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I Made Almond Milk

In Editorial on March 13, 2012 at 5:14 pm

When I started this detox, I knew I would not be able to eat eggs, meat, dairy, fried or processed foods and sugar.  This diet is truly a challenge for me personally.  I think the easiest transition has been breakfast.  I chose to eat oatmeal that I would sweeten with 100% maple syrup and bananas.  Let’s just say that after 5 days of eating the same thing, you don’t want to eat oatmeal for a while.


Usually when prepare oatmeal, instant or old-fashioned, I use milk.  Now that milk including soy milk is off-limits on a detox, I chose to go with almond milk.  I love good old fashion cow’s milk and drink it plain, can’t say that I would drink a class of almond milk that way but it was good enough for oatmeal.  What I didn’t know about almond milk is that it was so easy to make.

While grocery shopping, I picked up a container of almond milk only to find that it had an additive to stabilize its shelf life. Alarmed by the additive, I was going to research how to to do myself on “Youtube.”  Before I even got to it, I went to a workshop that provided tips on healthy eating.  It was at the workshop where they touched the negative aspects of cow’s milk and endorsed making almond milk.  The steps are really simple.

  1. Soak a cup of oats in 3 – 4 cups of water for a few hours.
  2. Place both soaked almonds and the water in a blender.
  3. Blend the almonds and water until the mixture becomes white like milk
  4. Strain the almond milk through a cheesecloth, sieve or nut bag.
  5. Flavor with real vanilla and sweeten with maple syrup if you like.

The finished product must be kept in the refrigerator and good for a few days.  You will have to shake it every time you use it because the water does separate from the nut milk.  My best tip, if you are using a sieve to strain the mixture, do it at least 3 times to get rid of the sediments.  It makes good oatmeal because it is creamy enough for texture and flavorful enough that it’s not flat.  After the detox will I continue to make and use almond milk? My honest answer is occasionally.  Why? Almond milk is nutrient rich in Vitamins A, D and E.  It is also rich in calcium which helps to maintain strong bones.

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Product: Whole Living Magazine

In Cool Stuff, Editorial, Products, Publications and Blogs on March 6, 2012 at 5:42 pm

 So I have a confession; I like Martha Stewart.  Why do I feel that is something to confess?  She isn’t received by all as a nice person.  Rumor has it that she is a bit of control freak but aren’t most successfull people?  Among many of her publications, she has created Whole Living to expose the holistic, environmentally friendly, and healthy lifestyles that is becoming popular. The catch phrase is body+soul in balance and I think that Not Just Tofu is trying to spread that same message.

 It is while reading the February 2012 edition that I became inspired to go on a detox.  Granted, I am not following the plan step for step, I took the base principles and made them my own.  I like this magazine for so many reasons besides the food.  The magazine focuses on fitness, beauty, home living, fashion because they realize that just because you decide to live “whole” you didn’t become a hippie.  There is nothing with being “hippie” for lack of a better word, but I am still concerned about what I look like, how my home looks and how my life works.  This is where “in balance” comes into play because living your best life means finding the best way to balance every aspect of your world. 

One of the articles that I have found helpful are “Muscles in Slow Motion”  which provided me with a doable exercise routine because I had been looking for an exercise video that my Lupus ridden muscles and joints could tolerate.  I also  appreciate that the magazine is not full of your typical advertisments.  A lot of the advertisements are made up of environementally friendly and natural products.  Instead of seeing page long ads for every pill on the market you will find ads for vitamins, tonics and natural grocer products.  Besides Vegetarian Times, where else can you find information, products and advertisements not focused on my main stream publications?

Unfortunately, the magazine is not found everywhere.  I purchased my year-long subscription through a online coupon site for $7.  You will find this magazine at Barnes and Nobles and other book stores that offer an extensive variety of periodicals.  If you can’t find it, sign up on their website where you can get some of the same information and receive their newsletter with recipes, tips and more.

Some of the cover stories for March 2012 include:

  • Globally Gorgeous: Simple skin secrets from around the world
  • Power Plants: Breate health into every room
  • Natural Beauty: 25 Ways to nourish and pamper yourself inside and out
  • Pesto Change-O: Transform your meals with inspired new takes on the Italian classic

Detox Diet: Day 2

In Uncategorized on March 6, 2012 at 4:28 pm

   I don’t know if you guys are following me on Twitter or my Not Just Tofu Facebook page; I announced last week that I am going on a 14-day liver detox diet.  Last summer, I did a mild version of this diet which eliminated processed food, meats and dairy from my diet for 7 days.  This time around, I invited my husband and 2 of my girlfriends to join me and they all took the challenge.  The key word is challenge, because my husband is tempted to cheat while at work, my other girlfriend’s birthday occurs while she is on the diet and my other girlfriend is trying to get the activity portion amped up. 

Coming into this, I knew that breakfast would be my biggest challenge because I like to eat heavy in the morning.  Last year I made a smoothie with juice of 1/2 an orange, 2 bananas and 4 strawberries.  It was different to say the least but I drank/ate it, I think it was too thick due to the bananas.  Today I ate homemade lentil soup that I made last night and it is holding me better than the smoothie.  I was told I need to try the green smoothie but I believe in baby steps.  I have the avocado, kale, apples and parsley but I am building up the courage to actually drink it. 

My first snack was a bean dip made simply of white beans, lemon juice, garlic and olive oil.  The garlic made it spicy which really helped.  I ate it with half of bell pepper cut into strips and really enjoyed it.  It didn’t hold me long so I had to have lunch at noon and not my usual 1:00pm slot.  For lunch I had the biggest salad I have ever made for myself full of red leaf lettuce, shelled sunflower seeds, olives, bell peppers, tomatoes, carrots and cucumbers.  I put everything but the kitchen sink in there and it was filling. 

I guess the biggest challenge came with the afternoon snack.  I did take a grapefruit with me but was not in the mood for it.  Not knowing what I could snack on really had me over a barrel.  I would usually reach for crackers, pretzels or whatever was around the office but I went to grocery store and bought nut-based trail mix instead.  To be honest, I wasn’t in the mood for that either but it was what the diet allows.  Dinner was lentil soup but I made stir fry just in case the soup didn’t hold but it did.  I am surprised by what holds and what does not hold.  I get full on less than I think.  Not listening to my body may truly be the key downfall to my health. 

I have implemented other appetite suppressing tricks. I drink a lot of water, I mean A LOT of water which makes me feel full before and after I eat.  I look for high fiber foods that are supposed to keep you fuller over time.  I think my body has to learn to process food differently while on the detox so that it will be successful and have lasting effect on my eating habits overall. 

 What do I expect from my detox diet?

  1. I will lose the need to eat processed foods
  2. Teach me to listen to my body when it comes to hunger, thirst and rest
  3. Develop cravings for whole foods
  4. Jumpstart my weight lose

How many of you have ever been on a detox diet?

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