Coming Undone

29 05 2012

And so begins week 23 of my switch to a plant based diet with increased exercise. Except that this past week I ate less veggies, exercised not nearly enough and ended gaining four pounds back. Bringing my total lost from 67 to 63 pounds. These last 10 pounds have been such a killer. Just a back and forth… And despite the hard work to get to this point, I really have bungled it up these last 8 days. Prime rib, sushi, shrimp, Taco Bell, Memorial Day burgers, birthday ice cream and cake, chips… I’m disgusted with myself. After trying to hit the reset button and really tighten up my strategy a few days ago – I just totally derailed. I could give a bunch of excuses but what’s the point. The result is still the same. Back to the drawing board………..





Loving Me Some Quinoa

25 01 2012

Before switching to a plant based diet, I had never heard of the stuff.  I’m just learning to pronounce it now – Ki:nwa.  I came across this several weeks ago in a ready made microwavable bag.  I decided rather than microwave it, I would stuff peppers with it, add tomato sauce, onion and ground veggie crumble.  It was beyond fantastic!  I really enjoyed the taste and have come back to it several times since.  I figured I’d share it with some of you who may never of had the chance to try it.  Be brave!  It’s so worth it!  Find it in the health food aisle of your grocery store, next to the rice.

Quinoa is not a true grain although it looks like one.  It is more closely related to beets and spinach.  It has been consumed by people in south america for the last 3-4 thousand years and herding animals have eaten it for nearly twice as long.

It is reported that the Incas believed the crop to be sacred.  They referred to it as “chisaya mama” or the “mother of all grains”.  Spanish colonists forbade them from growing it though and Quinoa was nearly lost forever.

A friend recently sent me this Quinoa breakfast recipe and it looks fantastic.  I can’t wait to give it a try!

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Quinoa Protein Breasfast Bowl

1 C rinsed quinoa
¼ C toasted unsweetened coconut flakes
¼ C toasted slivered almonds, walnuts or pecans
¼ C golden raisins or cranberries
2 T hemp seeds
1 t cinnamon
Pinch cardamom
1 T agave or maple syrup
Dash sea salt
Unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk

Cook 1 cup quinoa with 2 cups water in a rice cooker or pot. When quinoa is cooked, add coconut, almonds, raisins, hemp seeds, cinnamon, cardamom, maple syrup or agave, and sea salt and mix together.

Top with almond or coconut milk to your liking.

This protein-rich breakfast is great for the whole family. Feel free to customize the ingredients. Add fresh berries, bananas, apples or applesauce, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, dates, prunes, or whatever strikes your fancy.
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Had a monthly sushi lunch with my brother today.  Some plant based diet I’m on,  huh?  Meat lovers pizza on Saturday and all you can eat Sushi on Tuesday.  That’s right, all you can eat sushi for $20.  And its damn good quality for the price.  I started the meal off with two bowls of seaweed salad and a large bowl of vegetable udon soup.  This ensured that the sushi we ordered would not be followed by even more sushi (as is typically the case).  Two cheat meals in one week.  That should do me for a good month or so now.

There are some interesting things in store for this blog.  i’ll be looking forward to sharing them with you soon.
In the meantime, i can be reached here: johnnysized@gmail.com  or feel free to leave a comment.





Let Food Be Thy Medicine

21 01 2012

I’m not trying to get preachy.  I’m certainly not trying to push a vegetarian or vegan diet on anyone.  Meat is enjoyable for many of us.  God knows I’d still be eating meat, donuts, bread, candy, etc if I could get away with it.  But it’s not possible right now and frankly I feel so good now (most of the time) , that I’m not sure if I’ll go back to the standard American diet at all.  I can definitely envision a nice steak now and then or sushi but beyond that, I’m not so interested.  I’m not trying to ram a lifestyle change down anyone’s throat.  I’m not interested in saving all of the tasty cows of the world, although saving some is a nice benefit for me personally.  I’m just simply suggesting that if you suffer from medical conditions or fear that you may, a change in diet could be the quickest, simplest, most healthy way to turn things around.  Alright, time to go shovel some snow.  i’ve been slacking lately with walking so I need to get serious and refocus.  Enjoy the weekend, friends.








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