A Week of Eating Plant Based

27 03 2012

Enough people have asked me what a typical week of eating plant based foods looks like so I’m going to give you a rough example of mine. As I mentioned yesterday, I’m a creature of habit so this may not offer enough variety for some. But truly, your week’s menu is only limited by your imagination. With the internet, it’s never been easier to go plant based. There are tons of sites for recipes out there. Eat the plant based foods that you like and start building from there. Eating this way, takes time. On a sunday night, it can take up to 90 minutes to prepare veggies to have for lunch that week. It can be a pain but it is worth it. Don’t forget your B12 supplements!

Breakfasts – Cheerios! There are healthier cereals out there I am sure but I’ve always liked these since I was a little guy. I can eat them dry on the go or with coconut milk (I have the unsweetened stuff, try it for a week, you will get used to it). Organic Steel Cut Oats is another option. Raw vegetables or grilled / sauteed zucchini (one of natures most perfect anti-inflammatory foods is the perfect way to start the day). Breakfast is a good time to have fruit. Many mornings I will have a veggie wrap….with mustard!

Lunches – Wraps – I love them (although I admit it’s getting a little old lately). A raw veggie salad with a mustard and balsamic dressing (I go through an amazing amount of lettuce each week). Cabbage, broccoli rabe, lentil or split pea soup. Vegan pad thai or another one of Dr. McDougall’s packaged vegan meals (found in many health food aisles in the grocery store, I try to limit the processed stuff but this doesn’t seem too bad and low sodium options are sometimes available). Sometimes hummus or baba ganoush. Stack of tomato slices with layered basil (I most often go oil-less). Broccoli slaw.

Snacks – raw veggies (peppers, string beans, carrots, cucumbers and/or celery (a negative calorie food). Fruit – an apple a day…., seeds and nuts. Dry roasted edamame (I live on this stuff – high in protein and fiber but not fat). Dry roasted chick peas and similar snack foods can be found at your local Wegmans, Whole Foods or health food shops. Vegan pumpkin muffins, homemade vegan fruit bars.

Dinners – Vegan stuffed peppers with ground soy “meat”, brown rice, quinoa, beans, corn and tomato sauce (make 4 at a time and get several meals out of it). vegan tacos or taco salads. Soups and salads. Black beans (or other) with hot sauce and liquid smoke (a great simple, quick and tasty way to get your protein and fiber). Pasta is an awesome treat when eating this way (just check the labels). Grilled veggie sandwich on crusty italian bread (I’m limiting my bread but this is too good to pass up once a week). Veggie burgers or similar products like chik’n nuggets, hot wings, etc.(read the labels) about once a week for a little variety. Veggie stir fry. Sautéed veggies in veggie broth.

Give it a try for three weeks and see how you feel. I’m willing to bet that if you go completely plant based for three weeks , by the time you are done you will have lost weight, and feel a whole lot better with increased energy and well-being. And if you find that it is not for you, at least your body will be thankful. You can do totally do this, if you put your mind to it.

besides, you don’t want to eat this anymore, do you?:





Heading in the Right Direction

27 02 2012

And so begins week 10 of a switch to a plant based diet. I lost a pound this week which brings the total to over 47 pounds lost through diet, exercise and sickness. Trying to hit the 50 pounds down mark has proven to be difficult, but I’m making changes to facilitate it so we’ll see what happens. I feel pretty good that this will be the week that I see the plateau crumble and see some serious weight loss start up again. Limiting plant based fats like seeds and nuts and cutting out oils all together while increasing exercise should help to make make the difference.

