The time is upon us! Starting begins at the end of the day. Go to bed having all of your urges purged and ready to fight the good fight!
The groupings have been determined as follows:
***All of you were content with sharing your cell numbers, and all of you explained to me that, though 30 days would be a milestone, you had a long-term goal of completely fixing your cravings. I believe sharing your cell numbers will insure more honesty and openness for such a goal. Please share your private information today so that tomorrow you will all be ready.
Please take the time to message your partner with your information and discuss the most appropriate outlet for daily contact. I believe I will have just about satisfied everyone’s general needs and goals for this process with the pairings I have made above.
Again, this will commence tomorrow.
I expect to see reports from all of you on TUESDAYS and SATURDAYS of every week from now until August 22nd with the following:
-How you have been doing?
-Notable triumphs over your mind and belly
I would also like you both to come up with an agreed upon criteria between the two of you (you do not have to publicly announce it). Just make sure you are both aware of exactly what you want to do so there is no wiggle room for sneaking in bad habits.
DAILY CONTACT WITH YOU PARTNER IS REQUIRED. This is going to insure you stay focused and positive. If anyone is having trouble with this requirement, please discuss it with me so I can fix whatever is not working.
@comicsanmc, wow, congrats, i dont know if i could do that! At one point I think i was addicted to Chinese buffets haha
this conversation is very relevant to this challenge , Michael Pollan is great
Doing pretty well. Not been too tempted yet, or had the temptations there. Stopped taking money to work so I have to eat whatever I take, which mainly consists of fruit and yoghurt. I suspect the weekend may be hard, and it will include alcohol. I’m thinking if I stick to vodka and soda water I’ll be cool. It’s the hangover munchies which are worrying me.
@ilooklikeawaterbottle, Since we are in Ramadan (I don’t know if you are familiar with it. It’s the month when Muslims fast from Dawn to Dusk.) I took advantage of it (even though I am not a muslim) to fast. I break my fast with dates, water and organic home-made buttermilk, and then I eat a local soup containing corn, a variety of veggies and beans, and then I have some salad. Later, I would eat something else, whole wheat pasta, eggs, fruits etc… I try to eat as healthy as possible. However, since it is in our customs (yeah, my family is muslim so I guess that makes this culture mine too! even though I do no believe in the religion) to eat some deserts and sweets and to have this fried meal which is called Brika http://www.hayah.cc/forum/hayahimgcache/1/56165hayah.jpg
Today, I will work on eliminating sugars all together and trying to have my brika cooked in the oven! :) What do you think??
@kidvisions, fascinating! I may try fasting from sun up to sun down, I have heard good things about it, I will let you know if I follow through with it. Do Muslims drink water during the day throughout Ramadan?
It sounds like your eating some very tasty food! I like the idea of baking your Brika, much healthier. Can you send me a recipe? i would like to try it
@ilooklikeawaterbottle, Water is not allowed as well. I think this is a bit exaggerating. Last year, I fasted but drank water, but now I decided to do like everyone else ( I find it really hypocritical to sit at the table and eat and drink with people who haven’t eaten or drank anything the whole day, knowing that I have had some water earlier.)
As for the Brika, here is the recipe:
– 1/2 chopped onion
-1 boiled potato/ smashed
-1 cup chopped parsley
-1 cup tuna
-salt and pepper
-2 to 3 whole eggs
-Malsouka ( check this link : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malsouka/ I guess you can find it in the USA, my Tunisian- American friends cook Brika in the US all the time so I guess it’s available.)
Mix all the ingredient together in a large bowl and then fill the malsouka with some of the mix.
Put some olive oil in a pan and let it heat up a little bit and then fry your brika.
You should fill the brikas one by one so that the malsouka so not get wet.
I hope I explained well!
@smalls, Thank you! :)
Do you think a Tunisian restaurant would be a good business in your country?
As for today, well, I managed to stay away from sugar! yeey! And I decided buttermilk was not good for me so I didn’t have any. Unfortunately, I couldn’t manage to cook my brika in the oven! I will do that tomorrow for sure!
@kidvisions, Tell me more about the types of foods/recipes that fall under tunisian cuisine. I think almost any unique set of cooking customs stands a chance in the US, mainly because we are so eager to be “cultured” without actually going to legitimate places and gaining said culture.
We are the type of people to go to an indian restaurant every so many days and call ourselves “familiar” with “traditional indian cuisine”.
So yeah, probably.
@kidvisions, I don’t know all that much about it, but after a quick search I can definitely say that I would love it! I know in my area (Minnesota) there is an overkill of burger joints, bar n grills, and then several italian/pasta style restaurants, not much in the way of foreign cuisine. And a google search didn’t turn up anything in Minneapolis, but like @lytning91 said, most foreign or unique styles can do well here if you can market it well and get a good location, use good, fresh ingredients and make it an authentic atmosphere, I think it’d be great! Is that something you’re considering?