Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Day 1 Recap

Breakfast (no prep time req.)
1 Banana
1 Apple
Black Tea
(usually not enough food but I didn't get hungry until lunch anyhow)

Lunch (5 minutes)
Large Salad (3/4 bag of romaine lettuce): raw pecans, precut mix of carrots, red and green cabbage, broccoli
Black Bean and Butternut Squash Chili - even better the second day
1 piece of toasted whole grain bread
more tea....

Dinner (5 minutes)
Large Salad (3/4 bag of romaine lettuce): raw pecans, carrots, red and green cabbage, broccoli
Black Bean and Butternut Squash Chili - again, I'm lazy and have no time to cook
1 piece of toasted whole grain bread

Dessert (2 minutes)
Smoothie! Almond milk, flax seed, 1/2 bag spinach, banana, frozen fruits

So far so good. I'm looking forward to my breakfast power smoothie.

What did you eat today??

Monday, August 18, 2014

UPDATE!

Well, well, well. I may have taken a break from posting, but I can say that I have done a pretty ok job of eating nutritarian. Kate has taken a break too because she had a baby!!!

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I am not going to lie. I have slipped a lot from where I was after my first six-week challenge. Yes, I have occasionally eaten entire pepperoni pizza, followed it up with 2 scoops of artisan ice cream, and chased it with a couple cocktails. I have eaten a couple burgers, oooh some doritos, and cake. I have been eating a pretty flexible diet, especially when I eat out or have dinner at a friend's place.

BUT, it hasn't bothered me too much because I usually follow it up with several very healthy meals. My breakfast and lunch is usually very healthy. My body yells at me every time I eat like crap anyway. It screams "I need nutrients now!"....it is strange but I can really feel it.

I feel a little worn down and slightly addicted to some of the saltier and sweeter treats. So, it is time for me to challenge myself to eat a nutritarian diet again. One change thought...on the days that I work out I am going to eat some eggs. They make awesome little protein packs.

I did my Trader Joe's shopping for the week and made up a soup that should last me a couple days.  It is a Black Bean and Butternut Squash Chili. Oh it is awesome. I had some for dinner tonight.

SO, wish me luck as I fight my salt, oil, and sugar cravings and recondition myself to enjoy the true flavors of nutritious food.

Diet Starts Tomorrow!
(but it actually started tonight with dinner)

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Red Lentil Thai Chili

Incredible recipe adapted from the Post Punk Kitchen to be Eat to Live - www.theppk.com

Water saute in large pot until tender:
1 large onion, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
3 gloves garlic, minced

Add:
2 Tablespoons chili powder

Cook 1 minute

Add:
4 Cups Water
1 Cup Lentils
1.5 lbs Sweet Potatoes, cubed

Cover and simmer 20 minutes or until lentils are tender

Add:
1 can light coconut milk
1/2 Cup Fresh Cilantro, chopped
2 Tablespoons Thai Curry Paste
28 oz of diced tomatoes no salt added
2 (15oz) Cans of Kidney Beans (rinsed and drained)

Bring to boil, then simmer for 30 minutes.

I PROMISE.



Friday, July 12, 2013

How to be Nutritarian in Oberlin

How I have maintained a healthy diet while eating out....a lot.


1. FEVE - salads are huge and very delicious
HEALTHIEST - Garden Salad - ask for avocado and hummus on top - NO DRESSING!

MEDIUM HEALTHY - Maha Salad -
NO DRESSING! Served with Felafel, hummus and pita chips (the toppings are not 100% eat to live, but it is served on top of a HUGE bed of greens)




2. ALADDINS - Smoothies
-Get a fresh fruit smoothie minus the honey and ask for a huge handful of Spinach - they are perfectly prepared in industrial Vitamix machines.
-Mujadara salad pocket - NO DRESSING, not 100% ETL, but it is a nice compromise.  It is a huge salad stuffed into a pita pocket with lentils, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, greens, and here's the best....friend onions.








3. TOOOCHINOISE - Yu-shan broccoli******
Order the Yu-shan broccoli HOWEVER you MUST ask to have the sauce on the side.  You get a huge plate of fresh steamed broccoli with bamboo shoots.  I use the sauce on the side to just lightly dip if I feel like I need to, usually don't. 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

I started at 191lbs, 29 BMI, 34++ waist, sweaty, hangry, sick, tired, and fat. I knew there was a problem when I was shopping for dress pants and I slipped into a pair with elastic in the waist band and felt at home. I started having all sorts of health problems too.

