A little while back, I blogged about needing to lose a bit of weight. Â Make that a lot of weight! Â 5kg (11lbs) for starters, seeing as that’s what I’ve put on after getting down to a weight I hadn’t seen in a very very long time over a year ago!
This week I am right back in to my oil-free cooking and avoiding stuff like bread and pasta. Â I’m also going for more wholefoods and minimising processed foods. Â Fats are also cut waaay down so I am mindful of things like nuts, seeds and usage of coconut oil. Â As much as I don’t like the cooking sprays, I am using a very short burst of olive oil spray for oven cooking but keeping that to zero as much as possible. Â I don’t find this restrictive in any way, fortunately!
Here’s a look at what I’ve eaten this week. Â I have retained only a little of the muscle mass I gained when heavy weight training over a year ago (boy does it hurt my pride to flex and see no more guns) so I’m trying to keep an eye on protein intake so I don’t shrivel away entirely…
I started on Monday and today is the following Monday morningÂ . Â So in one week, I am down Â 1.5kg (3.3lbs). Â I haven’t exercised, apart from one gym workout as a trial. Â I have injuries in both feet and should avoid weight bearing and impact exercises like jogging. Â Not fun when you want to lose weight, so I’ll be checking out exercise bike hire to get some HIIT happening.
So, these are some of the things I’ve eaten. Â Of course, it’s not everything but I’m guessing you will all get sick of me photographing bananas and the same bowl of soup because I made enough for four days then went nuts because I hate leftovers after the second day…
Smoothie with unsweetened plant milk, banana, spinach, pepitas, hemp protein:
A bowl of vegetable and cannellini bean soup (there are also some red lentils floating around but not enough, so I threw in the beans for a protein boost). Â Days worth of this:
When I went for my haircut, I made a double serve of a breakfast smoothie so I could take some with me, seeing as a) I was at the hair salon for a couple of hours at least and b) I was near Crumbs Bakery, with their vegan pastries and donuts. Â DANGER. This smoothie has spinach, banana, blueberries, hemp protein, flax:
Chickpea scramble made with broccoli, tomato, kale, lemon juice and lots of savoury yeast with my mum’s peas and carrots (cooked with onion and a little tomato paste) on the side:
Smoothie with hemp protein, flax, fresh mint, banana. As I was making it I was thinking “I’ve missed something, I just know it”… turns out it was the spinach. Â I add spinach to all my smoothies. Â Except this one:
Pan Seared Garlic Tofu from The Oh She Glows Cookbook, cooked in my new cast iron frying pan. Â Oh my goodness, crispy tofu without usingÂ stacks of oil! I served this with the roast cauliflower (with a spritz of oil spray) and the miso tahini dressing from the Isa Does It recipe for the Roasty Soba Bowl. Â Instead of soba I went for the last of the broccoli and some chickpea scramble. Â YUM. Â I had it again quite a few times:
Although I enjoy smoothies for a quick easy breakfast, I decided to try pancakes. Â AHA! I hear you say. Â Pancakes on a diet? Â Oh Veganopoulous, you crazy kid! Well! Â I made the blueberry pancakes from Brendan Brazier’s Thrive nutrition book. Â These are made with buckwheat flour, cooked quinoa, hemp milk, water, blueberries, salt, two dates, baking powder and baking soda. Â You mix up the batter in a food processor. Â They’re not the most attractive of pancake colours but they’re super healthy. Â The recipe makes two large servings. Â I had mine with a small sliced banana and home made applesauce (I just stewed some apples in a little water then pureed it all. Â No sweetener). Â The banana and applesauce did well as a ‘syrup’ seeing as I’ve waved goodbye to my beloved maple syrup for now. Â This breakfast really filled me up and I was stuffed by the last couple of forkfuls so next time I’d make these as three smaller servings:
We visited my parents on Good Friday and my mum had made Greek lentil soup and added in some kale I took over. Â Being Good Friday she didn’t use olive oil so I was pleased to have a nice bowl of oil free lentil soup. Â Called “faki” in Greek, pronounced “fu-KI” and enough to earn me detention after the home ec teacher asked what I ate for dinner and I answered honestly:
I made another Brendan Brazier Thrive recipe, this time the Black Bean Lime Salsa. Â I love this! black beans, tomato, onion (which I left out), fresh coriander, balsamic vinegar, hemp oil, lime juice. Â I moosh mine up in the food processor even though you’re supposed to just mix them together. Â Here I have it served with the last of my roast cauliflower steaks:
I haven’t featured any Easter gatherings here as I haven’t been to any. Â We have a belated Easter lunch with my parents, sister and brother in law today so I’ll be blogging about that very soon. Â This year I said I’d make hot cross buns with the kids but really, we’ve had so many store bought ones in the house that my dad insists on buying for us, that I am just well over them and I think Arthur and DeeW have consumed more than enough without needing to add to the count!
Although I ate the same things many times, it doesn’t bother me much now. Â See, I’m a person who hates leftovers after day two. Â I get BORED to the point where I would rather not eat than eat leftovers AGAIN. Â I’m a bit of a princess like that. Â On the third day I wanted to cry, in that whiny #firstworldproblem manner, when I realised I still had more bean-veg soup to eat. Â Yea verily Veganopoulous, get over it! For day 4 I felt better about it because it certainly helps knowing what I will be eating, without having to worry about coming up with something new every day or two. Â It makes for boring blog entries though!
This past week I’ve been playing and re-playing the new single by Tori Amos called ‘Trouble’s Lament’. Â I can’t get enough of it! Â I’m a looong time fan but the last couple of albums didn’t really jump out and grab me like all the rest. Â But this song just kapowed me in the face! Â If you’re a long time fan too, you might also be kapowed by the different sound she takes here. Â Before I sat down to listen I was wondering how different, though familiar, it would be to her past albums and I wasn’t expecting this. Â I’m looooving the percussion and guitars. Â Kapow!