Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Day 2 of 28 Day Challenge and Weight Loss Epiphany

Roasted Sweet Potato and Red Onion Salad over Sauteed Kale

Some of you may know this already, but for those of you who have not been in here from the beginning, I am a HUGE fan of http://www.peertrainer.com/.   The wonderful people behind this website have a feature called "Tip of the Day" that users sign up for and every day a tip about healthy weight loss comes into their inbox.  Today I read a particularly poignant tip, considering the Plant Strong Challenge that many of us are embarking on. If you would like to give it a read, here is the link:


How are all of the Plant Strong Challengers doing today?  I'm loving it that a few of you are including what you ate for the day in your blog comments.  A little accountability never hurt anyone, especially me.

Speaking of accountability and healthy weight maintenance, I had an epiphany about my own yesterday in my yoga class.  You know that it has been a struggle for me to maintain my goal weight. I still haven't figured out a workable system for myself.  I tried continuing to log my food and count Weight Watchers points, and then for some unexplainable reason, I couldn't hold it together. So I ventured off into the world of raw food, only to find myself steadily gaining weight (the stuff is healthy, yes, but boy can it pack the pounds on if you don't watch out!).  Tried to follow the Weight Watcher's Simply Filling Plan but got frustrated because a lot of the allowable foods on the plan are from animal sources. Went back to counting points, only to fail again. Went to hear Dr. Esselstyn speak and decided right then and there to give Veganism a try. Had a hard time converting to a very, very low fat diet (it wasn't the vegan part that was hard, it was all of that yummy food with nuts and avocados). Got wind of the Whole Foods/Plant Strong/Engine 2 Challenge and here I am today, ready for action!

So what have I learned from all of this? That I love a game. Especially one where there are no losers. If this weight loss thing is a game for me, and I know how to play it and I know what the goal of the game is, I'm golden. If it's not a game, I simply lose it. I may try my best to "eat healthy" so that I can maintain my goal weight, but it just doesn't work for me. I inevitably gain weight if my food intake is not kept within strict guidelines. So do I think that the Engine 2 Challenge will result in me getting back to my goal weight? Hells yeah! But it's the other side of that challenge that I have to master.

Today's menu:

coffee with soy creamer
Smoothie with 1 large frozen banana, 1 Tbsp chia seeds, 2 pitted dates, 1 cup frozen spinach, 1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk and ice cubes.

Midmorning snack:
1/2 apple

Salad at Chipotle: Loads of romaine lettuce (I keep asking them to "add more, no I mean more, really, more lettuce"), black beans, onion and pepper fajita mix, two scoops of tomato salsa, two scoops of corn salsa, one scoop of salsa verde, one scoop of guacamole.
Club Soda

Kale chips
Roasted Sweet Potato and Red Onion Salad over sauteed Kale (I'm not going to rave about this concoction. I thought combining something I loved (the Roasted Sweet Potato Salad) with a bed of kale would be good, but it was just okay.)
For the fantasticly wonderful Roasted Sweet Potato and Red Onion Salad recipe, please see my older blog posting:
raw banana ice "cream" with grape nuts topping


Anonymous said...

yesterday, i forgot to mention the smoothy i drank while i was at trader joes (fruit and greens). today i had oatmeal for breakfast with nectarines and bananas and a T. of molassas, an apple for a snack, left over enchilada, 18 blue corn baked tortilla chips with salsa and nectarine for lunch. for dinner i had whole wheat bread with rips hummus spread which is delicious, his kale butter, which is also delicious, and some mung bean spread. last i had some left over beet salad and a few dates for dessert. i feel excited and optimistic about eating a low fat, vegan diet for 26 more days. it feels very do-able. thanks for the inspiration wendy :)

Wendy said...

so the kale butter is delish? I was worried about that one . . . but I really want to make it now!

Jessica said...

Wendy - Kari thought she saw you at Chipotle, but wasn't sure. Now the sighting is confirmed! My menu yesterday:
Decaf Coffee with Soy creamer (this is an everyday occurence, sometimes more than once, so I will leave it out from now on); blackberries, grapes and mango with 3 oz soy vanilla yogurt and 1 T ground flaxseed; apple mid morning; left over red quinoa salad on a LOT of romaine; mimi dark choc. bar; Rip's chalupas - grain tortillas with refried beans, romaine, tomatoes, avacoado and salsa. Big hit for Alan and me - and so filling.Did not need an evening snack of any sort!

Wendy said...

Jessica--I'm so happy that you are in this challenge with us and that you are reporting in your food. Please keep us posted on your results. I'm especially curious if this will make the difference for you considering your experience with Weight Watchers. And yes, that was me at Chipotle! Please give my regards to Kari-I was so distracted that I didn't even say hello.

April said...

I am inspired. I came across your sweet potato and red onion salad which sounds wonderful. I do have kale in the fridge and can put that together easily. Thanks for the recipe.
I added a 1/4 beat to my smoothie this morning (with almond milk, cashews, strawberries and a banana) and warmed 7-grain rolled cereal, plain.
Lunch was chicken salad (ate at grandma's - her specialty, couldn't turn it down) filled with fruit and nuts on homemade whole wheat bread with whole grains and nuts. (No oil or dairy in the bread!)
Dinner was black bean sloppy joes on whole grain buns and roasted asparagus and Brussel sprouts and lime/grn onion/cilantro rice mix.
Dessert was your banana coconut ice cream with real choco chips. Very nicely blended with the few TBSP almond milk. Yummy end to the meal. Might be a staple now - that will get my kids to clean their plates!

Wendy (Healthy Girl) said...

Way to go April! Where can I get the recipe for the Black Bean Sloppy Joes? They sound perfect for my family!

Jessica said...

I want that recipe too! Wed. meals:
smoothie with banana, almond milk, cinnamon, a drop of vanilla and flax; vegan cookie from Whole Foods mid morning; sprouted tortilla warmed with hummus, pea shoots, mushrooms, spinach and tomatoes for lunch; Rip's pad thai for dinner; mini dark choc bar mid afternoon.

Thanks for this great forum to share!

Wendy said...

Jessica-You are most welcome! What did you think of the pad thai?

April said...

Okay, I tried your roasted sweet potato with kale dish today and my oldest daughter (7), said "Mamma, did you put pumpkin pie in this???" They were pleasantly surprised with the sweetness of the potatoes. And me too.

I think the next recipe I'd like to try is Rip's collard roll-ups. Thanks for finding these great recipes and posting them, with pictures.

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