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Ode to Home Fries

Image shamelessly stolen from https://happydomesticity.wordpress.com/2013/03/31/crispy-home-fries/, but with a link to this great recipe to make up for it.

Image shamelessly stolen from https://happydomesticity.wordpress.com/2013/03/31/crispy-home-fries, but with a link to this great recipe to make up for it.


Once upon a time, I worked as a standup comic. This means that I spent more than my fair share of time eating in diners after “closing time.” I wrote this poem back then and recently found it in an old notebook. I’m posting it here for posterity.

It’s three in the morning, the bars are all closed.
I’m with all my friends here at Denny’s.

It’s been a long evening, we’ve hung in there well.
In fact, no one has passed out but Jenny.

And here comes our waitress, hair perfectly coiffed,
a run in her hose, that’s the truth.

She pours us some coffee, slaps down a few menus,
while Tommy barfs in the next booth.

“May I take your order?” our waitress inquires,
while casually scratching her butt.

The couple beside us is kissing with lust.
Do I have to watch all this smut?

My friends place their orders. It’s my turn, you see.
A sparkle appears in my eyes.

I know what I want, I’ve been waiting all night.
I want bacon and eggs and home fries.

Home fries, o’ home fries, a pagan delight.
O’ where did you get your sweet name?

I’m sure that some housewife made you up in a rush,
then went on to seek fortune and fame.

Great hunks o’ taters, fried to a crisp,
Tasty cubes all golden and brown.

Not often in life is one able to find
such a food that turn frowns upside down.

My friends are done eating. They sit back and they belch.
They talk about ordering pie.

Not me, I’m not finished. I’m just getting started.
“Oh, waitress! Bring me more home fries!”

***

The irony is that I don’t particularly like home fries. I prefer hash browns. But the words “home fries” are funnier. Or so I seemed to think, back then.


Lisa Bonnice is the author of five books, including Shape Shifting–reclaiming YOUR perfect body (with a foreword by Neale Donald Walsch) and the comedy novel, Be Careful What You Witch For!

 

Cleanse follow-up: Thanksgiving Day!

I haven’t posted in the past few days. I’ve been working a lot, eating sensibly, and feeling well. The Challenge is today, Thanksgiving! Can I resist the temptation to pig out and undo the good I’ve done with the Cleanse?


Yes. I can.cleanse pullquote

I’m thankful that I even have this “problem”. I appreciate that I’ll have so many food choices today, so I’ll be sure to give thanks with every bite. I will eat mindfully and, therefore, will be able to eat in a way that respects my body, mind and spirit. I also send prayers to those who are not so fortunate, that they are soon uplifted.

I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. Namaste.

 


Lisa Bonnice is the author of five books, including Shape Shifting–reclaiming YOUR perfect body (with a foreword by Neale Donald Walsch).

Post-Cleanse Day Two: Journal entry

IMG_20141123_111130680~2 Well, I’ve certainly learned something! Remember the five pounds I lost? Remember the burger and ale I had last night for dinner because I didn’t plan ahead for post-cleanse-friendly foods? I gained two pounds back!

Let me start off by saying, again, that this cleanse wasn’t about losing weight. It was about getting healthier. I want to make it clear that I don’t obsess about my weight. I’m perfectly content to be a size 10 or 12.

Next, let me point out the obvious: two pounds gained overnight is obviously not fat. What I ate last night somehow caused my body to retain water, or something a little stickier than that. I’m not sure exactly. I just know that this is an interesting lesson.

So …


Triumphs: I went back to a healthier way of eating today. And, even with last night’s hiccup, I still feel really good. I had a lot more energy today than I’ve had in months. I was able to help someone move, and didn’t get tired or dizzy from the exertion. And, my anxiety levels are back down.

Makeovers: I meditated this morning and watched the sun rise. I brought some healthy snacks, including carrots and hummus, to eat while we worked today, and then ate well the rest of the day.

cleanse pullquoteChallenges:  I didn’t have time to do any grocery shopping today, and I have to work tomorrow, so the challenge to eat nourishing, healthy meals continues. Part of the problem is that I’m not sure what to eat. I certainly don’t want to go back to my old habits, but being on the go like this makes it hard to eat healthy, filling meals, without spending a fortune.

Intentions: I intend that I surf the Detoxinista site for some ideas before I go to bed tonight.

Current Conditions: Jazzed, yet cautious.

