I survived day 1 of Dr. Fuhrman’s Holiday Challenge! Honestly, it wasn’t hard at all. Since I’ve been following his eating plan for a year now, I’m pretty well-versed in how to do it. I’m taking this opportunity to do the Challenge to incorporate even more vegetables into my diet, lose some excess body fat and resolve some lingering health issues like regulating my hormones and managing my seasonal allergies.
In case you don’t know about Dr. Fuhrman, he is a medical doctor who wrote the ground-breaking book Eat to Live. The book is based on science and his clinical experience and promotes a whole-foods, plant-based diet for disease-proof, optimal health. His 6-week plan includes eating DAILY around 1 lb. each of raw and cooked vegetables (emphasis on green veggies), 1 cup of beans or tofu and 4 pieces of fresh fruit. It also includes daily consumption of ground flax meal (1 tablespoon), and limited intake of avocado, nuts, seeds, starchy vegetables and whole grains (up to 1 cup daily of the starchy vegs or grains). Off-limits for the 6 weeks are dairy products, animal products, between-meal snacks, fruit juice and oils. Oh yes, and preferably no alcohol or caffeine.
This year is already easier for me because I have been caffeine-free for at least 6 months and I already eat a vegan, whole-foods diet. What is different is that I’m really trying to increase my raw and cooked vegetable intake while decreasing my intake of dried fruit and nuts.
One change I made today for lunch was to use my food processor to chop up some raw vegetables including carrots and bok choy. Since my husband is battling osteoporosis (likely from years of smoking in his previous life…BAD!), I’ve been trying to incorporate more calcium-rich foods into our diet and bok choy is one of them. For more about the health attributes of bok choy, click here.
The chopping was easy thanks to the processor. It took only seconds to go from this:
I served the shredded carrots and bok choy with my regular salad (also included were onions, microwaved frozen asparagus and about 1/4 of a large avocado):
The raw bok choy tasted, well, raw. It helped that I had some extra Creamy Avocado Dressing to mix with it. I also served the salad with a side of edamame, another excellent source of calcium. This lunch was so filling that I didn’t even have room for the watermelon!
If you are doing the Challenge, how was your first day? I find that planning meals at least one day ahead of time is crucial. Also, don’t underestimate the power of fresh fruit to satisfy any sugar cravings. Fruit is nature’s dessert!
Any questions or comments about this way of eating? Please ask me here or e-mail me at carrieonvegan @ gmail.com
And, as long as you promise not to eat the whole box in one sitting, don’t forget to enter my Lollihop Snack Box giveaway here. I’ll pick a winner at random this Saturday, 11/26/11.