I know what you are thinking, heck I am thinking it also. I have been challenged for twenty two days to eat from a menu of nothing but vegan and plant based foods. Here’s the fun part: no wine either! If you know me, you know how difficult this will be. From being a restaurant owner, chef, instructor who loves every form of food and her wine. Hell if Beyonce’ can do it, so can I. Why am I doing this you ask? As I chef I constantly want to be challenged, and I never want to stop learning. I have many clients who are vegan and eat like this 24/7. I feel to become a better chef I should learn a little more about this sort of diet, how to prepare, how it tastes, how it makes a person feel.
I have completed the Whole 30 Program a few times, eliminating caffeine, alcohol, dairy, gluten, grains, legumes, sugar and processed foods. Essentially eating animal proteins, fruits and vegetables.I will tell you each time that I have completed the Whole 30, I feel better, I sleep better and I look better. The only thing; sometimes I just get tired of eating that much meat and protein.
So the first thing that I noticed this morning after shopping for my weeks worth of groceries. I purchased 12 bags of organic fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs, nuts, grains, legumes, nut butters, non dairy milk & gluten free flours. Normally a weeks worth of food on the Whole 30 would cost me $200 or more. All the organic meats and plenty of them. Today my groceries for the week cost me $150.
My breakfast after the gym was oatmeal, flaxseed, almond milk, banana, blueberries & drizzle of pure maple syrup. After my work out, I flat out enjoyed this (and scarfed it down). I am not a huge eggs in the morning type person. Usually I have to force myself to eat eggs more then once or twice a week. So this was a great change for me.
My lunch was steamed quinoa, lentils cooked with carrots, onion, cumin, coriander, S & P, served over fresh spinach & arugula.Garnished with carrot sticks and diced cucumber. A little drizzle of champagne vinegar & extra virgin olive oil. Right now I am plenty full. Strange thing I am not evening thinking about a glass of wines or bubbles. I will post a photo and description of my dinner coming up later tonight. Which will be a little lighter then this lunch.
I will keep a journal of my 22 day adventure, and will be honest with my experience. If any of you think you would enjoy Plant Vegan Based Cooking Classes please let me know.