Today is a better day for me...
I finished out my school week and managed to learn more between vegan bodybuilding and fitness and raw fitness. I have to say that the support I am getting here is totally awesome and many thanks to everyone that has helped me along so far. The team is awesome!!
I looked over some of the responses to my questions and tried a new recipe. I made quinoa this morning with fresh strawberries, almonds, soy milk and cinnamon. I served at breakfast and my husband really liked quinoa over oatmeal!!! I did too!! So thanks Kathryn for suggesting an increase in quinoa and a big thanks to pelicanAndrew for sharing his breakfast recipe... and a thanks to his Mom too!!
I have a confession to make here too... I ate some mushroom/cheese pizza for dinner and some buddha delight with veg fried rice for lunch since my last blog. I was bad.
And I did not finish putting my exercise program together just yet but I will today. I follow along the Body for Life plan with Bill Philips but with a veggie style meal plan instead of a SAD.
Over the past, I really have only ate pizza 1 meal 2x's a month and Chinese about once every 2 months but for some reason, this week was special, ay?
So all the talk about my high cholestral, I made things worst. So after thinking things over, I feel the food was about giving up more of what I like over health reasons, being stubborn in letting go and out of convience to say the least. So I did it, thought much about my actions and I realize more about myself - I am still a good person.
Today is the rest of my life and today I chose to share something new with my husband and we both enjoyed the quinoa for breakfast. We talked more about going vegan on the spot instead of slowly letting go dairy. And so we decided to just go vegan and create the lifestyle we have been dreaming about!! So maybe my psycic vision was ahead of another plan and I grabbed my favorites before knowing I had to let go. That is just a little more about me.
So after saying yes in going vegan, I made a grocery list and some thoughts about a general meal plan for the week ahead. I will work on my exercise program to bring it together for the week and post here for now.
6 cans of veg broth
celery & carrots
fresh fruit 3 apple/4 banana/
millet & buckwheat sprouted grain breads
1 red onion
I will break my grocery list down into 3 visits to the store over the next week as to stay with the fresh produce and use items as the recipes calls over time.
My Basic Plan on my Fasting Days
7AM warm spring water w/fresh lemon juice
AM-Noon pomogrante juice
1PM veg broth
3PM decaf chai
6PM veg broth
8PM warm spring water w/fresh lemon juice
Along with drinking Spring Water through out the day.
Breakfast or Lunch
Alternate days of...
Quinoa with fresh fruit, nuts and soy milk.
Toasted Buckwheat with peanut butter topped w/ fresh apple or banana.
Smoothies: fresh fruit, soy milk, spring water and hemp powder.
Lunch or Dinner
salad: greens, spinach, fresh fruit (apples, rasberries, cranberry raisins, etc, mixed veggies, pine nuts, sunflower seeds, lima beans, chick peas.
gazpacho with quinoa
hummus with millet or raw carrots
: soy nuts and rice crisp crackers.
A simply plan of thought
For mornings making smooties or quinoa.
For Lunches make soups, chili, bruschette or gazpacho for lunches, pb& fruit.
For Dinners make salads, hummus, falafels, quinoa etc.
A New Recipe to try with quinoa
6 tomatoes, peeled, diced
1 red onion, finely chopped
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
2 stalks of celery, chopped
2 tbls fresh parsley, chopped
2 tbls fresh chives, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 red wine vinegar
1/4 extra v olive oil
2 tbls lemon juice
stevia to taste
6 drops of tabasco
salt & pepper
4 cups of tomato juice
Combine all ingredients,
blend slighlty and store in glass container (NO METAL)
makes 8 servings.
Adding a protein drink
from "bighead" / CollegeB's "Protein Shakes" - Thanks You both!!
1 banana (pref frozen)
1/4 cup strawberries, blueberries or rasberries
1 heaping tablespoon of Brown rice protein (i like NutriBiotic brand)
enough water to cover the berries, but not all of the banana or powder
a tablespoon of organic oil (sunflower is my favorite to use, cuz it's lite and has very little taste... flax works well too)
blend and enjoy. that kind of rice protein makes really creamy shakes. leave the oil out if you're in your cutting phase, i suppose.
alternatively, i do the same with hemp protein (manitoba harvest is great) and a spirulina quinoa mix (peaceful planet supreme meal)
also, on the soy thing... that''s true that you are getting phytoestrogens from other legumes, but if you're pounding 100-200 grams of soy protein a day, you are definitely going to be having an effect on your hormone balance.
Other great items shared and after giving some thought, my mental notes as follows...
Incorporate Wraps for lunch
hummus, garbanzo or black bean spread with various greens and veggies.
Pick up sprouted grain tortill (Food for Life brand)
No cheeses of any kind to reduce my cholesterol.
No spreads or oils for now until I reduce my cholestrol.
4 servings of fresh fruit a day and more whole veggies.
Nuts, only about a small handful in a whole day.
Goji berries are a good source: 12% to 14% protein, 15% fat and the rest carbs.
Quinoa is a high iron source, like beans. Mixing other high iron source with quinoa may produce a headache if eat over several days. Spread out the days and enjoy the great iron supplement, low fat content quinoa offers.
Rinse quinoa for a fluffy and less bitter taste.
Now I am off to the grocery store and promise to myself to finish my workout plan.