Daily Thanksgiving: I’m thankful for improved health. I’m also thankful that my challenges are first world problems. I did the cleanse because I was having health issues from not taking care of myself. So I’m not whining about having too many food choices when there are people who are literally starving. I’m deeply thankful that I have food choices to make. I’m grateful that I’m learning more, every day, about how to fuel my body in a way that makes it run like a well-oiled machine.


Lisa Bonnice is the author of five books, including Shape Shifting–reclaiming YOUR perfect body (with a foreword by Neale Donald Walsch).

Post-cleanse Day One: Journal entry

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Today I worked an eight hour shift, and had almost no time to prepare the kinds of meals I should be eating when coming off a cleanse, so I had to wing it.

For breakfast, I had some leftover quinoa and a cup of tea, and dashed out the door. For lunch, I went to Sprouts and ordered a veggie wrap.

But dinner time was the real problem, because I was back at home and didn’t have anything cleanse-friendly left in the larder. I had eaten all of the healthier stuff and didn’t have time to shop.

So, I reluctantly had a hamburger. And, honestly, it didn’t even taste as good as I expected. (It wasn’t the one pictured above–I swiped that from Pinterest. Click the pic to see where it’s from.) And, I figured since I was blowing it, I might as well have a Boddington’s with it.


Triumphs: I lost five pounds over the course of the cleanse. I was able to wear one of my favorite shirts today, one that was a little too tight last week. I feel great and my energy levels are high.

Makeovers: Before going to work, I took a few minutes to meditate and center myself. Sometimes, taking those extra moments to do that can be the best thing I can do for myself.cleanse pullquote

Challenges: I don’t want to fall back into my old eating habits. Eating a burger for dinner wasn’t what I wanted to do, but I simply didn’t have the time to go shopping again for post-cleanse foods.

Intentions: I intend that, today, I make a point of stocking the kitchen with more healthy foods.

Current Conditions: I’m almost reluctant to go off the cleanse. It was easier to have a set of strict guidelines of what I could eat.

Daily Thanksgiving: I’m thankful for the Detoxinista website. She has some INCREDIBLE recipes.


Lisa Bonnice is the author of five books, including Shape Shifting–reclaiming YOUR perfect body (with a foreword by Neale Donald Walsch).

Cleanse Day Five: Journal entry

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The final Morning Cocktail! Huzzah! Turns out, they’re not so bad. I will probably continue to make these a few times a week.


Triumphs: I finished the cleanse, without cheating once and it wasn’t very hard at all. After the first day or two, I wasn’t even very hungry. It carlton-dance-gifshows me that what I thought were hunger pangs were actually false hunger. I didn’t need food, I needed to feed a craving.

I love five pounds and I feel so much better!

Makeovers: Today, at my second day at work, I made a point of wearing the kinds of clothes that made me feel really good about myself.

Challenges: On Saturday, I work a full shift and haven’t  had time to make any arrangements for what I’m going to eat. When coming off a cleanse, it’s wise to not jump back into old habits, for two reasons: you can feel ill if you do, and why undo the good work that’s been done?cleanse pullquote

Intentions: I intend that eat some leftover quinoa for breakfast, so I’ll be full until lunch. Then I intend that I go to Sprouts (a local health food grocery store) for lunch to find something suitable.

Current Conditions: Feeling triumphant!

Daily Thanksgiving: I’m thankful that I’ve proven to myself that I can still do this (I was feeling very discouraged and depressed before I started). I’m grateful for my doctor’s recognition that I needed to do a cleanse. She was right.


Lisa Bonnice is the author of five books, including Shape Shifting–reclaiming YOUR perfect body (with a foreword by Neale Donald Walsch).

Cleanse Day Four: Journal entry

No food pics today! I ate pretty much the same things I’ve been eating, and my day was too busy to experiment with anything new.


Triumphs: I started my new job today and didn’t reek of garlic. The odorless garlic tablets are as advertised. Plus, I felt better, not having ingested so much raw garlic. I didn’t realize it before, but it was the cause of my feeling mildly ill.

I’m down another pound, for a total of four.

Strangely, I’m not very hungry, even though all I’m eating is vegetables, fruit and quinoa.cleanse pullquote

Makeovers: I hate to admit it, but I didn’t have time for any Makeovers today. Perhaps my Makeover will be to cut myself some slack for not doing any, when it was such an unusually busy day.

