I've also added a new tracker: sleep! It's important to get rest, so that's something to keep track of when changing things up in your life. Make sure to give your body enough sleep to recharge. I usually get about 7 hours of sleep a night. I'd like more, and the weekends are usually that time.
- 1 lb of strawberries and 4.5 oz of blueberries = 225 calories
- 2 raw brownies (get these out of my house) = 150 calories
- 2 pieces of brown rice baked spaghetti with homemade marinara and mozzarella = 300 calories
- A few corn tortilla chips and salsa = 75 calories
- 2 C red seedless grapes = 240 calories
- 1 raw brownie = 75 calories
- 1/2 a yellow melon = 50 calories
- 1/2 acorn squash with honey and cinnamon = 150 calories
- Lentil burgers (see below for recipe) = 300 calories
- Had a small amount of that Simply Heinz Ketchup with it too. Only bad ingredient is sugar really. Oh well. From couponing, we have a ton of it in the house.
1 cup uncooked lentils
1 cup uncooked brown rice
1-1/2 cups carrots, finely grated
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1-1/2 cups uncooked oatmeal
1 tsp season salt
1 small onion, finely grated
Salt, pepper, and oregano to taste
Cook lentils and rice in 4 cups water for 45 minutes, simmering over low heat in a covered pan. Allow to cool.
Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Shape into patties and cook on griddle or pan (may spray with non-stick spray) over medium heat, until nicely browned (about 6 minutes per side).
Number of Servings: 8
Nutritional Info Fat: 1.5g
Thanks to my friend Jodie and her daughter Terri-Lynn for sharing this with me!
Calories: 1565 calories (no wonder I was so hungry today)
Colors: Red, blue, white, yellow, orange, green
Water: 128 oz
Exercise: Light stretching. Editing today! :o(
Sunshine: 20 minutes
Sleep: 8 hours last night
- Where do you get your protein?
This question always comes up. ALWAYS. Simple answer: everywhere. Fruits and veggies have all the protein we need. If you're working out or training for a marathon or something, just eat MORE fruits and veggies. Your body will need the calories anyway. Plus, your body needs the amino acids from the fruits and veggies to create the muscle you're seeking from the protein. Green juices make a great post-workout energy drink, by the way.
- Are you sure this is healthy?
Yes. If eating a whole foods diet is not healthy, according to you, what should I eat? McDonalds? Hot dogs? Chicken that has antibiotics and hormones pumped into it? Whole wheat bread because that's better than white (which it's not, by the way)? Hmm. No one asked if my steady diet of processed and fast foods was healthy, but now fruits and veggies are questioned. Think about that. :o)
- Do you only eat raw food?
If you read my blog, you'll see that, no, I don't only eat raw food. I thought for a while that I'd strive for that goal, but I'm finding that a whole foods diet is much more my speed. My body appreciates a good cooked meal as long as I keep it gluten-free, dairy-free, and processed-ingredient-free. I still cook veggies sometimes, and we also make brown rice, brown rice pastas (which you should most definitely look into), quinoa, and beans. Lots of spices and herbs too!
- Why did you go vegan?
I chose to go vegan because my body doesn't need animal protein to exist and thrive. See above about protein sources. Plus, no animal should have to die for me to eat if I can survive on non-animal foods. I may occasionally eat cheese if it doesn't kill my system each time, so I'm not fully vegan yet.
- Can I still eat animal products on this diet?
Well, technically no. You can choose to eat whatever you'd like, but I don't believe in eating animal protein as a way to meet your protein needs (since I'm assuming that's why you want it). Meat and dairy are not part of a whole foods diet. They contribute to weight gain and health problems, including cancer. 5% of your diet can be dairy and meat to avoid health issues, but I'd just as soon get rid of it altogether. Hence the occasional cheese splurge.
- Isn't it expensive to eat all that produce?
Not as expensive as cancer will be if you get sick. I know that sounds harsh, but seriously. Invest in your future by eating real food. You can probably find programs and farmers markets where you can get inexpensive produce. Buy in bulk. Do some research before going to your local grocery or health food store. You might be surprised with what you find! Plus, we save money by almost always eating at home. We don't go out to eat very often, so we use that money on fresh foods.
Eat your fruits and veggies, kids.