Wild Rose D-tox, Day 11 & 12: Losing steam…

 

Some say that Day 3 or 4 are the hardest when you are dieting or on a detox. Any sort of limitation always gets you thinking more about exactly what you cannot have.

Lunch on day 11: Pan-fried tofu with African Chicken sauce and baby bok choy with garlic

But I say the hardest days are the final ones. After all the days of hard work, towards the end of it you start making excuses for little cheats, you say to yourself, “There’s no harm if there is a little bit of vinegar on my salad, is there? The kitchen made a mistake, and I can’t very well send the dish back just because I neglected to mention that my detox stipulates that I shouldn’t eat it…?” Or you start getting very confident, and when your friend asks you if you can come to a wine tasting dinner that he’s organising, you feel confident that you can sit there and watch everyone drink, talk about, and enjoy glass after glass of wine – “Sure! I’ve come this far, of course I’ll be able to drink Perrier all night!”

Yeah. Right. That would be a big N-O. That’s where I lost it last Friday night, sitting in Red Tavern with 5 other people and 5 bottles of wine.

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Wild Rose D-tox, Days 4,5,6,7 & 8: More slacking, less cooking

 
 恭喜发财!新年快乐!
身体健康!万事如意!
 
If I may take a little break from the matter at hand, I’d like to wish Happy Chinese New Year to everyone! May this lucky Year of the Dragon bring happiness and good fortune to you all. I’ve just been online to try and determine what sort of year this is going to be for me. Despite the fact that I’m half Chinese, I don’t really know much about solar and lunar calendars, what my ba zi  element is – I only just found out there is such a thing as a ba zi element when I went online and googled my fortune…!
If you, like me, are interested in a basic analysis of your fortune this year but the only thing you know is your zodiac sign, this is the website I was directed to. You can use this link to find out what your true element is, and whether it is weak or strong. I’m not sure in the slightest that it’s actually accurate, but it turns out that this is supposed to be one of the best years for me, a weak yang Wood Rooster 🙂

I must say I feel I’ve let you down a bit and have lost a bit of momentum in my creativity, in terms of the food that I’ve been preparing for this blog. I was hoping that I could come out with recipes that made you go “WOW!” every day, but some days, all I feel like eating are a simple salad or a piece of fruit. Continue reading