Saturday, May 22, 2010

Day 5 and Rip's Big Leaf Special

I'm mentally preparing myself for the final long stretch of my children's annual ice skating show (two shows requiring our attention from noon today until 10 pm).  For the past two nights I have come home beat and have definately fallen into my old pattern of shove-food-into-my-mouth for comfort. Thankfully, last night I was able to contain myself to just the Manna Bread.  Tonight I am going to make it my goal to just avoid food altogether when I get home.

An article that I read many months ago on has stayed with me since the moment I read it. It describes a mental tool, or game, we can play with ourselves to get the most out of life. I can attest to the fact that when I have used the tool, it works.  I'm going to employ it today, big time!

coffee with soy creamer
smoothie with 1 1/2 large frozen bananas, 3/4 cup frozen spinach, 1 heaping Tbsp ground flax seed, 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk, 2 dates, ice

Lunch: Went to Organic Energy Restaurant
Red Lentil Soup with Indian Spices
Mega Life Salad with greens, tofu, beets, etc. and Orange Miso dressing
plus a little taste of my friend's lunch special

2 Dr. Kracker flatbread crackers with hummus
Chaya's Carrot Soup
Rip's Big Leaf Special (recipe below)

Evening Snack:
Manna Bread

Rip's Big Leaf Special
Serves 2

I thought these were extraordinary. The creamy hummus paired with the slightly crunchy brown rice was a great taste sensation. I don't think my husband liked them as much as I did, but he managed to devour about 5 or six of them. Yum!

2 large whole collard green leaves
Healthy Homemade Hummus with jalapenos (I used storebought for convenience)
1 roasted red bell pepper, sliced into strips
1 cup corn kernels
2 green onions, chopped
2 roma tomatoes, chopped
1 cup cooked brown rice

Blanch the whole collard green leave in a saucepan filled with a half inch of boiling water for 2 minutes (I used a large stockpot filled with boiling water because I blanced about 10 large leaves at once).

Spread the leaves with hummus. Layer on the remaining ingredients and roll into a burrito.

My notes: Personally, one of these wraps would not be a substantial enough dinner for me, and certainly not my husband. So what I did is I prepared about double of all of the filling ingredients and placed them in bowls and just kept rolling up "burritos" until I was all out of collard greens. I ended up having some extra filling ingredients that are safely tucked away in my fridge right now. I think I'll just throw them onto some lettuce for an awesome salad for lunch today!


Anonymous said...

My sister discovered The Ultrasimple Diet, by Mark Hyman. She'd been skinny most
of her life, but a series of incredibly stressful circumstances upset her
equilibrium and she turned to food big time. She's been on a roller coaster with
weight the past few years. She tried Master Cleanse and fell back to her old
ways afterward. Then she discovered this. She says she's never hungry. It is a
detox that is only for 7 days. She is doing it in a series of rounds til she
reaches her desired weight. It deals with food allergies as well as eating wrong
things and too much. I am going to be spending this coming week preparing for a
week of that, myself (eliminating certain foods and caffeine and gathering the
things I need for the detox week) and go for it! She said she's never felt
better in her life.

I have a lot of food issues, myself. I believe until we tackle the underlying
emotional driving forces, we will battle those issues no matter how good the
food is that we're eating. I've been "trying" to do this for years, by which I
think I really mean I've been aware of and trying to avoid those issues for

Good luck with this challenge. Since it is so far beyond what we are actually
eating, that underlying sabotaging thing is just lurking there and loves to come
out when we're (ta-DAAAAA) hungry, angry, lonely, or tired. I think that's when
OA says we're not supposed to eat, and that's when we want to eat the most.

QZB said...

I completely second the endorsement of Beck's Diet Solution. It's part of the canon, as far as I'm concerned.

I'm enjoying catching up on the blog. You always make me think! Good luck with the ice show!!

Anonymous said...

dear wendy,
one thing that worked really well for me this past week was to do a major cooking venture on saturday. i made several dishes, including the enchiladas, the kale spread, hummus, soup and salad w/dressing. these were go to items through out the whole week, for lunches, dinners, and snacks. opening the fridge and seeing all these great prepared healthy dishes made it easy to reach for them when i was hungry. thanks for all the inspiration and encouragement!

Wendy said...

Karen-Fabulous way to go. Now that all of the kids' activities are wrapping up for the year, my weekends will be free to do just what you did and make my weeks a pleasure! Love you!

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