Oh My God! (OMG for those that only speak Internet) I am so glad it’s Tuesday. No more vegan in my life! Last week I posted that I was starting a vegan diet based on the “Eat to Live” plan. http://ktgreendesign.com/eat-to-live/ Yeah, I said I could do anything for seven days, but life is too short to eliminate cheese.
I did pretty well sticking to vegan. (I had eggs on Sunday because we always have eggs on Sunday. Tradition is more important than diet–especially on Father’s Day!) We eat a lot of broccoli and cauliflower here already and I added peppers, summer squash, carrots, and mushrooms . A salad for lunch every day of spinach, romaine and garbanzo or black beans. Smoothies for breakfast with soy milk and fruit. Another smoothie at night for dessert with silken tofu, cocoa powder, frozen black cherries and soy milk.
But forget that whole “Eat to Live” diet plan. Dr. Oz, you are wrong. This crash diet sucks. Some of the things that Dr. Fuhrman, the doctor behind the plan, recommends avoiding are dairy products, meat, processed foods, sweetener–artificial or real, salt, coffee and alcohol. My problem with that list is that I really like coffee and happy hour starts at 5.
The good doctor also suggests you read his entire 716 page book before starting the diet. I still have to finish 1 1/2 books of “Fifty Shades of Bad Writing” so I just skimmed his book. Four fruit servings a day and unlimited vegetables. The main source of protein are beans. Agave nectar is really bad! Also, no cheese–did I already mention that?
But after a week of my revised “Eat to Live”/vegan diet plan, I did lose three pounds. By limiting Maggie’s treats and leftovers (she didn’t go vegan), she lost one pound. Two more to go for both of us!
I will continue on a less restricted diet for another week. Mostly vegetarian, I’ll try to avoid processed food, and will continue to cut back on the salt. I don’t think I can cut back anymore on Maggie. She already spends a good part of her day crying at the pantry door. I’ll let you know how we do next Tuesday!