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My “meatless” day

Today: Rule 14: Eat a Real Breakfast

This is so important for everyone, even if you don’t want to lose weight! Your mom is awesome and always right.  You should listen to her!  It’s super important to eat a big, protein loaded breakfast to stay on track throughout the day.  I haven’t missed breakfast in well, ever.  I have to eat within the first few hours of waking up or I will have a melt down!  Usually I go on a spree, right now it’s smoothies!  Other benders have included english muffins with peanut butter and banana, and morningstar veggie sausage. Ok usually I drink a smoothie.  Tomorrow I’m trying overnight oats with greek yogurt and fresh raspberries! I’m pretty excited.  Bob Harper suggests oats or eggwhite omelets with veggies and some fruit for a full, rounded breakfast.  How could you say no to that?

Today I decided to make my “meatless” day ala Bob Harper, aka vegan! It all went according to plan, until I was shopping at Trader Joes and totally forgot about it and tried a sample of chicken and mac and cheese! Whoops. But it was just one bite and free! So it barely counts.
My main worry was my morning coffee, which tasted ok with coconut and almond milk. Breakfast was a smoothie with berries, bananas, spinach, coconut and almond milk. And Chia seeds!
Went to Cafe Gratitude for lunch and for this amazing bruscheta with heirloom tomato, cashew cheese and fig balsamic vinaigrette!

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Then I tried the raw kelp noodles with hemp pesto! I know, I’m a hippie of the worst kind. But it was SO GOOD!  Spinach, tomato, avocado and olives (I could’ve done without those) mixed with kelp noodles and pesto.  It was crunchy, rich and satisfying! I literally ate this whole huge giant plate.  And then we got dessert.

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Needless to say, I am still full! I don’t know if I’ll make it to dinner but I am prepping food for tomorrow and the upcoming week:  Overnight Oats for breakfast, eggwhite salad for lunch, and that might be it.  I’m pretty tired!

My verdict on eating vegan for a day:  It ain’t cheap! Lunch (1 appetizer, 1 Kombucha, 2 entrees and 1 dessert) was 50$! Plus a tip!  I’m sure if you cooked at home it would be much cheaper.  I think it’s fine as long as you can manage to get your protein in.  Honestly I think it’s sort of silly to limit animal protein for one day a week.  I feel like it’s a better plan to try to make more meals without animal proteins, or at least meat, and make those a regular part of your diet.  But since I’m on the challenge, I will do it! I will do it for you, Bob Harper.

Overall, I had an amazing eating weekend!  Last night we went to an izakaya (Japanese Appetizers) place for my splurge meal–and boy did I splurge! Yakitori (skewers), Salmon Belly, Japanese pancake with mayo and teriyaki sauce, even a little rice!  Tomorrow it’s back to work and the skinny rules challenge!

Tomorrow: Rule 15: Cook your meals at home at least 10 times a week.

(I have to say, Bob Harper is trippin if he thinks you can follow the Skinny Rules and eat out more than 2-3 times a week).

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Skinny Rules Challenge Day 3: Eat your Protein!

I am 3 days in to a 20 day challenge to learn to eat healthily by following Bob Harper’s Skinny Rules, 1 day at a time.

Today’s Rule: Eat Protein with every meal.

Well I usually do that, but by eliminating most forms of carbs (processed grains), you end up eating a lot more protein anyways.  I’ve been into high protein diets since high school when my family all went on the Atkins diet.  I lost tons of weight! Then I gained it all back!  However, I did learn that eggs, cheese and meat can be very filling snacks.  I don’t think atkinsers can eat nuts because of the carbs.  Anyways, I also find that if I eat sugary snacks like granola bars, they usually make me hungrier and feel really crappy.  I’m pretty sure I’m going to have diabetes problems later in life because I’m really blood sugar  sensitive.  If I eat fruit or something sugary on an empty stomach, it makes me feel all light headed, tired, and hungrier than before!

Bob Harper says you should eat half as many grams of protein as you weigh.  So, if you weigh 200 lbs you should eat 100 grams of protein a day.  He has no real reason or scientific basis for this and freely admits that.  From personal experience I agree that it’s important to eat tons of protein as much as possible so I don’t get hungry and over eat.  Plus I think it’s harder to over indulge in proteins.  It’s super easy to eat a giant bag of chips/crackers/bread etc.  Rarely am I ever like “oh yeah, gimme some more eggs!”  enough is enough.

I’m pretty happy with my plan to introduce the rules slowly.  As the days go by, the previous rules seem easier and like they are just habits.  I drank a TON of water today, I probably refilled my 20 oz brita bottle 4 times at work (12 hour day).  This is easier because it is SO DAMN HOT!  Also, I put even less agave in my coffee this morning and was happy with the result. I forgot that I like coffee for the taste of coffee, not just the sugar that comes in it!  So, I followed 3 out of 3 rules today! Go me!

Protein crystals

Protein crystals (Photo credit: orinoco14)

Today I ate greek yogurt and berries, and a piece of whole wheat toast with hummus and 1/2 slice cheese for breakfast.  Lunch was a chicken breast sandwich on whole wheat bread with avo, tomato and pickles (no cheese or mayo!:)) and a little seaweed salad.  Snack was an apple and a hardboiled egg.  Ate a babybel cheese on the drive home, then had barley, cooked spinach, turkey meatballs and tahini for dinner!  I had the night munchies after, so I ate some cottage cheese with hot sauce. It sounds weird, I know but it’s actually delicious, and high protein!  Last night after I blogged I ate some cheese and crackers so I wanted to stick to the plan today.  I feel successful, and my stomach feels content and not bloated.

I put all my food into SparkPeople calorie calculator, and I ate 98 grams of protein today! Whoa! Way over my goal.  I also stayed around 1300 calories, which is quite impressive for me.

Tomorrow’s Rule: Slashing intake of refined flours/grains.

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