Day Two – WFPB

Thoughts/feelings: Yesterday was Monday which meant it was Bachelor night. It was only an hour long episode as opposed to its usual two and still the amount of food advertisements were unreal. Pizza, Taco Johns, McDonalds, yogurt, frozen pastas, Taco Bell, Jimmy Johns, cheese, etc. It’s a good thing we don’t have cable and don’t watch live television that often because it’s easy to see how people get cravings on their mind. It was constant! 

So far today I’m feeling ok with the plan. I had the same breakfast as yesterday and it’s very filling. Then I had a cup of lady earl grey tea at around 11:30 to hold me over until lunchtime. 


Lunch:

No beef and broccoli

This no beef and broccoli over brown rice was pretty good. It was my first time experimenting with the water sautéing method. Besides knocking over my container of vegetable broth all over my hot stove top it went pretty well! 🙂 The broccoli still came out tender but I did need to cook it a tish longer than when I cooked it in oil. Also next time I’ll poor the sauce over just the broccoli first and then add the rice. I’d say it was a B+ meal and has potential for improvement. 

Snack:


Guess what arrived today?! My new Instant Pot! I was so excited to try this bad boy out I decided to make oatmeal just so I could use it. It was a simple steel cut oat recipe and cooked perfectly! I added some peanut butter powder, cinnamon, and berries on top. It wasn’t bad. As with every meal so far it’s going to need to be played with to make it perfect for me. Next time I’ll add some unsweetened apple sauce and maybe even a date blended with the applesauce and top it with a banana. Oh and I just thought of something else. Maybe some unsweetened cocoa powder and coconut flakes for another variety. It’s a very customizable meal.

Dinner:

Homemade spaghetti sauce with veggies and a side salad.

I bought brown rice pasta instead of whole wheat because I thought it looked better in the package. After making them though neither M nor I liked them very much. I ended up making a piece of toast and putting the sauce on the toast and it was much better. The sauce was very bright and fresh which again is something I think I’ll get used to as my taste buds acclimate to this new WOE. I’m used to sauces made with evoo and topped with some kind of cheese. It was hard for me to eat pasta without garlic toast (I loooove me some garlic toast) but I survived. 🙂 

Another day done. So far on this WOE food is just fine. It’s not as pleasurable as it was. We aren’t caught in the pleasure trap (it’s a real thing, look into it) of high fat foods. That’s a good thing I’m sure, just not used to that. Tomorrow I plan to make an Instant Pot chili. 

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Day One – WFPB

New acronyms to know: WFPB (whole foods plant based), SAD (standard American diet), WOE (way of eating). 

Thoughts/feelings: I won’t pretend that I’m not a little apprehensive about everything we’re doing. I’m worried I won’t see the results I want soon enough and that I’ll give up. I’m also worried about my recipes, cooking skills, and having enough variety. I’ve probably never made an animal product free and fat free meal once in my life and now I’m going to be doing it every meal everyday.

 But I also know that weight loss can be a lot slowerer than on a low carb high fat/protein diet. We decided to not use the scale at all this time. This will be hard for me because I enjoy seeing the numbers go down but I can’t imagine how frustrated I’d be after working so hard and say in a month or two I saw little to no progress. So out the scale goes. A lot of the people I’ve talked to that eat this way say your other numbers go down first. The blood pressure and chloesterol drop dramatically and quickly. To combate my fear of cooking this way I’ve got the amazing Dr. McDougall Friends group on Facebook that are always posting great recipes and there to help me figure this all out. There’s also some great YouTube channels that have tons of recipes too. And tomorrow my Instant Pot arrives! I’m very excited to try that thing out. 

Breakfast:

Grape Nuts with some puffed brown rice cereal mixed with one chopped up medjool date and covered with just a small amount of unsweetened cashew milk and a plate of Navel oranges.

Breakfast took longer to eat than a (SAD) breakfast. I could gobble up some eggs and toast in no time but having to chew those Grape Nuts and peel out my oranges took a bit longer. I stopped eating when I was full leaving behind about 5 or so bites of cereal. A few hours later I still felt satisfied and not hungry. 

Lunch:

Oil free French fries, mix green salad, and blueberries.

I still need to get a few more groceries so my salad was pretty bare but still ok. I topped it with Jane Esselstyn’s 3, 2, 1 dressing. I am still obviously used to oil and mayo based dressing like ranch so it’s a pretty big switch but it’s not terrible and I think I’ll get used to it. The potatoes wil also be something to get used to. I think partly it’s because I used russet potatoes and they are a little earthy for my tastes. All in all it wasn’t bad. It was filling and sastisying. 

Dinner:

Brown rice, black beans, corn, red peppers, avocado, and salsa bowl.

Full honesty I was a little disappointed with this meal. I am a crunch girl. Hence my love of popcorn, chips, and such. This had a lot of good healthy food but nothing to off set the softness of it all. I got the occasional bite of fresh bell pepper but it wasn’t enough of a crunch that I was hoping for. Also I was hoping the beans and rice would take on more flavor than they did. Next time I’d make a cilantro lime rice as a base and strain my beans. For the crunch or as I like to call it the it factor I’m not sure. Maybe a romaine lettuce wrap? 

