Apr 082011
 
The first step in my journey to mindful eating was realizing it is OK to be hungry every now and then. This is a daily struggle for me. The weekends have proved to be extremely hard when it comes to not eating when I’m not hungry. I was going to blame my social engagements last weekend but I know it’s all me.
I drink wine. I eat. Especially chocolate.
During this second week though, I found it much easier to be mindful after having practiced the previous week and realizing I won’t actually die if I’m a little hungry. I will be interested to see how this weekend goes.
This leads me to step number two in this journey.
Step number two is learning even more about my body and what it is trying to tell me. In order to do this I need to eliminate common allergens such as dairy, wheat and tough-to-digest foods like meats for a period. Then, after the detoxification period, as I slowly add the foods back I will know what the effects of each type of food are on my body.
I’ll admit, when my friend Michelle mentioned her detox program starting May 1st, I initially decided not to participate because I didn’t want to give up wine for 21 days. Don’t judge, I know it’s bad.
What changed my mind was waking up at 3AM last Friday night (or technically that is Saturday) not sleeping after a work happy hour. I still got to bed by 9:30 mind you, but after a few glasses of wine I don’t ever sleep well. Add the stress of the week on top of the alcohol I was wide awake with a headache knowing I would have to be up bright and early with a very active 2 year old. Warm milk didn’t even help. It was at that time that I emailed Michelle that I would like to join. I’ve never done a detox and I like trying new things so why not?
The gist of it will be simply clean and whole foods. Fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts and seeds, maybe a few eggs and fish, healthy fats. Sounds like something we have heard of right? A Mediterranean diet!
And this is most definitely NOT a fast because I wouldn’t last two hours on a fast.
Luckily I follow this sort of thing pretty closely so the main changes I will make over three weeks will only be cutting sugar, dairy, meats, alcohol and caffeine. (I found an amazing organic herbal, low acid and caffeine free coffee that I will do a product review on soon!)
I’m now so excited about the detox that I have already started thinking of clean recipe ideas like this Kale and Kohlrabi Salad with Miso Tahini Dressing.

Kale and Kohlrabi Salad with Miso-Tahini Dressing

Estimated 6 (1 1/2 cup) servings
***2 WW Pts Plus
Ingredients
Dressing
(Note: If you like lots of dressing you might want to double this.)
2 Tbsp tahini
2 tsp miso (I used light)
1 Tbsp agave
1 Tbsp rough chopped ginger
1 clove garlic
2 Tbsp water
Garlic powder, to taste
1 bunch kale
1 orange bell pepper, seeded and sliced
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 cup chopped, cubed kohlrabi
Directions
1. Mix tahini through water in a small blender and blend until smooth.  Pour mixture over kale and massage.

 

2. Add bell pepper, kohlrabi and green onion.  Season with garlic powder.

 

 

3. Mix well by hand.

 

Nutrition Facts
6 Servings
***2 WW Pts Plus
Amount Per Serving

Calories 86.8
Total Fat 3.2 g
Saturated Fat 0.4 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.4 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 96.1 mg
Potassium 342.7 mg
Total Carbohydrate 13.3 g
Dietary Fiber 3.8 g
Sugars 3.8 g
Protein 3.6 g


Vitamin A 296.4 %
Vitamin C 169.1 %
Copper 14.3 %
Manganese 28.2 %

  15 Responses to “Kale and Kohlrabi Salad with Miso-Tahini Dressing and Step Number Two in Mindful Eating”

  1. Hi Dawn! I feel like I haven't stopped by in any of my friend's blogs lately. Things have been just.so.busy. Sigh…
    I think it's great you're doing a detox! Do you find it hard since you have a husband and child who aren't participating? I'd really like to do one too but it's hard w my husband who is not so much into healthy eating as i am…

  2. Good question! I plan on making dishes we can all eat. In fact, when I do this my daughter will be able to eat even more with me because she is allergic to dairy and wheat. I have already made banana “ice cream” with honey and she loves all the grains. For the meals with meat I may just grill up some chicken for them, serve the salad or side and then have beans, organic tofu or eggs. My husband and I like fish so he can eat that too.

  3. oops….I meant “and then have beans, organic tofu or eggs” for me.

  4. I never think to use miso and tahini for dressings. Looks great. And I had to laugh when you said “I drink wine. I eat. Especially chocolate.”

    Wine and chocolate are antioxidants right???? ;-)

  5. Exactly! Antioxidants! I need to create the “wine and chocolate diet”. Oh wait. that is what I'm already doing.

  6. I am so glad to hear you are doing Michelle's detox! I think you are going to figure out a lot about your eating habits and exactly how they are affecting you. I love detoxing … the right way! You will feel so refreshed! Enjoy!!

  7. That salad looks amazing! I love all the goodies you have packed into one dish!

    The detox sounds interesting and so healthy. Great way to feel even healthier. I look forward to you blogging about it.

  8. I'm curious about this coffee you speak of. I actually gave up coffee cold turkey this week! I have on and off, but ongoing, sleep issues and I want to see if this helps.

  9. Dawn, this is awesome. I meant to post this with your other post from last weekend, but things got busy. I started doing the mindful eating in January. The first week was probably the hardest, but then your sugar cravings subside. And unlike you, I don't go hungry. I eat smaller meals/snacks every 2-3 hours, just until I am full. I don't stress about it at all. As such, I am more cognizant of what keeps me satiated between meals.. I am listening to what my body wants. And this means lots of fruits, veggies, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds. I have actually gone vegan whitin the last month, too, cutting out dairy and fish. I thought I'd miss fish the most, but I have been ok so far.

    I encourage you to keep this up! For me, the hardest part, like you mentioned last week is when you mingle it with social functions. I don't eat huge meals anymore, nevermind multi-course affairs (my courses are spaced out over hours), so it can seem really awkward if others don't understand my new way of eating.

    I am routing for you, though!

    I am loving your kohlrabi recipes! I hope to plant some this year. :)

  10. First of all, can I tell you that you've inspired me to join a CSA for the summer! I'm SO excited and can't wait to create fun recipes like these with all the goodies I get.

    The dressing on this salad sounds DELICIOUS. I just binged last night on some cookies…don't feel so great today but just have to move forward. I need some clean eating like this!

  11. THANK YOU for all your insightful and encouraging comments. Dawn and Tami…thanks I'm excited!
    Cara, the coffee is SO good. I'll do a post about it soon.
    Janet, great comments. I think I'm doing pretty well on it. As for the going hungry I don't go too long. If I get below say a hunger level of 2 or 3 I have some veggies or my cup o miso or the natural pickles.
    Joanne, yay!!!!!!! I'm so excited you are going to join a CSA. I can't wait to see what cool veggies you get and what amazing things you do with them.

  12. I can't wait to follow you one your detox journey so I hope you'll share lots!!!

    That salad looks fantastic :-) I need to try one of your amazing dressings soon!

  13. Your salad looks awesome! That dressing does sound so delicious!

  14. Your salad ideas seem endless Dawn. I love tahini and since now it is lent period here in Greece we get to use it a lot. This is a beautiful idea!

  15. This sounds just perfect. I am all for listening to your body and reading the signs. I've cut down the dairy and gluten of my diet recently and even though I have no allergies or intolerances I think it's good minimise the intake of them for a while. It's all about the balance!

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