Thursday, May 20, 2010

Day 3 and Hit a Bump on the Engine 2 Challenge

I've gotta confess, Day 3 was a little bit decadent. My lunchtime choice of splitting the Mango Tofu with Coconut Rice and Sesame Broccoli, while being utterly delicious, was also possibly not so E2 friendly. Yes, it is vegan, but I'm guessing that there was too much fat in it qualify. How do I know this? Because my scale told me so! What am I going to do about it? Nothing! I'm going to say, "Oh well" and move on.  I'm not going to self-sabotage and go to a dark place because of one little slip up! They happen.  Day 4 can be, will be, the best day ever.

For an amazing article on how not to self-sabotage while losing weight, please read:
It is so worth the time.

coffee with soy creamer
smoothie with 1 large banana, 1 cup frozen raspberries, ground flaxseed, water, ice, 1/2 cup frozen spinach, 2 dates

Went to Organic Energy Restaurant
Red Lentil Soup with Indian Spices
Garden Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing
1/2 order of Mango Tofu with Coconut Rice and Sesame Broccoli

Large green salad with cucumbers, garbanzos, craisins and sprouts, Galeos dressing
Rip's Vegan Pad Thai
Leftover banana, ground flaxseed, almond milk smoothie that I froze into a ramikin and then microwaved a little to soften it up before eating


Danielle said...

Hi Wendy,
I am really impressed by your daily blogging dedication and willingness to try and figure out a nutritious and sustainable way of eating. I feel like I'm in a similar boat- no longer using weight watchers but trying to figure out and make nutrient dense eating sustainable. I've got to say that your Day 1 and 2 meals would have left me mighty hungry. Vegan and low fat have been a challenging combo for me. A smoothie in the AM followed by soup and salad at lunch tend to leave me pretty darn hungry by mid afternoon. Lately I've been sticking to oatmeal with 1 tbsp. of cashew butter in the AM and reversing dinner and lunch in hopes to avoid afternoon hunger. How hungry between meals have you been on this diet? Thanks for all the inspiration!

Wendy (Healthy Girl) said...

Wow, Danielle, your comment and questions are great. I am going to write an entire blog post about it that will be on tomorrow morning!

Anonymous said...

thanks for your honesty wendy. i have to admit that i didn't really think i could successfully do this sounded, well, way too healthy. but i had my own little epiphany last night. i am feeling great! and i realize that i can lose weight and that there is not something wrong with ME. i have been eating these low fat, vegan food for several days now after transitioning for about a week, and everything tastes just delicious. i am enjoying my food more and spending more time preparing it. i feel like i am taking better care of myself and am not eating on automatic pilot. thanks for inspiring me to try this! :) karen

J. Brinkman said...

Wendy I read the comments, and want to make sure that you, and everyone else trying this, or just living as active a lifestyle as you, ARE eating between meals. Carrots, celery, rice crackers with no sodium, popcorn with no butter or salt, apple with almond butter and cinnamon, organic pretzels, glass of rice milk with whey powder....ANYTHING within your dietary limits! Its very healthy to constantly be feeding your engine to keep your metabolism high. Even just an orange....I'm just saying... :)

Wendy said...

Jodi-That is an excellent point. Thank you!!!

Wendy said...

Karen-I'm shocked! I always saw you eating such extraordinarily healthy things. I really thought that eating a plant strong vegan diet would be easiest for you. Can you see yourself eating like this for more than 28 days? I think I can see myself doing just that. It might be the magic I have been looking for--that is, a way to maintain a healthy weight for me without having to weight and measure and count points--just like the WW Simply Filling plan promises.

Jessica said...

Up a pound at WW - but that is since April 1, so I will not let it get to me too much. Wendy, you know that I have been struggling to lose ANYTHING for almost a to the doctor next week for a checkup and some curiousity about thyroids and the like. Meanwhile, I am really loving this challenge - even if I do not lose much weight, I really like the food choices I am making. Today's menu:
smoothie with 1 C fresh strawberries, 1 c frozen pineapple tidbits, 1 c almond milk, 1 T ground flaxseed

sprouted grain tortilla with 1-2 T peanut butter and 1 banana sliced (YUM)!!!

mid- afternoon - 4 dark choc covered almonds - perfect pick me up!

dinner will be: roasted veggies (asparagus, vidalia onions, red peppers, zucchini, portabellas) and whole wheat couscous. Tilapia for the rest of the family to add to the mix.

The Blissful Chef said...

Looks healthy except that morning coffee. You can drink coffee on the E2 plan? Coffee messes with your adrenal glands and metabolism, and is definitely not "healthy". The longer you eat clean, the less you will have a need for stimulants. Try going without. It will suck after a day or two from withdrawals, but after that you will be good to go!

Wendy said...

Hi Blissful! No, coffee is definatley not an E2 approved food. I have been on and off coffee my entire adult life, so I know what the withdrawls are like and I also know what I am like without coffee. This may be a rationalization ("rational lies" ha ha) but I just do not know how I could survive without it at this phase in my life. If I am feeling really good, which is most days since I have been eating mostly vegan, I only need 1/2 of a mug in the morning.

katty said...

I love my kitchen,when i bought my house through costa rica homes for sale i expected to have a big kitchen and now i am really happy.

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