Friday, October 21, 2011

Raw Food

I am not sure why but for the most part when I eat in a raw food restaurant I always end up feeling slightly off afterwards. It must have something to do with the rich sauces they use.

I am starting to think that making my own raw food is the way to go. I have a dehydrator, mandolin, and spiralizer so all I need now is time. Tonight I am going to try out the spiralizer to make some zucchini noodles.

The inlaws are coming over for dinner and they always want to bring the meal when they come but now that I am vegan that is harder for them. They worry I think that I am not getting enough food. Strange how people think that a vegan diet is not sufficient to survive.

TGIF everyone.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

It has been a long time

Sorry it has been so long. I am still Vegan but had slipped into a few too many carbs. I am now back into full swing. I have been eating lots of raw food, thank you to Rawlicious and Live Food Bar.

Tonight I had some spiraled zucchini noodles with hemp, seeds, nuts, shredded cabbage, red onions, and tomatoes. The dressing was pesto. It was so good that even my kids started to eat it. The folks at live food bar certainly know what they are doing.

I am going to head out and buy a spiralizer tomorrow so I can make my own "noodles".

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Stuffed Tomatoes

I ate this last night and really enjoyed it:

1/2 cup quinoa
1 cup veggie broth
several tomatoes depending on the size
2 tbsps cumin
2 tsps salt
1 onion diced
3 cloves of garlic mashed
1 pepper diced
1/2 cup chickpeas
1 lemon
1 handful parsley

1. Saute the onion, garlic and pepper until it gets soft then add cumin and quinoa (don't forget to rinse quinoa under cold water).
2. After 2 minutes add veggie broth and simmer covered for 15-20 minutes or until water is nearly absorbed. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees celcius. Core and seed tomatoes
3. Add chickpeas, juice of 1 lemon, and parsley(chopped finely) simmer covered for another 5 minutes
4. Stuff tomatoes with the quinoa mixture and put in the oven for 15-20 minutes.

Enjoy. This was really delicious and fairly simple to make.

Change of Direction

Okay so it has been awhile to which I must apologize however in my defense with the start of school and homework and busier work schedule I have not had a lot of extra time. The good news is I am still 100% vegan and going strong. I really don't miss meat and the only time I have tried meat while vegan it tasted nasty and made me feel sick.

The change of direction is I read an amazing article about a book called Wheat Belly. Apparently the wheat we eat today has been so drastically changed that it is making us sick and causing us to get fat. As a newly minted vegan I have relied heavily on vegan breads to get me through. However after reading this article and now listening to the audio book I have not choice but to go Gluten Free. Great so now I am the Gluten Free Vegan as if I didn't get enough jokes already.

For those of you who are interested here is a link to the article:

I have to say this article explains a lot to me. Why as a vegan I still don't have the energy I would have expected to have.

One of the neat things about being vegan has been that it has forced me outside of my culinary box and I find that every night I am making something different for a meal. This weekend for a joke I made a vegan tofu "bacon" club sandwich. It was surprisingly great. Though I know I shouldn't eat those types of things very often it was fun and tasted exactly like a conventional club sandwich.

I am going to my parents house for Canadian Thanksgiving which is in two weeks. They are freaking out not knowing what to make me. I have just told them I will look after myself for the most part and just to make lots of salads. Though I have to say I made some awesome stuffed squashes on the weekend with quinoa, sauteed squash, onion, garlic, red pepper, spinach, chickpeas, lemon juice and parsley. It was quite good and I think Thanksgiving worthy.

I hope you all are doing well and going strong.

All the best


Thursday, September 22, 2011

It's Been Awhile

Sorry for not posting in awhile but my life ha been pretty crazy. I am still going strong though I did have a little bit of meat which was disgusting. I found that the texture was completely off.

I hope to post some more soon.

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Saturday, September 10, 2011


Yesterday I went out for a boys night and still stayed vegan but it was fried (samosas). Man do I feel like crap after eating that. In order to be at my best I need to plant strong.

Today was a great day, eat some great plant strong food went to some local islands with the kids and did lots of walking.

Dinner was vegetarian sushi with the kids.

Hope you are all rockin the plant strong world!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Amy's Burrittos

Another note I tried Amy's Burrittos yesterday and they were pretty delicious.


I am still 100% Plant Strong no ifs ands or buts however the exercise portion of this plan has not been working out. My kids have been waking me up at night and I have been exhausted during the day and just lacking the gas to get moving.

I have never been much of a consistent exerciser and so find it tough to find the time or motivation to do exercise. My schedule is pretty tightly packed during the day . The only real time I have to workout is after the kids go to sleep which is 830 which means by the time I am done working out and showered it will be 10. I then find myself too wound up to sleep before midnight.

Maybe that is the solution?

How is everyone else doing?

Sunday, September 4, 2011

September 4

Yesterday I went to a birthday party for one of my son's school friends. One of the mothers who I know well showed up with her kids. I bent down and started talking to the kids she didn't recognize me and was wondering who the stranger was talking to her kids. She couldn't get over the transformation I had gone under in the last month or so. That certainly helps with the motivation. Not that I am doing this for others but it sure doesn't hurt when you get complemented.

