Thursday, March 25, 2010

I Promise I Won't Constantly Write about Food, but...

So I made my first Dr. Joel recipe today, black bean lettuce wraps.  Verdict?  Tasty!  I made some black beans last night and I was happy to see this recipe in the book.  Since I only made it for myself right now, I omitted the avocado, since I would have only needed an eighth of it.  And we all know what happens to avocados after you cut them open...oxidization, yuck.

Anyway, the two books in this collection are a kinder, gentler form of Dr. Joel's Eat to Live.  He lets you eat chicken, and even red meat, but in total moderation.  The first book reads a lot like Eat to Live and I've already read that, I know what I have to do.  It's just nice to have more options, and tastier ones at that.

Even though I can make boiled water taste good, this is still a daunting task.  Retraining my taste buds is most definitely the hardest part of this process.  The proof will be in the putting and if I can shed three pounds without Eat for Health, just think how much I will lose with it.

My eyes are on the prize...


  1. If you're serious about healthier eating longterm, do some research into paleo/zone eating styles (I hate the word diet - it sounds so temporary.)

    Most of the elite crossfitters I know are eating mostly paleo/zone, and I have been eating this way (with the addition of raw dairy and fermented drinks/foods ala Weston A Price Foundation) for about 6 months now. I feel like the 6 Million Dollar Man - stronger, faster, etc. Body fat has dropped significantly, but retained all the lean muscle.

    There is an "adjustment" period (cravings galore), but after about 3 weeks, I was convinced. I still eat "normally" once or twice a week when out with friends :)

  2. Dr. Joel's approach isn't dissimilar to the paleo/zone "diet" - I, too, hate that word. He allows for lean meats, although he'd prefer we all go vegan (so not going to happen here), and the rest is seeds, nuts, beans (legumes), leafy greens, dense veggies and fruit. There are very little carbs in his plan and the ones that are there are all whole grains like brown rice, oatmeal, millet, quinoa, and wild rice. You'd be hard pressed to find very much wheat (whole grain or otherwise) in his plan.

    Eating "normally" once a week sounds like a well-balanced way to achieve what I want. It also tricks your metabolism into going into higher gear when more calories are introduced after a week of being deprived. This is really the trick. For now, though, I'm still adjusting to doing this program so no trickery just yet :-)

    I ate out today at this place that makes really killer rice bowls, but very healthfully prepared. I had a chicken and mixed veggie bowl with brown rice - it was so good. I couldn't even eat the whole thing, so I'm happy that my body (especially stomach) is adjusting to less calories.

    And, four pounds have come off since I started running/exercising almost three weeks ago. My adjustment in eating will accelerate that for sure. Yay!