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Vegan Eating: Days 8&9

I attempted to step on the scale this morning, Day #10 of the vegan diet. The battery is dead. Serves me right, it’s not Monday.
Anyway, these are meals from Wednesday and Thursday.

I neglected Wednesday because I absolutely hated my dinner.
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Dinner: White grape gazpacho from MetroFresh. It’s not that MetroFresh is bad or anything, I just did not want cold soup with celery and cucumbers and grapes and withered pecans. Does that sound delicious? Does that even look delicious? Heck no!  Should have been the marinade for a ceviche.

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Yesterday’s breakfast was fun and super easy. I made some adjustments, as I must to insure that my girlfriend will eat on this diet. Her palate does not play well with bland flavors.

Breakfast: blended frozen banana and almond milk smoothie topped with flaxseeds. I didn’t want them ground, (they didn’t call for ground) because they add a fun texture to the smoothie…a kind of crunch.

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I loved lunch but she HATED it. She returned lunch to me bludgeoned with a spoon. I felt bad. I knew mine was more edible because I got majority of the black bean dip.
Lunch: Raw veggies: carrots, red, yellow and orange peppers, broccoli, basil and pita bread. The bean dip was just a can of beans with a bit of juice from the can with chili powder, garlic and cumin blended together.

Like I said, I liked it. She was plenty pissy.

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I tried to make up for it with dinner.

Dinner: Lentil stew (lentils, celery, tomatoes, onions, seasonings), iceberg lettuce with red onion and tomato (I had pomegranate vinaigrette dressing and she had parmesan peppercorn) with garden veggie crackers and broiled and salted with garlic string beans with apple juice.

The juice was wrong, I admit. But damn’t I wanted it! I also had a small bag of Stacy’s Pita Chips. It was 130 calories. I ate it with blueberries as a mid day snack. It made me forgo any eating of the dark chocolate granola cereal I love so much. I am still alive.

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Vegan Eating: Days #6, #7 and #8

Life is messy and mine has been messy. And this is prime time for me to start eating crap. And I resisted, except two times. Once when I ate a bowl of the organic granola dark chocolate cereal I love with almond milk (which really wasn’t breaking the rules) and the other thing. I’ll explain once I get there. Nonetheless, between weight lifting and vegan eating, I have lost 12 lbs. since I started. Yes, crazy business.

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This salad is probably the best thing I’ve eaten on the diet. And I had it on the worst day of my weekend. I got it from the chicken place, Bantam and Biddy that celebrity chef Shaun Doty opened last year…or maybe earlier this year. Anyway, it was delicious. Spinach with lemon quinoa and apples with some sort of really “liquidy” kind of mustard dressing (maybe). I could have eaten a pound of it and I aim to figure out the recipe so I can make it at home regularly.

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The next day after the worst day ever, I hosted a small wine tasting/gathering at my house with a few fellow blossoming wine lovers. When I get my hands on some editing equipment, I fully intend to make a video…but right now, I don’t have any. :-/ Anyway…I dipped a carrot in some spinach artichoke cheese dip. And then I dipped a cracker. And then I stopped myself. I’m so proud. It was soooooo amazing. I needed to be stopped so I could rejoice the next day on losing 12 lbs.

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Monday, I was made to rise and shine in the afternoon (it is my off day after all) and head to the gym. I hadn’t eaten anything. Sour stomach from the weekends. Worst, most unenthusiastic workout ever. I’m sure I could have fainted about 4 different times. So we stopped at Arden’s Garden and I bought an “Un-fried” fried rice raw vegan concoction.

Concoction: cauliflower, peppers, carrots, sunflower seeds, peas and seasonings and the heaviest dose of chopped onions ever.  I love onions so it had to be heavy if I am referring to it that way. It did taste like fried rice, except it wasn’t fried and there was no rice or oil. It gave me terrible breath. Jokes were made. 😦

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Fast forward to Monday evening for date night and Yard House in Atlantic Station sounded like the best idea before checking out Fruitvale Station. Unfortunately it seems like all their healthy options are not healthy. I liked the hummus because it had pitted kalamata olives but the bread was tough.

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My date actually ate this asian inspired ahi tuna and cabbage with wonton salad in my face. I drooled; quietly.

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And well you see it. It would have been good had it not been oiled up in balsamic vinaigrette. It was unbelievably oversauced but the candied walnuts made me entire day. Breakfast today was lame. A chopped apple and lentils with garden veggie crackers for lunch and again for dinner. After today’s grocery shopping expedition I’ll be back to formulaic meals. (It was so awesome. We set a budget for $50/person and our bill was $100 even). Go us!

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Food: Vegan Eating Day #4

Everybody say “Rewind.” A repeat offender has emerged back into the diet. We’re getting rid of all the leftovers for the next three days so several meals will be repeated. Exciting times.
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Today for breakfast, I added agave nectar. For some reason the oatmeal was very dry on its own. It’s probably because we used blueberries and bananas instead of raisins, which likely warm up from the heat of the oats and release bits of sugar.

