Saturday, July 12, 2014
I went to the Farmers' Market this morning and came home with so many delicious vegetables - including zucchini and eggplant. I decided to oven roast diagonal slices of eggplant, z-squash, and sweet peppers (no added oil). Meanwhile I took some white beans (1.5 C) out of the freezer (I had cooked them several weeks ago and stored in zip lock bags) and decided to experiment with them as a "smear" for a sandwich (a la Mark Bittman, NYTimes food editor, who has increased plants in his diet). I defrosted the beans, added a bunch of basil and garlic with pepper and a few walnuts, blended it together, and it was a great spread/smear.
The assembly began: Brownberry 100% WW sandwich thins, the smear on each slice, fresh tomato, red onion, roasted pepper, z-squash and eggplant. Such a great medley of flavor. Hummus would have been a good spread, too.
This is something I could serve company - with side dishes of raw beet and carrot salad and/or roasted Yukon Gold potatoes with Kale. A couple of Greek olives on the side for garnish and a punch also would have been good.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
I don't know for certain what sparked the change in me. I have been more open to myself and to positive change and more ready and willing to take care of me.
I walked 40 minutes today. I will water jog another 30 minutes yet today. Hooray!
I've lost 30 and now I'm ready to lose the next 100. I'm ready to feel better in my body. I am signing up for a yoga class that will start next week - I'm a little scared of this, because my knees hurt and I feel so at odds with my body. But I need to start where I am.
So, daily walking, water exercises and swimming, yoga and short videos with Coach Nicole for strength training is where I need to be now. These are all things I will do.
Anyway, starting today, I am tracking my fitness. I'm ready to be intentional to this and ready to feel good. For the most part, I'm not tracking food, now, since I have been on Whole Foods, Plant Based. Too difficult, and not necessary -- and I never thought I'd say this!
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
After my babies were born, a long time ago, I remember a period of time where all I did, really, was the basics: drink water, eat, nurse the babies, go to the bathroom and change diapers, nurse the babies, bathe me and them, and take naps - because the hormones released in nursing puts everyone to sleep at first.
I am back from this Engine2/Powered by Forks Over Knives retreat and it was really incredibly rich with information. I'll be talking about this for a while on these blogs - but since I am back home, I feel like a majority of my time is learning about, planning, and making meals, eating, going to the bathroom, and sleeping. I am somehow managing to do my job in all this. But the learning curve is steep and its learning and new way of eating and planning and how I will manage my nutrition.
This is okay with me to be a "baby" at this -- its a huge change. I am more committed to this than before.
What's the plan?
In the words of T. Colin Campbell, in his new book, Whole: "Consume plant based foods in forms as close to their natural state as possible. Eat a variety of vegetables, fruits, raw nuts and seeds, beans and legumes, and whole grains. Avoid heavily processed foods and animal products. Stay away from added salt, oil, and sugar. Aim to get 80% of your calories from carbohydrates, 10 % from fat, and 10% from protein" (2013, p. 7). Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn would add that heart patients and those needing to lose weight should skip the avocados and nuts.
The food at the retreat was about 96% terrific. We had Kale (a super food for endothelial cells) for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Saturday night, for example, the main dish was was brown rice and black beans extravaganza -- with all kinds of toppings. Don't knock it til you've tried it.
Tonight for supper I had a head of celery cabbage, dressed with 2 T of crunchy peanut butter, mixed with a good salsa and the juice of 2 limes. Really very good. That's all I wanted because I had a blended drink (in my new Vitamix!) of 2 bananas and 1C almond milk a couple hours earlier.
I did enjoy many animal products but I don't miss them now - and I haven't had any cravings since starting this in early April. I had been adding a little olive oil - but no more. Don't need it.
Believe it or not - there are lots of great recipes and many ways to keep it simple, too.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
I remain at 259.2. Which is alot better than 260 -- or 288 where I started.
I think its my magical thinking that I probably need to lose most. Won't this just melt off of me? Especially since I have now switched to a whole foods plant based way of eating? On the days I track, its anywhere from 1200 to 1600 calories - in my range. And I have lost some - but not in the last month.
I need to move my body. And my challenge is to love myself (and lose my fear?!?!?) enough to do that. I am making plans to change it up after 7.1, when my administrative contract is over and I have more flexibility in my job - I can join a center and hit a class almost every day. I think I need to do that.
This next week is very busy, though - with little time, and then I go to the Forks Over Knives/Engine 2 weekend -- I' excited for that.
Saturday, June 07, 2014
I decided to treat myself with a 2.5 day retreat at the end of June. Many of the Plant Based Whole Foods physicians, nutritionists, etc., will be presenting and the cost also includes 6 meals. I paused and then decided I would go for it. It will be a great support to meet other people from Illinois who are eating this way and I look forward to the cooking demonstration, the meals, opportunities for questions, and, well...everything. This is about 2 hours from me and staying at the DoubleTree will be a treat.
A mini vacation!
I'm sure I'll be writing several blogs afterwards. . .
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