Day 12. Journey to Freedom

Talk about a reversal from yesterday.
Much hope.
Delicious food today.
Feeling like I can do this.
No temptation.

I know there were (and are) people praying for me.
I so believe in the power of prayer.
And I can't do this without prayer and God, 
so feel free to keep praying. 
And, I know that I want this SO bad that I'm willing to do the hard work,
even when food tasted yucky.
So that's a bonus. 

You really do have to want to change.
And I do.
I want to change.
I want to be healthy.
I want to break the poor eating habits that I've had for a long, long time.
It's not good for me OR my family.
I want to feel energized and at my best and not weary.
I want to be free.
I really, really do.

And then it sure does help when this comes out of your kitchen.
THIS amazingness below.
Brace yourself.

 Just call me Betty Crocker.
Oh wait - not her - she's all about cakes and pies.
Just call me "Food Babe" -- she's an inspiration for sure.
{ Check her out on Facebook!}

 Oh I can't even tell you how good it felt to eat this today.
Homemade guacamole.
Homemade tortilla chips made from brown rice tortillas.
Who knew?
Apparently I didn't.

I just needed a little bit of what 'seemed' like junk food.
Even though every bit of it was healthy and totally acceptable on my cleanse.
Now, I suppose if I ate this every meal, 
Mr. Clean might not be so happy with me.

But today, I needed this boost of hope. 
And ease.
 It was totally easy.
Maybe DANGEROUSLY easy, that's how easy it was.
The tortillas you ask?
Well, since we can't have corn or flour during this three weeks,
these are brown rice tortillas.
And they're found in the frozen food section at Whole Foods.
{ I know, because I scoured every square inch of the blasted store 
this morning looking for them and FINALLY found them there. 
I'll save you the headache. I'm good like that. Thank you very much.} 

So I got home, threw those bad boys on my counter,
brushed a wee little bit of olive oil on each one,
sprinkled a wee little bit of sea salt on each one,
cut them into sweet little triangles,
and popped them in a 400 oven for 6-8 minutes.
{You have to watch them like a hawk for fear of burning.
And at their price point, you DON'T want to waste.}

And the guacamole.
Super easy, too.

Clean Guacamole
2 avocados, scoop all the good stuff out
1/2 red onion, chopped finely
1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
grated lemon peel (I did lime because that's what I had and I like lime better anyway)
fresh cilantro (optional but necessary in my humble opinion)
sea salt to taste
 Mash those together, put in a pretty bowl and voila, a delicious snacker

AND, for free -- just for YOU --
here's a little tip I learned.
 You know how after a day or so of having guacamole how it turns a bit brownish.
{ And even if it does turn brown, you just stir it up and it's still good. } 
WELL, they say -- whoever they is -- that if you put the avocado pit into the guacamole,
it keeps it from turning brown.

So I'm doing an experiment.
Threw a pit into the guacamole before I put it in the fridge this afternoon.
Will report back tomorrow to see if they lied to us or not.
 I took the advice of many of you and made a meal today that I knew we'd love,
which was our quinoa with chicken on a bed of lettuce from Day 1.

It was as delicious as it was the first time around.
That was good advice from you all to stick to something I knew I'd like.
You all are good like that.
Give yourselves a virtual hug, would ya?

 I think this journey is about daily victory and not getting overwhelmed with the 
long haul ahead, right?
It felt so good to push through yesterday's disappointment and pain,
and to be on the other side of it now,
full of hope and the reminder that every so often 
I will stumble open recipes that stink.
And that I'll be okay.
I'll survive.
Just like I did yesterday.

What a difference a day makes!


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