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Challenge Preparations, Photo Food Journal & Diabetes Book Review

Posted Feb 20 2013 9:54am

Hi and good morning!

Healthy Vegan Challenge Update:

I’m excited that so many of you will be joining me starting next Monday, February 25th, for the Spring 2013 Healthy Vegan Challenge . Your goals are up to you, but I really encourage you to be very specific with them; write them down, write a contract for yourself, tell your friends and start to make preparations. I created a Facebook event for the Challenge where we can connect, too. The point is for us to find accountability and support with each other as we work to make changes.

It’s going to be exciting, but I guarantee you there will be tough times when we will need to rely on each other for encouragement. Don’t forget, I’m not offering any health advice here, it’s up to you to make sure it is safe for you to be changing your diet or exercise routine. Please consult your health professional if you have any questions about that.

Photo Food Journal:

Today is Wednesday which means I’m posting a picture of everything I ate yesterday. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t indulging a little bit this week before making the changes I intend to make during the Challenge. I know this not the healthiest attitude, but I can’t help myself because I know I won’t be having anything decadent for two months. I started off with some leftover green smoothie with some dehydrated buckwheat groats that I stirred in for crunch:

Green smoothie with dehydrated buckwheat groats.

I then got to making some Spinach & Black Bean Brownies that I wanted to have for dessert after lunch. It makes me laugh to know know that in my former life of not eating vegetables, I would have been absolutely horrified by this picture of my brownie ingredients (by the way, my friend Jasmin has started adding some oats to her mixture to help hold them together. It worked great so I added 1/4 cup to the recipe):

Making Spinach & Black Bean Brownies.

Here’s the batter before baking, slightly green:

Spinach & Black Bean Brownie batter.

I ended up cooking the brownies at 300 degrees for an hour and then at 250 degrees for almost another hour to make sure they cooked through. Yes:

Spinach & Black Bean Brownies.

Lunch was some kale salad with a cashew sauce, topped with red onion:

Kale salad with red onion.

I deliberately had a small lunch so I could have the brownie, topped with my vanilla frosting (confession: I ate slightly a lot more than what was pictured here):

Spinach & Black Bean Brownie with Vanilla Frosting.

Okay, that itch is scratched.

I ended up working out yesterday evening as opposed to my normal morning time slot so my appetite was diminished for dinner. I made a small salad with some soup that I found in the freezer and had defrosted. It was some kind of curry with coconut milk:

Soup and salad for dinner.

Fresh mango and blueberries for dessert:

Mango and blueberry dessert bowl. Diabetes Book Review:

I wrote a review of Dr. Fuhrman’s new book on diabetes that was published on the Our Hen House site yesterday here . Please check it out and let me know what you think. I wrote about my dad’s tragic experience with diabetes in my review and I plan to use some of what I learned from the book during the Challenge.

You can enter to win a copy of the book by reading the giveaway instructions at the end of the review .

Dr. Fuhrman's End of Diabetes book cover.


I hope you have a productive rest of your week. I’ll be back here on Friday with some more thoughts on healthy changes, a giveaway to support anyone who wants to quit drinking coffee during the Challenge and a round-up of our Healthy Vegan Friday recipes . See you soon!

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