Okay, day one is past. I enjoyed the variety of dishes I had today. There are some great Dr. Fuhrman recipes in the book and on pinterest. Back in the day of being a vegetarian, I didn’t have a lot of resources for recipes so I did a lot of stir fries (which is funny, because that’s what I chose to do for dinner tonight).
Breakfast: a blackberry / chia / kale smoothie that I made (with the aforementioned ingredients) plus coconut water, banana, and cinnamon. It was very yummy and filling.
Lunch: Broccoli with sesame ginger sauce and an enormous salad. The sesame ginger sauce is pretty good. I didn’t have any miso, so I skipped it, but I think the miso would mellow the taste of the tahini a bit. It had a bit of a bitter taste to it. The dressing for my salad was amazing. It was a Fuhrman dijon date dressing. Wow! What an amazing depth of flavor and no oil added. I could eat that dressing all of the time. Here is the recipe:
1 cup water
1/3 cup cashew butter or 2/3 cup raw cashews
4 tablespoons Dr. Fuhrman’s Riesling Raisin Vinegar or balsamic vinegar (I used balsamic)
2 tablespoons Dr. Fuhrman’s VegiZest or other no-salt seasoning (I used Spike, that I found in the natural food section of my grocery store)
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
4– 6 dates, pitted
1– 2 cloves garlic, minced
Blend all the ingredients in a food processor or high-powered blender until smooth and creamy.
Snack: Banana w/ some almonds
Dinner: Asian Vegetable stir fry and another salad. I used some mini bell peppers and asian pear on my salad and used the Fuhrman caesar dressing, which is another amazing dressing. I know the Eat to Live book says to have big salads before you eat your meal, but I kind of went light on the salad. It was just a regular bowl of salad. I like salad a lot, but I’m more of a large salad at lunch and small salad at dinner sort of person. I guess I just prefer warm food for dinner.
This all was a lot of food today. Well, I guess you can say it was a lot of veggies. A Lot. Really, I like veggies. I’m an adventurous eater. Even as a kid I like veggies. I forgot how many veggies I used to eat when I was vegetarian. I feel pretty good, though, and satiated. I didn’t even feel like dessert, but decided to make it anyway. It’s baking right now and the aroma of cinnamon is amazing. I’m making the apple strudel. I think I was just being a little lazy. But, the good news is that I made my salad dressings yesterday for the week and I’m freezing 2 portions of the stir fry for next week and the other one I’m using on Wednesday, so those are some time savers for me. And, if I can beat back my family from eating my dessert, I’ll have three more nights of that as well.
Day one done. I haven’t had any cravings for anything. I have had a bit of a caffeine withdrawal headache, but that should be gone by tomorrow. I wasn’t a huge coffee drinker anyway. I was able to do some yoga today and walking. Tomorrow I plan on more yoga but no walking – we’re supposed to be getting a major snow storm tonight. I did pretty well on nutrients today, but I realized that I forgot to have some beans at lunch, so I’ll make sure to have them tomorrow. I definitely got a lot of fruit and veggies in.
So, onward and upward (or, hopefully downward – the scale, that is). Until tomorrow…..