Simple. Fast. Soothing. These have been the guidelines for most of my food the last few days. I am not always good at eating exactly the way my body would like. If I were to do it perfectly, I would eat a gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free diet. It would be low-carb, with an emphasis on vegetables and lean protein. I would follow the tenets of food combining at every meal. I would drink 64 ounces of water every day. I would have a vegetable juice daily. I would never eat dried fruit. I would probably have to give up a lot of other things as well. If I were to eat perfectly, I would never eat a grilled cheese sandwich on Udi's gluten-free bread with tomato slices and bacon bits for dinner.
I am not perfect.
But I'm pretty good most of the time. I also know when my body can handle something a little more decadent and when it needs rest. This past week it needed rest. So while I craved that grilled cheese sandwich or a slice of pizza, I listened to my body and ate simply. Vegetable juices, green smoothies, lots of water, and everything mild, mild, mild. If you're having one of those days when your stomach needs a break, or you just want to send it some calming love, here are a few quick ideas to help you on your way.
(Why cabbage? After Dr. Internet determined that I might have an ulcer, it told me that cabbage juice was a great remedy. Not wanting to down four glasses of plain cabbage juice daily, I began incorporating cabbage into my daily routine. If I have an ulcer, it might help. If not, it's still really good for me)
1/2 - 1 banana
1/2 - 1 cup frozen cherries
1 - 2 cups cabbage
hemp milk (approx. 1 cup)
You can use any frozen fruit you want for this smoothie. The one in the photo used peaches, but frozen cherries are my favorite addition.
Throw all the fruit and vegetables in the blender. Add enough milk to reach the 1 cup mark. Blend until smooth. This makes enough for two people or one large smoothie.
enough cabbage to fill a cup of juice
When I make juice, I usually just throw veggies and fruits in the juicer until I have enough juice. So I don't know how much cabbage I actually use, but for 1 cup of juice, I use half an apple, half a cucumber, and as much cabbage or as many greens as it seems to need. If you're new to juicing and want a sweeter juice, you can use the whole apple.
1 small cucumber, thinly sliced or diced
small handful fresh basil, diced, or tsp. of dried basil
salt to taste
Toss the cucumber with basil and sprinkle with salt.
"Baked" Apple and Zucchini Breakfast
1 apple, grated
1 zucchini or summer squash, grated
1/2 - 1 tsp. cinnamon
Stir all your ingredients in a bowl and microwave in the oven for 3 minutes. Take out, stir, and microwave another 2 minutes if needed.
When you're done giving your stomach all this tender, loving care, you can finish by writing it a love letter. Dear stomach, I love you. Please love me back.