I wrote a post two weeks ago, about going to see Rip Esselstyn talk about the plant-based rescue diet he recommends in his latest book, and how I was planning to use this rescue diet in order to reboot my diet. I’d been relying on prepared vegan foods too much, and since prepared food is not good for you, even if it is plant-based, I needed a rescue.
So, here I am, after my initial seven days to tell you how it all went. First of all, most of the meals I prepared were his “bowls”, and they were all delicious! I also tried some of his oil-free dressings, and they too were really good. In the future, I’m going to make my own hummus, since it’s really easy and you can make it without any oil.
Talking about oil, on Thursday I did have a terrible craving for “naughty” foods, including potato chips. I can tell you that I didn’t eat any and instead had some red seedless grapes that astonished me by how good they tasted. One of the most difficult things I found on this diet is that I had to eat, not drink my food. So, no morning smoothie for me. I missed that, but found that I really like drinking cold water in the morning. I still drank my coffee, only without sugar, and I put some non-sweetened almond milk (even though that wasn’t recommended). The other huge change is that I ate oatmeal every morning for breakfast. I’ve never really enjoyed oatmeal, but I was able to put some maple syrup in it, along with cinnamon and various fruits. I’ve used oranges, bananas and blueberries, which were good and pretty filling. Some days I have either a Halo orange or a banana around ten o’clock or so, and other days I’m good until lunch.
My lunches either consisted of a large salad with one of the oil-free dressing along with a good number of chickpeas thrown in, or a concoction of fresh veggies that I cooked up, oil free, which I put on some toasted oil-free multi-grain sandwich thins. Again, if I got hungry in the afternoon, I just had one or two pieces of fruit.
Again, my dinner usually consisted of the “bowls” that I got the recipes out of the book. Thursday night I made whole-grain pasta along with fresh vine ripened tomatoes, mushrooms, onions and broccoli that I cooked up with some oil-free tomato paste. That was also a good meal, and I served it with a large salad.
The physical results from these seven days are that my pain that’s associated with Fibromyalgia has lessened somewhat, and I have less brain-fog. I’ve also lost about 4 pounds, which is always nice. Am I going to continue? The answer is yes! I like the way I’ve been feeling, and want to see if I continue to feel better the longer I stay on this plant-based, no oil or preservatives diet. Has it been easy? No, this is not something that you should do without a meal plan. Also, like I said I plan on making my own hummus, and continue to make my own salad dressings. This requires planning and cooking – not my strong points.
While this diet is not easy, and it does come at a cost – time to plan, time to cook, I am trying to look at it this way – What is the cost of your health? Do I want to be sick and have to pay for that with my time and money, or do I want to stay as healthy as I can for as long as I can? This choice is up to me, and I choose health!
72 year-old Annette Larkins, Vegan