Now I'm 153lbs, 23 BMI, 29-30 waist, healthy and feel great. Doctor gave me a clean bill of health.

I NEVER thought that I would be that guy - the vegan that doesn't eat sugar, flour, or oil, the obnoxious one that makes it difficult for people to have me over for dinner. I grew up on beef and cheese people. Thankfully people don't really see me as that guy because I am realistic about it. I have had my fair share of hotdogs over the past few months thanks to this place in Cleveland called HappyDog.  Anyhow, I will never go back to eating the way I used to.

To kick off the start of year 2, Kate and I are doing the 3 week Eat to Live challenge (without the 10% of "fun food"). Kate's sister and husband have also jumped on the wagon. It will be easy with the farm share in Oberlin! I am pumped to eat all these fresh organic vegetables. Thank god for farmers.

What I have learned?

THIS IS NOT A "DIET." 
YOU DON'T EAT LESS.
I EAT WAY MORE. 
I EAT WAY MORE OF THE RIGHT THINGS.
IF YOU ARE HUNGRY, YOU AREN'T EATING ENOUGH OF THE RIGHT FOODS. (I get sick of chewing sometimes...the salads are sooo big. I have to eat 1 full bag of leafy greens per meal.)

What have been the pros/cons of being a Nutritarian?

Pros
I....
Rarely get sick
Maintained a healthy body weight effortlessly
Never have headaches
Rarely have sore feet from standing
Never have acid reflux
Have a very predictable digestive pattern
Sleep very well

Cons
Have a hard time convincing people that what they eat is killing them
Have a hard time watching people that I care about struggle with things that can be easily fixed with a proper diet


The Truth (and maybe too much of it)
After doing the 6 week challenge for several months until I got to my ideal body weight, I shifted to include a little bit (10%) of comfort food into my nutritarian diet.

Because I could and would eat pizza or whatever else suited my fancy periodically, I never felt that it was difficult to eat healthy the next several meals. However, if and when I didn't follow a trashy meal with a great salad I would start to CRAVE fat, flour, and sugar. And when I let loose......

And oh god, when I do eat like crap, I have to block out a large chunk of time in my google calendar to be within sprinting distance from a crapper. It is always a surprise.

What is the plan now?
I am 100% committed to Eating to Live and hope that more people try the 6 week challenge.

It is summer folks! There are amazing vegetables right now. Get the book and read it.  Commit to a simple 6 weeks. Drop the fat, the diabetes, the cancer, the heart disease, the headaches, the acid reflux, the perpetual colds. Get real with your life. Take care of yourself.








Sunday, May 12, 2013

Brownies for Breakfast

A quick note to share this outrageous brownie recipe. I made The Raw Brownie recipe from the blog My New Roots for breakfast this morning. Easy (as in 4 ingredients!), fast, nutritarian (omit the salt) and so. good.

http://mynewroots.org/site/2011/04/the-raw-brownie-2/

Enjoy!

Friday, March 22, 2013

"That's Way Too Much Work"



This has been a recurring response after I explain my eating habits to others. Most changes in life seem like a lot of work and after an adjustment period, that hard work becomes more of a mindless habit. I've come to terms with the seemingly endless amount of chopping that a plant based diet requires and anyone who makes the switch would quickly realize this as well.

The work load doesn't even have much to do with being vegan or nutritarian. Once people realize that processed food will kill you (sorry to be so dramatic, but I mean that literally, friends), they start preparing more meals at home. Un-processed diets have been gaining popularity thanks to different sources like the clean eating philosophy, paleo diet, and more wide-spread education from whole-food advocates. You can't log on to Pinterest without seeing some info-graphic telling you to "eat this, not that." This trend is fantastic and has been driving more and more people to their kitchens.

Now that you're in the kitchen, let's start placing more emphasis on the quality of your culinary creations. Instead of marinating chicken, turn on a pot of beans for protein and fiber. Don't whisk oil and vinegar together feverishly, throw a few whole ingredients in a blender and flip the switch for highly nutritious oil-free dressings. Rather than rationing out tiny portions of salty snacks, chop up a few of your favorite veggies to be ready for munching that doesn't have to be measured.

If you're committed to avoiding processed foods (who isn't, right? Right???), then the amount of work whether your a carnivore or herbivore is relatable.


Disclaimer: please don't roll your eyes and think I'm speaking from a pedestal...my diet is not always a picture of perfection. I will likely be having some sort of processed (hopefully minimally) dinner tonight as I left my delectable nutritarian brown rice with teriyaki vegetables in the fridge before starting a 6 hour car trip. We all do the best we can!