Lunch was a repeat of yesterdays dinner, soup, salad and toast. And then my girlfriend invited me to Varasano’s Pizzeria to look at other people’s pizza. That was so nice of her. 🙂

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For dinner I used the last bushels of kale and soaked tofu in pineapple juice and baked it off. Onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, pineapples and pineapple juice all steamed in a pot. I actually enjoyed it. I don’t think my girlfriend enjoyed it. That made me a little sad. Today was weird. I’m not sure why but not being able to “eat my feelings,” is probably the best thing I could do to challenge my discipline and will power and figure out things more productively. Go figure.

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Food: Vegan Eating Day #3

My favorite cereal was on sale today ya’ll. It’s never on sale and it’s always overpriced, sorta. It’s the Cascadian Farms organic granola with dark chocolate and almonds. Whenever I buy it, I usually eat a box in a day…two days if I’m being “moderate.” I bought two boxes and put them at the top of the cabinet all the way in the back so they can only be reached by chair. I will probably buy two more boxes while they’re still on sale. Jesus Christ they’re so good. Anyway…vegan eating blah blah blah.

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Breakfast: Baked pears and golden raisins with cinnamon.

Breakfast was amazing this morning. It was like eating dessert. It was also the perfect amount of carbs to fuel an intense workout session today with our trainer. My poor triceps feel like overcooked noodles; limp and pitiful.

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Lunch: grapefruit and Australian oranges, pita stuffed with romaine, avocado, tomato and hummus. Avocado is mayonnaise from heaven without all the bad oils and eggs.

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Equally yummy but unfortunately rushed…I had to go to work. I ended up not having enough time to pack dinner so I grabbed some raisin coleslaw to take to work to snack on until my girlfriend brought me dinner…which didn’t happen because she had to take my mom to the grocery store. And so I went to the grocery store and bought bananas and natural GMO free peanut butter. I wanted to buy almond butter but that stuff is absurdly overpriced. Guys, they had an almond butter for $21! It’s JUST nuts, pun intended. Needless to say, it stayed there. But the banana and peanut butter held me over until I got to this.

And dinner: arugula and strawberries with red wine vinaigrette, broccoli and red pepper soup and multigrain toast.

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The diet plan called for 7 grain but they didn’t have that and this bread has flaxseeds, sunflower seeds and several other seeds in it so I just went with it. Tomorrow we start, finish the leftover groceries plan. Once all the groceries are done we will resume the formal Furhman diet plan. For now, it’ll be Rian’s vegan, which is still vegan but my version of it.

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Food: Vegan Eating Day #2

Yesterday it was my girlfriend who was “losing it” and today it was me. Although breakfast was actually quite yummy and lunch was not terrible, dinner was a sad, sad situation.

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Breakfast: organic rolled oats cooked in water and almond milk with walnuts and raisins and a grapefruit (not pictured).

I rather enjoyed breakfast. Even without the added sugar, honey or nectar or butter or milk that I typically use to “improve” the taste, the raisins added a nice sweetness and the walnuts some yummy nutty texture. The night before I prepped lunch, as it was extensive.
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Lunch: Chipotle sweet potato soup, raisin coleslaw and blackberries.

We got lucky at the Dekalb Farmer’s Market and scored on a couple of boxes of pre-made soups. Although they have tons of sodium, we’re splitting them between the two of us and cutting the sodium intake in half. It was delicious! The raisin coleslaw took some getting used to. I do not like coleslaw. I like my cabbage cooked down to the last drop of nutritional value and smothered in bacon fat…certainly not raw. The raisin coleslaw is a combination of shredded cabbage, carrots and apples with a pureed apple juice, raisin, potato and mustard sauce. After the 7th crunchy bite, I actually became fond of the slaw. My girlfriend never arrived. And the blackberries were terrible, tart demons puncturing our palettes with each acidic explosion of juice.

Then it hit me. I wanted something crunchy and salty. I wanted Stacy’s Pita Chips…very badly. I resisted and ate a banana. That pissed me off for about an hour until it was time for dinner. I took a picture but apparently my phone was not comfortable with my intentions to upload a struggle plate* to my blog so I don’t have it. It deleted itself.

Dinner wasn’t that bad. It was just a weird combination, which was partially my fault. Today’s meal plan called for “Dr. Furhman’s Anti-Cancer” soup and a baked potato with tomato sauce but nobody has time for that. It required like 8 zucchini stalks and 12 carrots and all these other ridiculous amounts of produce, so I swamped it out for fiber. Furhman says you should try and eat a cup of beans everyday so I made black beans and brown rice instead and a baked potato with tomato sauce. Yes, it was odd but not terrible tasting. After dousing it in ridiculous amounts of hot sauce, it was good. Three hours later I got hungry again and ate more coleslaw (on these meal plans you can have unlimited amounts of raw and cooked veggies).

