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My Lunch Today - rather labor intensive but really good :-)

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.

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    Sounds like you are eating high off the hog!!!! LOL.

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AQUAGIRL08 7/13/2014 12:05PM

    Sounds different but delicious!

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PGHP31CK 7/12/2014 10:58PM

    Sounds wonderful!!

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We've gotten too dam lazy over the years since convenience phood has come about. We think that making a meal from scratch with healthy ingredients is work.

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I'm ready to get fit

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!

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    Sounds fantastic.!! So glad to see you getting really serious! I want to see you meet that goal!

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PGHP31CK 7/10/2014 7:21PM

    Yay, Pam! Cheering you on!

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/10/2014 6:55PM

    Good for you! You are climbing your personal mountain! emoticon

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STEVEN2GO2 7/10/2014 6:53PM

    emoticon It is great you have new positive motivation!

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    I am so proud of you! This is going to be such a grand adventure for you. I want you to succeed at this so if you need any encouragement you know where I'm at.

As to tracking being plant-based......I too do not track. My body knows when to stop what it wants and when. It was no longer a helpful tool so I gave it up. Glad you did the same.


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CHERYL_ANNE 7/10/2014 6:44PM

    You're on your way. Look at you go! I'm so proud of all your accomplishments this far!

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HOLLYM48 7/10/2014 6:14PM

    emoticon It starts with one step and leads to the next one! Way to go deciding it was time!

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TIKITAMI 7/10/2014 6:11PM

You are awesome!

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BEWELL48 7/10/2014 6:11PM

    Sounds like you are really on track!
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A deeper commitment to whole foods plant based

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.

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68ANNE 7/6/2014 8:07PM

    You are doing super!

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IMLOCOLINDA 7/3/2014 2:17PM

    emoticon Glad you enjoyed your retreat and feel like this will work for you. Share some of your meals. Sounds interesting!

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AQUAGIRL08 7/3/2014 1:01PM

    Sounds very interesting! Keep up the good work!

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    I'm a former coronary care nurse. I eat all the things you mentioned except the whole grains. Most of them are highly processed and they spike ones blood sugar and raise your triglycerides. Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn's beliefs are very interesting and he has lots of credentials but he is not a cardiologist and is old school in that regard. Nuts and avocados are good for you and are healthy fats. They are generally not restricted from heart patients as long as the nuts are unsalted. Besides there is no correlation between eating fat and heart disease.

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PGHP31CK 7/3/2014 8:25AM

    Sounds like it was a great conference, Pam! The black beans and rice sounds yummy!

The celery cabbage recipe sounds tasty -- when it's hot I find that I want more veg & fruit, so I'm going to give this a try.

Thank you for sharing what you've learned at the conference with us.


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LADYRH 7/3/2014 6:35AM

    Thanks for sharing

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    I'm happy to hear that the good Dr. ascribes to the 80/10/10 approach. It's marvelous!

Personally I need to stay away from nuts and seeds because the fat issue. Unless of course I want to eat much more to get the ratio ok but I don't.

I also consume natural sodium because of my particular needs. I tried to cut it back down to near nothing and I had some problems creep up that aren't conducive to staying upright and mobile. LOL

So happy you went to this retreat. Sounds like you had a marvelous time. Hope you met some people who live close to you for some support when needed.

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ROBBIEY 7/2/2014 11:06PM

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I'm learning alot, and probably healthier, but no weight loss lately

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.

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PGHP31CK 6/23/2014 9:34AM

    I know that you CAN and WILL succeed!

Cheering you on, Pam!

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DDOORN 6/22/2014 10:02PM

    Your upcoming weekend sounds like it will be a much needed change of pace for you...enjoy! Keep at it, the results will come...


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STEVEN2GO2 6/22/2014 9:26PM

    I hope you find the motivation and overcome the fear that is holding you back!

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68ANNE 6/22/2014 7:24PM

    That sounds very exciting!

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IMLOCOLINDA 6/22/2014 6:44PM

    We all have your 'magical thinking'!! I do much better on low carb diets but I know that plenty of people really thrive on plant based diets. The real key to my weight loss was all the walking. And the walking lead to stability ball and water aerobics and yoga and all kinds of things that I now really enjoy doing on a daily basis. I have big faith in you Pam! You'll find what works for you and then it will seem like it really is melting away!!

Can't wait to hear what you think about the retreat!

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    I didn't lose much on a plant based diet - too many carbs/sugar for me. I hated meat at the time and enjoyed not having to eat it but I developed vitamin deficiencies. My labs got worse on it. I hope you start the exercise. You really need it on a plant based diet. I think it will really help you and you will have more energy. You will feel good and better about yourself.

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    You need to fine time NOW. Don't make the mistake of allowing life to run you! Unless you want that. emoticon

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Forks Over Knives retreat

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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68ANNE 6/8/2014 8:20PM

    What a great experience for you to have!
So exciting

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STEVEN2GO2 6/8/2014 4:51PM

    You should enjoy yourself on this retreat. You should learn a lot too. You deserve to treat yourself well!


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    Sounds great! I hope you have a good time!

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/8/2014 7:21AM

    Enjoy your retreat.

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    This is absolutely the best thing to do! I'm glad you jumped at the chance for all the reasons you listed. If I lived back in Illinois (I was born in Chicago Heights) I would go with you. Fabulous! I'll read all your blogs of course.


Know, don't eat whatever you want before then. Stay on program.

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IMLOCOLINDA 6/8/2014 4:22AM

    Can't wait to hear all about it. Good for you! A great investment in your own personal growth. My best friend attended one of these in Portland this spring and said it was an incredible learning and eating experience!

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