Today was a little better. I’m a little surprised saying this- but- I actually feel like I have more energy. I also feel very clear. It’s nice. I didn’t really crave stuff the way that I have in the last few days, though as I was reading some of the blogs out there, I was all “I want that” when I saw something good- but, I think that a lot. 98% of the time it does not result in me getting up and eating something, so I suppose that’s okay.
I’m trying to get better with prepping some stuff ahead of time. I’m not a morning person, so it’s especially helpful with getting my lunch together in the morning. Last night, I cleaned and cut up some Brussels sprouts. Here’s what they turned into when I got home from work this evening:
They need some work, so no recipe for now. Aside from the Brussels sprouts, there’s shallot, garlic and dates in there.
Breakfast: banana with flax, strawberries, blueberries and kiwi.
Lunch: Salad with chickpeas, kiwi, coconut water.
Snack: Honeycrisp apple.
Dinner (eaten in stages): Brussels sprouts, salad, chana massala (I’ll post a recipe for this soon, I think. I had a couple of spoonfuls of rice with it).
Today wasn’t as bad as yesterday.
My plan originally had been to follow the recommendation of no grains (for people who have a hard time losing weight), but I’ve decided that I need to include some, so I had half of the allowed amount of rice today. I think one of the big problems I’m running into right now is the feeling of very little variety. Yes, I’m eating lots of different fruits, but when it comes to veggies, it just feels like everything green is more or less the same. Maybe that will get better in time.
So, this morning was again banana, flax, strawberries and blueberries; lunch was the very end of the leftover cabbage and peas, salad and kidney beans, with a clementine; a granny smith apple for a snack; and then baby broccoli with 1/2 cup of rice, along with garlic, onion and nutritional yeast. (I’m hoping the nutritional yeast is okay). I had a handful of walnuts a bit later.
I didn’t get the snow day that I was hoping for today, so I ended up at work- which was fine, because it was very slow. I got my whole hour for lunch! I also started prepping more veggies for tomorrow- which I’m hoping will help with the monotony, by planning ahead. I think that’s probably a big key!
5 weeks and 3 days to go…
I shouldn’t say that. I can see the “life” plan being very doable. I just hope that I start actually craving green veggies the way that I crave french fries…
Today I want cookies. Not Oreos, but nice warm homemade chocolate chip ones. I think I still have the ingredients… they’d just have to be whole wheat since I don’t have regular flour…
Today was rough. I recently was transferred to another department at work, and the new department is keeping me very busy. The other one did too, but there’s a culture at the new one of not taking lunch. I’m entitled to an hour’s lunch, but since starting in the new position I’ve only gotten my hour twice- once while doing an informal peer supervision (which is what we always do), and once on a slower day. Most days I have a bunch of meetings that overlap lunchtime. I’m always able to go to the cafeteria and get a salad- it’s eating it that’s the challenge. Salad is pretty hard to scarf down. Fruit is a little easier, but I still end up hungry.
I haven’t cheated as of today, but I did expand to include a serving of whole grains today (allowed, but not recommended for those who have bodies that are resistant to losing weight). It was that, or bake some cookies. I still want to bake those cookies.
Thus far, I’ve had a banana with flax, strawberries and blueberries; an apple; a garden salad with kidney beans (not that many); and 2oz of whole wheat pasta with broccoli and navy beans, along with tomato sauce (homemade). I also had an unsweetened coconut water and a green tea soda sweetened with stevia. (Dr. Furman does say in the book that he does not recommend stevia, as it has little safety research, but well, I’m willing to take that risk. It was that or a Diet Coke. I’m pretty sure the stevia was the better way to go). Also, some strawberries with pineapple.
I will probably have more salad and some fruit in a bit, because I’m still hungry, and well, I haven’t had my second salad yet.
Eat to Live is not making me happy today. I really hope this gets better.
I made it to day 2! Hey, that’s not always easy for me with various eating adventures. True, I wanted Oreos today, and when I went shopping at Whole Foods, I had to stay away from the bakery. But I did it.
Breakfast was mashed banana and cinnamon with flax, topped with the rest of my balsamic roasted grapes. Lunch came late, and was a lettuce and cucumber salad with leftover jerk tofu and a clementine, with a granny smith apple later in the day. Dinner was a garden salad with garam massala chickpeas, with leftover cabbage and peas from yesterday. I’m a little hungry right now, but given the hour, it’s way too late to have anything else. I was hungry before lunch and before dinner, but that’s not exactly unusual for me, so I’m not worried about that. I probably could have done a little better in the fruit department (there wasn’t a whole serving of grapes left), but that’s okay. If it weren’t so late, I’d have a kiwi or something. Here’s to more fruit tomorrow!
I want waffles. Waffles with syrup and Earth Balance and maybe some peanut butter and chocolate. Mmm…
Instead for breakfast I had a mashed banana with ground flax and cinnamon. The banana was a little under-ripe, but otherwise it was fine… but it wasn’t waffles. I was hungry not much later, so I had a clementine. It wasn’t long before I was hungry for lunch. Eat to Livestresses the importance of “the salad is the main meal.” My lunch was indeed a salad- a chickpea salad of chickpeas, Swiss chard, celery, onion, garlic and balsamic vinegar. Shortly after that, I was hungry again… which led to my 1oz of walnuts. Later I had a Granny Smith Apple.
Dinner was another story. I should have had a salad, but I had cooked cabbage (with peas and onions) instead. I also made some jerk tofu (modified for no fat/no added sodium). I only had a bit of this, as I also had peas, and had chickpeas earlier in the day- the rest is saved for tomorrow. But the best part- balsamic roasted grapes with rosemary. They looked horrible, but they tasted SO good. I could eat those every day. When I get it figured out so it’s not so ugly, I’ll post a picture and a recipe.
Initially, I couldn’t finish my dinner, but a while later, I was hungry again. So I added a bit more tofu and finished the cabbage. I’m still a little hungry at the end of the day, and I’m not sure what to eat, if anything. I guess I can hold out until morning. I think I’ll have some tea.
The last year has brought many changes to my life. They were mostly good changes, but I’m a creature of habit. Consequently, I’ve gained a lot of weight. I know that we are supposed to be proud of our bodies and strive for health at any weight, but I just feel plain uncomfortable right now. I get sick all the time, and my skin is terribly dry. There’s no medical reason why these things should be happening (among others). Something needs to change. That something is the way that I eat.
I can’t go back to eating the kind of crap that I’ve been eating. Though I do follow a vegan diet, there’s plenty of really crappy things that are crappy- Diet Coke, Oreos, Sweet Chili Spice Doritos and Burger King fries, just to name a few. Not to mention all the vegan ice creams, cookies and fried things out there these days!
I’ve purposely waited to be a few days into the new year before embarking on this journey- because it’s not a New Year’s Resolution. It’s a new way of living. That doesn’t mean I won’t ever eat something not-helathy again, but it does mean that the not healthy stuff simply can no longer be the focus of my diet.
I will be starting with the six week starting plan of Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss. Note, I signed up for a 1-night cooking class before I decided to do this, and it falls right in the middle of this, so there is one night where I won’t be following the six week plan, though the menu for the class looks like it’s in line with the later part of the plan. And I may try to do the 6 week plan longer than 6 weeks. Who knows what will happen? That’s what adventure is all about!
I will be maintaining regular posts on The Picky Vegan, and that is where you will find any new recipes that I come up with and all the pretty pictures. This blog will have more of a health focus, as well as act as an outlet for any frustrations I encounter in this journey- as well as the good things I encounter, too!
I start tomorrow. Wish me luck!