Saturday FAQ and Vegan Lentil Burger Recipe

Saturday, May 25, 2013

I have now decided that Saturday will be a FAQ day. The more I talk about this diet and lifestyle with you guys, the more I find that certain common questions are generally asked. So I'll put together a list on Saturday if I have a few of them to go over so everyone can get the answers. Hopefully this helps dispel some of the quirkiness of the lifestyle change you may want to consider. I love it, always feel pretty good, and see a body I've desired to have. And all of these questions get asked because people don't yet understand food and how the body reacts to it. So I'm here to clear all that up. <3

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.

Breakfast:
  • 1 lb of strawberries and 4.5 oz of blueberries = 225 calories


Snack:
  • 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
Lunch:
  • A few corn tortilla chips and salsa = 75 calories
  • 2 C red seedless grapes = 240 calories
  • 1 raw brownie = 75 calories


Snack:
  • 1/2 a yellow melon = 50 calories
  • 1/2 acorn squash with honey and cinnamon = 150 calories
Dinner:
  • 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. 



Ingredients
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
Carbohydrates: 24.2g
Calories:127.6
Protein: 5.2g

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

Today's FAQ:

  1. 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. 
  2. 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) 
  3. 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!
  4. 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. 
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

10 comments:

Kimberly Romero said...

I made a batch of raw brownies today and TOTALLY understand how addicting they are!!!

Michelle Kampmeier said...

RIGHT?! Did you follow a recipe? Mmmmm.. yum!

Kimberly Romero said...

I did :) It is pretty similar to yours. I got it from one of the websites you sent me. I did half the recipe: 1/2 cup pecans, 1/2 cup dates, 2.5 tablespoons cocoa, 1 tablespoon honey, and 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut in the food processor. What do you consider one brownie? This made like 1/2 to 3/4 cup I would say. If you have a sweet tooth, this diet definitely has you covered! :)

Angeline Kace said...

LOVE your "Today's FAQs"! Seriously, so well done with putting everything into perspective! Thank you for this. :)

thriftalina said...

Michelle you are a brave & inspiring gal! Thanks so much for sharing your journey (and diet!!!) with us!
I find myself eating less and less animal proteins every month, but yeah..that cheese thing! I also partake in the fermented foods like Kefirs made from dairy but it's mostly because of my Crohns-related dietary needs.
I find it's important like this to show how you for instance can eat potatoes...while, I have to shun them... it's hard to break down for certain folks and also not the best for those who are overweight.
I think it's great to see how we can all take eachothers information and use it to help us. Thanks again!

thriftalina said...

oh, and im totally making these lentil burgers! THANKS for posting it!

Michelle Kampmeier said...

Perhaps a tablespoon of the dough would be a brownie to me because I roll them into balls. That's what I usually eat! :o) And yes! I love this part about the diet. You can make almost everything you used to eat in a different way that's so much better for you!

Michelle Kampmeier said...

Thanks!! I'm glad you enjoy them. More are coming on Saturday!!

Michelle Kampmeier said...

Potatoes are actually just fine if you're overweight, according to some raw vegans. They really push the carbs, and potatoes and rice are a huge part of the diet if you aren't raw yet. I'd recommend them, but perhaps not with cheese all over them.. lol. And the cheese gave me a tummy ache, so I might be finished with it finally! lol

Michelle Kampmeier said...

Sweeeeeeet!! I love them so much!!

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