Side note: Ever since I've moved to Scotland, I've craved carbs. Spaghetti carbonara, pizza, mac and cheese, mash potatoes... The weather is most often cold (average high of 20 degrees C/ 70 degrees F in the summer) and so I bundle up in coats and scarves most days and my stomach tells me to pack on the pounds and prepare for hibernation. This is of course detrimental to my health and after a few years of boring, heavy foods and tiredness I decided I needed a change.
I wanted - needed to do this and so i waited until my payday so that i could invest into my health properly. A complete revamp of my cupboards and fridge is a bit of an investment especially when you're swapping cheese and pizza for ground flaxseed, tahini and almond butter! It also just so happened that my boyfriend decided to end things at this time. Well, silver lining and all, I decided I might as well capitalise on that sick-to-my-stomach feeling. It means I won't be struggling with those first couple of weeks of cravings that I'm supposed to expect. Also a healthy diet promising to make you feel happy and healthy - what girl (or guy) doesn't want to feel this after a breakup? It's way better than Ben and Jerry's and Adele on repeat. Sign me up!
So for the past two weeks, I've committed to Dr. Furhman's 6 week diet plan (with the exception of having a few wee drinks. But I beg you to forgive me. Have you ever attempted to tell a gay Scotsman you can't have alcohol? It's not in their vocabulary. Their only answer is to pour you a drink and offer it to silence you. One mustn't decline - that would just be poor manners!)
Yesterday my mom came on board this plant-based diet. We've decided to blog to share our experience with anyone who is also interested in following the Eat to Live plan. It will also serve to hold us accountable for our slips and cravings.
Tonight I had these delicious veggie spring roll wraps (cucumber, pepper, carrots and kelp noodles) with a delicious and easy to make Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce.
Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce
From Blueberry Arugula Adapted from: Fat Free Vegan
Makes about 1 cup of sauce
1/3 C Natural Peanut Butter, Smooth or Crunchy (the only ingredients permitted are peanuts)
2/3 C Water
1 T + 1 t Low-Sodium Soy Sauce
1 t Tamarind Paste (found in the Asian section of Whole Foods if you're in the US or in Real Foods if you're in Edinburgh)
2 Cloves Grated Fresh Garlic
1 T Grated Fresh Ginger
1 t Red Pepper Flakes
Coarsely Chopped Green Onion to Taste
Directions: Combine all ingredients except green onions in a small sauce pan over low heat. Whisk until the mixture has become a smooth, creamy consistency. Take off heat and stir in the green onions. Serve hot over noodles or cold as a dip or salad dressing.
On top of that I had these gorgeous strawberries from Real Foods - the smell of them was so enticing I couldn't help but treat myself! I made Dr Fuhrman's Almond Chocolate Dip (pg 370 of Eat to Live) to dip my strawberries into. Delicious! Although, note to self: I must purchase a food processor to fully enjoy some of the amazing recipes!
|Goodbye unhealthy lifestyle and hello to nutritional foods!|
Pre-diet diet: pizza, spaghetti carbonara, mac and cheese, with a few veg and fruits for my "five a day"
New diet: No simple carbs, oils, sugar or salt
Cravings: mozzerella cheese and Ben and Jerry's
I'm saying goodbye to all these unhealthy things in my life and hello to healthy, nutritional foods. Here's to the new adventure. I hope I can stay away from temptation. Stay tuned for more posts and recipes. Wishing you all a happy and healthy week x h