No Meat Required!

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The misconception in the United States is that you need to eat meat (animals) to obtain protein. Well according to Dr. T. Colin Campbell, coauthor of The China Study with his son, Thomas Campbell, II, MD., spinach, kale, walnuts, quinoa, oats, and many other whole foods have about twice as much protein, per calorie, as a lean cut of beef.

Dr. Campbell also wrote Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition (a must read). These books will teach you about proper nutrition and how different types of foods affect your body’s ecosystem.

I don’t need to eat a bacon egg and cheese on a toasted bagel for breakfast. I use to though, a very long time ago. I was brought up under the wrong pretenses. My apples, blueberries and walnuts is full of phytonutrients, antioxidants, protein (yes there’s protein in blueberries too), fiber, carbohydrates, omega-3’s, vitamins, and minerals. The benefits of eating a whole food plant base (WFPB) diet outweighs the benefits of a bacon and egg sandwich.

The closer we get to a WFPB diet the healthier we (Americans’) will be. CHOOSE wisely with your forks.

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Day 9: Dinner w/Roti and Juicing

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For dinner tonight I juiced organic carrots, spinach, celery and beets. The health benefits for juicing your veggies are endless. It’s the best thing you can do for your body. Drinking green juices daily is the optimum way to consume your vegetables.

Your body can receive enzymes from fresh vegetables and fruits. However, once vegetables are cooked at 118 degrees, they loose their enzyme content. Drink your veggies, it’s best!

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I also had some of my curry vegetable dish I made on Sunday. I was in the mood for a roti so I made one. I’m actually getting better at it. Roti is an Indian bread. I ran out of whole wheat flour do I ended up using the regular one.

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I was in a cooking frenzy tonight because I also sautéed bok choy and string beans with garlic and olive oil.

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I took these pictures after I started eating so it doesn’t look the prettiest. However, it tasted great!

Day 8: My 14 Day Vegan Diet

This past weekend I was exceptionally busy with my children. I am very happy to say I did really well with sticking to my vegan diet. What works for me is packing healthy snacks for everyone.

Well, I’m well into my second week on my vegan diet. I started my day with a cup of green tea. I then ate my favorite bagel with peanut butter of course.

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I also had an organic grapefruit!

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For dinner last night I cooked a vegan curry dish. It was really delicious! I also brought some in today for my lunch. I started out with a little olive oil, turmeric, a pinch of cinnamon, curry and fresh cracked black pepper. I sautéed my onions, garlic, tomatoes, and ginger.

Cooking with turmeric is indeed healthy for us. Numerous studies have looked into this potential cancer-fighting link with curcumin, and promising results. Turmeric (Curcuma longa), is a bright yellow spice.

For instance, curcumin has been found to:

  • Inhibit the proliferation of tumor cells
  • Inhibit the transformation of cells from normal to tumor
  • Help your body destroy mutated cancer cells so they cannot spread throughout your body
  • To read more click here!

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    After about 3 minutes I added potatoes, Eggplant, cauliflower, chip peas and green peas. I then added some water and simmered it down until everything was fully cooked.

    This will last me for two days. It’s simple, very tasty and nutritious. I had this with a little brown rice for dinner.

    Pretty good!

    Day 5: Breakfast and Lunch

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    Breakfast this morning consisted of my usual as you can see 7 whole grain bread with peanut butter, my berry/spinach smoothie, organic grapefruit, and a cup of organic white tea. This was very filling although it doesn’t look like much.

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    I decided on Indian food for lunch today. My favorite Indian restaurant is Agra. The food is authentic and amazing. There’s also a business lunch special that’s very reasonable. I got the curry vegetable dish (eggplant, carrots, potato, and cauliflower), 2 potato samosas appetizers (I ate one before I took the pic), curry cabbage, and basmati rice. I went a little off my diet today. I had white basmati rice and I shouldn’t have. I tried to get brown but they didn’t have. It’s not the worst thing. I figured it was Friday, so why not!

    Day 4: Breakfast and Lunch

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    My simple lunch today, consisted of a mixture of vegetables. Really, nothing over the top. I was actually craving for some pasta but, I couldn’t find any whole wheat. I’m going to have to make my own. Everywhere I looked had regular white pasta. I wasn’t overly excited over my lunch today. It’s days like this which makes sticking to a specific diet hard.

    My lunch wasn’t filling at all and that’s because I didn’t include any fiber. However, around 2:00pm I did have a grapefruit and half of a pomegrante. It’s after 4:00pm and I feel really hungry. I still have my barley salad leftover so I think I will have that for dinner with some fruit. I don’t feel like cooking anything tonight so leftovers will have to do.

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    And here for breakfast I had my crunchy peanut butter on a seven grain bread along with my favorite berry smoothie, and my pomegranate white tea.

    Day 3: Dinner…Juice Time

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    For dinner tonight I decided on juicing. I juiced kale, carrots, and one beet. I wish I had some ginger. Ginger really gives it that kick. Anyway, I will have to pick up some tomorrow.

    If you noticed a little hand to the right, it’s my daughter. She was helping me juice. She also enjoys drinking the juice too. My boys not so much! So far, I’m enjoying my vegan diet. I actually don’t miss eating meat, and I’m not craving for any.

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    Thank you for your support!

    Day 3: Breakfast and Lunch

    It’s day three of my vegan diet, and its going amazingly great. I’m not craving for any animal proteins or sugars at that. I substitute sugar and add cranberries and honey if I need something sweet.

    As you can see here my breakfast and lunch consisted of whole grains, mixed raw and cooked vegetables. I sprinkled wheat germ on my peanut butter for some extra fiber.

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    Day 2: Vegan Lunch

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    My massive lunch today consisted of sprouted beans and arugula, green leaf lettuce, tomatoes, bell peppers, avocados, cucumbers, apples and my own dressing (fresh squeezed lemon and raw honey).

    20130219-153231.jpg Then my Kombucha Gingerberry drink to wash everything down. I love these because they’re packed with good probiotics. They’re also organic, vegan, gluten-free, and Non-GMO. Everything I love in a beverage. Kombucha drinks are really good for you and the teas as well.

    According to the Mayo Clinic Kombucha’s are fermented drinks that are made with tea, good bacteria and yeast. It’s great for stimulating the immune system, preventing cancer, and improving digestion and liver function.

    The Ancient Chinese referred to it as the “Immortal Health Elixir,” and it’s been around for over 2,000 years. Kombucha Synergy beverages are a great option rather than the teas because there’s a soda like fizz that it contains.

    For more info on Kombucha click here:

    Day 2: Of My Vegan Diet – Breakfast

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    Ok, it’s day 2 of my vegan diet and it is going great thus far. Earlier for breakfast I had organic oats w/Flaxseeds, mixed with 1 tbs of wheat germ, almond milk and some raw orange blossom honey I purchased at my local farmers market.

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    I drink a lot of fluids throughout the day. It’s 10:30am and I already had two cups of green teas and my smoothie. My smoothie had spinach, blueberries, strawberries, mango and almond milk.

    I bought a lot of fruits to work just in case I get hungry in between meals. I’m not snacking on any processed foods just raw foods and maybe some nuts.

    It’s an amazing feeling because my bowels have been very frequent throughout my first and second day already.

    It’s a great feeling!

    Day 1: Dinner

    I wasn’t that hungry, but I figured I should have something before it gets too late. I just put together this salad real quickly. Very Simple!

    My juice from earlier is still keeping me up. I’m also not eating anything after 7:00pm, just drinking fluids. Well, that’s my first day on my vegan diet. I’m going to make myself a big mug of green tea and call it the night.

    Thanks for your support!

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