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Fast Day 9

Now that I am eating solid foods again, I’m glad I can use my favorite salad packing bowl.
The (green) insert doubles as an ice pack that keeps everything inside cold. There is also a container that fits in the center for my dressing.

Greens (from my garden), tomato, raspberries, granola, and chile cashews

The Chile Cashews are so good. I roasted these for about 8 minutes and then tossed them in a mixture of salt, pepper, Chile flakes, and vegetable oil.

…I think I might need to start making recipe cards for download on here for you.

This is a tool I use from Sparkpeople.com

Thanks for reading ūüôā
Zulaika H.

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No cake on my birthday?!

Green Juice
Chicken Parmesan

I woke up with great energy today, but doesn’t everyone on their birthday?
Even though yesterday I ate (basically) nothing I felt fresh and prepared to start the day.

For my “lunch” at work I prepared Green Juice with my [new] juicer. The juice contained the following:

  • celery (which I usually do not like AT ALL, but tastes alright if masked) (8 stalks)
  • cucumbers (2)
  • parsley (1/2 bunch)
  • spinach leaves (1/4 bunch)
  • and green apples (3)
Green Juice

I must admit I added another apple after mixing it up at first. No exact recipe was followed I just juiced equal parts of each.

I also had a V8 vegetable juice (small can).
For dinner, I had some tomato soup. But I didn’t finish the whole bowl because it tasted too rich.

Food I MADE, not ate (below)

I am the only one in my household who is fasting so I am still responsible for making dinner. I made Chicken Parmesan.

I seasoned the chicken

Next, I dipped in egg (nature’s glue). (I showed how this is done in this post)

Breaded with “Italian Bread Crumbs”
Put in the oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes (turned halfway though cook time).
Served with mozzarella cheese on top (Ruben really likes a lot of cheese).
Although I did not have cake on my birthday (first time in my entire life), we did celebrate on Saturday before the fast began and I fully enjoyed some strawberry filled tres leches cake my mom got for me.

Thanks for reading,
Zulaika H.

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Never done this before

For breakfast, I made cashew milk

I’m doing something I’ve never done before.

For the first 7 days of my Daniel’s Fast, I will be on a liquid only diet. A couple years ago, my sister did all liquid for a few days (I can’t remember how many) and though you could tell it was a bit difficult at first, she handled it quite well.

On my previous post, I discussed what fasting is. Now, on my 21 day journey I will share what I consume and the day to day focus of my fast. The thing about fasting is it is very sacred and I probably shouldn’t be talking about it publicly. But I have always noticed that people that do not fast for religious reasons often have questions; questions are mainly about why and how it is done. While I will be sharing this process, there will also be things I keep to myself. Any revelations I feel are mine and not for sharing will be kept to myself. I also want to note that my personal experience will not necessarily reflect “the perfect fasting procedure” or what you might experience during a fast.

Usually, our church schedules our fast to begin on a Monday, but that is not the case this year. As I mentioned, for the next week I will only consume liquids.

For breakfast, I made cashew milk

Cashew Milk Recipe (one serving)

  • 1 ounce raw cashews (soaked in water overnight)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • Blender
Directions:
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.
  2. Strain.
  3. Serve.

I made the mistake of not drinking something nutritious for several hours (just drank water) and got a very strong headache. I was determined not to take any medicine and focused on the day’s events.

I sat in the patio and read a little, and wondered why I don’t try to make time to do this more often. It felt so relaxing.

For dinner, we went to my in laws and I had broth from the soup she made. It was very good. There was a lot more food; tostones, rice, shredded beef, bread, and salad – all things I couldn’t eat.

This is what the soup looked like
This is what I actually “ate”

Overall the day was not too hard and I feel it can only get easier. Especially if I plan my “meals” better for the next 6 days.

Today’s Note:
Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.Whether you are a Christian or not, this makes sense. If you focus on positive things in life you are more likely to have positive results. If you are a pessimist, it will be more likely for you to be unhappy.Seize the day. Bring your focus into something great!

Fast Day 1

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Why I never blog in January

Sometimes, you can do things over and over again without really realizing the end results. The Daniel’s Fast is something I have participated in for 5 years now and this will be the first time I actually share this online – or with anyone outside of my family.

You probably never realized this, but aside from my first post of 2013 (yesterday), I have NEVER posted anything in January or the beginning of the year. The reason for this has mainly been because of a sacred tradition I have with my church family to fast for 21 days in January of every year. This is not the only time a Christian (or person of any religion) may fast, but it is a time my Pastor usually schedules to start the year in prayer for the future of our congregation and nation.

