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Fact or Fiction The Rules and Myths of Diets and Dieting

Fact or Fiction the 8 Myths of Dieting

It is healthy for me to go from eating high calorie amounts of Calories to a low calorie diet?
Fiction

This is not a healthy decision, if you insist on a lower calorie diet you should always taper off. Common side effects of doing this can include:
Nausea
Mood swings
Sleeplessness
Depression
Binge eating

The higher the fat content the higher the obesity rate?
Fiction

The higher the fat content the higher the risk of heart disease. Fat does not make you fat, soluble oils are used to help lubricate your intestines to keep bowel movements smooth and easy. Insoluble fats such as trans fats clog arteries. However soluble fats can still pose health concerns if used generously.

I can lose weight on a low carb diet:
Fact

You can lose weight on a low carb diet such as The Atkins Diet but this is not a diet you’d want to commit to long term. It is incredibly difficult to keep your carbs below 60g per day, almost un-real in my opinion. If you want to do a low carb diet I’d say keep your intake under 120g per day and you will find that you can lose weight and not put your body through functioning hell. Your body needs carbs for energy protein rich foods have energy but it is easily burnt off and done even more quickly on a low carb diet leaving your body well.. Starving.

I need to starve in order to lose weight:
Fiction

You need to eat a healthy well balanced diet and over time the weight will come off and you will find that you look and feel better. Patience is key the only way to lose 50 pounds virtually overnight is to starve, starve and starve which is just as equally un-healthy for your body as is being overweight.

Crabs make you fat?
Fact and Fiction

Sugar makes you fat as does any heavily processed grain bottom line. Actually just for the sake of things any processed food makes you fat why? Because it has a very short half-life meaning it gets absorbed almost instantly by the body and because it is so finely processed there is very little way to expel it from the body other than sweating. Consuming complex carbs such as whole grains, and whole foods means that almost half of what you take in won’t be digested and will be expelled by the body via the colon. The nutrients that it does take out is dense and is usually something your body is able to use over a longer period of time which means that your body is actually burning calories just trying to consume the calories.

I can lose weight by eating a well balanced diet and not working out:
Fact

You can, it just takes longer. Also everyone should do some form of extra activity per day like walking, it’s so simple yet so powerful. On average you actually burn more calories walking than cycling all it takes is 25 minutes per day. It doesn’t have to be a chore you can learn to love it, you were born to do it, all those aches, pains and excuses you make to avoid it will all disappear if you keep up with your walking. Incorporate it into every day life if you just remain a blob on the couch your body will shut down, weaken become brittle and that is why you have so many aches and pains.

Juice fasting is a quick alternative to lose weight:
Fact

It is and some people say it brings them to a form of higher conciousness which I can agree because they have probably become delusional from the lack of food. Is it safe and healthy? I think it’s just another crazy fad, of course if you starve you’ll lose weight but why is your appearence so important to you that you are willing to become a miserable tyrant who will just end up consuming everything in sight at the end of day 10? Try to find a well balanced diet that works for you stick to it and be patient, being healthy and looking great is a lifestyle that starts with you and the way you treat your body not some ridiculously crazy fad.

Can I still lose weight on a low calorie diet if I only eat one meal a day and that meal consists of fast food?
Fact

Probably but if your going to all this trouble to look and feel your best fast food is not the answer. You may look great on the outside but you’ll always feel fat and miserable on the inside and that’s the fall out of eating stuff you know is heavily processed and contains virtually no positive nutritional values.

 

The 5 main rules of a healthy diet

Less is more
You get to eat what you want and feel great. Always portion control if it’s a dessert you want take a nibble and then pass it to someone else or throw it out. If you want chocolate have only 1 square and savor it, let it melt in your mouth and appreciate the wonderfully satisfying flavours. Even fast food, if you’re really craving it or you have no choice if your with another person by only 1 meal and split it, ask the counter person for a fork and knife. If it’s you alone try to find a healthy alternative like the grocery store’s lunch bar.

Control your oils
When cooking use only 1 tsp of oil for every 2 servings, keep a glass of bouillon next to you that accommodates the meal e.g. beef for red meats or red mock meat flavours, chicken stock for white meats or rice and beans, vegetable for anything. When your oil dries up throw in a splash of the bouillon to keep the saute experience going.

Eat all day but keep it small
Consuming small quantities of food throughout the day is the best way to lose weight and stave off hunger pains. Look at a food pyramid and follow it, you can virtually eat everything on that pyramid without gaining weight best of all by following a pyramid your taste buds aren’t missing out on any flavours which causes cravings. My daily schedule for the veg4ninety is a well balanced diet, I understand the love and art of eating small portions all day long, if it’s nuts I want I will only have 8 and enjoy the experience more by taking little nibbles or breaking the nuts in half. Not only that eating small makes you feel and think small, you get to enjoy a petite sense of feeling which aids in boosting your weight loss experience.

Eat to satisfy your taste buds don’t eat til your full
Food is food is food is food. If your eating you won’t die fortunately it may take a week or two to get into limbo but the best rule of thumb is to never over fill your plate, get seconds or eat until you’re about to burst. Savor the plate full of food you have, eat slowly, modestly and eat to remove the hunger pains and cravings. You dont need to be full to feel satisfied, food expands in your stomach thats why eating slowly will make the hunger pains go away. Plus it keeps your metabolism running smoothly because it’s not exhausted trying to break down 10lbs of food. I always finish my dinner with a cup of tea, the tea seems to put the icing on the cake to fill me up the rest of the way. Plus it removes the flavour of food from my mouth so that I no longer crave more food.