Challenges: We’ve had a major Challenge crop up in my household, which I can’t really talk about here. Sometimes my reaction to such things is to say “Screw it” and eat whatever I want. It is hard to not do that, being so close to the end of this cleanse. I could easily say, “I only have one more day, I can quit early.”

Intentions: I intend that I see this through until the end. I only have one more day.

Current Conditions: Tired, ready for bed.

Daily Thanksgiving: I’m thankful that my new job has begun and that it seems like it will work out well. I’m grateful for the lightness that I’m beginning to feel as a result of this cleanse. I’m thankful that I can definitely see results in the way my body looks, and my clothes fit.

Wanna join me? I’ll be responding to your comments here and on my facebook page. (You don’t have to do this with me in real time. If you find this series of blogs in the future and want to comment or ask questions, feel free.)


Lisa Bonnice is the author of five books, including Shape Shifting–reclaiming YOUR perfect body (with a foreword by Neale Donald Walsch).

Cleanse Day Three: Journal entry

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Today was a good day! I felt a little discomfort this afternoon, from eating too many of the same foods (Note to self: too many sweet potatoes can cause an acidy stomach), so I switched it up at dinner time with some new ideas.


Triumphs: I made it easily through Day Three of the cleanse. Well, maybe not easily, but I made it with flying colors. I also came up with a couple of recipes that are good enough to carry on after the cleanse is over. I made some quinoa with carmelized onions and mushrooms for dinner, and a salad with homemade dressing. I’ve never made my own dressing before, and it was really good.

IMG_20141119_144054288Also, my doc said that I can skip the raw garlic in the Morning Cocktail and, instead, take an odorless garlic supplement.

Lastly, I lost another pound, for a total for three so far.

Makeovers: I did several loads of laundry today and changed the sheets. And, some of the cooking I did today counts as a Makeover. I don’t like to cook, so any time I can create something yummy in the kitchen, it’s a Triumph/Makeover.

Challenges: Tomorrow is my first day at my new job. Aside from being nervous, I also have to figure out a way to eat cleanse-friendly foods while I’m there. (But at least I won’t reek of garlic.)

IMG_20141119_185315583Intentions: I intend that I spend some time tomorrow putting together a variety of things to eat. I intend that I do not procrastinate this important task.

Current Conditions: Happy to be more than halfway done.

Daily Thanksgiving: I’m thankful that the Big U seems to be on my side in this effort. I’m grateful that I don’t have to ingest raw garlic anymore. I’m thankful that Jeff is being cool about making his own cleanse pullquotemeals, and that he’s not making many of my favorite (trigger) foods. I’m grateful that I was able to give the grandkids some Oreos today, and wasn’t even tempted.

Wanna join me? I’ll be responding to your comments here and on my facebook page. (You don’t have to do this with me in real time. If you find this series of blogs in the future and want to comment or ask questions, feel free.)


Lisa Bonnice is the author of five books, including Shape Shifting–reclaiming YOUR perfect body (with a foreword by Neale Donald Walsch).

Cleanse Day Two: Journal entry

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Today is Tuesday, the second day of the detox/cleanse process. So far so good, but I’m really glad it’s only five days long.


Triumphs: Made it through a rough patch today. It’s only Day Two of the cleanse and I had a few moments of “I don’t wanna do this anymore”–I was craving something substantial, like bread or pasta, but didn’t cave.

And, I lost two pounds already!!! I can already see a difference in my abdomen, and I feel a lot better.

Makeovers: I went to the store and picked up some more flavorful foods than I had originally stocked up on. I got some grapes, pears and a cleanse pullquotecucumber, which I then used to make my favorite cucumber salad (rice vinegar, sesame oil and a little xylitol).

Challenges: The Morning Cocktail takes a half hour to make. Holy crap! It’s a lot of work! I was thinking about doing the prep work in advance, but then read that the ingredients should be used fresh. And, the garlic smell hangs around. Not real thrilled with that. It’s okay as long as I’m not out in public, but I have to work Thursday and Friday.

Intentions: I intend that I make the extra effort to take care of myself for three more days. Also, I intend that I research how important the garlic is (I think it’s pretty important). If it’s not, I’ll skip it the days I have to work. If it is important, I intend that I get some unscented garlic supplements to take instead.

Current Conditions: Feeling energized, a little hungry, a little cranky.

