Monday morning I wasn’t feeling too hungry. I woke up a bit late and had to be at work within the hour. We made a huge fruit salad for our picnic on day 4 of the vegan challenge so I munched on that and had some lemon water.
Do you ever start your day with lemon water? Lemons are an extremely alkaline forming food. The pH scale ranges from 1-14. The human body should be around 7.5 to 7.6 naturally. When your body has a higher pH cancer cells cannot survive. Starting your day off with water and lemon juice is a great way to get started on the right foot.
I knew I would get hungry at work pretty quickly because of my light breakfast, so I stocked up on some macadamia nuts, dried mango, and carob chips. I love homemade trail mix, I just stock up at the bulk section at whole foods on my favorite nuts and dried fruit(without added sugar) so I can make it exactly how I want it!
For lunch I had a salad with mixed greens, avocado, black beans, lemon juice, and tomatoes. I drizzled it in a bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing. It was so HOT in Salt Lake City today so the light lunch was perfect. I like to take my lunch breaks outside to get some fresh air and help me energize for the rest of my day. If you work in an office try to step outside, even if it’s for five minutes. If you can’t get outside stand up do a few stretches and take a few deep breaths, you will be amazed at how this helps you refocus throughout your day.
Angelo made dinner tonight. He made vegan patties. The original recipe called for re-fried beans but I got “re-fried” black beans instead to make it a little healthier. He also made baked potato fries drizzled in olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt-they were amazing. For the vegan patty I decided to place it over a bed of mixed greens, and added avocado and tomato. It tasted really good, and I think this recipe for vegan patties would be great for vegan tacos I’ll let you know if we try it!
Tonight I had a little “late night snack”. Have you ever heard the “rule” about not eating past 8:00. The only reason this came about was because so many people binge on ice cream, cookies, sweets or a second helping of dinner during the night. This can add-on another 500 calories or more to you day. If you keep it healthy and are genuinely hungry than go for a little something. I don’t like to eat right before I go to bed, I always feel bad the next day, like my body doesn’t digest the food properly, so I try to give myself at least two hours to properly digest the food(it is harder for your food to be digested if you’re laying down). My “late night” snack was around 10:30pm and I go to bed around 12:30am so I had plenty of time. I had a blueberry muffin(still tasted great the second day) and a cup of herbal peach tea.
I have to say this vegan challenge is much easier and more fun that we thought it would be. I think Angelo and I were kinda preparing to be slightly bored or not completely satisfied with our meals for the week, but it had been the opposite. We have tried great recipes and discovered new food combinations that we never would have tried without doing this challenge. If seven days is too much of a commitment for you try one day, maybe just one meal. Start small take baby steps and you’ll be surprised at what you can achieve!