Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Hey! Who Stole My Potatoes?

Day Two of the Blitz
The scale rewarded me with a 159.7. WooHoo -- my first drop into the 150's since I began this project at 200.

I got up early (after not enough sleep) because Lex, my pekeapoo had an 8:30 hair appointment. So absent mindedly, in anticipation of making a repeat of yesterday's breakfast, I sliced some onion and tossed it into the pan to saute with a touch of water.

While the onions were heating, I opened the refrigerator and, "What?!@No little potatoes?!" I searched and searched. Then I checked the freezer. Then I checked the cupboards. Hmmmm.....did I make a mistake by sharing my potatoes with Gordon yesterday. Don't tell me he had them for supper.

I turned off the onions and went outside to find my beloved. He denied any knowledge of the potatoes. I cooked enough for a few days, so I know there was still a bag full somewhere. It will be amazing to see where they show up.

Undaunted....well, a little daunted....the thought did cross my mind, "Oh heck, I will just have a slice of grain bread instead." But NO! I am on this blitz with only one planned exception - tomorrow's lunch at a raw/live food place with my healthy friend, Rhonda.

So I burrowed through the fridge again and found two Yukon Golds hiding under the celery and I tossed them into the microwave and then sliced them onto the awaiting onions. I plated the potatoes on a bed of lettuces and topped it once again with the remainder (finally) of the corn and black bean salsa.

I have to admit -- it was DE-licious. The sweetness of the potatoes and the kick of the salsa: A really yummy breakfast.


I roasted a pan of veggies -- see photo above; and found, what I believe to be the final two Yukon Gold potatoes and added them to the mix. Spritzed a little balsamic/raspberry/lemon vinegar and dusted it my herbal salt. Now, I just have to decide how the heck to pack it.

I can just see me with a wheely cart dragging all my food to my office tonight.

To the above, I am adding:

the sweet potato/yam/carrot mash and beets with cinnamon for dessert -- it was a good treat last night.
And two little bags of carrots -- I feel crunchy today.

Remember -- if you have to count calories, you are eating the wrong kind of food.

At 2, just prior to my evening shift -- I meet with my doctor to get the results of my blood work since I started this lifestyle. I hope we have a previous workup for comparison.

Go forth -- healthy, happy, and full of life!

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The Story Behind the Garden of Eden Vegan Blog

For those of you who knew me prior to December 30, 2009, I was a veteran of the fast food culinary institute. My son, when he lived with me would ask if I had ordered the "Shabbat pizza" yet as the sun was setting Friday nights.

My idea of a good meal was a McFish sandwich, fries with extra salt, and a medium diet coke.

Everything was better covered in a rich creamy sauce and the idea of a naked baked potato was as foreign to me as walking naked in Manhattan.

In June of 2009 I decided to formally become a vegetarian. Although I had dabbled with this, it was not until I read Skinny Bitch that the gauntlet was thrown.

Now being a vegetarian does not sign you up for good health. I was proof of that. Chubby when I started, I indulged in pizza, french fries, cheese, cheese, butter, cheese, pizza......and became very over weight, tipping the Toledos at 200 pounds at 5'4". And taking an assortment of meds for cholesterol and GERD and who knows what else.

As the decade was waning, and with my 60th birthday approaching in the year 2010, there was a perfect storm that snapped my beak and got me in gear. The same friend who gave me Skinny Bitch, turned me on to the John McDougall website. At the same time, there was a Grand Round lecture at the hospital where I work on the book Eat to Live, and at the same time, I was tired of how I looked and felt and needed to make a change.

I regret that I did not start this blog when I changed my lifestyle, but it is better late than never.

My weight is down about 35 pounds, my size has gone from a tight 16 to a loose 12. And I am on no meds, although my vegetarian doctor and I will review my blood work within this month to see if I need anything (like b12) boosted.

I began as a Vegan Minus. Or what I call a Garden of Eden Vegan.

As you know, a Vegan eats no animals nor animal products - none. But then I subtracted oil, sugar, and processed foods.

That is a big subtraction -- but it is this subtraction that helped with weight loss, lack of cravings, increased energy, health, and vibrancy.

Now I am dabbling in raw foods and have signed up to learn with Russell James (google him).

I like the taste and health aspect of raw foods, but worry about the increased calories. So I will (hopefully) use the raw creations as a supplement to my Gan (Hebrew for Garden -- I am in a Hebrew mood today) Eden Vegan lifestyle.

My doctor said that I should write a book about this since most of her patients need it. I said, "Who, or how many, would want to do this?" We shall see. It has been easy (no cravings) and exciting as life and energy unfold before me, just as it was meant to be. (It didn't unfold over a fried fish sandwich, extra tarter sauce.)

Join me or not. Walk with me the whole journey, day trips, part of it, or not. This is my 60th year -- buckle up life, here I come.