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Day #35: Eat To Live Six Week Plan

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Today was my thirty-fifth day on the “Eat To Live” Six Week Plan. I am officially at the end of my fifth week. One week to go and I’ve decided to repeat the ETL process- this time using Dr. Fuhrman’s weekly plan for aggressive weight loss that I got off his member website. The plan includes recipes and spells out what to eat. It even includes a grocery list!

8:30 am- I woke up feeling much more awake than yesterday. It’s Sunday so I had my weekly weigh in. Last week I weighed 146lbs (I had “gained” a pound). Today I weighed 145lbs. I lost a pound and am back to where I was two weeks ago. I hate plateaus and was hoping for a bigger loss, but am grateful that I didn’t gain. In the past five weeks on the ETL program, I have lost a total of 6 pounds. It’s nothing to brag about, but I had only lost 6 pounds between the time I had joined Spark people in June (I was 157lbs then) and starting the ETL program 5 weeks ago. So basically I can lose 6 pounds in 5 weeks on ETL or lose 6 pounds in 5 months just following a vegan diet. I’ll stick with the ETL plan!!

9:30am Breakfast- I enjoyed a green smoothie with three cups of spinach, a cup of frozen strawberries, a banana, a tablespoon of flaxseed, and three cups of water. I also ate an apple.

12:30pm Lunch- I had a green smoothie with a cup of blueberries, a half cup of strawberries, three cups of spinach and a tablespoon of cocoa. I didn’t have a banana because we were out of a lot of food. I also managed to scrape together a salad with romaine, some carrots, a half cup of chickpeas, and salsa.

7:30pm Dinner- I got home late from grocery shopping as usual and whipped up another smoothie like the one I had for breakfast. I also had a small handful of macadamia nuts. I was bummed that the grocery store was out of kale!

Overall review of day #35? I feel great. I was definitely fighting off a cold over the weekend. My body was extra tired and my throat was scratchy last night. I think I’ll be 100% by tomorrow. This program is definitely helping me fight off illness. Working with kids, I get sick quite often. It’s nice that my body is dealing with it.

I spent much of today working out my Thanksgiving menu and decided to make Thanksgiving loaf, mashed cauliflower with spinach, and gingerbread cake for dessert. All three recipes are courtesy of the Dr Fuhrman member website that I currently have a free membership to. I’m also going to eat some sort of green vegetable with the meal. I bought all my ingredients at the grocery store today. The only things I couldn’t find were the currants and the date sugar. I have no idea where I’m going to find them. I’m going to check a few more grocery stores tomorrow and if I don’t have any luck I plan on ordering the currants from Amazon. I just don’t want to have to pay the one day shipping unless I absolutely can’t find them. I'm planning to substitute maple sugar for date sugar- thanks to Alicia Silverstone's book "The Kind Diet" I know that neither causes spikes and crashes in blood sugar. I'm assuming that's the point of the date sugar.
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    I'm glad you're feeling great thanks to the ETL program! That free membership sounds really good! Enjoy it!
    2674 days ago
  • JAB0929
    I am going to check out the ETL website! Thanks for the ideas!
    2675 days ago
    Rasins do make a good substitute for currants, like Carol said.

    Have you checked the bulk department at you local grocery store?
    2675 days ago
    Hi I'm glad you are doing so well, you have also converted me to the green smoothie.
    2675 days ago
  • SUNNYH99
    Hi Debbie, I'm glad you're feeling so much better with ETL. I'm not sure if these are what you're looking for, but Sunmaid has dried currants (they call them "zante currants") in a box just like raisins and in the same part of the store. See if you can find those. Here's a link: http://www.sun-maid.com/en/products
    You converted me to the green smoothies and I thank you! Your Thanksgiving feast sounds great. I got a Tofurky Feast. We had one last year and it was great. But what you plan is healthier, I am quite sure!
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    2675 days ago
    Currants are essentially light raisins, so try substituting raisins in your recipe.

    2675 days ago
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