Daily Thanksgiving: I’m thankful that I worked at home today. I’m grateful that Day Two went by quickly enough and I feel positive effects.

Wanna join me? I’ll be responding to your comments here and on my facebook page. (You don’t have to do this with me in real time. If you find this series of blogs in the future and want to comment or ask questions, feel free.)


Lisa Bonnice is the author of five books, including Shape Shifting–reclaiming YOUR perfect body (with a foreword by Neale Donald Walsch).

Cleanse Day One: Journal entry

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Today’s menu included the Morning Cocktail for breakfast, a sweet potato for lunch, cabbage soup and quinoa for dinner, and a cup of peach tea. I’m not terribly hungry. Here is my full journal entry.


 

IMG_20141117_090913124Triumphs: I started strong today on the cleanse. I learned some valuable things about making the Morning Cocktail, and that sweet potatoes taste great with pumpkin pie spices (I love sweet potatoes swimming in butter, and wasn’t sure if I’d like them without it).

Makeovers: I made a great big pot of soup. I also went to Emma Porter’s Chakradance event this morning.

Challenges: I can see how hunger may become an issue as the week goes on. I’m hungry now, but not uncomfortably so. The Challenge is that the kinds of foods I’m supposed to eat on this cleanse ALL require preparation, and the kitchen is not my favorite room.

IMG_20141117_173251991Intentions: I intend that I find a way to keep quick and easy, cleanse-friendly foods available.

Current Conditions: Feeling surprisingly good. I thought I might feel headachy or fuzzy, but I’m doing well.

Daily Thanksgiving: I’m thankful that today went smoothly. I’m thankful that I’m enjoying this first day of the cleanse. I’m grateful that I was able to find the foods I need at affordable prices. I’m thankful that cleanse pullquotethe price of organic food is coming down.

Wanna join me? I’ll be responding to your comments here and on my facebook page. (You don’t have to do this with me in real time. If you find this series of blogs in the future and want to comment or ask questions, feel free.)


Lisa Bonnice is the author of five books, including Shape Shifting–reclaiming YOUR perfect body (with a foreword by Neale Donald Walsch).

Cleanse Day One and the Morning Cocktail

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Today is Day One of the cleanse, and I already have learned a few things about the Morning Cocktail to make the rest of the week run more smoothly:

The Liver Flush Daily Detox recipe:

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – anywhere from 2 Tbsp. to 1/3 cup, as you prefer
  • Freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice, 1/3 cup
  • Fresh garlic, 3-5 cloves
  • Fresh ginger, 1/2″
  • Cayenne Pepper, dash to taste
  • Freshly squeezed orange juice, 2 cups

Put all ingredients in a blender, blend and drink immediately.

  1. I didn’t allow enough time to do this properly before heading out the door to start my day. I need to either do the prep work in advance, or allow more time.
  2. That prep work includes dicing the ginger and garlic cloves. I threw them in whole. They didn’t break down in the blender very well, so I was left with chunks that got wasted and poured down the disposal. And, squeezing the juice takes some time, so doing that in advance would be helpful.
  3. The recipe calls for 1/3 cup of lemon or lime juice. That was about 1.5 lemons.
  4. It calls for 2 cups of orange juice. That was about four oranges.
  5. Unless you don’t mind pulpy drinks, it could use a good straining or a lot more blending than I allowed.

It actually tastes pretty good. I was pleasantly surprised. But I was concerned about smelling of garlic at my first appointment this morning. That smell  has faded.

I’ve decided to make a big ol’ pot of cabbage soup (from the infamous Cabbage Soup Diet) because it’s not bad soup and it fits in with the rest of cleanse pullquotethe cleanse’s guidelines. I’m not doing this cleanse to lose weight, but if I did that would be a nice bonus. I’m not going to link to a recipe because there are so many out there. Just Google it and find the one that appeals to you.

I’m also going to be eating lots of steamed broccoli and sweet potatoes, which are two of my faves, along with quinoa made with vegetable broth.

For now, though, I’ve only done the Morning Cocktail. I still have to make the soup. I’ll  let you know how it turns out.

Wanna join me? I’ll be responding to your comments here and on my facebook page. (You don’t have to do this with me in real time. If you find this series of blogs in the future and want to comment or ask questions, feel free.)


Lisa Bonnice is the author of five books, including Shape Shifting–reclaiming YOUR perfect body (with a foreword by Neale Donald Walsch).