Sugars and spice and everything nice
The best rule is don’t ever let your body get to the point of cravings, this is easily avoided by eating continuously throughout the day. But should it happen and you are craving chocolate or gummy bears always go for the alternative. If craving chocolate make yourself a calorie conscious peanut butter and nutella 1/2 sandwich if it’s gummy bears you crave enjoy a nice fruit salad. Honey is a super food and better for you than refined sugar so try substituting added sugars for natural honey. Surprisingly even though honey is all sugar it also contains powerful antioxidants and has almost every nutrient required for the human body in 1 tablespoon.. Mind you a table spoon has A LOT of carbs so if you want to get the benefits of the bee’s opt for Bee Pollen instead it comes in granules (tastes like horse hay) capsules, and powder. Bee pollen has been known to aid in a laundry list of health issues ranging from sexual dysfunction to weight loss, better mentality and energy.

 

That’s all I have for today Happy Weight Loss!!

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November 17, 2011 Posted by | Diet and Weight Loss Info | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Lasagna Style Vegetarian / Vegan Stuffed Peppers

This recipe makes 2 servings and is identical to lasagna minus the carbs, fat, calories and many other things:

2 bell peppers one red and one green (cut the tops off, clean the seeds out and wash the inside)
1/2 jar of Ragu – Spice it up with some crushed pepper
1/4 cup of rice (make plain as per instructions)
1/2 pkg of vegan ground round (I use Yves brand)
1 garlic (pressed)
50g of mushrooms (cut into cubes)
1 onion (sliced and diced)
1 tsp oil
1 bunch of parsley (finely diced)
1 tsp Parmesan or Nutritional Yeast
Some grated cheese or Daiya cheese (vegan cheese that melts and tastes like real cheese! nom nom nom)

Directions:
1. Par boil the peppers in water for about 5 minutes or until tender-firm, not mushy and falling apart. You can also cook them cut side down for 10 mins on low, at 400 degrees in a Jet Stream Oven (if using a jet stream after 10 minutes turn off and just leave the peppers inside until you are ready for them).
2. Prepare your rice as per instructions on the bag, if using a rice cooker the best rule of thumb is if it’s white do equal 1/4 cup of rice = 1/4 cup of water. If using brown or wild rice 1/4 cup of rice = 1/2 cup of water so you’d want to double up the water for these less processed grains.
3. In a non-stick sauce pan saute your onion and mushroom in the tsp of oil until golden brown. Once it is done add the garlic and parsley and saute for another minute.
4. Add the Ragu, Parmesan cheese/Nutritional Yeast and ground round – cover and simmer until nice and hot.
5. Stuff the majority of the grated cheese in at the bottom of the peppers, leave some set aside for the top and place on a baking sheet.
6. When the rice is done add it to the sauce pot and stir until mixed thoroughly. Turn off the stove and using a spoon that will fit inside the peppers without ripping them carefully scoop the mixture into the peppers until they are fully stuffed. You may find that you have a lot of the mixture still left over, if thats the case throw it into your lunch the next day for a snack.
7. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top, cover with foil  and bake at 400 for 20 minutes 10minutes with foil on 10 minutes with foil off. If using a Jet Stream Oven cook uncovered for 10 minutes on 400 low.

When they are done let them settle for a few minutes before cutting, when ready use a serrated knife and carefully cut them in half divide 1/2 red and 1/2 green between two plates. Serve with a side salad and enjoy!!

November 16, 2011 Posted by | Recipes | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Vegetarian for 90 days – W3 Day one, two & three – Diet and Weight Loss – Veg4ninety

Wow so I’ve been slacking on this thing, and keeping you all in suspense!! I will reveal my weight at the end of this week as well as some updated photo’s. My blog is still a bit messy but I am cleaning it up which takes a lot of time!!

This is week 3 for me and so far everything has been going great, I love feeling good and eating healthy really makes you feel like a superstar! No guilt nor shame is standing in my way getting me down, nope! I may not be happy with my weight but I still feel beautiful from the inside out and it’s all thanks to responsible eating and fulfilling workouts.

Here’s my points for the past three days note the diet is the same so I’ll only post once:

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 for week 3:
Day one: Stuffed Peppers
Day two: Quinoa Salsa Burger
Day three: Meatless Shepherd’s Pie

Workout W3 day one:
50 Minutes of Mel B’s Totally Fit – Warm up, Advanced Cardio, Legs, Bum, Cool down
10 Minutes on the Elliptical level 2
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 level 2
1 Mile walk – 25mins
Avg. Burn 500 calories

Day three:
33 Minutes of Aerobic stretching – Advanced Cardio Recovery Insanity Workout
10 Minutes on the Elliptical level 2
1 Mile walk – 25 minutes
Avg. Burn 500 Calories

Calories consumed were kept under 1500. I will be reducing my calories/carbs in the next week as stated before as I wish to accelerate my weight loss. You can follow but you don’t have to as you will lose weight on this diet just at a more regular pace of 1-2 pounds per week.

November 16, 2011 Posted by | Days | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

November 13, 2011 Posted by | Days | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 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

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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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