The other thing that was cool was I was sitting at the computer with my wife and I put on the Ted Talks with Rip and also a youtube video of Rip's dad and she then agreed to watch Forks over Knives on Netflix. She then agreed that this diet was the way to go and has agreed to join me. That is cool.

Last night for dinner we had chickpea (garbanzo), mushroom and swiss chard tacos! The tacos were raw tacos (dehydrator tacos). IT was an awesome supper and quite filling. My wife has made the point though and I agree that we need salad with every meal including meals that are salads! :-)

Hope everyone else is going plant strong!!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Day 32

Still going strong. I have been eating in a lot of restaurants with people who insist on waving meat in my face thinking it will tempt be back to the dark side but I have to be honest it is not working. I am happy with my diet and what I am eating. I like feeling young and energetic.

I have to say my workouts have not started as of yet. I have been very tired and not getting enough sleep (new bed is not working out). The forecast for this weekend is not looking like it is going to be very helpful either it is supposed to be raining not very good for biking.

Tonight's dinner is cream of cauliflower without the cream. The recipe uses almond milk. If its any good I will post the recipe, so far I think it is kind of bland but we will see after it is done simmering.

Next week is the first week of school here in Canada so my little ones are gearing up to go back. I think once we get them on track it will help me get the time I need in order to get the workouts on track.

I am still contemplating Jonny's challenge for 1 year. My debate is do I accept the challenge which in my mind means no meat at all or do what I originally planned which is once in a blue moon having some seafood on dates with my wife. Is it cheating to take the challenge and then occasionally have seafood?

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Day 31

Day 31 and still going strong. I went to see my naturopath yesterday to determine if I am doing everything right and getting everything I need on my new diet. The only thing I think I need to be concerned about is protein. She suggested I should be getting about 30mg of Iron per day as plant iron isn't absorbed as readily as animal iron.

The other thing I learned is that there are certain veggies and fruits you need to consume in smaller quantities when consumed raw as they can interfere with thyroid function. Follow this link to see more:

I thought that it was a joke and then I did more research and yes it is true. I wonder why I have never seen this mentioned in any of the raw books I have read.

So tomorrow starts Day 1 of 28 days of exercise. The rules are simple - 30 minutes of exercise that increases my heart rate to the target range. I need to combine, cardio, strenghth and flexibility training.

I like changing things one habit at a time. It makes like much easier.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Day 29

I feel plant strong, healthy and happy. I see this as a lifestyle not as a diet. Today I weighed in and I am at 226 versus my starting point of 245 so down 19 pounds in 28 days. That is pretty exciting. My belt has been tightened by a notch and a large part of my wardrobe is opening up again!

I think going vegan for 28 days will be far easier than exercising for 28 days but that will start on September 1st. Why the 1st? It just makes the math easier! :-)

Last night to celebrate the end of my 28 days I had a kale salad and collard wraps

Kale Salad
1 bunch of kale de-stemmed
1 lemon juiced
1 tsp of olive oil
1/4 cup of dried cranberries
1/4 cup of toasted pine nuts

Massage the kale with lemon juice and olive oil and let stand for a couple of minutes, mix in the cranberries and pine nuts and you are good to go.

Collard Wraps
1 bunch of collard leaves
1 cup (uncooked) quinoa
sliced: peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers and green onions

blanch the collard leaves
place quinoa and toppings on top of leaves roll and eat

Very healthy and very yummy.

Breakfast this morning was a smoothie (apple, orange and left over collard leaves along with VEGA Smoothie Infuser)

Lunch will likely be a big salad and dinner will be brown rice and lentil pilaf with BBQ'd veggies.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Day 28

Day 28 and feeling strong. I am now turning my attention towards 28 days of exercise and refining my vegan diet. I think like some of the others I want to start incorporating more raw into my diet.

I am now gearing up to start 28 days of exercise. To be honest up to this point I have never really enjoyed a formal exercise regime for longer than two or three weeks. Throughout my life I have been relatively active, walking, playing with kids, going for bike rides, but I know it is not enough exercise. I need to do at least 30 minutes a day of both cardio and strength training. This is equally as important as diet.

I am going to do cycling for cardio, because I can't stand running (sorry to the runners out there (Dave)). As well my body is not ideally built for running (I am 6'3" tall and currently weighing in at 226 pounds). I have read in several places that the ideal height and weight for runners is short and light. Otherwise there is too much stress on the body.

For weights I will be doing 30 mins to 60 mins of the P90X weight programs. The other thing I need to incorporate is yoga as I am not too flexible...Cycling I will be riding 25-50 KMs per session at an average speed of 25 KMs/Hour. Goal is to have my heart rate in the target zone for 30 minutes to 60 minutes.

I will continue this blog and incorporate both new diet and workout information.


