Sunday, July 28, 2013
I have been eating healthy for the last couple of days. Cherries, mangoes, bananas, yum! I made a salad with my homegrown tomatoes and they were delicious. There really is a difference in taste when you grow your own veggies.
That being said, my husband and I just bought a house and I am already designing an area for composting and growing more veggies. I am very excited!
I am having beans with corn, peppers and potatos tonight and I am looking forward to it! I'm throwing it all together in a pan and making it like a hash. It's even good to eat for breakfast. I am not down any pounds but have only been eating healthy for a few days.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
I went on vacation in June and have not been able to get back on track since then and that was over a month ago! I gained 10 out of my 18 pounds lost. I found it very difficult to eat ETL on vacation. We were vacationing for two weeks. It is very hard to eat out 3 times a day and find things that are vegan!! So here I am again a month later dissapointed with my weight gain and feeling bloated and gross.
I started reading ETL again today to motivate myself. I made some delicious vegetable soup and chopped up some salad greens.
Looking back, what started my descent was salad dressing. I said to myself, "I can handle ranch." Well, it is a trigger food for me.
For dinner I am going to have some bean soup. I downloaded the Vegan Delish app from the CarrieOnVegan blog and will make some dressings from that.
Starting weight: 160 with a goal of 150 next month.
Sunday, May 05, 2013
I decided to track my food for a few days to see how many calories I was getting, just out of curiosity. I ate 500 calories today and I feel stuffed! Seriously, I am so full. Here is my menu. Keep in mind, I only ate lunch and dinner today because I work the night shift. This means I sleep until 3 PM then wake up, eat lunch at 5, then eat dinner at work at 11 pm. I usually am just not hungry the rest of the night.
Lunch: 1 cup black beans mixed with sweet peppers and onion.
2 cups of lettuce, 1/2 tomato, 1/2 cucumber with ETL ranch cashew dressing.
Dinner: 1 cup black refried beans, 2 cups lettuce with 1/2 cucumber, ETL ranch dressing, 1tbsp of ground flaxseed. 1/2 cup grapes, few pieces of cantalope.
It is amazing that even though I ate 500 calories, I am full because I am getting the nutrients my body needs to feel full. That is the beauty of ETL.
On a side note, this week is my last week of night shift!!!! I am starting day shift on Sunday!! I am curious to see if I will lose weight now that I will not be eating at night. I can't wait!
Sunday, May 05, 2013
During the last week, I have had friends and co-workers comment on how much weight I have lost. I must say it feels great, especially since I have been on a plataeu for a few weeks. Everyone also asks me what I am doing and I explain to them what Eat to Live is. The response that I get is, "Ooohhh, I can't give up meat." I explain how much energy I have, how much my skin as improved, and how good beans really are!! Not eating meat can seem negative but the long term effects of no meat, is worth it!
Now, more than ever, I am motivated by these compliements to keep eating this way and to get to my body's target weight loss.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
My husband and I have been on a Mexican food kick. A good friend gave me this recipe for salsa and it is AMAZING. We ate almost a whole jar in one day. I mixed it into my refried beans and used it as salad dressing.
1 28oz can whole peeled tomatoes (I used salt free).
2 jalopenos or pepper of choice
2 small cans of original Rotel
1 bunch of cilantro
1/2 yellow onion
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp salt (I omitted this)
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp crushed red peppers (optional)
juice of one lime
Blend, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, garlic and jalopeno in blender or food processor for desired consistency. Add spices. Simmer on stove over medium low heat for 15 minutes. Take off stove.
Add juice of one lime and stir. Let cool.
Heidi's Note: After blending ingredients, you don't have to cook everything. I do that because my husband likes the onion to be soft. I also find it blends the flavors together. If you don't cook the salsa, skip that step and add spices and lime.
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