As someone of an italian heritage, I’ve grown up around olive oil and it is used in an awful lot of meals. I thought for sure that switching away from it would prove difficult but it has not been. I’m using veggie broth to saute with and I am enjoying the natural taste of my veggies now. Very often in the past, asparagus would be covered with a coating of egg, breadcrumbs and cheese or wrapped with bacon or with a glaze of some sort. Don’t misunderstand me, bacon makes everything taste better, but it’s also nice to eat these vegetables and be able to just taste their natural flavors. Over the weekend I used broth to make an asparagus and zucchini wrap with dijon mustard that was amazingly good. I’m using alternatives for salad dressing and enjoying the the results more than I did when I was using oil. I recently heard about a semi-local retailer that is selling 13 year old vinegars that are reportedly so good, nothing else is needed for a fantastic salad dressing. I’ll be eager to check that out at some point. It’s interesting that when you cut out a lot of the processed foods, fats and oils, you feel like your taste for things really begins to more fully develop. I recently had a small portion of macaroni with no sauce or any other topping and it was the most enjoyable pasta that I have eaten in quite a while. A few moths ago, I would of rejected the idea of plain pasta, but now it is an absolute treat.

I thought I’d be upset about not getting further along this week but I’m slowly getting to the point where I feel like weight loss cannot be the only measure of success. “Further along” is relative. I feel good, so good that how I feel must also be factored in. And as long as I’m heading in the right direction with my weight, thats fine by me.





Weekend Comfort Foods!

3 02 2012

Just spoke with a friend who I haven’t seen in some time.  He has lost over a hundred pounds and is eating a mostly raw foods diet.  That is amazing!   What an inspiration.

“Human beings have great potential; they can do anything.  The power of the mind is incredible, limitless.”
-Lama Thubten Yeshe
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Some folks have been sharing some fantastic recipes with me lately so I thought that I’d pass a few along:

VEGAN SPLIT PEA SOUP
one bag split peas
3 carrots – chopped
1 chopped onion
Baby red potatoes – chopped in half
2 tablespoons garlic
2 bay leaves (remove before serving if you  can find them)
1 Tablespoon cumin
1/2 Tablespoon marjoram
9 cups vegetable broth
Dash of cayenne pepper
slow cooker – all day
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VEGETARIAN MEATLESS MEATLOAF
One Pkg extra Firm Tofu
1 Cup Low Sodium Soy Sauce
1/3 Ketchup
3 tblsp Dijon Mustard
1 tsp Black Pepper
1 Medium Chopped Onion
1 Cub Italian Bread Crumbs
2 eggs (or egg beaters)
Mix
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9 inch square baking dish.
  2. In a bowl, mix,  Place the mixture into the prepared pan, and mold into a loaf shape.
  3. Bake the meatloaf 30-40 minutes in the preheated oven.

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VEGETARIAN GRAVY
http://allrecipes.com/Video/117/Vegetarian-Gravy/Detail.aspx

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And this fantastic link (that won’t link for some reason) to a downloadable file of plant-based recipes for the big game from “Forks Over Knives”.

http://www.forksoverknives.com/recipes-for-super-bowl-xlvi/

Have a great weekend friends!





Promises Made to Ourselves

13 01 2012

Had an interesting discussion yesterday with a colleague about promises made to ourselves.  She asked, “Why is it when we make a promise to ourself, we don’t work as hard to keep it as when we promise someone else something?”  It’s an interesting question and I can definitely see a multitude of times in my own life where this rings true.  I guess in many ways that is the reason for this blog.   Knowing that you are reading this right now, motivates me not to screw this all up for the hundredth time.  It holds me accountable.  I wish I could be more accountable to myself but I’m a work in progress.

A sign that hangs on my filing cabinet at work says:  “I am part of all that is, however that may be defined.  The life of the person that I am today is but the current expression of what I am.”  We are never the same exact person from one day or year or decade to the next.  We are a work in progress.  When I get aggravated at others because they fall short of what I expect, I need to realize that I too often fall short of what I expect for myself.  We all suffer in some way.  We all have hurts.  We are not as separate as we like to think we are.  That is an illusion.  At least that’s my take on it.

I’d like to thank “DB” from PA for this recipe submission:

Dog turd with mustard

1 dog turd
1 mustard

stir

Thanks “DB”
Happy Friday Everybody!








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