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Vegetarian for 90 days – W2 Day five, six & seven – Veg4ninety – Weight Loss Diet

If you couldn’t tell already blogging takes a lot of time so I’ve had to compress many days into one. Here is a breakdown of the finishing of week 2. I am now on week 3 day one and I am still steady at 171 lbs so all in all I’ve lost on average 2lbs per week which is pretty normal. However, I know like I know once I start on week 4 the weight is going to start coming off more quickly. Why? Because it takes your body time to adapt to your new routines, part of it still believes you will eventually feed it what you once use to so in other terms it’s kind of being stale at the moment. I believe that once your body realizes that it’s not going to encounter copious amounts of junk food and other crap it will begin to burn the excess fat because well really, it has to. You are eating less, eating better foods, your liver is not gummed up with cholesterol or in my case alcohol so  now it can aid in the breakdown of food’s better which means an increase in metabolism and quicker weight loss.
That’s the other aspect of an un-healthy liver it weighs you down, because when it is not functioning at full capicity a lot of toxins that we breathe, digest and absorb through our skin isn’t getting filtered so you are feeling the effects of a higher toxicity which can really burden the body. This is why keeping your liver as clean as possible will really make you feel better overall. Anyways here’s the breakdown! Note that I will be changing up some items on my daily food list, I do this often with usually one or two food items to find an even better balance but you can choose any daily meal routine that suits you, they are all  designed to stave off hunger pains, increase weight loss, improve mental and physical performance and get the most out of your daily intakes. My newly revised routine will lower both calories and carbs to give an even faster burn because right now shedding the fifty pounds I gained in the past year and a half is my top priority.

As is tradition… lol Here is the breakdown:

Wrap up day five:
Diet A.M.:
1 serving of wheat grass – 9am (they say wheat grass juice should be taken minimum 30 minutes before eating, it is a great cleanser for the blood).
1/2 Carrot Muffin, plus 1/2 slice of an oatcake and 2 pitted honey dates – 10am
1/2 of a calorie reduced pb & nutella sandwhich – 11am
4 cups of decaf coffee (equivalent to one XL) with milk no sugar – 11am – 2pm

Diet P.M.:
1/4 amount of the recipe (approx. 2 cups) of raddichio and spinach soup – 12pm
1/2 Cup of homemade oil and vinegar coleslaw – 2pm
1 Scoop of berry Vega Shake dissolved in water – 3pm  Vega is a great source of protein and whole ground up foods I drink mostly the berry flavoured Vega, they also have chocolate, vanilla chai and natural (the chocolate kind of tastes like the smell of marijuana). Note Vega is an aquired taste so don’t be alarmed you will learn to love your vega!
1 serving of homemade Fruit salad blend- 3:30pm
6x baby carrots + 1 celery stalk sliced into quarters – 4pm
Cranberry-Bulgar Stuffed Acorn squash with Cesar Salad – 5:30pm
Cereal Parfait – 7:30pm
1/2 cup of un-pasturiezed apple cider – 9:30pm

Workout for day five:
Aerobics Mel B’s Totally Fit – 45 mins warm up, cardio, arms, tums, cool down
10 Minutes on the Elliptical
Walking – 1 mile = 25mins
Approx calories burned: 600 intake under 1500

Day six:
1 shot of frozen wheat grass juice (thawed overnight with my pre-made lunch) – 9am (they say wheat grass juice should be taken minimum 30 minutes before eating, it is a great cleanser for the blood).
Big-a-bfest – 9am
4 cups of decaf coffee (equivalent to one XL) with milk no sugar – 11am – 2pm

Diet P.M.:
Veggie Burger – 12pm
Homemade trail mix – 4pm
Rotisserie chicken thigh with mashed potato and Cesar Salad– 5:30pm
Any kind of cereal with milk – 7:30pm
1/2 cup of un-pasturiezed apple cider – 9:30pm

