While I was technically supposed to be doing the detox until today, I decided to be done last night. We were out of the kitchari and we got back to the house around 7pm after a very frustrating day out…so I didn’t have the time or patience to make another batch. I did have things on-hand to make meatless meatball sandwiches though! I made a side of saute’d zucchini.
Over the course of 6 days doing the detox, I lost 5 pounds! At times it felt silly to be doing a detox diet, but I did take away some good lessons. First, I need to be more aware of how much I eat at each mealtime. I need to stop before I feel full.
Mike and I also learned that we don’t need to snack after dinner. Before this detox, we were horrible about munching on bags of pretzels, chips & salsa, various baked things I’d made, etc. With the detox, we didn’t really have any options to snack on…so, we just didn’t. It forced us to break that habit, and we’ve made a choice that we’re going to stick with it.
Today we celebrated Aaron’s birthday, which is actually tomorrow. He wanted to go to Red Robin and was especially excited about the prospect of people singing to him. I love that Red Robin allows you to totally customize your order. You can choose the type of bun, type of meat – or even meat alternative (Boca or Gardenburger), and they have several sides you can substitute for fries.
I got a Gardenburger on a whole wheat bun, with broccoli for a side. It was good, but I was a little disappointed. I’ve had better at Red Robin.
Sorry for the flashed out picture…but my side of broccoli consisted of two pieces. Then, the lettuce on my burger was seriously lacking. 😦
Nonetheless, the day was for Aaron. 🙂 We had a great time hanging out with our Aunt Amy and Grandma.
After Red Robin, we hit up Chuck E. Cheese. I am loving that Aaron’s at the age where he enjoys that place. I had forgotten how much fun it is! 🙂 Better than a casino! I made some *almost* vegan cupcakes using Trader Joes’ cake and frosting mixes (they use buttermilk in the cake mix). I love the Trader Joe’s cake mixes. They taste GREAT and they don’t have any hydrogenated oils in them like every other store brand mix. Today, I found they can handle some ingredient substitutions also. I used coconut oil instead of butter in the cake and Ener-G egg replacer instead of eggs. Then, I used Earth Balance instead of butter in the frosting. They ended up being delicious! Aaron wanted plain vanilla with green sprinkles. Then, I made chocolate chip ones for the rest of us.
I’m looking forward to a great day tomorrow, celebrating my munchkin! 🙂