40 Day Challenge – Day 29 (Fruit Fast 3)

bactrim from mexico There’s a lot to be said for the Nike slogan “just do it”.A� While contemplating the fruit fast and it’s affects on me, mostly digestive. I stumbled upon a realisation.A� Yes, a fruit fast is labour intensive, yes, I have had to manage my cravings, yes I have been a cranky bitch and yes I will be apologising to my boyfriend once this is all over!

Personally I think that anyone who did the fruit fast by signing up to a juice bar, home delivery or otherwise cheated. I’m sorry. It’s just the way I think.A� Preparing meals and juices by hand is laborious and I really had to think about what I was going to make. Especially since the boyfriend said he was going to support me by doing the fast.A� I couldn’t then serve up boring and unappetising dishes. (Not on top of being a cranky bitch).

I have realised how complacent I have been regarding my meals.A� It’s so easy to come home, grill a piece of salmon and throw together a few salad leaves and a dressing. Dinner done.A� I can happily eat like this for days before I begin to think about shaking things up.

There’s no way that this approach would work for the three days of the fruit fast!A� No way JosA�!

Every meal I put together during this fruit fast required the same steps. 1) Planning. Normally I’ve got something in the freezer or pantry that I can use as a base for a meal. With a fruit fast I was starting with all fresh ingredients – now things get interesting!A� 2) Preparation. I don’t care what anyone says. A vegetarian diet (or vegan) is hard work. Consider these two examples:

Meat chilli
1) chop onion and garlic
2) fry onion and garlic
3) open pack of mince add to pan
4) cook til brown then add tomatoes and chili
5) serve

Fruit fast chili
1) work out what’s allowed in the chili
2) wash fruit which are moonlighting as vegetables
3) peel fruit
4) chop fruit
5) chop onion and garlic
6) work out which fruit has the longest cooking time and add that first. Cook until soft but not cooked.
7)A� work out which fruit has the next longest cooking time and add that next. Cook until soft but not cooked.
8) repeat step 7) until all fruits are in the pan.
9) cook til brown but not sludgey then add tomatoes and chilli.
10) serve!

Maybe I am being over simplistic but I can put together a spag bol in about twenty minutes.A� It’s not a culinary masterpiece but it gets the job done.A� I put together a vegetarian option and after forty five minutes I was still waiting for my zucchini pasta to ‘sweat’ out all it’s water.

Step 3) Presentation.A� Nobody wants a plate of sliced fruits.A� I got away with it once, for the breakfast fruit salad but after that it’s gotta look interesting, appealing and tasty.A� It’s gotta scream “EAT ME!”A� “I’m a better option than a juicy piece of meat!”

So I say it again.A� Just Do It and Do It Right.A� Don’t cheat and take the easy option.A� Prepare the meals, juices, salads and snacks yourself.A� You’ll hate every minute of it but you’ll appreciate the small luxuries like oven ready salmon and frozen peas when it’s over.

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Author: Sarah Keast

"I'm just a thumbprint on the side of a skyscraper of the world." Miles, Sideways (2004). My psych said that creative expression might help with my depression. I've tried writing about yoga but the fact that I can't touch my toes makes me feel like a fraud. Given that everything I plant dies it seems pointless writing about my gardening attempts. So here are the rantings of a self confessed over-achiever who has found herself disillusioned with the establishment and diagnosed with depression. Happy Days.