Friday, January 1, 2016

Q and A Session on Veggies for Breakfast

I wasn't expecting to write another blog post so soon, but I received so many interesting questions from you guys that I decided to answer them all in one big blog post. So here goes!

I would enjoy your blog so much more if you could "clean up your mouth". I just can't get past the vulgar cuss words sprinkled throughout. How old are you?

I'm 45. And I'm very passionate about what I believe in. Believe it or not, this blog is very "clean" for me. I don't know if it's because I am so passionate, or because curse words just don't bother me, but they are part of my lexicon. I can't fake who I am on my own blog. I just gotta do me. I will miss you if you decide not to read HGK anymore, but not enough to fake anything to my readers. And I don't know what my age has to do with any of that. In will try to refrain from using any expletives in this blog posting, however, out of respect for you.

I'd be interested in hearing any physical changes/differences/health differences you experienced from your 365 days of VFB.

I don't want to separate out the effects of VFBs from the other major changes that I have made as a result of joining The Ultimate Weight Loss program (elimination of all sugar except from fruit and the vast majority of sodium), but here are the changes I have experienced:

weight loss
complete elimination of migraine headaches 
elimination of need to drink caffeinated beverages in the morning
regular and frequent bowel movements
elimination of swelling in my finger joints

A Facebook group where people posted just a pic of their VFB each day might be fun.

That sounds like a really fun idea. If there is enough interest expressed here (ie leave me a comment in the comments section of this post), I will start one up!

I'm interested in maybe trying this...but I have one question: what is your definition of non starchy veg?...just veg not fruit? Tomatoes? Of course all greens, but anything green like peas, lettuce, zucchini? Ok, I know that was more than one question, but it's all related! :) I already eat a wfpb regimen but this intrigues me. I'm going to have to see if I can look back at some of your previous posts to get a better idea of what you had. Any suggestions on what posts to look at? 


Artichoke, Artichoke hearts, Asparagus, Baby corn, Bamboo shoots, Beans (green, wax, Italian), Bean sprouts, Beets, Brussels sprouts, Broccoli, Cabbage (green, bok choy, Chinese), Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chayote, Coleslaw (packaged, no dressing), Cucumber, Daikon, Eggplant, Greens (collard, kale, mustard, turnip), Hearts of palm, Jicama, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Mushrooms, Okra, Onions, Pea pods, Peppers, Radishes, Rutabaga, Salad greens (chicory, endive, escarole, lettuce, romaine, spinach, arugula, radicchio, watercress), Sprouts, Squash (cushaw, summer, crookneck, spaghetti, zucchini), Sugar snap peas, Swiss chard, Tomato, Turnips, Water chestnuts and Yard-long beans

You can see 365 days of my vegetables for breakfast here:

I'm not sure if you need an Instagram account or not in order to see mine. Let me know!

I was reading that starchy would include: Corn, peas, parsnips, potatoes, pumpkin, squash, zucchini and yams. Kinda surprised that zucchini is on that list. I think of green beans and carrots as starchy too, but no? 

I'm not a food scientist, but carrots and green beans fall into UWL's definition of non-starchy vegetables, as does SUMMER squash like zucchini, yellow crookneck squash and patty pan squash. It's the winter squashes like kabocha and acorn that we think of as starchy foods.

I would love a post on how your children eat. I find it challenging when the family doesn't want to eat as i do, especially as my children are old enough to complain but can't cook for themselves yet.

I eat what I need to eat for my health, no matter if it takes me more time in the kitchen. I'm worth it. I don't expect my kids to eat VFBs, although my sixteen year old loves them when I have the time to make her some as well. If your children are more open than mine to sophisticated tastes, I would go for it now and start feeding everyone the same thing. I am experiencing my children's taste buds expanding as they get older, so there is hope for me that someday everyone will be on the same page.

Can you give a smattering of things you did eat, beyond what you mentioned in the post?

If you can imagine a blend of Dr. Fuhrman's Eat to Live plan (aka Nutritarian) and Dr. McDougall's Maximum Weight Loss plan (aka Starchivore), then you can picture what I eat. It's like Fuhrman without the nuts, and add as much as you want of the starches (not the flours though) from the McDougall plan. I believe that Chef AJ has come up with something that works really well that is unique enough to stand on it's own, although she would give Dr. Alan Goldhamer of True North Health Center all of the credit.

I eat from the following food groups: vegetables, fruits (fresh mostly, dried as a condiment), winter squashes, potatoes (white and sweet), unbroken whole grains (on a rare occasion I will have something made from flour like a 100% corn tortilla), beans, peas and legumes. Very occasionally I will have some avocado, nuts and/or seeds. When I need a plant milk, I opt for organic soy milk with two ingredients (organic soy beans and water). I rarely eat tofu or tempeh anymore. Although this might sound limited to some folks, I find that I have more than enough variety for my needs at this time.

How much weight did you lose?

32 pounds over the course of 365 days.

How did your food budget change with this dietary change?

That's a great question but unfortunately one that I cannot answer at this time. It's very complicated by the fact that I shop for 3 growing children, plus myself and my husband, so I just can't tell how this one change impacted our food expenditures. I can tell you that I spend a lot less time cooking as a result of making this change! Our food is just overall so much simpler now!

If anyone has other questions, I'd be happy to answer them in a Part II posting. Just ask away in the comments section of this post.

And like I said, if you are on board and would like a separate dedicated group on Facebook for Veggies for Breakfast, let me know and I'll get that going!
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