More Plant Based Diet Results
I’ll get straight to the good news: Following my plant based routine, I’m down another pound this morning! And I’m not feeling hungry or deprived!
One thing I’ve noticed over the last couple of years is that, no matter which type of diet program I’m following – be it keto-carnivore or fat-free whole foods/starch-based – I get really hungry! I mean…the hunger pangs are horrible! And I feel like I have to either spend a lot of time Intermittent Fasting (IF) or I have to severely calorie restrict. Either way, I’m depriving my body and it’s not pleasant.
With a raw plant based approach, I don’t have to worry about that. I don’t have to think about calorie restricting or tracking anything at all! Thank the Lord! No counting carbs, calories, points, or macros. It’s very liberating.
And at the same time…I’m genuinely not hungry. It’s like my body knows it is receiving the nutrition it needs to thrive! I’m getting plenty of FOOD. And I naturally stop eating because I’m literally either too full to eat anymore or I’m just tired of eating.
Here’s What I Ate Today
Again, I’m not being religious about making sure I stay “fully raw”. I’m allowing myself to eat some healthy fats like olive oil, avocado, olives, and even a handful or so of nuts or seeds.
Black decaf coffee until about eleven, when I had another pitcher-full of green smoothie. This morning the ingredients were:
One 12-ounce package of chopped frozen spinach, about 1/3 c. frozen orange juice concentrate, 2 bananas, about 1 tsp. vanilla extract, 4 Stevia packets, about 2-3 c. frozen mixed fruit (peaches, mangoes, strawberries, pineapple), some nutrient powders from HB Naturals (1 scoop each; Mind, Body, Soul, and Slimmer), and then I filled the pitcher with water to almost the top of the pitcher. Again, I gave Jeff one large shaker glass-full of smoothie before I added the nutrient powders. I drank what was left in the full-to-the-top VitaMix pitcher.
Around 1:30 I made a huge salad consisting of: a handful of black olives – thinly sliced red onion, about a third of a red bell pepper-diced, a heaping teaspoonful of minced garlic, shredded coleslaw mix, 1 head of Romaine lettuce, 1/2 a medium avocado, nutritional yeast, spirulina powder, and I topped it with 1 Tbl. extra virgin olive oil, 2 Tbl. apple cider vinegar, juice of 1 lime, and nutritional yeast. I chopped that all up together then ate half of it until I was too full to eat anymore. I saved the rest (about half) for later.
At about 6:00 I had a frozen blueberry/avocado Nice Cream using the other half of the avocado from earlier and enough frozen wild blueberries to fill a Magic Bullet cup. I added 4 packets stevia, about a tablespoon of pure maple syrup, vanilla extract, a little ReaLemon juice, and about 1/2 c. almond milk.
Later I sipped one healthy glass of red wine and nibbled 2 squares of Lindt 85% dark chocolate while Jeff ate his dinner and we watched a show. To tell the truth, two squares of chocolate was almost too much for my appetite. I noticed the same thing last night. Same thing with the wine…that’s why I only had one glass tonight instead of the two glasses I had last night.
Side Note – Jeff decided to order pizza for dinner tonight. It was the first time in a long time and he asked me if I’d eat some if he ordered pizza, before he decided to get it. I told him no way, but that he should order it anyway, if he wanted it. So he did. I’m proud to say that he sat right next to me, eating pizza and chicken wings, and I honestly wasn’t even tempted.
I got hungry a little later, so I ate the other half of my salad. Then I finished off my night with a tablespoon each of PuraThrive Curcumin Gold and Radiant C, plus a serving of their Liposomal B12 supplement.
Here’s another post you might like about one of my personal inspirations, Markus Rothkranz.
And here’s an amazing resource with recipes and a program for a 21-Day Smoothie Challenge!