Day seven:
Blueberry muffin – 8am (had an appointment no time to spare!)
Big-a-bfest – 10:30am
Sweet D’jon Salad – 1pm
Homemade trail mix – 2pm
6 baby carrots and 1 celery stalk – 4pm
Roast beef (again) with mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts, corn and Cesar Salad (small sides) – 5:30pm
Any kind of cereal with milk – 7:30pm
1/2 cup of un-pasturiezed apple cider – 9:30pm

Both day six and seven under 1500 calories.
Start weight: 175 lbs
Goal weight: 120 lbs / 55 lbs
Current weight: 171
Pounds left to lose: 51

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November 13, 2011 Posted by | Days | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Raddichio-Spinach Soup (Aka Watercress Soup)

This is a fantastic soup for weight loss and for health, Spinach is an amazing fighter against cancers while Raddichio is a great blood builder plus the potato and onion help to make you feel full. This recipe will serve 4 but I usually make it every two days for me and mine and my husband’s lunch.

1 Raddichio head (rinsed and coarsley chopped)
1/4-1/2 package of spinach (rinsed and coarsley chopped)
1 yellow flesh potato (diced with or without skin, skin is better more nutrients). Im actually going to try this with sweet potato next time-without skin.
1 medium yellow onion (diced)
1 garlic clove (pressed)
4 cups of water or chicken-vegetable stock
(if using water add dry stock to the mix as per label usually 1 cube or 1 tsp per cup of water)
 small handful of Fresh parsley chopped (optional)
salt + pepper to taste

Directions:
1. Put everything in a pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling simmer for 20 minutes.
2. Once soup is finished if you have the time let it cool down if not proceed to step 3.
3. Using a laddle and a blender – laddle out the solids, draining as much fluid as possible and put the solids in a blender (you may have to do this a few times depending on how big your blender is) pulse blend all the solids until they are a smooth consistency similar to a smoothy. Pour blended mixture back into liquid soup and divide among containers or bowls.

Note: Youll want to blend the soup really well and get all the potato in there as failure to do so will cause your soup to be incredibly sharp, if this happens, dont be a baby! Stomach it anyways!!

November 10, 2011 Posted by | Recipes | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Vegetarian Chili

Chili for 2-4

You can use one variation of beans or a medley like mine:
1/4 cup dried Kidney beans (or 1 can of beans)
1/8 cup dried black beans
Sprinkle of lentils
1 medium-large yellow flesh potato (diced into cubes, skin on.. or off doesn’t matter)
1 medium yellow onion
2 large carrots (cut in half and then into small chunks)
2 Celery stalk (diced)
1 tomato (diced)
1-2 garlic clove
1 large can stewed tomatoes (about 14 oz)
Chicken or Vegetable stock to flavour
Salt, pepper and sugar to remove the tart bitterness
1 tbsp chili powder (use more if you like more)
1/2 tsp curry powder (optional but is really flavourful)
1/4 tsp cumin powder (optional)
1/8 tsp turmeric (optional but great as an anti-inflammatory when combined with pepper)
dash of cayenne pepper (optional)

Directions:
If using dry beans soak overnight in a large bowl of water

1. cut up all your vegetables and set aside
2. open your can of tomatoes and dump into a large pot adding one can of water.
3. Mix in your spices, sugars, salts and pepper and taste to see if it is salty/sweet enough to your liking. Don’t bother trying to determine if it is spicy or flavourful enough as most spices dont activate until heated plus the vegetables will alter the flavour.
4. Throw in all your vegetables and beans except for the potato
5. Bring to a boil and then cover and simmer on medium-low for 1-1.5 hours or until the beans are soft.
6. Sample the broth again to see if it is flavourful enough and adjust if you need to.
7. Once the beans are soft add the potatoes and simmer for another 10 minutes, after ten minutes turn off the stove and let it rest another 10 minutes before serving.

Serve with a piece of margarine-bread/croissant and a cesar salad with tea.

Enjoy!

