I have been officially plant based since November 1st, but the sad truth is, I have strayed, and I don’t have a lot to show for it, appearance-wise. Since Christmas, I have eaten non-vegan cakes and cookies, and I’ve make oven fries tossed in coconut oil way too many times. Too many Beyond Burgers. Tons of tortilla chips. Too much (WAY too much) salt. Cheap processed almond milk. I’m a mess. But I looked back and said, “this is crap. I can do better.” So I am going SOS free for the next two weeks. SOS is salt, oil, and sugar. I bought High Carb Hannah‘s Lean & Clean two week diet plan. Today was Day 1.
Saturday I bought almost all of the groceries. Some things like frozen fruit at the grocery store, and the fruits and vegetables at the local produce market. Things like 10 lbs each of rice and potatoes. A box of organic salad mix and spinach. About two dozen bananas. Two pounds of Medjool dates. Then I had to go a Trader Joe’s (one of only two in central Florida!) to get raw cashews and dates (sometimes you can find dates at Aldi). I went over my grocery budget by a nice bit, but I had to realize that I won’t be dining out for two weeks, so that helps.
Sunday was meal prep. Tzatziki dressing (raw cashews and cucumber), sweet mustard dressing (dates to sweeten), and homemade ketchup (more dates). I made a pot full of quinoa, a few servings of rice, I baked 8 small sweet potatoes. I made salsa with onion, tomato, cilantro, and lime. And granola with raisins, oatmeal and cinnamon.
And today was the first day of the diet. I actually got up when my alarm went off because I knew I had to cook breakfast. Breakfast was oatmeal with cinnamon and frozen berries mixed in. I made lunch this morning, too: salad greens topped with corn, rice, salsa, and black beans. I actually didn’t even finish that. I took it back to my desk from my lunch break and snacked from it the rest of the afternoon. Dinner was simple: seasoned oven baked french fries (no oil this time!) with the homemade ketchup. Oh, I had a snack when I got home: a small piece of granola and a piece of Trader Joe’s dried mango (which Hannah loves and it’s unsweetened so I figured it was compliant).
I am not hungry, but I am munchy, because I am craving something sweet. The seasoning on the fries did well to curb my salt cravings, but I’ll probably have another piece of mango before dessert. One day down, thirteen to go! Also, one of my favorite things is a hot, sweet, drink: tea, coffee, chocolate – it doesn’t matter. So instead I had unsweetened lemon herbal tea, which wasn’t quite the same thing, but it helped. I’m going to take it one day at a time and do my best to stay clean.