Since I let the cat out of the bag on my new way of eating people keep asking me what I eat. I’m like… what do you mean what do I eat? There are way more choices when it comes to whole foods and plant-based meals then plain old meat and potatoes!
One thing I have found since changing my WOE (way of eating), is that I am never, and I mean never, hungry. When I want a snack I eat one. If I want seconds I get seconds. The food is delicious and I am always satisfied. Let me run through an average day for you. Keep in mind I am still transitioning and still eat some meat and things that are not considered WFPB (whole-food plant based). So here is what I eat.
What I Eat For Breakfast
Normally I take my breakfast to work with me and eat while I start my day. I usually eat basically the same breakfast every day. I mix rolled oats, frozen blueberries or peaches, flaxseed, either walnuts or macadamia nuts and almond milk in a container and heat it in the microwave for a couple of minutes when I get to work. Did you notice I didn’t say sugar? The fruit makes it sweet enough that I don’t need it! The nuts give it a little crunch and also gives me some protein to start the day. This is soooo filling!
What I Eat For Lunch
Once again I usually take my lunch to work. What I eat for lunch varies. I’ve taken homemade vegetable soup and veggie chili but my favorite is what I call a salad wrap. I take whatever salad I have in the refrigerator and wrap it in a tortilla and whoolah I have lunch! It is so good! My salads consist of mostly greens like baby spinach, leaf lettuce, watercress and purple cabbage. I throw in other random stuff like carrots, squash, zucchini and nuts and seeds with some type of dried fruit. I have been eating my salads without dressings lately because they just taste so darn good! There are several WFPB dressings that are easy to make though. As for tortillas that can be a challenge. You just have to read the label and look for sprouted grains or ones made from nut flour or raw veggies like spinach.
What I Eat For Dinner
What I eat for dinner is what I call my sides meal. This for me is the hardest meal of the day. Since Phillip is still an omni, omnivore, and David and Anna are staying with us while they transition into civilian life, I have to fix meals that will satisfy them too. This is the meal that keeps me from being 100% WFPB. I usually fix some type of meat with lots of veggies, grains and some type of beans. Even though I could make a meal out of the sides, I usually end up eating a small portion of whatever the meat is.
So here is a typical dinner: Pork loin for my omnis along with salad, wild rice, and black-eyed peas. As you can see the meal could easily be eaten without the meat and still be very tasty and filling. I am usually able to make whatever the meal is WFPB friendly though. It is just hard for me to cook meat and have it sit in front of me and then not eat any of it.
What I Eat For Snacks
My meals are so satisfying that I don’t want to eat as many snacks as I used to. When I do it is normally a piece of fruit or some nut butter on my new favorite bread. I have discovered Dave’s Killer Bread and it is amazing!! They carry it at most grocery stores and it is one of only a few brands that are WFPB. Sometimes I will grab a small handful of nuts or seeds. I seem to have lost my cravings for sweet things so that hasn’t been much of an issue.
What I Eat Is Easy
The foods I eat are easy to prepare, easy to take to work, and are completely satisfying. They give me all the nutrients I need including protein! That is the one thing I get asked quite often. How do you get your protein? There is protein in some vegetables like spinach, kale, broccoli and even mushrooms. Legumes and nuts have tons of protein. Believe me when I tell you getting enough protein is not an issue with a WFPB WOE.
Keeping What I Eat Simple
Right now what I eat is simple everyday food that omnis eat all the time. I just tweak them a little to eliminate the meat and dairy and I make a meal out of them. There are some very tasty looking recipes that I am going to try eventually but for me, right now, keeping it simple seems to be working.
I am hoping that Phillip will eventually want to try this WOE. I know it will make him healthier. He likes the sides that I fix for dinner but right now he is not ready to adopt the lifestyle. I am not going to push it on him though. This has to be a choice, not a have to. I think that is why it is so easy for me. This is something that I wanted to do. I didn’t have some crazy health scare or have someone tell me that I had to go WFPB. This just really felt right for me. It has been the easiest eating plan I have ever followed and believe me I have tried so many I couldn’t even begin to try to list them!
Next Weeks Post
Next week I will update you on how I am doing weight wise and also give you some resources to go to if you are considering WFPB as your WOE. In the meantime here is a link to my last post and also Dr. Gregor’s How Not to Die Cookbook.