Thursday, July 14, 2011

Girl Gone Vegan

A couple of weeks ago my father-in-law gave me a book titled 21 Day Weight Loss Kick Start, by Dr. Neal D. Barnard.  The premise of the book is to eat only plant based diet  (vegan) and in turn loss weight and boost your metabolism.  I turned to Danny and told him that I didn't know if I should be offended or not.  He smiled and reminded me that Mike knows I'm interested in different approaches to food so I decided that MUST have been the reason :)   Next I asked Danny if he wanted to join me for 21 days and he laughed and laughed and laughed ... I figured that was a no.

I skimmed the book which is organized in an interesting fashion.

Part One - Metabolically Active Foods
Part Two - The Three-Week Program
Part Three - Menus and Recipes

What I most appreciate is the daily readings in the three week program of part two.  I've never seen this before in a "diet" book.  The readings include tips and extra health info. Brilliant.

After reading the first part I felt the book seems to have a legitmate argument for a plant based diet and I can do pretty much anything for 21 days.  I'm comfortable with my weight but I decided to try it as an experiment / challenge.

So here I am at day four.  I decided on Monday that I would try it for one day and see how it went.  Not following any menu plan but removing any animal products from my diet (along with gluten, which is my norm).  Thankfully, that first day went well so I decided to try another day and so on ... here I am at day four.   I'm feeling great, not really missing the meat products and have a new appreciation for tofu.  I made some delicious chocolate mousse with it yesterday.  Oh my! ~YUM

I did make the breakfast scramble (page 245 consisting of tofu, potatoes, tumeric and salt) this morning and decided it's not my favorite.  I've not cooked with tumeric before.  I think tumeric taste like stuff scraped from the bottom of my shoes dirt, so I ended up adding some other spices to counter act that "flavor".  Earlier in the week I ate gf oats with walnuts and dried cherries for breakfast or granola so I wanted to explore some alternatives for breakfast.  Well ... the breakfast scramble isn't anything some salsa couldn't cover.

I'll let you know how things progress - Have a great weekend!