I’m so happy about the comments and feedback that I’m getting. People are genuinely inspired by this project. Yippie! When I started this, I really thought everyone might abandon me because of too much healthy (kinda boring) food. But, I’m so happy that people are trying to incorporate some of these ideas into their lives. Even baby steps help. Sometimes we’ll do just the healthy dinners for a while.
In fact, many of the meals are anything but boring. And, I enjoy the variety from our usual dinners. Besides the fact that I really like feeling healthier and fitter (and I’ve definitely lost a few pounds).
My brother brought up the idea of water and how so many people need to drink more water. He puts pure Cranberry juice into the water sometimes: 1 oz to 7 oz of water. “It adds some flavor and I really enjoy it.”
For me, I find that if I pour a big pitch of water and leave it on the counter I know that I have to finish it by the end of the day. And, you can add things like lemon juice, lime juice, orange wedges, grapefruit, stevia, cinnamon, mint, strawberry slices, sliced cucumbers, or scotch (hee hee, just seeing if anyone’s reading). Of course, I add the apple cider vinegar too. You could also drink some low-sodium broth (I did this once at work and got some weird looks and questions, but ultimately, who cares if people know you drink broth).
Some quotes from the husband this week… “So what’s with the sawdust?” And, “If I was better at panning for gold I could get all the flaxseed out of this” (referring to the flaxseed I put on his cereal).
There are a lot of days worth of photos here, so here goes…
Day 9 was just a super healthy day, but I never felt like I was missing out on anything.
Day 11 was from the Bon Appetit meal plan. I liked the day. The husband didn’t care for the breakfast quinoa, but that’s because he doesn’t like the stuff. Weird. The highlight of the day for us was the miso soup. It was delish. MMMMM. And, we liked it so much that we ate it on the cheat day with ramen. Here’s my recipe for Vegan Miso Ramen Soup that came from this day.
Day 13 was hamburger day. We got Dan’s Grandma’s meat grinder as a special Christmas gift. So, we went to the store and bought some chuck, and ground it ourselves. Well, Dan’s burger had meat, mine was a veggie patty. But, I plan on doing a separate post on the grind your own burger. Just know that it was a huge hit!
Day 15 was taco night! And, as most of you know, I could eat tacos every day of the week. Maybe even every meal. So, it’s no surprise that I loved this. Dan did too! And, anything with avocado is great! It was a huge amount of food.
Day 17 was a delish day! Try all the meals on here. You won’t be sorry.
Day 18 was also delish! I’d make a few changes, like the peas in the lunch, and I’d use less chile in dinner. Dinner was a lot of food, but the flavors were great. I’d make this dinner anytime.
Day 20. I was surprised at how little flavor there was in the lentil lunch. The miso dressing, however, was fabulous, and I put it on broccoli with toasted pecans (yummy!). Dinner was also kinda boring. Well, I forgot to put the onions on the fish. Oh, I cooked ’em, but I just left them in the kitchen. d’oh. Maybe that would’ve helped. The cat, however, found my dinner infinitely interesting, and wouldn’t leave me alone. I think that the Bon Appetit days are too much work. Or, they look like too much work when I’m reading the recipe.
Day 23: for as light as it was, this was delish! With only approx. 1200 calories all day, I was never hungry, and I’d make this whole day again.
Day 24: I thought of dinner as Mexican style. Dan said he thought of it as Creole Red beans and rice, just with black beans. I think I’d make it with red beans next time. And, those “chicken” strips are just too greasy for me now. Maybe plain tofu next time.
It’s going really well. Though, I’m starting to really crave more coffee. And, a big ‘ol Starbucks. Maybe a cinnamon dolce latte with soy milk. mmm. Maybe a soy chai. Well, cheat day is coming soon! Yum!