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Holiday Challenge Photo Food Journal

Posted Nov 21 2012 9:46am

Hi there and happy day before Thanksgiving! I hope you have some fun plans this year. I believe I mentioned that Alan and I are going to a friend’s house on Thursday and I am bringing a trio of salads including my Lemony Brown Rice & Lentil Salad , a big green salad with my Wild Blueberry Zinger Dressing and a basic fruit salad with pears, apples, persimmons and kiwi, sprinkled with dried coconut. I’ll be sure to take pictures!

For even more inspiration for healthy meals for your holiday table, don’t forget to download my app for iPhones and iPads here . And, if you’ve already downloaded the app, would you consider writing a review of it on iTunes? Writing a review is easy, you go into the App Store, find Vegan Delish, and then hit “write a review.” I will be eternally grateful if you do that! I’ve gotten some really nice reviews, here are what a few people are saying about Vegan Delish:

“This app is very user-friendly, the pictures are gorgeous, and the recipes are tasty and simple. As a new vegan, I will be using this often. Thank you, Carrie!” –Joy Beth Crosy

“Cool app with tons of bells and whistles. Perfect for my vegan lifestyle. All of the recipes are quick & easy.” –EcoFirst

“I have other cooking apps, but as someone who is trying to follow a nutritarian lifestyle, this one is a standout because I know all of the recipes herein won’t require any modifications! Beautiful photos, clear instructions, in-app ability to scale the recipes up or down, make shopping lists, etc. – I love it! Look forward to more mouth-watering additions!” –NorthSpring

Thank you!!!

So for those of us doing Dr. Fuhrman’s Holiday Challenge this year, how is this first week going for you? The biggest change I’m making is staying away from nut butters and dried fruit for the next 6 weeks because I’ve found that they trigger overeating for me. So far, it hasn’t been that hard to stay away from those foods, I just tell myself that it’s only until the end of the year. Plus, there are so many other foods to enjoy that it hasn’t been a problem.

For yesterday’s breakfast, I made my Sweet Watercress Smoothie using these ingredients:

I substituted the fresh mango and pomegranate for the frozen banana and blackberries. It was delicious!

I was so busy yesterday morning with wrapping up a few projects that I didn’t get to the gym. I must have been working out my brain, though, because I was really hungry by lunchtime. I made a salad with arugula, chopped broccoli, avocado, cooked mung beans and chopped onion:

I needed some more food so I decided to eat this little beauty I got at the famers’ market? Do you know what it is?

It’s called a Jerusalem artichoke or a sunchoke, although it’s not an artichoke at all, it’s more like a potato. This one was so dirty that I decided to saute it in a pan with a teensy bit of coconut oil (I’m too much a germ-a-phobe that I couldn’t imagine eating it raw), plus some baby tomatoes and Swiss chard:

I shared the saute with Alan, here was my portion:

Dessert was two corn tortillas (unpictured) and a Hachiya persimmon:

This is the type of persimmon that must be completely ripe before eating. Isn’t it beautiful inside? It looks like a starfish:

I was busy again in the afternoon and also made it to the gym for a great workout. Dinner was some leftover Kabocha squash soup with cooked lentils and served over steamed kale, plus some leftover green smoothie from breakfast:

I ended the day feeling satisfied and happy that I had fueled my activities with health-promoting foods but didn’t feel compelled to overeat any particular foods. It seems to be getting easier for me to find balance both physically and emotionally and the drive to overeat really just disappears when that happens. Plus, having the Holiday Challenge is a motivating factor for me to keep eating really healthfully.

I’ll be submitting this post to “ What I Ate Wednesdays ,” a blog party where bloggers link-up posts with their photo food journals. I’m not sure if there are any other nutritarians who participate in that?

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow! I know I will be taking the day to feel thankful for my health and happiness and for all of the amazing people in my life…that means YOU!

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