3-Day Juice Cleanse – Day 2

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Day 2 of my juice cleanse was considerably more difficult. I was hungry and wanted to eat solid food. I made it all the way until dinner time then caved. I had homemade baked meatballs and a baked potato. I also had two cups of coffee in the morning and a chai latte in the afternoon, so I guess it doesn’t really count as “real” juice day.

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Reshmi Kabob

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If there’s one type of food my husband and I like more than anything, it’s Indian Food. We used to be regular’s at this fantastic Indian Restaurant in Lincoln, Nebraska called, “The Oven”. We started out by ordering the same 1 or 2 entrees because we knew we’d never be disappointed. Slowly but surely though we started to get a little more adventurous, and eventually starting trying to learn how to cook indian food ourselves. Unfortunately, my taste’s outgrew the typically pre-made sauces you can buy in a jar, and I started seeking out ways to make it from scratch. The only tricky part was finding all the unique spices. Now you can find them more easily, and with Amazon, there’s no reason not to try this stuff from scratch!

Here’s a simple, and healthy kabob recipe that is mild but very flavorful. It’s also a GREAT way to prepare chicken when you are tired of the same ol’ marinades and chicken recipes.

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Momos

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Making Momos

One of my favorite things about cooking is learning to cook ethnic foods. I was born and raised in the midwest, and on a hog farm when I was young. Our meals ALWAYS included the “midwest trio” – meat, potato and corn, (usually canned). I have no idea when or how I learned to LOVE trying new foods. But somewhere along the way, I learned the joy of trying many different foods – and when it’s home cooked and healthy – EVEN BETTER!

I owe this dumpling recipe to my new good friend, Saru who is from Nepal. Saru came to the US four years ago to study nursing and has been away from her family for a long time. We love having her over to our house for dinner, and comparing notes on our cultural differences. After cooking several different meals for her that included, Indian food, traditional St. Patrick’s day food, and some basic American food – she decided to come over and teach us how to make these traditional dumplings from her home. I just have to say how happy we were to learn this, because they are a little bit of heaven in a delicious steamed package.

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3-Day Juice Cleanse

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I’ve been tossing around the idea of a juice cleanse for a long time. I like the idea of pushing some kind of ‘reset’ button on my digestive system. I’ve been struggling for several months with weight gain, fatigue, bloating and stomach issues, headaches and brain fog just to name a few. I’ve had several tests done to get to the bottom of it and still now answers. Quite frankly, I’m really sick of doctors. I’ve decided it’s time to doing some “tests” on my own.

I decided to begin an elimination diet. An elimination diet will basically help you pinpoint food allergies and sensitivities by eliminating the most common food allergen. After a short period of time you start adding foods back in one at a time to “challenge” your diet. With careful attention to how I feel and journaling I should be able to figure out what foods make me sick!

I decided the best way to start this this elimination diet though, is with a 3-day juice cleanse. I’m going to flush out all offending foods, additives and preservatives and hopefully figure out what’s going on.

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