Sometimes it’s easy for me to lose sight of the things that made my weight loss possible. Hard to believe given the fact that I write this blog and all, but it’s really true. Even sticking to a “high vegan” diet with almost no added fat or processed food, the opportunities to “fall off the wagon” come fast and furious. And the result of this loss of focus is, for me, weight gain. And that, my friends, has started to reverse itself (phew!).
How did I reverse myself? First, I signed up for and am participating in The Point of No Return program from http://www.peertrainer.com/. What I quickly realized when I started listening to the program was that I was losing site of just how low calorie and nutrient dense I need to eat to be at my ideal weight. I woke up to the fact that I was losing site of what brought me so much weight loss success and energy to begin with: Dr. Fuhrman’s Eat to Live principles. I also began logging my food again every day using the free Peer Trainer log–what an eye opening experience! It’s easy to think you are eating really well until you see it on “paper.”
Catching myself at this point inspired me to reread Eat to Live and Eat for Health by Dr. Fuhrman. Dr. Fuhrman has actually published a revised addition of Eat to Live and it’s even better than the original. The only way to get the revised addition right now is by ordering it here. I’ve been browsing it as a vook, but I’m old school and I really just prefer the real thing, so I ordered myself a copy.
I also decided to join the Dr. Fuhrman Member Center online and to give up my Weight Watchers online membership. For me, the $44.95 for the first 6 weeks and $14.95 for every month after that is worth it. The site is far more useful and personal than the Weight Watchers site and ALL of the recipes are friendly to me (instead of a small fraction on WW). I also happen to love listening to the podcasts on whatever topic I have questions about. For example, I listened to the podcast on “Is it Possible to Overeat Healthy Food?” and found out that, yes, it is possible. The information contained in that podcast was vital to me and I made some immediate changes in my diet from that moment forward (can anyone say avocado? duh!). There’s a lot more to the member portion of the website that I haven’t even had time to explore, but from what I have already seen, it’s probably incredible.
And what have I discovered so far? That I am simply just not eating enough of the right foods. The foods that are really low in calories and dense in nutrients–raw vegetables–ideally one pound per day. Cooked vegetables–also one pound per day. And that I am eating too many whole grains and starchy vegetables. In my zealousness to try all sorts of fun, no-added-fat vegan recipes, I forgot how vital it is to just fill up on the basics–salads, low calorie soups, low calorie smoothies and water sauteed greens. Even otherwise healthy foods can have a lot of calories, enough for me to gain weight fairly rapidly. So I’ve got to really get myself in check, and I’m pretty sure that these two resources are just the right way to do it.
Dijon Pistachio Dressing /Dip
A no-oil salad dressing from http://www.drfuhrman.com/ Thank you to the kind people over at Dr. Fuhrman for letting me publish this recipe!
1 1/3 cups water
1 cup raw pistachio nuts, unsalted
4 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
4 teaspoons Dr. Fuhrman’s VegiZest or Mrs. Dash seasoning
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Bragg Liquid Aminos or low sodium soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
4 deglet noor dates or 2 or 3 medjool dates
Blend all ingredients in a high powered blender or food processor until smooth and creamy.