Detox: Day 5

I never want to drink a cup of herbal tea ever again. I spent the the day yesterday, in Manhattan,  with an old friend who was kindly sympathetic to my detox. It was one of those gorgeously warm winter days that makes you remember why you love New York. Everyone was out, happy and warm and clogging the 6 Train and the Museum of Natural History and Angelica Kitchen and everywhere else we tried to go. Well at least outside in Brooklyn, it was nice and lovely. I brought some coconut water and almonds in my bag (who am I?) to stave off disaster cravings, but Manhattan proved a tough course for me. However, there was a very exciting Lorelai Gilmore sighting!

My friend had suggested the very detox-friendly Angelica Kitchen for dinner, a natural vegan spot I’ve actually never been to since my macrobiotic days are a happy distant memory. We were a party of 5 and had to wait almost an hour for the table and with my having had lunch at 11:30 and almonds hours before, I was in a pretty foul mood. Luckily, the 4 other girls were equally hungry and forgiving. We spent some time at a bar next door to kill time and I happily sipped my seltzer with lemon.

Finally we sat down and ordered. I ordered a miso soup and a plate of steamed vegetables which included some seaweed, squash, kale, parsnips, black beans and collard greens. For $23.00 I was little un-enthused but it was certainly just what I needed and a welcome break from my own steamed vegetables. In Manhattan, my go-to cheap healthy meal spot is Dojo near NYU. Their “Vegetarian Special” consists of brown rice, steamed vegetables and this delicious tahini sauce. I remember it being $5.95, but I think they’ve raised the prices a bit.

I also had two cups of delicious Kukicha tea, another throwback to my macrobiotic days. It’s tea made from twigs of the bancha plant (thanks Lydia) but don’t let that stop you. It’s got a wonderfully rich toasted flavor and can even be slightly sweet when it’s done right. That was followed by more tea-drinking at a coffee shop and I peed for the 17th time in a gross Manhattan bathroom.

Anyways, if you care…this is what I ate yesterday.

Day 4

10:00 am Glass of hot water with 1 Tbs lemon juice

10:30 am Beet and purple carrot juice from Trader Joe’s

11:30 am Steamed kale and shallots with fish and pesto

1:00pm Coconut water

2:00 pm peppermint tea

3:00pm small handful of almonds

7:30 pm miso soup and steamed veggies, seaweed and black beans, sesame tahini sauce with Kukicha

9:00 pm chamomile tea

10:00 pm 1 white peach (I deserved it)

Now I’m in the home stretch!

This morning I woke up feeling not so great. I was mostly hungry and unsatisfied. I really wanted something to chew on like a croissant. Cravings are about instant gratification and will go away if you just take a step back and breathe and eat something good like an apple or have a cup of tea. On days when you’re not at work or have plans (like a lazy Sunday) it’s important to eat regularly and drink regularly, almost on the hour. After my apple and my cup of tea I felt so much better.

Day 5

9:00 am Glass of hot water with 1 Tbs lemon juice

10:30 am Beet and purple carrot juice

11:00 am 1 cup of blueberries

12:00 pm 1 apple and green tea

1:00 pm Ginger scallion and sugar snap pea stir fry

2:00 pm butter lettuce and ginger scallion dressing

4:00 pm coconut water

6:00 pm miso soup with onions

7:00 pm peppermint tea

Ginger Scallion Chicken and Sugar Snap Pea Stir Fry

Makes 2-3 portions

You will need:

2 boneless chicken breasts (cut into stir-fry sized pieces)

3 scallions, chopped

1 1/2 cups sugar snap peas or snow peas

1 tbs ginger, chopped

1 tsp sesame oil

1 tsp soy sauce (tamari or shoyu is best)

1 tsp rice vinegar

black pepper


1. Marinate the chicken in the soy sauce, 1/3 the scallions, ginger and vinegar with a tiny hint of sesame oil for 10-15 minutes.

2. In a large skillet (the one I used wasn’t really big enough) heat the sesame oil and add the chicken in a single layer. Cook undisturbed for 5 minutes, then flip with tongs.

3. Add the rest of the scallions and the peas to the skilled and stir fry for 5 more minutes.

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