I’ve been on the Engine 2 Rescue Diet now for almost three weeks. This diet is a no oil, no preservatives plant -based one. How is it going? Well, at times all I really want to do is to eat all the chips in the bag! However, I haven’t done that, and it’s going pretty good. I haven’t fallen “off the wagon” at all, and when I do get chip cravings, I tend to eat either some grapes – which are totally delicious, by the way, or an orange.
Learning how to make stir-fry without oil was a little hard to get used to, but I’ve got that down, now. Tonight, is Chinese night, so I’m really looking forward to the steamed veggies with white rice. A meal that I don’t have to cook is always a source of excitement.
I’ve been having Quaker Quick Oats for breakfast with some maple syrup, cinnamon, banana and blueberries. At first I thought yuck! I hate oatmeal, but when I have it like this, it’s really good! If I get hungry later in the morning (sometimes I’ve already eaten by 6:30, I’ll have an orange.
Here’s a lunch that I love. I just cut-up some onion, mushroom, squash and peppers, then I stir-fried them in a little water. I put them on a Sandwich Thin (again, no oil), added a little no-oil homemade hummus and dug in. I also ate the leftovers. Good lunch! Next week I’ll give you some dinner recipes. I have to take pictures, since I haven’t gotten around to that, yet.
I’ll also eat a salad with extra veggies and chickpeas. If I still feel hungry I’ll throw a small red potato in the microwave and cook it up. I’ll then eat it with some garlic powder. No vegan butter for me. This was actually a little strange at first, but I’ve gotten used to it, and now like the potato with only some herbs on it.
I’ve added some more exercise to my routine also. I now work-out in the morning, then go for a walk with my dog around eleven, then come home and work-out some more. In the afternoon, I’ll do so again. So, this is what I do: Monday, Wednesday and Friday I’ll do my Soloflex machine (yes, I’ve had one for more years than I want to admit), then a Denise Austin DVD with weights in the morning. In the afternoon, I’ll do a Denise Austin Pilates DVD. I hate Pilates! Tuesday and Thursday, I’ll do a Fitness Blender video in the morning. In the afternoon, I’ll do a bunch of Sun Salutations very slowly. On the weekend, I usually mix it up with some Denise Austin workouts and different Fitness Blender videos.
The whole process has been a major time-commitment, what with the meal planning, making things that I usually don’t from scratch and working out. However, I’ve finally seen a positive change in my body. Have you changed anything about your diet or exercise routine? Let me know how that’s going for you.