So after completing two separate 3-week vegan diets (one in 2013 and repeating again in 2014), I have tried to pick more vegan or at least vegetarian options instead of always going for the animal protein. I found this mix at the grocery store for a few dollars the other day, and figured why not. Its also nice to have something I can grab on the go. I’m either working from home and don’t like to spend the time making a glamorous lunch, or I’m packing my lunch to go between client meetings so I don’t get tempted by fast food.
These were pretty easy to make, and now I have 6 lunches almost ready (3 in the fridge and 3 in the freezer). Tomorrow I just need to whip up a cucumber yogurt sauce to throw on top with maybe a pita bread, or at least some fresh lettuce. I did taste test one and I can say they are GOOD!
Do you have any favorite vegan or vegetarian recipes you’d like to share?
Got crazy busy with the weekend and finished the program with a bang, but just didn’t get to post.
Day 19 was great. Everything was a repeat and easy to make.
Day 20 was awesome as well, and I loved the acorn squash with tahini so much I made it again.
Sunday was Mother’s Day and I was prepared with my spinach and strawberry salad to share, and my jicama/avocado salad to eat, but then one of my sisters made a raw pepper and cabbage salad that was super healthy, and my other sister made a great broccoli salad, so I had some of that too! While everyone chowed down on ribs I enjoyed my 4 salad and was stuffed for HOURS. We had a long drive home and hit some traffic so by time I got home I didn’t feel like waiting an hour to roast my veggies so I just ate my green apple and berries I had packed in the car as snacks.
Overall I lost @9# but mostly I have been feeling pretty amazing since day 2 or 3. I would recommend this to anyone who has issues with food, trouble with digestion or sleeping. It’s also great for people who are really overweight who want to start good eating habits, and even great for athletes, who are willing to take a short break from working out and focus on losing those last 5 pounds of belly or jiggle thighs they can never seem to bust.
Feel free to send me a message with any questions you have about this program. As a two-time finisher I feel like a pro and plan to eat mostly vegetarian going forward.
Yikes! I forgot to take a picture of my fruit. Oh well, it was fruit: what a surprise. Then for lunch I had a huge microgreens salad and miso soup and those were repeats but oh so good. We had a networking event in the evening, so made some time for a quick dinner out at a Thai restaurant. Always a good idea for cheap and healthy if you know what you’re looking for. I was good and had vegetarian spring rolls and veggies with brown rice. And water. Sorry there’s no pictures today. I will keep it up for the last three days.
Also enjoyed another glorious walk with the dogs but I’m really looking forward to getting back to regular workouts after the program is over.
I am having no problems on this program. It seems to get easier. I know I’m making the simplest of meals, and maybe that’s it, but I have no hunger between meals and I’m enjoying everything immensely. The weather has finally been cooperating so I’m getting out every morning for a nice walk with the dogs. A little sunshine and fresh air is exactly what this gal needs to keep her spirits high. Dinner was especially yummy. Roasted Acorn Squash with a sesame tahini sauce. Whip up the sauce in under a minute, spread over the squash and bake for 30 minutes. Shortly before it was done, I steamed up some fresh green beans and topped them off with a little EVVO, fresh lemon, and pink salt. Yum!
Day 16 was GREAT! Fruit breakfast never gets old, but I am looking forward to some oatmeal or eggs on day 22. Lunch was the Asian Salad that I remembered loving the first time, and it was great this time too. I had wanted a hot lunch and was even talking about it the day before, but no hot lunches on this phase. I was supposed to have miso soup (hot) but totally forgot to make it. We did go out to dinner before the Cubs game and I was great eating a veggie burger, and the carrots from my husband’s chicken wings.
Day 15 was a breeze:
- Fruit for breakfast – check.
- Spinach salad for lunch – check.
- Roasted veggies and cold cucumber/avocado soup – check.
I forgot to take a picture of the green apple and corn I had in the car as my snack.