November 10, 2011 Posted by | Recipes | Leave a comment

Vegetarian for 90 days – W2 Day one, two, three and four – Veg4ninety – Weight Loss Diet

Sorry that the recipes page is not up completely I will have it up shortly, as well as another category called dailies where it will have my typical (and various) weekend and weekday variations for quick reference. So far I’m going up and down on the scale, honestly these things take time so it’s best if you are following my lead to only weigh yourself once every two-three weeks yesterday I was still hoovering around 171 it’s on the decline just a slow, steady and healthy decline. Now onto how my week has been so far all the days have been the same except for dinner so I will only post the daily food regiment once, yes there have been some slight changes (namely the introduction of more oatcakes with pitted dates and the removal of whey. You can still enjoy the whey if you wish but I’ve had barely enough time or hunger to catch up before dinnertime) I do this often but you can go with any variation you wish:

Diet A.M.:
1 serving of wheat grass – 9am (they say wheat grass juice should be taken minimum 30 minutes before eating, it is a great cleanser for the blood).
1/2 Carrot Muffin, plus 1/2 slice of an oatcake and 2 pitted honey dates – 10am
1/2 of a calorie reduced pb & nutella sandwhich – 11am
4 cups of decaf coffee (equivalent to one XL) with milk no sugar – 11am – 2pm

Diet P.M.:
2 cups of raddichio and spinach soup – 12pm
1/2 Cup of homemade oil and vinegar coleslaw – 2pm
1 Scoop of berry Vega Shake dissolved in water – 3pm  Vega is a great source of protein and whole ground up foods I drink mostly the berry flavoured Vega, they also have chocolate, vanilla chai and natural (the chocolate kind of tastes like the smell of marijuana). Note Vega is an aquired taste so don’t be alarmed you will learn to love your vega!
1 serving of homemade Fruit salad blend- 3:30pm
5x baby carrots + 1 celery stalk sliced into quarters – 4pm
Dinner with a Cesar Salad – 5:30pm
Cereal Parfait – 7:30pm
1/2 cup of un-pasturiezed apple cider – 10pm

Dinner W2 day one: Meatless Sheperds pie <– Click link for recipe
Day two: Vegetarian Chili
Day three: Meatless submarine
Day four: Vegetarian Pizza

Workout W2 day one:
50 Minutes of Mel B’s Totally Fit – Warm up, Advanced Cardio, Legs, Bum, Cool down
10 Minutes on the Elliptical easiest setting
1 mile walk – 25mins
Avg. burn 600 calories

Day two:
35 minutes weight lifting
20 Minutes of Mari Winsor’s Slimming Pilates series with the Slimming Band
10 Minutes on the Elliptical
1 Mile walk – 25mins
Avg. Burn 500 calories

Day three:
47 Minutes of Aerobic stretching – Advanced Cardio Recovery Insanity Workout
10 Minutes on the Elliptical
1 Mile walk – 25 minutes
Avg. Burn 600 Calories

Day four:
35 Minutes weight lifting
20 Minutes Pilates Bun and Thigh series
10 Minutes on the Elliptical
1 Mile walk – 25 minutes
Avg. Burn 500 Calories

That’s all for now, I will be having another stuffed squash of sorts tomorrow. It’s a new recipe so I will let you know if it was tasty or not!

November 10, 2011 Posted by | Days | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Meatless Shepherds Pie – Recipe

This is probably one of the BEST Shepherds Pies I’ve ever had and I’ll be testing it on an avid meat eater next week muahahahaha!!

