I know I’ve been AWOL for a bit, but it’s for a good reason! My life has been taken over by the PCRM (Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine) 21-day Kickstart diet. It’s a comprehensive meal plan for a vegan diet that limits fat, sugar, prepackaged food, processed soy, alcohol, and really ups your fruit and veggie intake. You may be thinking, “why would this crazy person who already cuts so many options out of her diet want to limit herself even more?!” Well, maybe you’re not thinking that, but I was when I first decided to commit. The truth is, I feel like I’m a slave to certain foods and tastes. I eat way too much sugar, soy products like boca crumbles and gardein fake chicken, and CHIPS. Holy cow I eat a lot of chips… my favorites of the moment are RiceWorks Salsa Fresca flavor and Blue Ginger brown rice chips…mmmmm.

Anyway, I’ve heard great things about this diet and I followed Vegan Crunk’s kickstart diary, and I really wanted to see if this diet would make me feel better. To my surprise, my carnivorous boyfriend decided to join me so we both started the kickstart last Monday. Today is day 10 on the meal plan, and so far, it has been great. For the most part, I feel full, energetic, and my body feels really light and sort of calm. There have been a couple nights when I finished dinner and was thinking “really? that’s it?” but I just had popcorn or a piece of fruit for dessert. I’ve still been craving salty crunchy food around lunchtime, when I normally inhale a bag of chips, but I’m really hoping those cravings go away. It’s like breaking an addiction, right?

The most noticeable change though has been my weight – I’ve lost four pounds in just the first week alone. My boy has also lost four. It was probably our beer guts since there’s no alcohol in this meal plan, which is fine by me.

I’ve also noticed a big change in my ability to focus throughout the day. I normally “crash” after lunch, like in those stupid 5-hour energy commercials. But since I’ve been on this meal plan, I am alert and able to focus on work right up until bedtime, if I want to that is.

It hasn’t all been positive though. Sunday was like a lost day for both of us. My boy had a bad headache all day, and I felt hungry and weak all day. It was rough! We decided to stay on track, and I’m glad we did.

To give you an idea of what we’ve been eating, here is a sample menu:

Wednesday, April 6, Day 3:

Breakfast: Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal (leftover from Monday; add sliced banana and consider using agave nectar, a delicious, low-glycemic index sweetener)

Lunch: Hummus and veggie sandwich (use pita or whole grain bread, spread with hummus, and top with lettuce, tomato, cucumbers, and any other veggies you wish)

Snack: Soy yogurt with berries

Dinner: Curried Lentil Soup with leftover Couscous Confetti Salad or a side salad (if you are making your own side salad, think greens, such as romaine or red leaf lettuce topped with tomato, cucumber, onion, broccoli, and your favorite low-fat vegan dressing; an easy pick is balsamic vinegar, which is very easy and a little goes a long way)

And here is a bad picture of one of the yummy dinners – Southern Beans and Greens and a side of Couscous Confetti Salad. Both were delicious!

I’ll be back to update you on the rest of the Kickstart diet. TTFN!

Kickstart Meal

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