen in the car the first week and it nearly derailed me. Good thing we sold that car. My dear and beloved Martha Stewart came to the rescue by way of her glass storage containers at Macy's. They are completely soup proof! 2.5 cups and a perfect lunch or dinner size. 

In the beginning it felt like every night was a little stressful trying to figure out what to eat for every meal. Now, 30 days into it I have a great routine and it is all about the storage containers!

Nightly routine:
Eat by 7:00 pm, small meal of protein and vegetables
Cook Eric piece of chicken or fish with vegetable and starch for his dinner.
Make my salad for lunch in a small container.
Make salad dressing in a 3 oz. ball jar for lunch.
Take piece of chicken from E's dinner preparation, barley (rice or quinoa) and green vegetable for my lunch entree and pack in another small container for lunch.
Heat (4) cups of water, (1) cup of steel cut oats on the stove until it boiled. Remove from heat. Cover overnight.
Load the dishwasher. Clean sink.
Go to be before 9:30 pm

Morning routine:
I've started waking up at 5:45 am every morning just with the sun and birds. It is now easy for me to get up in the morning and have a relaxing start to the day.
Heat water in tea kettle.
Remove lid and heat oatmeal on stove, 10 minutes.
Take vitamins.
Get ready for work.
Eat oatmeal at the dining room table, sometimes with my sweet Charlie.
Pack lunch bag for work with salad, salad dressing, cloth napkins, "S" monogrammed fork and knives from my Sites Great Grandparents, entree, snack of almonds, hummus and carrots or apple.

Erica, thank you so much for your Tweet support during Kasia's detox program. I'm still on the plan and loving every minute of it. I'm also always on the look out for the best in Tupperware options. Kasia, looking forward to seeing you later today for your Tweetervention.


WendyCinDC said...

I haven't yet caught up on your detox, but am duly impressed by your commitment. I suspect there are some great takeaways for all of us! As usual, you inspire me! XOXO!

Pigtown-Design said...

you go! did you seen the great containers i wrote about a while ago? they're called "weck" and are fabulous.

Nelle Somerville said...

I did Meg! I actually saw them at Woodberry Kitchen too. Love them. Happy weekend!