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Healthy Vegan Photo Food Diary & Food Cravings

Posted Nov 28 2012 10:06am

So we are well into week two of Dr. Fuhrman’s Holiday Challenge . How are you holding up? As I mentioned in a previous post, my goal this year has to do with managing my trigger foods that often lead to overeating including dried fruit and nut butters (except when blended into salad dressings). So far, I have only had one instance where I ate these foods. It is harder for me to stay away from the dates than the nut butter because sugar has always been a big problem for me. The way I am managing my cravings is to substitute whole nuts for the nut butter and whole, fresh fruit for the dried fruit. Overall, it’s been okay because I know my cravings will diminish with time, but, I’m not going to lie, sometimes it is really hard.

Since today is Wednesday , I’m writing a post including photos of everything I ate yesterday. Breakfast yesterday was a green smoothie with fresh mango, pomegranate seeds, hemp milk, frozen strawberries, frozen blueberries, flax meal, chia seeds, sesame seeds, cinnamon, amla powder , cacao powder, frozen pineapple, frozen broccoli and this bag of green fabulousness:

Here’s what it looked like:

I was still a bit tired yesterday and had a million things to do to get ready for my upcoming trip to San Francisco , so I didn’t make it to the gym in the morning. It’s funny, because I feel like I get hungrier for lunch when I don’t exercise in the morning, I think it might have something to do with the appetite-suppressing effects of exercise or perhaps the management of insulin? I think that is kind of ironic. Nonetheless, I had an enormous appetite for lunch. I started by making my Peanut Butter Coleslaw because I had an unused cabbage in the fridge.

I served the coleslaw over regular salad greens and topped it all with mung beans and chopped red onion:

I was still hungry so I had some leftover green smoothie topped with some dehydrated buckwheat groats:

Still hungry so I drank a cup of chamomile tea:

Yes, that’s right, I was still hungry so I ate a persimmon:

Honestly, I had to stop eating at that point just because I didn’t really have any other healthy options. It took another 30 minutes or so before I finally felt full from lunch. That sucked because I really had to white-knucle it through my cravings to eat some dates filled with almond butter. But, the cravings did go away, it just took time. That was HARD!!!

I got out in the afternoon for a good hour of walking and I had a decent appetite for dinner. I served some heated up leftover Dandelion Green Soup that had been stored in the freezer since I made it a few weeks ago when my sister was visiting:

Dessert was a bowl of microwaved frozen cherries:

I could have easily eaten another bowl of these, but I stopped at one bowl and felt full a little while later. I considered this a really healthy day of eating, it was just that my appetite was weird all day. I’m blaming female hormones or maybe the stress of getting ready to be gone for several days.

I hope your week is going great and I’ll see you back here on Friday where I’ll be blogging from the big city!

P.S. I’ve gotten some really nice e-mails from those of you who have downloaded Vegan Delish , my healthy, whole-food recipe app. Thank you!!! If you like it, would you consider writing a review of it on iTunes? To do that, you need to go back into the App Store, search for Vegan Delish and then hit “write a review.” I really, really appreciate your support.


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