Tomorrow’s menu sounds so much more appetizing and I definitely look forward to it. Thank Bacchus. I want some wine. 😦

*struggle plate- a plate that is struggling; plate that looks unappetizing; not plated correctly; on Styrofoam or still in a pot.

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Food: Vegan Eating Day #1

Several years ago a dear friend of mine passed on a book regarding the health benefits of her vegan lifestyle by Dr.  Joel Fuhrman called “Eat to Live.”  I read it, completely amazed at facts like romaine lettuce and broccoli have more protein than beef sirloin and on and on it goes about vegan/vegetarian diets and life span and overall quality of life and how much better it is when you’re vegan.

I went vegan for a month afterwards; not necessarily clean however; there were a few bags of kettle fried chips in the mix and some zucchini that got drizzled in olive oil before broiling, but overall it was fair. I lost a lot of weight and for the first time in nearly 7 years, I didn’t have any aches and pains in my lower back or ankles. It was wonderful.

Since then I’ve become some what of a major foodie, neglecting to incorporate the salads of the past with the fried pork belly of the present and the aches and pains have returned so my girlfriend and I have decided we’re going to do this for 14 days.

$125 later on half organic and half non-organic produce and beans, I want to determine how much weight can one lose in 14 days on Furhman’s diet plan and how long $125 worth of groceries can last.  With produce, we have to eat it all and fast, otherwise it will rot and no one wants to see their money thrown away, especially not when it’s all we can eat.

With that said, I’ve decided to document my experience on Dr. Furman’s Eat to Live diet plan.

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Breakfast: strawberries, oranges and grapefruit

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Lunch: Romaine lettuce with diced apples, walnuts, golden raisins and tomatoes with fresh squeezed orange juice.  Wheat pita pockets stuffed with kalamata olive hummus, tomatoes and more lettuce with a small sprinkling of coarse sea salt and sliced kiwi and banana.

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And Dinner, which was insanely filling: Steamed chard, tomatoes, mushrooms and zucchini and onions.  The worst salad ever, mixed greens and shredded pear with lemon juice and an acorn squash, baked and filled with pineapple juice soaked dried apricots, raisin, cashews and pineapple chunks sprinkled with cinnamon.

At the very least I intend to capitalize on this opportunity to taste and smell foods with aromas that I will frequently find in wine.  I will also take this opportunity to put more focus on my eating and health as this shit is hella time consuming and everything must be prepped in advance to avoid the unfortunate grab of the chips.  I must say, I’m not hungry but I will also say, I really really want a piece of multigrain toast with butter.

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Gusto

Besides spending unreasonable amounts of time lusting over food, clothes and jewelry, I also swoon over my IG inspiration, a woman that goes by the name of MankoFit.

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I stumbled upon her while surfing the pages of IG because frankly she’s extraordinary. Her niche is taking pics of herself performing outrageously challenging poses. Like this!

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Her whole back story is she used to be this incredibly unhealthy drinker/smoker that decided to change her life for the better. She likes to inspire and remind her followers that she too is still “struggling” and always seeking to push further past her limits. The coolest part about her…she’s incredibly fit and toned but still very feminine and plainly put, gorgeous.

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It’s a great thing as a woman to see another woman maintain her femininity while still using weights in her workout routine to insure her health and have a sickening bikini body.

This month, she’s doing a 30 day fitness challenge.

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My lady friend asked if I was interested in doing it. And Lord knows since I’ve been back in the gym, I’ve been reminded again that my diet and lifestyle has to match up with my workout routine. So I’m doing it. I wanted to post it here to pass the word on to my readers. We’ve got four months to look smoking hot in Miami for Pride and steamy in June for NYC. Times’ a ticking. Now what to do with all my wine?

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Under Construction

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This is a late night sneak peek into the ever evolving future home of Bantam and Biddy.

Bantam: a chicken breed that is 1/3 to 1/2 the size smaller than a standard bred chicken.
Biddy: a laying hen over 1 year in age.

It appears that Shaun Doty’s latest project, a rotisserie chicken and sides joint will be launching in early October.  And based on the looks of things (this photo was taken 3 days ago) it seems they’re right on schedule.  I’ve got something similar brewing.  For the next 30 days, my “hubby” and I, in our everlong struggle to find thinness, have decided to shed our last 10-20 lbs. by engaging in a 30 day vegan challenge.  I’ve done it before.  It’s how I initially lost all the weight.  But now it’s time to haul it off the cliff into eternity.  And the best part, it appears my 30 day challenge ends right when Bantam and Biddy is scheduled to open!  And who loves chicken more than I?  Not one damn soul.  I hope to correlate a fresh interior Bantam and Biddy, with a fresh exterior of Rian and Ashlei!

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