Meatless Shepherds Pie for 2

1/2 pkg of meatless ground round, I use Yves (this is optional you dont even need it but I use it anyways)
1 carrot sliced and diced
1 celery stalk sliced and diced
1 onion sliced and diced
1 garlic clove
1/2 cup of mixed frozen vegetables (peas, carrots, green beans, corn chunks)
1/2 cup of broth I used a 50/50 mix of chicken stock and beef stock
1/4 tsp of thyme
1 tsp oregano
1 tbsp corn starch or 1.5 tbsp of flour (dissolve the starch in the coldish 1/2 cup of stock)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 small yellow potato
1 small sweet potato

Directions:
1. Peel and boil the potatoes for 20 minutes and preheat the oven to 400
2. Sautee the carrot, celery and onion for 5-10mins add the garlic afterwards
3. Mix the spices and flour with the stock and stir, pour it over the vegetables once sauteed and then add the ground round and the half cup of frozen veggies, simmer until half the liquid is evaporated
4. Grease up a small baking tray and pour the veggie mixture in.

For the potato mash:
2-4 tbsp of milk
1 tbsp of margarine
salt to taste
Blend with a hand whipper or smash until smooth

Spread the potato mixture over top of the veggie mixture with a spoon and then drag a fork after for design. Sprinkle with paprika and thyme and bake for 40 minutes. If it comes out dry for whatever reason make a batch of gravy and use as a side. Serve with cesar salad!

November 8, 2011 Posted by | Recipes | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sweet potato, Rice Pilaf Stuffed Squash

Sweet potato rice pilaf stuffed squash for 2

1/2 cup of wild rice
1 small sweet potato diced into small cubes
2 green onions
8 pecans chopped
3/4 cup of vegetable or chicken boullion
1 acorn squash or hubbard squash.. Or any squash..
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1/8 tsp ground pepper
1/2 tsp basil
1 garlic clove
1 tsp oil

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees, cut squash in half, clean out the seeds and rinse. Spray with cooking oil and place cut side down on a non-stick pan. Bake 45mins
2. In a skillet heat up the 1 tsp of oil and saute the potato, green onion, garlic and spices for a minute, add the rice and bouillon. Cover and simmer on medium-low for 25-30 minutes or until finished.
3. Once the rice mix is done add the pecans and stir, take out the squash and turn them over carefully. Stuff the squash with the rice mix and then bake for the remainder of the timer.

Serve with tea and a cesar salad.. Or in this older photo mushrooms, green beans, carrots and broccoli ahaha!

November 8, 2011 Posted by | Recipes | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Veg 4 ninety – Day Four, Five, Six and Seven – Vegetarian for 90 days – Weight Loss Diet

I’ve been a busy beaver lately so I’ll make this quick, I am tying the past few days all into one and will post the recipes tomorrow in another category:

Day Four:

Diet A.M.:
1 serving of wheat grass – 9am (they say wheat grass juice should be taken minimum 30 minutes before eating, it is a great cleanser for the blood).
1x Homemade Fruit salad – 10am
1x Half bran muffin – 11am
1x Homemade oatcake – 11:30am
4 cups of decaf coffee (equivalent to one XL) with milk no sugar – 11am – 2pm

Diet P.M.:
2 cups of raddichio and spinach soup – 12pm
1/2 Cup of homemade oil and vinegar coleslaw – 2pm
1 Scoop of berry Vega Shake dissolved in water – 3pm  Vega is a great source of protein and whole ground up foods I drink mostly the berry flavoured Vega, they also have chocolate, vanilla chai and natural (the chocolate kind of tastes like the smell of marijuana). Note Vega is an aquired taste so don’t be alarmed you will learn to love your vega!
6 baby carrots + 1 celery sliced 4 ways – 4pm
Rice pilaf stuffed squash with Cesar Salad and milk orange pekoe tea with 1 tsp sugar- 5:30pm
Mixed Cereal Parfait – 7:30pm
1/2 cup of un-pasturiezed apple cider – 9:30pm

Day five:
1 serving of wheat grass – 9am (they say wheat grass juice should be taken minimum 30 minutes before eating, it is a great cleanser for the blood).
1x Homemade Fruit salad – 10am
1x Half bran muffin – 11am
1x Homemade oatcake square – 11:30am
4 cups of decaf coffee (equivalent to one XL) with milk no sugar – 11am – 2pm

