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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: Rule 11, 12, 13!

Well it’s officially been 2 weeks since I started my challenge.  Have I religiously followed all the rules since starting?  Not really.  I slipped up the last few days and it’s getting harder for me to be excited about eating vegetables and chicken.  I have, though, been making healthier choices, eating smaller portions, and making sure I have healthy food on hand.  So all in all, I’d say I’m doing a pretty darn good job!  Being a dorky behavior analyst, I made myself a checklist to see if I’m following my rules.  I think it will help me stay on track even after my “challenge” is done.  And now, drumroll please…

I LOST 7 POUNDS IN TWO WEEKS!

I haven’t been exercising, which is a bummer.  I’ve been kind of sick, stressed from school, and back to working over 30 hours a week.  But, I feel better today and will start working that back into my schedule.  I probably won’t be able to do 5 days a week of an hour which is what I would like.  But the more, the better!  I haven’t worked out since vacation, so that’s gonna be tough!

Anyways, think how many pounds I would’ve lost if I had been working out?

And I’m not starving, and I don’t feel deprived.  I do feel a little bored so I think the next two weeks are going to be a challenge for me to mix it up while staying on track.

So, thursday was Rule 11: No More White Potatoes!

English: organic cultivated Russet Burbank potato

English: organic cultivated Russet Burbank potato (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Apparently, these cause more weight gain than bacon or soda.  They are delicious little carb bombs that have basically no nutrients or fiber, and should be avoided.  Especially since when we cook them, we usually deep fry them or cover them with butter and sour cream and cheese.  I actually don’t eat too many potatoes, they take too long to cook! If I do, I usually roast them in the oven with carrots, onions and olive oil.  I don’t think it will be too hard for me to avoid these suckers, because I never eat them anyways.  Except in the form of french fries, which are out anyways.  I did eat a few at lunch with the girls last weekend, oops!  Bob Harper says you can eat sweet potatoes, yams, or other colored potatoes (have you tried purple!)  but only in small quantities and for lunch.  (Stupid Rule 7 is my nemesis: No carbs after lunch!)

Yesterday was rule 12: Make one day a week meatless (VEGAN)

Mr. Bean and his family

Mr. Bean and his family (Photo credit: he_boden)

Yes, by meatless Mr. Harper means vegan.  No animal proteins?  No eggs, dairy, anything?  Yikes.  I definitely did NOT follow that rule yesterday, I had yogurt and chicken for lunch and dinner!  I forgot to look at my rule before heading out the door.  By the time I did, it was way too late!  So, tomorrow will be my vegan day, because I’m already planning to go out to a vegan lunch with my sister.  I think this rule will take more planning than most of the other rules.  How to stay full off veggies, fruit and grains alone?  Bob Harper suggests beans and nuts.  I think I can definitely do meatless.  Vegan? We shall see. If I can, then it will be even better for me!

Today is rule 13: Get rid of fast foods and fried foods

Deep-fried onion rings arranged in a line on a...

Deep-fried onion rings arranged in a line on a platter with ketchup, as served by Ford’s Filling Station at 9531 Culver Boulevard in Culver City, California, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well, duh.  I think this rule is pretty self explanatory.  It goes along with the whole “no bad fats, added sugars, potatoes” etc. rules so far.  You CANNOT eat fast food and be healthy! Bottom line! The hardest part about this for me will be IN n Out!  I love In n Out!  But I definitely eat it way too much and always feel gross after.  At least I stopped getting the animal style fries, right? Those things are probably the worst thing you could ever order of all time!  I did have some fried calamari on my “splurge” meal last weekend, but that’s why it’s a splurge!

Ok this post is ridiculously long because I had so many rules to cover.  I realize I left out rules 9 & 10, but that’s ok.  If you are curious, they are: Get your portion size right, and No More added sweeteners!  Like, any.  I think I’m doing ok with both of those because I’ve been eating mostly homemade stuff and checking the labels on everything else.

Upcoming Rules: Eat a real Breakfast and Make your own food! (I got those:))

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