Friday, January 20, 2012

A Typical Day

Newbies to the plant strong EAT TO LIVE lifestyle (not a diet!) wonder how they are going to survive. After a while you find out that it's not too difficult, really. At first it may be a struggle but after a while you get into a groove. You know the groove, right? You probably got into the groove of going to McDonalds or L&L. Or the groove of ice cream or some type of dessert after dinner. That's a groove of the fat variety. We are talking groove of the plant strong variety.

On a typical day this is how it goes:
1. Breakfast option 1  - It takes me 5 minutes to prep oatmeal either for the day OR the week. Make enough to last you a few days. It keeps quite well in the fridge. and heats up very well in the microwave. I can heat up a bowl of oats that I made earlier in the week, then stir in some soy milk to make it thinner and creamier and it's ready to go. I will put some banana slices on it, sometimes I'll top it with ground flax, chia seeds, an assortment of nuts, frozen blueberries, ANYTHING I WANT!
Coaches Oats with banana

2. Breakfast option 2 - a smoothie in the blender. I just add 1/3 green veggie (spinach, kale, whatevers), 1/3 frozen fruit, 1/3 ice/non dairy milk and maybe a couple dates.
A full to the brim green smoothie (makes 4)
Strictly fruit for dessert

3. Breakfast option 3 - on the weekend I might make whole grain pancakes or stir fry some veggies in a water bath (like chard or choy sum, onions, garlic, carrots, zucchini) and throw in an egg or two.

4. Lunch option 1 - a hugh jass salad. Basically that greens with a bunch of other veggies and beans and even fruits on it and topped with a great dressing.  The varieties are endless.
Hugh Jass Salad

4. Lunch option 2 - a veggie burger. Fast.
Love a good mushroom burger...too bad the bun isn't whole grain.

homemade with corn on the cob and sweet potato fries

5. Lunch option 3 - take out: Korean veggies are my fave. Thai food (papaya salad or summer rolls). Vegan burrito.
Boiling Korean soup in the hot pot

Veggie thai curry

A beautiful burrito

6. Lunch option 4 - some sort of soup (miso is great or I buy a case of the Amy's Lentil Soup from Costco).

7. Dinner - the simple dishes are: stir fries (with tofu or sukiyaki), no meat chilis, tortilla soup, more salad, bean soups, a variety of stews (curry, regular, indian, thai), lasagna, burritos, summer roll your owns, brown rice sushi make your owns.
Three bean Chili!

Enchilada w/ daiya cheese

Indian curry

Wrapping a burrito...where's the greens?

Snacks: raw nuts of any variety, cut veggies or whole grain crackers with a variety of dips (salsa, guacamole, bean, hummus, pesto), fruits, smoothies, banana and peanut butter, kale chips, sweet potatoes.
guacamole and whole grain crackers

pesto hummus and regular hummus


Desserts: cookie dough balls, banana "ice cream", bananas and any nut butter, fruits (fresh or frozen), carrot zucchini muffins, oat bars, and MORE!

3 comments:

  1. Mahalo for reading my mind. This is exactly what I needed to see (visual learner w/ADD tendencies..I need to know what's coming next!). I'm not worried about having enough to eat or the yumminess factor. But I am freaking out~ just a little~ that my stubborn moloa-ness will rebel on me. Learning a new way to food shop and cook?!? Ugh. I already tried to take on dinner. Lesson: KISS [Keep It Simple Stupid!].

    I am inspired anew...Here's to a successful Lifestyle change!

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  2. Kahele I agree! I'm the same as you...LOVE you Acronym, that is going on my fridge to remember! I've done the challenge a couple times but never quite made it to the full 6 weeks. As I'm researching and reading I am learing how to do it and it has become a little easier....But yes, thank Kumu for taking the time to do this entry, makes my life a little easier!

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  3. Simplicity is the name of the game for most of us! Survival is key! As you get more into it you can get a bit fancier but truth of the matter is, you will be surprised how you can be satisfied with just a simple dinner of a raw salad and some sort of cooked veggies. I never would have thought it possible. Ever. Happy with a veggie burger stacked high with lettuce and friends? Heck yeah!
    You all inspire me!

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