Diet P.M.:
2 cups raddichio and spinach soup – 12pm
1/2 Cup of homemade oil and vinegar coleslaw – 2pm
1 Scoop of berry Vega Shake dissolved in water – 3pm  Vega is a great source of protein and whole ground up foods I drink mostly the berry flavoured Vega, they also have chocolate, vanilla chai and natural (the chocolate kind of tastes like the smell of marijuana). Note Vega is an aquired taste so don’t be alarmed you will learn to love your vega!
6 baby carrots + 1 celery sliced 4 ways – 4pm
Braised beans with Cesar Salad and milk orange pekoe tea with 1 tsp sugar- 5:30pm
Mixed Cereal Parfait – 7:30pm
1/2 cup of un-pasturiezed apple cider – 9:30pm

Day six:
2 small sausage links on 1 piece of calorie reduced bread topped with sprinkled cheddar and 1 egg – 10am (This is big in calories so you don’t need to eat every hour)
4 Cups of decaf coffee with milk- 10am – 3pm
4 pecans, 4 almonds with 10 raisins – 12pm
1/2 Bran muffin – 1pm
1 homemade oatcake square – 2pm
My traditional Fruit salad – 3pm
1 small can of V8 sodium reduced – 4pm
Turnip curried Chicken with Cesar Salad and orange pekoe tea – 5:30pm
Any cereal with milk – 7:30pm On the weekends I usually trade up my parfait for a nice bow of raisin bran with milk
1/2 cup of Apple cider

Day seven:
2 small sausage links on 1 piece of calorie reduced bread topped with sprinkled cheddar and 1 egg – 10am (This is big in calories so you don’t need to eat every hour)
4 Cups of decaf coffee with milk- 10am – 3pm
4 pecans, 4 almonds with 10 raisins – 12pm
30grams of roasted peanuts – 1pm
1 homemade oatcake square – 2pm
My traditional fruit salad – 3pm
Full on roast beef dinner with carrots, peas, potatoes and Yorkshire pudding with an orange pekoe tea – 5:30pm (This was a birthday dinner, I don’t normally eat such a grand meal unless it is such.)
1 small piece of Pumpkin pie – 6:30pm
Any cereal with milk – 7:30pm It’s like stuffing yourself full by this point but it’s better to eat it earlier than later!
1/2 cup of Apple cider

If you portion control on days like day seven then you can enjoy it all without storing away 2000 calories when your trying for a happy medium of 1500. On average I consumer around 1500 calories per day, on weekends I focus more on protein and less on carbs where as during the week its the opposite.

On day four I burned around 400 calories my exercise regime went as so:
35 minutes weight lifting
20 Minutes Pilates Bun and Thigh series
10 Minutes on the Elliptical – easiest setting
1 mile walk – 25 mins

On day five I burned around 600:
45 minutes of aerobics – Mel B’s Totally Fit (I do the alternate to day one Warm-up, Cardio, arms, tums and cool down)
10 Minutes on the Elliptical
1 mile walk

I hope to be more organized for tomorrow and will be weighing in within the next few days!

November 6, 2011 Posted by | Days | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Veg 4 Ninety – Day three – Vegetarian for 90 days – Weight loss and Diet

Being sick really sucks and I apologize in advance that I had to get sick right as I started this blog but I’m not giving up!
As you’ve discovered if you’ve been following I was down 4 pounds in 3 days, now on the 3rd day (yesterday) it didn’t go very well. Yes I stuck to my vegetarian diet but somehow chocolate bars and dessert muffin’s got in the way!! With that said I went back up to 172.8 OVERNIGHT!

Do you see that by putting a little excess garbage into your system you get garbage results? Un-canny really.. But not today no siree I’m back on track and have no intentions of letting thing’s slip, the best system is to not keep that crap around. If you want to get healthy, you want to lose the weight get rid of it. If you can’t get someone to do it for you, if you start to behave like a savage beast as they raid your cupboards get out of the house and let them do their job. It’s the only way to remove temptation and with by following my eating schedule you will never go hungry or get cravings because you will satisfy the urges all through-out the day until you feel like popping (which I did last night, really it felt like I had been eating for hours non-stop even though I hadn’t been. Somehow wholesome food and garbage food mix like oil and water sheesh!).

