Wednesday, July 26, 2017

42 Months A Vegan!! Greener and Leaner! Before and after pictures... #foodismedicine #eatlikeagorilla

After 42 months and 110 lbs of weight loss, it feels like I have a handle on this whole foods plant based nutrition lifestyle.  It took time to get ready mentally. I knew very little about proper nutrition prior to making the switch. After 3 months of casually reading Dr. Joel Kahn's social media and then watching Forks Over Knives on Netflix, I understood why. At age 58, eating the Standard American Diet (SAD), I weighed 284 lbs had high cholesterol, high blood pressure and sleep apnea. Now, at 174 lbs, age 62, I don't.

"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."   Hippocrates

When I read the early entries in my blog it amazes me how easy it was to make things complicated. It doesn't have to be. This is real, unprocessed, naturally healthy food.
In the interest of keeping it simple here are a few meal suggestions. Remember, if you get hungry between meals, you can eat all the fresh fruit you want. The same goes for vegetables as long as they aren't dipped in anything like the infamous Ranch Dressing.

1 Cup quick oats
1 Cup almond milk
1 Cup hot water
1 banana
1 tsp cinnamon

Add all of the above to a cereal bowl. Microwave for 2 or 3 minutes.
OPTIONAL: after it's cooked add 1 heaping TBSP of milled flaxseed for the Omega 3 fatty acids. Add strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or fresh fruit of your choice.
Have a cup of black coffee if you like. Sometimes I put vanilla almond milk or some pure maple syrup in my coffee.

MIDMORNING SNACK:  Fresh fruit of your choice or a fruit smoothie.

1 Medium or Large Greek Salad without feta cheese and without house dressing.
(Use red wine vinegar or balsamic with salt, pepper, agave nectar and dried onion flakes.
Includes beets, chickpeas and peppers.)
1 Sweet potato including the skin.
(Wash it and wrap it in a paper towel. Microwave it for 6 minutes. Let it cool for 5 minutes. It's still cooking until it's cool enough to handle)
Drink plenty of water or have more coffee or both!

MIDAFTERNOON SNACK:  Fresh fruit of your choice and 7 raw almonds.

Medium mixed vegetable salad with oil free dressing similar to the lunch salad. Oil free whole grain spaghetti marinara and 2 ears of sweetcorn with no salt or butter (Wash them, wrap them in paper towel and microwave for 2.5 minutes per ear).
For dessert have a bowl of fruit salad or some watermelon.

EVENING SNACK:  Air popped popcorn, fresh fruit or fresh veggies of your choice.

That is a lot of food for one day!  You won't be hungry.

I thought you might like a little music video just to show you the huge variety of food choices available at any grocery store.
Courtesy of Green Beings.
CLICK HERE for the music video.

After 2 years


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