we did it!

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Dear cleansers,

What happened? It’s the last day of the cleanse and it feels like we just started! I feel great. So good that I’m going to continue after Yom Kippur. Who’s with me?
What always surprises me about the cleanse is how relieved I feel to have an excuse NOT to eat everything in front of me. Usually when I walk through the shuk I constantly put things into my mouth. It’s stupid and stressful and not fun. I don’t want a gross sample of coffee flavored halva the miserable Halva King guy pushes, but I can’t not put it in my mouth. Or like…  I know the pile of brownies in front of me isn’t going to make me feel good, but they’re going into my mouth and I can’t stop and I hate myself. On the cleanse, I’m not even tempted to dip my hand into the candy bin or eat the brownies or try to figure out when to stop eating the brownies. I know it’s kind of messed up, but whatever. I have issues and the cleanse helps. Does anyone else experience this?
Another surprise was the how much easier it was for me to stick to the budget this year! Old, rotting vegetables are conveniently sold in bulk right outside my apartment in the Old City at night. My first purchase was  10 shekels (about $2.60) of tangerines… walked away with two full plastic bags. I had to give some to neighbors because I couldn’t carry them up the stairs. I tried to ask the sellers where the produce comes from, but couldn’t get a straight answer. Still working on it.
I’ve been feeding off a big pot of rice/dal mush. Super economical and packs a big nutritional bang for its buck. It’s like a mix of mujadara and kicheree…. basmati rice, mung dal and beluga lentils. Recipe below.
I went over the budget about $15. Because Kitchens for Good is so great, I’m going to donate $50. Thanks for the extra inspiration this year!
Kicheree Mujadara 
  • 1 cup mung dal
  • 1 cup beluga lentils
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • pinch of cloves
  • 1 inch ginger finger, finely chopped
  • pinch of turmeric
  • tsp salt
Put into pot, boil, simmer, enjoy!

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