Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Plant Based Diet

I have seen a couple of people blog about eating a plant-based diet only and feeling fantastic.  (This would be separate from vegetarian because you can't have any processed foods)  No blood sugar spikes, no tiredness throughout the day (once their body adjusted to eating that way) and no cravings for sugar.  Kind of like what Adam and Eve ate before the fall and meat entered the picture.

So I decided to bite the bullet.  

I originally picked last Saturday as my start date, and I did awesome for breakfast and lunch, and then remembered that some girlfriends and I were going to a Vietnamese restaurant for supper, and I totally ate like a heathen, and it was heaven, and I am already dreaming about going again!

But I pulled myself back together on Sunday and ever since then I have been going on strong.  The main blog that I have followed this is Biblical Homemaking, and while she hasn't updated a lot about it, I think she is going to give people recipes and what they eat and all that stuff.  Her blog is awesome regardless of that, so I would check it out if I were you.  (She might make you a little envious, just a warning.  I think I might want to be her when I grow up!)

Basically the rules are you eat only plants, or food directly from a plant ex. oatmeal.  No sugar, dairy, meat, flour, eggs, processed foods of any kind, no artificial sweetners, etc.  At first I thought, crap, what am I going to eat?  Because when you take away all of that, there isn't a whole lot left.  

Here's what a typical day looks like for me:

Breakfast:  oatmeal with agave nectar and strawberries.  I am going to have to mix this up because after 5 days of this, it's getting kind of old.  

Lunch:  homemade tabouli.  This contains bulgur wheat, onions, tomatoes, lemon juice and olive oil, plus salt and pepper.  I think I am probably cheating with salt and pepper, but I don't care!  They can make a lot of things taste good, and possibly I am cheating with the bulgur wheat, but on the package the only ingredient is whole grain wheat, so I am going to make an exception here.  Plus, it's supposed to be very good for you.  Although I suppose I could try the recipe with wheat berries just to see what it tastes like.

Supper:  potato of some type, either sweet or regular, and veggies roasted.

Snacks: fresh fruit or veggies.

Of course you can toss in salads of any type, just make your dressing with olive oil and lemon juice.  There are a lot of good vegetarian soups out there that I haven't tried yet.  I have actually been felling really good so far, I know for a lot of people that first week is really tough, but I am wondering if the tabouli is helping me with that?  

I am going to do this until June, just a little over 30 days.  I am excited to see how it will make me feel different, if at all.  My kids are not doing it.  Somehow I think they would freak if I made them eat salads or tabouli everyday for lunch!  But I am sure we will implement some things, like beans and brown or wild rice for supper instead of meat, which we kind of do already.  The biggest emphasis will be avoiding all those processed foods, and they will naturally get that trickle down because I am not buying those items anymore.  

Seeing as they are still babies, I feel it is important to make sure they get what they need to help them grow, and they will drink milk for calcium a lot easier than broccoli, and meat still wins over a diet only of beans hands down with my kids.  They take after their dad!

Wish me luck!  


  1. I'm mostly vegan and recently had to give up wheat and gluten. My kids who don't know any better are being raised vegetarian - they don't drink regular milk or eat eggs but they love cheese. I think it's up to everyone to find what works for them, but a blog with recipes I really like is

  2. I've done a similar diet before as a cleanse. Very hard!!
    And ummm.... yeah... I want to be like her too... luscious locks and all!
    I'm going to follow you on this diet Jess - and do my best to implement more plant based foods minus the others. Although, I'm keeping some things - eggs included. ;)

  3. Yeah! I am glad that I am going to have someone doing this with me! If you find some good recipes let me know. Isn't her hair amazing?!

    Varouna, I went to her website and ordered one of her cookboooks. It comes today and I am so excited!