Nutritarian-Vegan-Vegetarian-Plant-Based-ish Again

I imagine that as soon as I actually write this down, then it will all be ruined I’ll go back to my mostly SAD diet again. Well, it wasn’t really that sad. Going on 4 weeks!

Steve and I endeavored into Nutritarian dieting again. What is that?  You ask. It’s a cleanse! Approximately,

  • 1 lb raw vegetables
  • 1 lb cooked vegetables
  • 1 cup of beans
  • 4 fruits
  • Handful of nuts or seeds

And that is basically it. That is, if you follow it to a T.

We don’t.

We still use oils, butter, and eggs. We sub in some protein via a vegan protein powder for breakfast in the morning.

Paige’s Green Drink:
  • 2 cups of some mix of water, ice, and almond milk
  • 2 T of flax seeds
  • 2 scoops of protein
  • 4 giant handfuls of spinach.

I like to drink my salad.

What is for lunch?

Grabable Tupperwares of crunchy veggies – cucumber, carrots, green pepper, tomato, radishes, celery, maybe some arugula. All weighed out to include at least half to a full pound. Then some sort of bean dip or hummus to go with it.  Or cooked roasted vegetables–sweet potato, carrots, onions.

Snacking heavily on oranges, bananas, berries, and plantain chips. Maybe some nuts.

Dinner is usually one of a few things:

Zucchini Noodles with Red Sauce
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Italian seasoning
  • Onions
  • Mushrooms
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • And Zucchini Noodles (not really cooked for long or at all)
Red Lentil Dal with Vegetables
  • Whatever vegetables you have, frozen, fresh (I like broccoli and mushrooms and onions and green beans cooked for about 10 minutes), then add
  • 2 Cans of Coconut milk
  • 2 Cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups red lentils
  • 2 T Curry powder
  • Whatever else spices you desire, maybe some fresh ginger and garlic
  • Let it cook on the stovetop until the lentils are soft, about 15 minutes.

Vegan perfection.

Lazy Dinners =
  • Vegan Pizza and Calorie Free Root Beer
  • Whatever frozen vegetables unfrozen
  • Bok Choy + Onions and Mushrooms for some asian flavor.
  • Chocolate Banana smoothie with peanut butter and spinach
  • Grain free banana bread:
Grain Free Banana Bread
  • 4 Ripe bananas
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1/3 cup butter or coconut oil
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • Vanilla
  • cinnamon
  • whatever else you want to add–raisins, chocolate chips, flax seeds, oats, chia… go crazy.

If we’re going to go all out and cook big then we might make some red lentil tortillas and do veg tacos. We might make a crock pot of chili. We’ll do some sort of epic veggie cooking. But we haven’t really needed to. Just a giant container of hummus and cans of beans are good enough.

How do I feel after a month?

Pretty good. I still feel like my body is working something out. I think beans make me all bloaty, so I don’t really eat much. And I don’t have any digestive issues like I did in the months before we began (I was always unsure what might upset, but I eat it anyway). I’ve also lost like 7lbs without even trying at all.

We’ve “cheated” a couple times going out, but we don’t go crazy. It’s good to feel in control of what I eat and what exceptions I’m willing to make. Because I will eat anything, but it’s not realistic that I eat my favorite things all the time: ice cream, sushi, tacos, oysters, fancy American food, diner food. But, I’ll eat what you give me, if it’s good.

I’m going to try a special supplement probiotic product thing that is supposed to help even more with all this veggie eating and nutrient absorption. Ugh. It is ONE product that may be associated with an MLM, of which I want nothing to do with BUT if it’s worth it, you may hear back, but if not, then I will not speak of it ever again.


You can be happy.

Do you ever feel like…

Nothing I do or don’t do will make me happy.  I’m destined to be sad FOREVER. I think something will make me happy, but nothing will.  Therefore, I will never be happy…

Maybe you’re not happy with your job, a situation, just life in general… We all have those moments when we feel like we will never be happy again. Think of a child (or adult) throwing a tantrum, at that moment, they genuinely believe that they may never ever be happy again… Maybe it’s because they didn’t get their way, or maybe because of a significant trauma. But genuine joy is possible.

Continue reading “You can be happy.”

I’m bored.

Where exactly does boredom come from?  As we’ve learned this week, people (kids!) will kill out of boredom.

I was never that bored, and around puberty (as many people are), I was especially bored.  Lately though, I’ve found myself saying it more often than I’d like.  Even when I’m doing things, I’m bored.  I watch Netflix: bored.  At work: bored.  Walking: bored.  Church: bored. Homework: bored. Continue reading “I’m bored.”

I’m not ready.

I’m not ready (for positive change, or what I want).

When is anyone ever fully ready for healing, transformation, change?   No one ever looks back and goes, “Oh yeah, I was totally ready for that big (or small) change in my life.”  Even when you know it’s coming like moving, a new job, marriage, birth, or even death, you can read all the articles and self-help books, get advice from friends, but in the end, you don’t know how the change is going to effect your life.  That’s okay!  Continue reading “I’m not ready.”

Perfection: I should have done better.

Nobody’s perfect… But you can feel pretty awesomely close to perfect! Take a deep breathe after each statement… Continue reading “Perfection: I should have done better.”

I’ll never forgive myself.

LW16_192Forgiving yourself is one of the hardest things to do.  How in the world can you do it?  Just say the words to yourself.  Tough stuff. Let’s do this… Continue reading “I’ll never forgive myself.”