Here’s how my day went:

Diet A.M.:
1 serving of wheat grass – 9am (they say wheat grass juice should be taken minimum 30 minutes before eating, it is a great cleanser for the blood).
1 glass of instant honey gingered drink (because I’m not feeling well boo!) – 10am
1x Homemade Fruit salad – 10am
1x Chocolate bar – 11am
4 cups of decaf coffee (equivalent to one XL) with milk no sugar – 11am – 2pm

Diet P.M.:
2 cups of raddichio and spinach soup – 12pm
1/2 Cup of homemade oil and vinegar coleslaw – 2pm
1 Scoop of berry Vega Shake dissolved in water – 3pm  Vega is a great source of protein and whole ground up foods I drink mostly the berry flavoured Vega, they also have chocolate, vanilla chai and natural (the chocolate kind of tastes like the smell of marijuana). Note Vega is an aquired taste so don’t be alarmed you will learn to love your vega!
Mushroom stroganoff – 4pm (This was dinner which I made before hand and ate on the road as I knew I wouldn’t be home.)
1x instant honey gingered drink – 5pm (these things are loaded with sugar but I am really sick ick!)
1x Bannana chocolate chip muffin, Courtesy of a client of mine’s – 6pm (I would never actually purchase something of this devilish nature in the first place.)
1x Croissant with milk orange pekoe tea, 1 tsp sugar – 7pm
Mixed Cereal Parfait – 8:30pm
1/2 cup of un-pasturiezed apple cider – 10pm

Workout regime:
35 Minutes of low aerobic stretching Cardio Recovery Insanity Workout – really great workout for mid week, helps prepare you for the damage you intend to do over the next two days!)
10 Minutes on the Elliptical – easiest setting
1 mile walk – 25 minutes
Total calories burned: Approx. 450 Total calories consumed: Approx. 1700-1800 carbs 300+

Now I shall go die in a tub somewhere as I am totally not feeling well!!

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November 2, 2011 Posted by | Days | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Veg 4 Ninety – Day two – (Vegetarian for 90 days) – Weight loss and Diet

Yesterday marked day two and I am already down another pound!! Typically I don’t weigh myself everyday but for the first week or two I will because it’s all part of the study! And so far that study indicates that by cutting out meat, fast food and junk food you can pretty much each a whole bunch of ‘good for you’ foods and LOSE weight!

Mind you it was also Halloween yesterday so as I sit here and type this I’ve already munched down a chocolate bar. But am I worried about it? No! It’s just a chocolate bar, if I put an extra pound on overnight I’ll know where it came from I’ll get over it and lose the pound the following day. Now if you were to keep eating chocolate bars then you can put the blame on you.

Outside of this whole lifestyle change I have also adopted some new forms of self, the french woman self. French and American’s are impeccably different and very fascinating indeed. The French woman attitude is my main motivator I want that “Je ne sais quoi” that “I don’t know” which French woman are fabulously known for.

Let’s go back to the chocolate bar.. No! Let’s go back to before the chocolate bar, back a few weeks ago when I had consumed an entire box of girl guide cookies in less than 24 hours.. I was like a rabid dog sick from eating so many cookies, my teeth singed with pain but I just kept on eating them. So how is it that I am able to stop now at just one chocolate bar? Simple, Less is ALWAYS more.

Diet’s are inhumane, they bar you from enjoying those little delicacies that give life that extra little spice. But that’s exactly all that it should be just an extra bit of spice. You can have a chocolate bar and not let it consume you if you know when to stop. If you have issues with control and can’t stop you need to throw the rest out or give it away. You need to do what is best for you and it can be hard but oh so rewarding.