What is Fasting?¬†–¬†Abstain from all or some kinds of food or drink, esp. as a religious observance.

Religious observances are not the only occasion for which people fast. A person may fast due to a political stance, or also for health reasons (at the direction of a physician).

There are many reasons why people fast.

  • [Religious] Fasting is used universally in several religions as a means to focus on spiritual goals.
  • [Religious] Fasting, usually combined with prayer, meditation, or other types of worship are tools believed to bring you closer to God.
  • [Health / Scientific] Interesting article by Michael Mosley¬†(BBC News) this past August on how fasting intermittently could be very beneficial.
  • [Health / Scientific] Another article on ScienceDaily.com from May 2012 on how fasting can actually override the harmful effects of a high-fat diet. This means you can use fasting to reverse the cholesterol damage you are doing now!¬†
  • [Political] There have been several recorded fasting events in which practitioners were fighting for specific rights in their political arena. Mahatma Ghandi was known to practice fasting for both self purification and political mobilization.

We are not the only church who have this tradition and maybe you even have been part of this.

If you would like to follow along with me as I complete the Daniel’s Fast this month, subscribe so you can get the latest posts with recipes and information. You may be looking for spiritual guidance or you may just be trying to lose some holiday weight by eating healthier. Whatever your reason, I’m glad to share my experience with you for this 21 day fast.

The fast will be from January 6th thru the 26th. I look forward to sharing throughout this journey.

Related Links:
BBC News (Official Website)
Science Daily (Official Website)

Not fasting? Here’s an interesting slideshow from WebMd.com I recently viewed on Eating Healthier this New Year.

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Happy New Year!

Before I go on, I want to thank my readers. Those of you who randomly arrive here via your Google search for Puerto Rican Pork chops or my
Urbanspoon reviews and those of you who come back for a random read into my life and the food I share with you all.

For 2013, I have wanted to set a resolution. I do not usually make a resolution for the simple reason that hardly anyone actually follows through. But I wanna do something for real. I have several goals for this year and I still have to actually put these things into priority.

I’d also like to hear from you and get feedback on recipes you would like me to try and post about. Is there anything you’ve been too afraid to try and would like some how-to photos of on here? Let me know!

Consider subscribing to my blog this year so that you have faster access to my new posts via Google Reader, Blogger, or whatever RSS feed site/program you use (my feedburner link is above on the RSS Link).

Stay tuned for my plan to participate in a¬†church-wide¬†fasting event – The Daniel’s Fast.

Cheers,
Zulaika H.

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I read this article on thedailymuse.com and I was just shocked that I hadn’t discovered this great way to make a lunch (Link to article below).

I’ve tried almost all the recipes, but my favorite remains to be the Caprese Pasta Salad. Mine is pictured below.

Caprese Pasta Salad Ingredients (as per article)

  • 2 tbsp basil pesto (homemade or store-bought)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 ¬Ĺ oz fresh mozzarella, chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 2 oz cooked penne pasta
  • ¬Ĺ cup fresh spinach leaves
  • ¬Ĺ cup fresh basil, chopped

My reason for sharing is simply how easy to prep these are. I prepared these on Sunday and here I am eating it at work for lunch on Friday – tastes great every day of the week. It’s filling, but also tastes so fresh and healthy.

Related links:
The direct link to the article titled “The Best New Way to Bring Your Lunch”¬†

Thanks for reading and please let me know if you end up trying these! You will definitely not regret it. Furthermore, think of all the possible recipes for this! Go ahead, Pinterest it – I dare you.

Zulaika H.

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I’ve been feeling a little health conscious these days. Planning meals (lunches especially) has become a bit of a hobby. Here’s what a sample lunch looks like for me these days. The nutritional information is below in case anyone was wondering – not sure how healthy it really is. But it’s good ūüôā

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The nutritional information was gathered by using Sparkpeople.com – a weight loss/healthy social networking website I’ve been part of since 2007.


Want to know how many calories you ate today? Use this quick search!

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I encourage you to logon and find me ZULAIKAH – the site is really easy to use and has SO MANY resources as well as trackers to help you learn what to do and what not to do. The most important feature of Sparkpeople to me is the social feature in which you find so many people who are motivating and friendly – wanting only your support in return.

Good luck,
Zulaika

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