I've gotten a few striking bouquets out of my garden recently. The one above was for a family friend who had a stroke. I love that purple and gold color combination.
The other thing I've been working on has been veganizing the diets from my personal trainer from last summer. I really liked where my body ended up last fall, and I felt pretty confident I knew how to eat to maintain it, then I read The China Study and decided I needed to go as vegan as we could in our daily fare for long term health. THAT threw me for a loop! We're not perfect by any means. My kids sprinkle cheese on their burritos, I'll throw an egg white into muffin batter, and it seems like at family parties the kids are always begging chicken off of someone (annoying). If I'm somewhere I can't get any other protein, I go for the leanest meat I can, but, day to day, for our family meals, mainly dairy and meat free.
I've been maintaining my weight at about 7-8 pounds above where I was at last fall, but I'd really like to get back down. I thought, well, I paid for those diets, maybe I can use online calorie/macro calculators to figure out a similar menu that's all vegan. It took some work, but I've translated two rotations so far, and it's doable. Wanna see?
My Diet rotation number 1
Low Carb Days (Mon. Tues. Fri.)
Wake up drink 16 oz. Water
Meal 1 1/3 c. oatmeal, 2 T. cocoa, 1 T. omega butter; 25 gram protein shake
Meal 2 25 g. shake with ½ grapefruit
Meal 3 6 oz. Seitan, and 1 cup green beans
Meal 4 1 ½ servings protein shake with 3 cups spinach
Meal 5 2 cups tvp 2 cups vegetables
Meal 6 protein shake
Meal 7 25 gram protein shake with 4 cups greens
High carb days (wed. thurs. sat. sunday)
Meal 1 ¼ c. cream of rice, protein shake
TrainMeal 2 1/3 cup oats, 2T. Cocoa, 1T. Omega butter, 25 g. protein shake
Meal 3 8 oz. Seitan ½ cup green veggies, whole wheat tortilla
Meal 4 50 g. protein shake, 3 oz. Yam or pumpkin, 10 asparagus or cup of green veggies.
Meal 5 Salad with 1 cup tvp
Meal 6 25 g. protein shake
Meal 7 4 oz. seitan
For the shakes, I mixed protein powder with water, and rotated between soy, brown rice, hemp, and whey (I kept whey when going more vegan, as it didn't show up in the studies as a major cancer or heart disease contributor.) Tvp you can buy in bulk in any health food store, and for an easy seitan recipe go here . I know it's fashionable to be gluten free, and soy free, but personally, I never have had digestive problems with either. Give me cabbage in any form or too many nuts, and my stomach is toast, but grains and soy? never. I depend on both.
Here's my current rotation:
Cutting diet rotation #2
Meal 1: ¼ block tofu with slice toast, 2 tablespoons salsa; green drink:3 cups spinach, ¼ lemon juice stevia
Meal 2: 4 oz. Seitan, cup green beans, 1/3 cup oats
Meal 3: Apple& cinnamon (or 1 cup berries), 1 T. almond butter (or omega butter)
Meal 4: Protein shake w/ 1 T. omega butter
Meal 5: Salad, w/ 1 cup beans, 2 brown rice cakes, 15 g. protein shake
Meal 6: Chocolate tapioca pudding and ½ c. raspberries
Meal 7: (if you need it) 1 whole grapefruit
Recipe for chocolate tapioca pudding:
1 c. almond milk
1 T. tapioca
1 T. cocoa
stevia and salt
So I'm really liking the second rotation better. It's about 700 calories less, but the higher carb content, and variety of foods is a lot easier on me mentally. When I make the seitan, I finish it, slice it thinly, dredge in whole wheat flour, and cook in a nonstick skillet coated in cooking spray. I do the whole weeks worth of meals at once, and pack them up so I'm ready to go. I also mash up the portions of tofu, and cook them with a chopped onion, and turmeric, chili powder, curry, etc. so they are like a tofu scrambler and ready to go. The tapioca is all made at once in the beginning of the week too. The other night, everyone had cake at a family party, and I wanted some so bad! i was able to come home and have that chocolate fix, and be OK. It really worked. Sometimes it doesn't work, I'll be honest, but it's a good weapon.