You can read about Day One here but I'm glad to report that on the second day I hardly noticed any coffee withdrawals or headache. I'm glad I normally only drank one cup a day. Day one was hell though. Day two started out with an apple cinnamon cereal I made the night before. I was lazy however and didn't make the hemp milk until the morning and I can say it would have been better chilled overnight in the fridge. In fact I didn't feel like cooking more for day 3 and there was so much leftover cereal I ate it again the next morning with cold hemp milk and it was awesome. It's a cereal I'll be making again.
To pop the amaranth I first tried pouring it into my popcorn air popper and that was a mistake as the holes in the bottom of it are larger than the amaranth. Then I turned the popper on and the tiny seeds flew everywhere! After cleaning up I tried method #2 and tried popping them in a little coconut oil in the fry pan. This worked as far as I could hear (they sound like popping popcorn) but I couldn't see a physical difference in the seeds except they were getting dark. I tasted a few and they were still crunchy so in the end I just threw it all in a saucepan and boiled it like rice even though it still had coconut oil on it. That worked and it had a roasted nutty flavour. I'll have to try again with the amaranth, I'm not sure I did it right, but the salad was amazing and the dressing made it even better.
Another smoothie for afternoon snack (all the smoothies so far have been awesome) and that was it for me as I went on a run that evening and didn't want to eat so I skipped dinner. After the run I had a Vega Sport Recovery powder, some coconut water and about an hour later the new Vega Protein with Greens powder and coconut milk.
Day three was leftover cereal from day two, I didn't yet bother making the new cereal though I will. The same routine followed, energy ball for snack and the leftover salad from day two lunch for today's lunch. I also had a banana and orange because I wanted them. Another smoothie when home then ... pizza! A family favourite.
The taste was fantastic. And this is a very filling meal. I made the mistake of eating three pieces and felt like I was way over full. I eventually hopped on my bike to try and cycle some of it through the digestive system. This is a great food for someone that's hungry. And the kid? She loved it too.
So after three days the only food that hasn't been a hit was the zucchini chips. Not bad.
I've noticed no changes for the better or worse for energy, though I'm not working out that hard right now. I do have a short trail race for fun tomorrow so we'll see how I do. I've lost 3 pounds of my post marathon binging belly. Pretty impressive considering my running mileage is less than half what it normally is. The biggest complement I can give so far is that the food is tasty and filling. In fact I've dropped the evening snack because it's simply too much food. I don't really like eating at night though.
I'm getting in the groove with all this cooking and food prep. I could use with fewer dishes though and I'm tired of cleaning out the food processor. Verdict so far? Love it, this is solid food despite the incredibly high amount of oil that is used. Next report probably day 5.