I haven’t started my Wild Rose Detox for the year, it’s too early.  I just can’t dig into chilly salads while the temps are low so I’m practicing until March or so when I open the box, dig out the food lists and bottles and start up again.  Last year I was pregnant and I didn’t detox, so this year I’m excited, or at least as excited as you can be about eating a diet of brown rice.   I’m convinced that it really helps my body and re-educates my taste buds.

I know that there is a lot of medical advice out there that says your body doesn’t need to detox, but my gut says that if I eat sugar, junk fats and alcohol, my poor liver is working pretty hard.  I figure bad gunky has got to get stored up in my liver and it makes sense that I need to clean it out. 

But even if that’s not the case (as some experts say) giving my hard-working liver a rest while I eat real single-ingredient foods has got to help it.  Because afterwards I will at times consume food that’s less than ideal for me, as surely as the Wild Rose laxatives will overperform within a dayor two of starting the program. 

What is it with those laxatives?  By day 2 or 3 I feel like a 16 year old bulemic doing penance for a Dream Whip and Count Chocula binge.  I figure the thinking behind it is that there are people doing the program who have never seen a whole grain before.  And when they go from a diet of Wonder Bread to the uber-fiber meals that make up this detox they’re guaranteed to get as locked up as the Hoover Dam.  The laxatives are for them.  But for me the moment they start working their magic I cut the dosage back to half or less.  I figure that living in my bathroom just can’t be good for me. 

But enough about that, let’s talk oatmeal, which may not be an improvement in topic for some, but stick with me.  Breakfasts can be challenging and repetitious on the Wild Rose Detox program.  Eggs are only 20% and you can’t have toast with them anyways.  There just aren’t that many cereal type options and unsweetened soy milk is not that tasty. 

I wanted to try steel cut oats because I heard they have a more rough texture, they’re less like the usual mushy oatmeal.  The challenge is that they take 30-40 minutes to cook on the stove.  While I have that kind of time in the a.m., I don’t have the flexibility to stand over the stove. 

So I thought I would try the rice cooker.  My handy instruction manual said it would do cereals too.  The rice cooker generally takes an hour to do its thing but at least I don’t have to stand over it.  The other bonus is that mine has a timer, so I could conceivably set it up the night before and wake up to a tasty hot belly-filling breakfast.  Here’s the detox friendly recipe, and in brackets are the ingredients I used yesterday since I’m not detoxing:

Steel Cut Oats Breakfast

 1 cup steel cut oats

3 cups water

1 cup unsweetened soy milk (milk if I’m not detoxing)

a sprinkle of cinnamon

3-4 chopped up prunes (raisins if I’m not detoxing)

a handful of coarsely chopped almonds (any nut or seed if I’m not detoxing, I used sunflower seeds)

a sprinkle of salt

I put it all in the rice cooker and simply turned it on, then gave it a stir when it beeped that it was finished.  How does the rice cooker know it’s done?  Those little machines are magic. 

When I served it, I added a bit more milk in my bowl and a sprinkle of brown sugar (again, because I’m *not* detoxing).  It was thick and creamy and tasty.  It also stuck with me all morning which I can’t usually say about my breakfasts.  A winner all around.

 I’m going to work on a few other new detox recipes which I’ll post, as well as try the old standbys while I “practice” for my detox.  There have also been good suggestions in the comments to this post that are worth reviewing.  Hopefully some practice time will make the real thing much easier, and my liver will hardly notice the difference.