Day 14 was super easy for me. I take a look at the recipes for the upcoming week, make a food list, and go to a fresh produce store weekly for my fruits and veggies. That way I have ripe, fresh food to eat over the next several days. After my grocery shopping I enjoyed my fruit plate, then we headed to Home Depot to purchase our annual herbs that we plant in trays off the back porch. What we spend for 7-8 fresh herbs once a year, is probably what I spend in 1 trip during the off season so it’s oh so worth it. Plus I don’t have to worry if it’s gone bad in the fridge or not, I just go out back and snap off a few pieces that I need.
Lunch was a huge Greek salad and dinner was a repeat of one of my favorites Asian Stir Fry with Miso Soup and 1/2 Baked Sweet Potato with cinnamon.
I also took the time to prep some of my meals for Monday since I have a busy day scheduled. On to week three!
Day 13 was proof that you can still go out, be social, and stay on track with The Ultimate Reset. I had several ballgames, Father’s Day, and birthday parties the first time I did this program, so I knew I could work it in. I had my standard fruit for breakfast and then we headed to the Cubs game. I thought the restaurant I went to was going to have a veggie burger, but they didn’t – they had a “sloppy jane” which was a tempeh meal. I tried tempeh before and didn’t like it, but figured I’d give it a try…I didn’t like it. I ate @1/3 of my burger and threw it away. Luckily on my way out of the restaurant and to my seats I found a veggie burger and ate that. It was good. Then after the game we met up with a friend so we headed out to an early dinner, and I ate another veggie burger. It was all good. I didn’t take pictures of all my meals since I was out in public, but after I got home, I wasn’t even hungry and didn’t eat anything else for the rest of the evening.
But I did get my grocery shopping done for week 3. This is almost exclusively a pure fruit and veggies week.
Another day on the books. Will some proper planning, I didn’t have to do a lot of cooking either. I usually have a snack in the mid-afternoon, but I took a nap instead, didn’t even miss it, and wasn’t ravenous by dinner either. I made the Garlic Veggies for dinner which were pretty good, but the Asian stir fry is better. The rest of the day was smooth sailing. Yes, I continue to step on the scale, and yes I’m down over 8 pounds, but most of all, I feel fantastic. I don’t have the same aches and pains that I did when I did The Reset last summer, but I don’t feel perfect all the time either. It is a process. I did find a restorative yoga practice online with ocean waves lapping in the background and practiced that mid morning on Day 12. I felt fantastic afterwards, and my lower back where I tend to hold a lot of tension was greatly reduced. They recommend restorative yoga; short, brisk walks; and plenty of sunshine during The Reset. And with the sun finally coming out today, I think I can hit a home run with all 3 today.
Today I did not cook. Which was great. If you are considering this program, I admit it is a lot of planning, shopping, prepping and some cooking, even when you do reset in a crunch but it is so worth it. Sleeping is greatly improved. I’m moody but most the time feeling GREAT. Digestion is amazing. Wanting to have a glass of wine or a beer, but I’m more than 1/2 way through.
Weeks 2 & 3 are fruit for breakfast almost every day so wrap your head around that. There is a mashed chic pea option I did the first time I didn’t like so I will just stick to fruit. But buy a variety of fruit, and make sure you’re getting fresh, ripe, and mostly organic if you can. It will make a big difference in the taste. Lunch was a quick heatup of some pinto beans and rice I made earlier in the week. It has a bunch of spices so there is a kick, and I paired it with cold zucchini soup that was also pre-made from several days before. I just put things in glass jars and they’re easy to see in the fridge. For dinner, I just didn’t feel like cooking so we ordered out from a Thai restaurant and I was SUPER good ordering steamed veggies, brown rice and a spring roll. It wasn’t very good. No spices, no flavor. I added some braggs to it, but I would have been better off making my own stir fry veggies on the stove while my rice cooked. Oh well, I didn’t have to cook all day so I was happy about that.
I need to get some yoga in today.
And sunshine would be nice. It’s been gloomy and on and off rain all week so hoping for some sunshine soon!