Saturday, April 3, 2010

Let's Do This!

Okay, I think I'm ready to commit to this Leafy Green Challenge thingy. My daddy called me yesterday and said he was in it to win it so we're going to help each other get through the next two weeks. We'll be starting on Monday morning. I'm not really doing this to lose weight (although that would be a nice benefit). I'm just wanting to see what going meatless for two weeks would do for me. Also, I don't eat near enough veggies so if I'm replacing the meat with vegetables then maybe it will perk up my immune system. I feel draggy and without energy most of the time right now. I wonder if this will improve that feeling?

Anyway, feel free to join us! Let me know if you have any good meatless recipes. Also, if you're looking for something to help you lose a few pounds but don't want to give up meat then just throw in a grilled chicken breast or a baked or grilled fish fillet with your dinner. I'm gonna go out on a limb though and say no red meat for these two weeks.

My doctor actually wants me go for two weeks with no animal products at all. I think that's just crazy talk. If I'm giving up meat, then I really don't think I have the will power to say no to cheese. I am going to substitute my milk for soy milk though. That's about as far as I can go on the no dairy thing. I like cheese. I like yogurt. I like butter. That's it.

All right. Let's get started. Here's a sample list of what's for breakfast. Let's all keep in mind that I am not a nutritionist or a dietician please.

BREAKFASTS:Pick and choose or eat the same thing everyday if you like.

1/2 cup steel cut oatmeal (Steel cut is important but if you only have regular then eat that.)
1/2 cup berries
one piece of whole grain toast (go ahead and put a little butter or jelly on it!)
small glass of juice or coffee or beverage of your choice

bowl of cereal with 1/2 cup of berries
piece of whole grain toast (see above!)
juice, coffee, whatever

one cup of yogurt with 1/2 cup of berries mixed in
if you have some granola toss some of that in there too!
piece of whole grain toast
juice, coffee, mimosa, i don't care

scrambled eggs! or an omelette, just go easy on the cheese and if you're really into this then throw in some spinach and onion already.


I think you should be able to have one or two snacks a day if you're hungry. This is what I'll be having.

Hard boiled egg
1 cup of yogurt with granola or berries mixed in
2 Cuties
smallish amount of cheese
hummus and whole wheat crackers or baby carrots
if you're not trying to lose weight go ahead and have your cookie (just make sure there's no meat in it!)

Okay, that's it for now. Tune in tomorrow for my list of dinner menus for the week.

Oh, and lunch is basically a big honking salad every day. You can have something like a whole wheat roll to go with it or veggies. I like to fortify my lettuce with bunches of cut up vegetables, avocado and even chick peas. I'm looking for a good non-fat or lowfat salad dressing although sometimes I just like so squirt a little lemon or lime juice on my salads. Also, if you have a great salad recipe I would love to hear it! YES, WE CAN!


  1. AVOCADO and guacamole are GREAT alternatives to cheese. Also, don't forget nuts for a snack or salad add-ons. One of my fave dressing alternatives: salsa, lemon juice, garlic salt, pepper, and bit of water... shake it up and pour it on.

  2. aren't eggs considered in the meat category??
    I can totally take this challenge! Fun!
    (though I may have to start a week behind, already went to the store)

  3. good ideas katha!

    yeah, laura! i had no idea eggs were considered meat. i may have to eat them anyways.