Dear Shaina and friends,
The cleanse doesn’t have to be that hard. There are really a lot of things we eat anyway that work on the cleanse or or only need slight modification to work. I make steel cut oatmeal with raisins for breakfast…really delicious and filling! Salads are naturally on the cleanse and i do all sorts of add ons…whatever i have laying around…apples, roasted veggies or raw. I use olive oil and lemon for dressing which Dad said we should have all the time.
The other thing I have been doing is using up all of our leftovers in very creative ways. Mixing kasha with the leftover roasted veggies. Eating the mock chopped with carrots and cucumbers. Remember I roasted whole bulbs of garlic when I did the veggies? Well I use the garlic paste from the roasted cloves on everything I need garlic for. It is delish!
We are going to a party tonight and I am making Israeli salad (tomatoes, cucumbers, salt and pepper and olive oil and lemon juice) and a tomato, arugula, basil salad with a pesto dressing. I also made a big pot of lentil soup using all the leftover varieties of lentils that you purchase when your here. I added raisins for a little sweetness to soften the tart edge from the tomatoes and spices and Celtic salt. It was a meal in itself!
Last night I made the pomegranate apple tabbouleh and added the leftover ladoo oil and that added a really nice hint of cardamom. I also made a simple apple crisp with apples, raisins, cinnamon and zest and juice from an orange you left and added slivered almonds to the bottom and topped it with crushed almonds.
But Dad’s favorite is still the quinoa-kale-corn, etc. recipe you made for Rosh Hashana. That will be my next project. I think I will make it for the before-the-fast meal Yom Kippur eve. That with some hardy lentil soup should hold us over for more than a day!
So it seems that we are having no trouble enjoying the cleanse…and I really do feel healthy. As far as the spiritual part, I am feeling very empowered about my body, which, especially right now, is top of mind. So I am grateful, both for my body…and my ability to continue to try to take care of it.
Thank you for this gift…only one of the many you have given to me. Oh, did I mention how grateful and blessed I am to have you and your father in my life? That is a constant, but I am reminded again and again…
I love you…have an easy fast…and a year filled with health and happiness and all (or at least some) that you hope and dream for.