Anyways enough with the off topic rambling. Since day one (on day three, so really only 48 hours) I am down 4.2 pounds, I haven’t gone hungry I’ve had a wide variety of salty, mediocre and sweet treats and best of all, everything I’ve put into myself body is working for me and not against me.  Here’s a breakdown of yesterday’s diet and exercise:

Diet A.M.:
1 serving of wheat grass – 9am (they say wheat grass juice should be taken minimum 30 minutes before eating, it is a great cleanser for the blood).
1 glass of instant honey gingered drink (because I’m not feeling well boo!) – 10am
1x Carrot Muffin – 10am
1/2 of a calorie reduced pb & nutella sandwhich – 11am
4 cups of decaf coffee (equivalent to one XL) with milk no sugar – 11am – 2pm

Diet P.M.:
2 cups of raddichio and spinach soup – 12pm
1/2 Cup of homemade oil and vinegar coleslaw – 2pm
1 Scoop of berry Vega Shake dissolved in water – 3pm  Vega is a great source of protein and whole ground up foods I drink mostly the berry flavoured Vega, they also have chocolate, vanilla chai and natural (the chocolate kind of tastes like the smell of marijuana). Note Vega is an aquired taste so don’t be alarmed you will learn to love your vega!
1 serving of homemade Fruit salad blend- 3:30pm
5x baby carrots + 1 celery stalk sliced into quarters – 4pm (This is when I start making lunches for the next day usually  takes me 30 minutes to prepare for two people. Then I begin making dinner.)
Veggie burger with large Cesar Salad and a milk orange pekoe tea with 1 tsp sugar – 5:30pm
Mixed Cereal Parfait – 8pm
1/2 cup of un-pasturiezed apple cider – 10pm

When it comes to salads and my meals I always lay the salad on thick, honestly it takes up like 70% of my plate so don’t be afraid to be generous with it. It really helps to give you that full and satisfied feeling and best of all if you are cautious with how much dressing and cheese you are using you can typically keep your salad under 150 calories.

Workout regime:
35 Minutes of weight lifting at the gym
20 Minutes of Mari Winsor’s Slimming Pilates series with the Slimming Band
10 Minutes on the Elliptical (easiest setting)
1 Mile walk = 25 mins
Approx. Calories burned: 500 Approx. Calories consumed: Under 1500, Carbs less than 200.

Do you know that typically it takes 3000 calories burned to lose one pound of fat? That means if I weren’t shedding pounds so rapidly it would take me 6 days of workouts to burn 1 pound. The workouts in my scenario are just accelerating the fat burning process, my diet would work for those who don’t want to hit the gym. As long as you at least walked 1 mile a day you’d get fantastic results like me!

I will be adding a category sometime soon directed at my eating/workout schedules and recipes so that you don’t have to search my entire blog for particulars. Until next time.. Happy vegging!

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November 1, 2011 Posted by | Days | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Veg 4 Ninety – Day one – (Vegetarian for 90 days) – Weight loss

So here’s a little bit about me and my system, I always pre-make my lunch the night before and eat almost the same thing everyday except for dinner and on weekends, weekends there is a system but it’s more laxed.
I make enough soup and slaw for the 5 days ahead and store it in the fridge. All my recipes are catered to one person unless otherwise stated, if you are cooking for two or more just double up the recipe.