I’m still learning. This is only day one. There will be excellent meals and there will be failures and all the variances in between. I just have to keep at it and not give up. I’ll post more tomorrow! Any advice or tips you have would be greatly appreciated!

Times They Are A Changin’

I’ve been an absentee blogger. Mostly because we haven’t been eating things that are positive but also because we’ve been busy with life. About three and half weeks ago we decided together that we were going to do the whole-foods plant based thing. We are both taking it very seriously each for our own reasons. For me I’m curious to see how it will help my PCOS symptoms. For him it’s to see if he can get off some or all of the many medications he’s on. We’ve been doing research and getting mentally prepped for this kind of change.

With all that we’ve been quite naughty most especially in the past week. Drinking and celebrating/saying goodbye to old ways. We thought what better way to do that than to eat all our most favorite bad for you foods. Probably not our wisest choice but we’re human and I was willing to do anything M wanted for being willing to do this with me. I’ve eaten so much junk that I’ve been mildly sick all week. 

Today is our last day on the SAD (standard American diet). Our fridge and pantry have once again had a big overhaul. This time we got rid of oils (olive, coconut, avocado, peanut, etc.), eggs, organic grass-fed cheeses, lunch meats, chicken breasts, hamburger, ham, bacon, and any product made with oil like store bought hummus. 

Pantry full of rice, beans, quinoa, potatoes, cereal, and oats.

Of course that all starts tomorrow. Today we have one last meal of our choosing so we are headed to Osakas for some hibachi! 

Went out drinking downtown and stumbled upon the worlds most delicious cookies!! 🍪🍪
Feeling happy at happy hour 🍻
Had to have Green Mills’s spinach dip and cosmos before we can’t have them anymore!

The Switch

I’m feeling a little bit overwhelmed about all the different approaches in helping my PCOS symptoms and we aren’t even actively trying to conceive right now. But it’s obviously a goal we have in mind sooner rather than later. The more I read about and learn about a Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet (I call it the WFPB for short and for fun 🙂 the more I really want to give it a try. For me I would also eliminate soy and soy products because of the hormonal high jinks it can play on your body. However WFPB will mean eating way more carbs and natural sugars than I have been on the Wild Diet. With PCOS being in part an insulin disease this worries me. But some evidence suggests that the hormones we’re eating in meat wreaks havoc on our own hormones. So perhaps I’m trading in one thing for another.

And then there’s the medication debate. I was reading a thread from an online PCOS  group about diet and supplements treatment versus medication treatments like Metformin which about 40% of those responding to the thread basically claimed it to be a miracle drug that melted their weight off and regulated their periods with ovulation. Some that said they didn’t have luck in Metformin were told by their doctors there was nothing else they could do/try. Which kind of sounded like my nurses response. Of course there are other things like Provera and Clomid to name a couple if your doctor deems them appropriate. For me though I’m of two minds. I like the medication approach because it sounds a hell of a lot easier than putting in the hard work. I would probably get pregnant faster too. But my hang up with that is I want to figure out if there’s something environmentally that I’m doing to make my PCOS so dominate. What if my daughter or my nieces are diagnosed with PCOS? I want to be able to teach them how to work with their bodies not be constantly fighting against it.I don’t just want to treat the symptoms but heal the cause.

With that said I tried the Wild Diet for 6 months. It was the first Diet I’d ever been on where it wasn’t necessarily about restriction and cutting back on food but about eating the right food (according to Abel James anyway). We got rid of basically anything processed in our house and ate a lot of meats and veggies. We lost weight and we felt a lot better and we were satisfied not hungry and crabby like when we were doing Weight Watchers (mostly we hated all the effort to constantly count points).  While on the Wild Diet I had three regular periods which was a big improvement but still I wasn’t ovulating and my PCOS symptoms appeared to remain the same.

Starting February 27th we will be switching to whole-foods plant based without oils or soy. It is a very starch and carb heavy diet. This is a huge 180 from the low-carb mantra I’ve been told my whole life. I will admit it makes me quite nervous. I don’t want to gain the weight I’ve just lost. I’m also leery about cooking without oil. How will I do this? I’ve been using oils to cook, saute, and garnish with my entire adult life. Still this is something I really want to give a try. They say food can heal you if you eat the right foods. I’m very hopeful that I will finally have found the right foods for me.

Finishing eating up the last of our Wild Diet groceries
These zucchini noodles or “zoodles” if you will, were amazingly delicious

As we finish eating all of the pasture-raised meats in our freezer and start buying foods appropriate for our new Vegan lifestyle I think about how damn lucky I am to have a husband so willing to do this with me. I am a part of a few Facebook groups where people share their recipes and get tips and advice from each other. Commonly there are threads about people whose spouses aren’t on board and how challenging it is. While M might be reluctant about living a life without animal products he is still willing to give it a try and be supportive of me. I am thankful for that and for him.

I’ll be saying goodbye to cheese, eggs, salmon, milk, mayo, popcorn (what will I do?), steak, ranch (gosh I love ranch), veggies roasted in evoo, and many other things.

I’ll be saying hello to foods I rarely ever eat these days including rice, beans, baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, and hash browns.

I’ll be in touch and posting some pictures as soon as we get started. One good thing about the switch? Going out for two meals (one for him one for me) to have our “last (carnivorous) supper”. I have chosen Osaka the Japenese steak house and will be enjoying every drop of the yum yum sauce!