Monday, March 25, 2013

Where do we go from here???

Where do we go from here?

When I started this journey, I started sowing some seeds, to live a healthier lifestyle.  Yes, I wanted to loose weight, but more importantly, I wanted to do it healthy and I wanted to keep it off.  My journey on the Dukan Diet has taken me from a very SAD (Standard American Diet) to eliminating all processed foods and sugars, to introducing a bounty of veggies in my life.  It is very ironic that a diet so high in animal protein has brought me to my vegan path.
I have lost over 40 lbs and have kept them off for over a year with the teachings from Dukan.  I am ready to embark on my next journey, and I hope you all will join me.  As I face the more psychological and spiritual demons that were buried deep within the weight I was carrying around.  I still plan to reach my original goal of 70 lbs lost, and will probably keep going beyond that.
I hope that you will join me at my new blog and we continue to support each other.

I can see now that the seeds I planted so long ago, are starting to sprout with the thawing of this long drawn out winter.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Recipe: Vegan Mushroom & Leek Soup

200 calories


2 organic Leeks
2 cups of mushrooms
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 tbs nutritional yeast


  • Slice the mushrooms and the leeks
  • Heat a pan on med-high heat
  • Add in 1/4 cup of water and the nutritional yeast and let simmer
  • add in the mushrooms and the leeks and let them sauté in the nutritional yeast liquid
  • lower the heat to medium and stir until the leeks and mushrooms are cooked through
  • pour the almond milk into a high power blender (Vitamix is best) and then add the cooked mixture, but leave a little for garnishing
  • Blend on high (soup dial on vitamix) until you get a smooth consistency
  • Pour in a bowl and add the rest of the cooked mixture on top as garnish
  • Yum!  ENJOY!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

What's in my fridge?

So a lot of people ask me this so here it is....

Also here is my wine fridge                    This is my ripening fruit

I also have a fruit bowl with organic bananas, kiwis, avocados, dates, jicama and more tomatoes.
So now you know see the wonderful bounty I have to choose from, which keeps me true to my vegan ways!
One day I will show you my cupboards and show you all my nuts, seeds, grains etc....

Monday, February 18, 2013

From Dukan to Vegan! (?)

For the past year I've been on a nutrition journey.  I've gone from being severely obese (BMI 37.8) to feeling good in a bikini! I started this journey wanting to loose 70 lbs, and once I hit a little over my half-way mark I stopped!

What happened?

I had lost 40 lbs by cutting out all process foods as well as refined sugars and carbs.  I still haven't had a slice of bread in over a year!  While I felt great and noticed a lot of beneficial changes, I started to focus more on my health than on my diet.  Also, I wanted to take the training wheels off, and see if I could maintain at this weight.  So for 6 moths, I stopped logging my food and gave myself the liberty to eat what I wanted.  I managed to keep the weight off, but after 6 months, I knew that I needed to go back to logging my food and making conscious food choices.  For about a month last summer I was able to maintain a primarily raw food diet.  I felt great, had more energy, slept better and looked great.  However, I started to wonder if this diet was really the healthiest way to go.
As fall crept in,  I felt like the diet conflicted with my social life and I abandoned it.  I still wasn't eating as badly as before I started my journey, and was still primarily gluten-free.
This winter, I tried to go raw again.  Let me tell you- winter is NOT the best time for this kind of lifestyle change.  I then started cutting out red meat.  I tried to eat raw and would have fish once in a while and mostly raw (sashimi).  This still didn't work for me.  I found that when I cheated on the raw diet, I CHEATED!  My mentality was if I'm going to be bad, I might as well be BAD!  Again, no real weight gain here.  As any pounds gained, were quickly trimmed down by going back to raw.
I then thought "wait! why not try vegan for the winter then try raw again in the summer?"  This didn't really work for me because I was still in the Dukan-mode of thinking "Carbs are EVIL!"  and well it left me thinking that the only things I could eat were fruits and veggies before I could eat them raw and now I could eat them cooked.  Well this didn't help!  I'd much rather eat them raw anyways!
This week I found the missing link-- COMPLEX CARBS; whole grains, beans, legumes, wild rice, etc...
From the Dukan diet I had this association that these kinds of carbs would make me FAT (again), but maybe I can balance being healthy with trying to loose weight.  I mean if I can maintain for 6 months eating things like chicken wings and Ben and Jerry's, I should surely be able to stabilize eating lentils and hummus, no?  Here we go again, I love me a good experiment!  I have a feeling this won't be a quick weight loss program, and that I'll have to workout regularly to kick things into high gear, but the rewards will be worth it!
Seems kind of weird to have a Vegan- Dukan Blog - doesn't it?