I know a lot of you are going to criticize me for claiming to be vegetarian when infact I will be for only 5 days a week but my system is designed to cater to the general public. The general public can’t always get away with going full-on vegetarian or vegan, even though there are some contradicting statements between medical professionals some say meat is bad (which in large amounts anything is) while other vegans and vegetarians are being forced by their doctors to include meat products into their diet for health issues. Even famous vegans and vegetarians have been going off their diet for the sake of un-born children. My 90-day challenge will be a challenge because I do enjoy meat and animal products but I also believe that yes a lot of the food sowed and the water used world wide to feed ‘food’ animals could be used to help end world hunger and I do believe that animal’s have feelings, families and don’t deserve to be treated the way many production facilities treat them which is why I am doing the only thing I can do and that is to cut it out 5 days a week. It is better than doing nothing, than ignoring the realities. I also believe that if the rest of the world were to follow my lead and treat meat more like a delicacy and less like a staple meal that it would have an positive impact on a massive level. Plus it would end obesity, reduce heart attacks and aging, reduce cancer’s and stop abusing the planet on such a severe scale. Bottom line is I don’t need anyone to lecture me about animal rights or how I am a hypocrite I know very well what I am doing and am very well educated in where our food comes from. If you really want to help you’d stop pushing so hard and meet the general public half-way like I am doing.

Now let’s begin!

Yesterday was day one, I weighed myself in the morning at 175.4 and today I am already at 172.7 (that’s 2.7 lbs in one day! Amazing right?). Just so you know a year and a half ago I was at my lowest 125 lbs, healthy and feeling great so what happened? Fast food, binge drinking and copious amounts of junk food and meat got the best of me. I had been following this exact diet that I am preaching for 5 years prior before falling off the wagon. Before those 5 years I was at my heaviest 183 lbs. It’s a shocker when you wake up and realize you’ve gained 50 lbs in one year, absolutely insane and it’s our love for processed foods and lack of appreciation for good foods that does this to us. But in my case it was mostly my love for alcohol which triggered me to go on these all-night eating benders. But don’t worry!  I’ve found a way to make being healthy fun and deliciously tasty.. I love my food like a lot, a lot so I promise not to disappoint!

Day one was good, I kept myself eating so I didn’t have any problems going from Wendy’s for lunch and a steak’n egg fried rice for dinner followed by a 500 cal cupcake for dessert to falaffel salad with a bowl of delicious berry cereal. Here’s what I ate and did yesterday for exercise:

Diet A.M.:
1 serving of wheat grass – 9am (they say wheat grass juice should be taken minimum 30 minutes before eating, it is a great cleanser for the blood).
1 glass of instant honey gingered drink (because I’m not feeling well boo!) – 10am
1x Carrot Muffin – 10am
1/2 of a calorie reduced pb & nutella sandwhich – 11am
4 cups of decaf coffee (equivalent to one XL) with milk no sugar – 11am – 2pm

Diet P.M.:
2 cups of raddichio and spinach soup – 12pm
1/2 Cup of homemade oil and vinegar coleslaw – 2pm
1 Scoop of berry Vega Shake dissolved in water – 3pm  Vega is a great source of protein and whole ground up foods I drink mostly the berry flavoured Vega, they also have chocolate, vanilla chai and natural (the chocolate kind of tastes like the smell of marijuana). Note Vega is an aquired taste so don’t be alarmed you will learn to love your vega!
1 serving of homemade Fruit salad blend- 3:30pm
5x baby carrots + 1 celery stalk sliced into quarters – 4pm (This is when I start making lunches for the next day usually  takes me 30 minutes to prepare for two people. Then I begin making dinner.)
Falaffel Salad with a milk orange pekoe tea and 1 tsp sugar – 5:30pm
Mixed Cereal Parfait – 8pm
1/2 cup of un-pasturiezed apple cider – 10pm

Work-out regime:
50 Minutes of Mel B’s Totally Fit Aerobics (Warm-up, Advanced Cardio, Legs, Bums and Cool down). (afternoon)
10 Minutes on the Elliptical easiest setting (combined with aerobics done in the afternoon)
25 Minutes of walking around the block after cereal (at night just before showering, after I had eaten everything).

On average I burnt about 600 calories yesterday and ate around 1500 with about 200 carbs which is ideal for a healthy female body plus I make sure that I drink 2L (8 glasses of water) everyday! I have posted a picture of the jug I use, I just fill it up in the morning and make sure it’s all gone by 8pm.

October 31, 2011 Posted by | Days | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment