Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Eat to Live Cookbook Project: Recap and This Weekend's Cooking


I'm already gearing up for week 2 of The Eat to Live Project, which will really be week 3 for me of eating almost strictly Nutritarian. You see, a week before I started the project I began to carefully watch what I was preparing and consuming and gearing it to Nutritarianism, rather than a more loosey-goosey version of a no-oil Vegan diet that included things like whole wheat bread and whole wheat pasta and other non-Nutritarian foods.

What happened in week one (when I wasn't cooking from the new Eat to Live Cookbook)? I lost 3 pounds.

What happened in week two (when I was cooking from the new Eat to Live Cookbook)? I gained 1 pound back.

Could it be the nuts? I'm thinking it might be. Dr. Fuhrman recommend no more than one ounce of nuts per day if you would like to lose weight. That's the equivalent of 160 calories or 22-24 whole almonds, 16-18 cashews, 14 walnut halves, 49 pistachios, or 16 pine nuts.

I have been preparing the recipes from the cookbook with the exact amount of nuts as indicated in each recipe, but I am starting to wonder if the nuts in the smoothies, followed by the nuts in the salad dressings at lunch, and then topped off by the nuts in the soup are putting me over my nut allotment for the day.

But did I mention how AWESOME I feel? Weight issues aside, I feel great, I have more energy and I don't need as much sleep.

So here's a preview of what I plan on cooking during week 2 of The Eat to Live Cookbook Project. I will be watching the volume of nuts that I am putting in the recipes closely and reducing them tremendously during this next cooking go-around. We'll see if the recipes are equally delicious with fewer nuts! I'd love it if you'd cook along with me.

I'm also going to continue to post new blog postings over the weekend because I am making recipes out of the cookbook at a fairly rapid rate. If the number of e-mails that you get from me is starting to annoy you, please let me know! I'm just so enthusiastic right now that it's hard to contain myself.

Plan for Week 2:

Better Burgers, p. 250 I'm just in the mood for burgers. This recipe has a TON of walnuts. I'm so sure they would be sooooo delicious that way. Maybe I can sub in another ingredient like beans or brown rice for half of the nuts?


Blueberry Pomegranate Dressing, p. 84. Because this summer I made my own blueberry vinegar, and I've been looking for a use for it ever since!

"Cheesy" Kale Soup, p. 149.  Because it's got the promise of being cheesy, and of course, because there's kale in it.

Cauliflower Spinach Mashed Potatoes, p. 220. Seems like it would make a nice side dish for a burger.

Fuhrman Fudgesicles, p. 304. I've got Popsicle molds that I'd love to use for this. Very nut heavy but I am hoping to bribe the kiddos to try other Nutritarian foods with them! I just have to limit my intake of them. LOL

Plus I will continue to make the smoothies for breakfast, I just don't know which ones yet. Wish me luck!



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