The green diet not only limits your food choices, it pretty much puts your social options on hold as well. Forget the afternoon coffee or the evening drink with friends. Going out to restaurants is way more complicated and tedious then just preparing your own meals so it’s time to take the green off the plate and out into nature.
By the fifth day of the green diet you’ve pretty much exhausted all the green options at your local market, so that’s when you head down to Chinatown.
There you’ll find your green options are off the charts. Probably cause you’ve never seen any of these babies on any chart unless you like to browse through underwater plant catalogues.
My mother would be so proud of me. Last week it was Kingsday here in Holland and the only thing I bhought there is a pressure cooker. 10 euro. Brand new. A pressure cooker. That thing that cooks food very quickly. It’s huge and looks kind of dangerous. It looks like it could explode. Above all it makes very annoying noises which let every heart of a Bosnian immigrant melt nostalgically. Every good Bosnian household has to have one. Including me now. Wahe guru!
I got it right on time for all the green stuff I wanted to cook this week. Stuff like mung beans, green lentils, string beans, you know. Stuff that needs lots of time cooking. With the pressure cooker I could cook bigger amounts of food and put it in the fridge for next days. It saves time = money. And energy (gas/electricity) =money. In the end your investment in a good pressure cooker will pay off definitely!
It’s a week now that I’m on green diet. And today I suffer. I would really love to eat anything else but green. I’m longing for cakes. I want to have a nice warm goat cheese in my salad. I even caught myself thinking that I could secretly eat a piece of bread. Nobody would notice. My hand slowly slowly moved towards the cupboard. But hey! Hallo!? What am I doing? I gave my hand a little slap. I am not exaggerating here. My mind is unstoppable finding it’s ways out of this cleanse.
Let us come back to day 6… after a few days of feeling great, light and focused I started to feel the craving of sweetness and experienced difficulty not thinking of my bad habits and wish to eat what I wanted.
Do you believe it if I tell you that I even started to dream about food. One night I dreamt I was hanging out with friends and all of a sudden, I was in front of a ‘Creperie’. It is not that I am that fond of crepes, not at all, but that night in that dream yes. I wanted a crepe and I ordered one, but at least with a green tea.
3d day of my green detox and I enjoy it enormously. Yesterday I cooked so much that I managed to prepare delicious green meals for the next 2 days! I will share all recipes with you soon but for today I will share a superfast lunch. It’s green. It’s tasty. It’s made in a minute. It’s a proper meal. And guaranteed no afternoon energy slump afterwards!!!
After reading this fast recipe you can’t come up with an excuse anymore of not having time for a green meal. For real.
Last week I tried several new tastes and green diet recipes out. With the knowledge I have now I think I can do my green diet without getting very stressed about it. Preparation is the key! You have to buy right stuff on time (easy). Prepare your lunch and dinner maybe already a day before (not so easy). Say no to your lunches and coffees with friends (super heavy)… From yesterday on I committed to my green diet fully. There is no coffee, bread, cheese and sweets for me for the next 11 days. Yikes!
As always my mind is telling me it’s impossible to do it. My body is loving it. And my true self is watching from a neutral distance those two fighting each other.
When I started my yoga teacher training I never felt like doing a diet… actually I never did any kind of diet in my life and that was something I couldn’t even imagine, so I made a conscious choice not to do the recommended diet during the training. It was not the right time, the right moment and, most important, I wasn’t ready for it.