Saturday, September 22, 2012

Day 5

Food on hand and preparation of ingredients are key elements for success. I drove in a circle earlier this week trying to decide where to buy my groceries. I buy different things at various markets and I truly couldn't make up my mind where I should start. I'm glad I settled on Costco. In the past I have opted for Gelson's for a few quality produce items. I buy a small amount and pay a lot more but I feel confident that my food won't sit in the back of the refrigerator rotting. I finally made my decision to head to Costco and stock up. I'm glad I did. You can't beat the quality of their fruits and vegetables and the cost is always right. I love their vine ripened tomatoes and sweet white onions. I refrigerate the onions and find that it makes them even sweeter for salads. I also love their bags of sweet multi colored peppers. Usually I hesitate when buying their large bags of romaine lettuce. I wonder if we can really go through so many heads before they go bad. This week's shopping trip I decided to just go full board. I even bought a large bag of spinach. I am happy I did. It has made this week of salad making convenient and easy. And, there will not be one bit of waste.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Day 4

Today is the start of my 4th day of the "Eat to Live" health plan. I am extremely surprised and proud of myself for sticking with this eating plan for as long as I have. Anyone who has been following me for the last few years knows that my attention span for a new way of eating usually lasts about a couple of hours. Dr. Fuhrman says that I should give it 6 weeks for the health benefits to really kick in. Since today is the start of the weekend, it will be a real test of my commitment. Also, I have a dentist appointment today. I am the worst patient in the world. I have dental anxiety. In the past, when I finish a dreaded task, I reward myself with food and drink. It's like a little celebration. Hopefully, I will break that pattern tonight. Now for the description of my delicious salad from last night as promised. I cut up a big bowl of romaine lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, onions, avocado, and pretty colored peppers. Meanwhile I pan roasted mushrooms in their own juices, (no oil or cooking spray), and I roasted garbanzo beans in the oven. I added those to the salad later because both are high in purines and not welcome food for my husband who has gout. The star of the salad was the dressing. I blended rice vinegar, balsamic vinegar, 1 garlic clove, 1 Medjool date, sea salt, pepper, onion powder and oregano, and a teaspoon of almond butter. I added a bit of water for consistency and drizzled all into the salad. It was absolutely delicious.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Day 3

Hmmmm. I am exhausted tonight. I thought I was supposed to have increased energy. Oh well. I have done a lot today. I would actually probably be asleep by now if I had eaten a bowl of pasta for dinner. I am pleased to report that I just completed one more day of super healthy eating!  I started my morning with a big bowl of delicious fruit. It actually kept me satisfied until about 11:30 when I ate the rest of my salad from the night before. Then, I went to work and seriously didn't think about food once until dinner time. While I was cooking, I ate a huge bowl of crunchy, sweet, sugar snap peas and was very happy. Dinner was a big salad that was so delicious, it deserves it's own post tomorrow. I didn't even miss my usual salad dressing. Good night for now.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Day 2

So, I made it through another day! Hurrah! It really hasn’t been as terrible as I thought it would be. I was anticipating getting a giant headache from “bad food” withdrawal, but I guess I normally really don’t eat that poorly.  I am eating so many good carbohydrates, that the bad ones that I am used to eating, (sour dough, croissant, English muffins)   are not missed as much by my body.  Even my mind isn’t missing them that much yet.  I have to admit, so far my husband has been a real help. He has never been on a diet a day in his life, yet he has graciously supported me the last couple of days. Last night we had salad for dinner again with a non-oil dressing. I guess you could say we had steamed broccoli for desert. Not one word of complaint by him was uttered. I don’t feel much different yet health wise, but I am happy that I am actually giving this a real try. I have to admit, so far more than anything I have missed my olive oil. My salads have been good and different than what I am used to, but I would enjoy them much more with my usual dressing.  However, I am going to hold on to Dr. Fuhrman’s teachings and not deviate. Today I need to buy some flax seed to sprinkle on my salads.  Although I will be spending   extra calories on something that I have no desire to even eat, I am doing it for the potential health benefit. I need to remember I am eating this way to get healthy, and the smaller dress size is an added bonus.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Day 1!

I did it! I completed my first day as a Nutritarian. I could have probably made my meals a bit more interesting, but I was called back to work right when I was leaving the house to go to the Farmer's Market. I ended up making dinner with what I had on hand and I even passed up a late night invite to meet my daughter for a glass of wine. I made a kale and cabbage salad with a strange non oil dressing, and my husband ended up loving it.Our hot entree was corn on the cobb. I actually was quite full, however I understand why Dr. Fuhrman named his book Eat to Live, and not Live to Eat. Well, at least I got through Day 1!

I am a Nutritarian.

Good Morning.
After several months, I decided to log in today to reacquaint myself with my blog, my diet, and my past. The first thing I noticed is that I somehow lost a few postings from earlier this year. I am not sure why they disappeared or where they went, but oh well. I am not going to worry about lost entries when I really didn't show enough interest to keep up on my writing in the first place. Today is a new day and I am on a new eating journey. I am almost finished reading Dr. Fuhrman's book, Eat to Live. He basically believes in high nutrient based eating for health reasons, and if a person follows a diet like that they will naturally lose weight. It makes a lot of sense. So, I have decided to give it a try. I did a little bit of shopping yesterday at Whole Foods and bought a few products like Kale, apples, and almond butter. I was so weak from hunger that I cut the shopping short and went home and rested and decided to continue my shopping today. Unfortunately, my dryer broke and I have an appliance repair man coming today so I can not go out until he leaves. That gives me one more day of an excuse of not going full board into this plan. However, I did start my morning off with a crisp green apple and a bit of almond butter. At 2:00 pm Dr. Fuhrman will be on the Dr. Oz show. I already have the DVR ready to record.

Saturday, November 12, 2011