I’ve been following a plant-strong diet as outlined in Rip Esselstyn’s The Engine 2 Diet for a year. And what a year it’s been! I’ve lost over 20 pounds, my skin looks beautiful and I feel great. And that’s just the icing on the cake! I started this diet because research shows that it dramatically decreases one’s chances of getting cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and dementia.
A plant-strong diet consists of whole, plant-based foods including fruits, vegetables, beans/legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains. Foods that are not whole or not plant-based like meat, dairy, processed foods and oils are avoided or used sparingly.
Even with the above definition, you probably don’t have a clue as to what I actually eat. Thus I thought it would help to walk you through a typical day in my life with food. So here goes:
A Plant-Strong Day in the Life
6:00 – First thing when I get up I drink a glass or two of water spiked with the juice of half a lemon. I used to just drink water, but I learned in Rich Roll’s, Finding Ultra, that lemon water alkalizes the body, which is important in maintaining health.
7:30 – Breakfast is my most predictable meal of the day. It’s almost always hot cereal with fruit, almond milk and nuts or seeds. I vary the kind of grains and fruits from day to day so that I get a variety of nutrients. As far as the nuts and seeds, on most days I have either walnuts or flax seeds for my omega 3’s, but once or twice a week I’ll have almonds or another nut.
10:00 – Tea time! I enjoy a cup of mint tea.
12:00 – Since my husband and I both work from home, I make our lunches. They’re always quick and simple like a sandwich or wrap that I’ll serve with a salad, or lightly steamed veggies. I also typically serve a green smoothie, a smoothie made with water, fruit and dark leafy greens. My favorite lunches are Sweet Not Tuna sandwiches, and Greek wraps (I’ll post these recipes soon!).
2:30 – Time for a snack! My snacks vary. I might have a cup of I Can’t Believe it’s Healthy Hot Chocolate, an apple with peanut butter, toast with almond butter or a Vegan Mint Tea Latte (I’ll post this recipe soon too!).
5:30 – Dinner typically includes a whole grain, beans and vegetables including a dark leafy green. The fun and yum is in how these come together. Some favorites are whole-grain pasta with veggies, Mexican-inspired bean and rice dishes and veggie pizzas. As with lunch, I typically serve the main course with a salad or lightly steamed veggies. Sometimes I’ll also serve a green smoothie as well.
8:00 – Dessert! It would probably be healthier to skip dessert except on weekends or special occasions, but I struggle with this. At least now I only eat healthy desserts (well…usually anyway). I’m often satisfied with a cup of I Can’t Believe it’s Healthy Hot Chocolate, but when this doesn’t do it for me; I search for healthy dessert recipes. I’ve recently been tempted by the yummy, yet healthy, dessert recipes on Eating Whole http://eatingwhole.net/.
For more information on a plant-strong diet:http://engine2diet.com/
If you want help with shifting to a plant-strong diet, I suggest you contact Certified Holistic Health Coach, Katherine Nilbrink. Katherine has been instrumental in my transition – I don’t think I would have been successful without her. http://lifetrekk.wordpress.com//
For information on why it’s important to alkalize your body: http://ezinearticles.com/?Alkalize-Or-Die:-Find-Out-What-Alkalizing-Means,-Why-Its-So-Important,-And-How-To-Stay-Alive!&id=6085759
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