Saturday, August 27, 2011

Day 27

Day 27 has arrived and I am fully committed to this lifestyle. I am now looking forward at the next challenges.

On Monday I am going to start 28 days of exercise as well as I want to now start tracking what I am eating, both to make sure I am getting enough mixture of things but also to get the right amount of calories to continue losing weight.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Day 26

Can't believe it is Day 26, I am loving being healthy and losing weight. Like the Big Sexy my BP is significantly down into the nice normal range, my weight is coming down and I am generally feeling happier and better than I have in a very long time.

Like Dave I think for the next 28 days I want to really crank up the fruits and veggies. As well I am going to start 28 days of exercise and see how that goes. Does anyone else have any ideas for what to do in the next 28 days?

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Day 24

Got back very late last night from San Francisco and woke up with nothing to eat in the house. So I used some emergency smoothie powder I keep in the house and then hit the salad bar at work.

The neat thing was after a week of not weighing myself I went from 234 to 226!! Looks like all the fresh air/exercise was good for me in San Francisco. The other thing I loved about San Fran was that almost all of the menus denoted which items were vegan which made it a snap to eat out.

I have really enjoyed being plant strong and believe that I will continue it long after the 28 days are done with the odd non-vegan meal being thrown in, maybe on date nights with my wife. I like the 28 day cycle it works for me and I think I will change other habits using the 28 day cycle. The next cycle I am going to try for 28 days is to exercise for 28 days straight and get up at 5AM. For the exercise it has to be 30 minutes a day with an increased heart rate.

Anyone else out there looking at changing something in the coming 28 days?

Sunday, August 21, 2011

It's Been Awhile

I must apologize for not updating this page in awhile but I have been travelling in San Francisco for a large family get together. I am still fully plant strong and plan on continuing being plant strong after the 28 days are done.

It has helped that I rented an apartment in San Francisco for my family to stay in so I had full access to a kitchen and lots of Whole Foods and Trader Joes so breakfasts and lunches have been easy. I thought that the parties we were going to would be challenging but I had my vegan protein bars just in case. As it turned out the organizers had very thoughtfully asked the restaurant to make a vegan plate for me which was awesome. The other big event was a at a cousins house and there were so many awesome salads and vegan food.

I have to say I am so jealous of people on the West Coast and their ability to grow fresh fruits and veggies pretty much all year round. At my cousins house yesterday he had a garden with the following: Appples, Pears, Oranges, Lemons, Pomegranites, Artichokes, 2 kinds of Kale, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Peppers, Strawberries, Lettuce and all kinds of other greatness. He said that a lot of it will grow most of the year. I have to say Southwestern Ontario in Canada sucks when it comes to our ability to grow food. We have maybe three good months.

I have loved being plant strong, I found that I had very little jet lag (normally I suffer quite badly), I can't go back to sleep in the mornings even when my kids wake me up very early because I am too wide awake. I have lost around 15 pounds and am continuing to lose weight.

I hope everyone else is cranking along.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Day 14

Sorry posting has been a little light lately but I am desperately trying to get ready for a week long vacation in San Francisco. Still plant strong at this half way point. I hope everyone else is doing great.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Day 12

Breakfast this morning was a smoothie made with an Orange, Apple, Banana, Raspberries and Spinach and some Vega Smoothie Infuser. Lunch was a big green salad with an Ezekiel English Muffin with peanut butter. Dinner was a date with my wife at a Thai restaurant. I had mango salad, stir fried eggplant and veggie pad thai.

I find that I am doing pretty good craving wise as long as I have eaten food before dealing with non vegan food. The hardest part of this lifestyle is eating in restaurants. There are very few restaurants with decent Vegan options.

I hope everyone else is rockin the plant strong life style.


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Day 11

Just lost my day 11 post, so I am not retyping it....great day looking forward to tomorrow!

Hope everyone is doing well.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Day 10

Great day 10! I ate my Rip's Big Bowl for Breakfast which was great with my homemade almond milk. For lunch I went to a different raw restaurant and had some nori (sushi with marinaded mushrooms, sprouts and asparagus), and a rawhich which is a raw sandwhich with dehydrated onion bread (yum). Dinner was homemade raw lasagna (cucumber and zucchini noodles with tomatoes and avacado. The sauce I used was cashews, tomatoes, red pepper and onion with some lemon juice.

I also am making my first raw crackers in the dehydrator tonight. They are 1 cup of flax seed, 1 cup of water, onions, red peppers, lemon juice, sea salt and garlic. It is really great. Tastes just like the expensive ones except they cost a fraction.

Lots of energy!!

Hope everyone is doing great.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Day 9

It will be a short post tonight, very crazy day. I had a road trip and ended up going a really really long time without food and avoided lots of temptation. Energy is very good.

I have noticed something interesting though vaguely unnerving which is the fact that my bowel movements have stopped smelling like much of anything.

Anyway sorry for the gross post.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Day 8

Totally rockin the energy today again. Feeling strong and energetic. Plus I had to tighten my belt today.

Breakfast was Rip's big bowl, lunch was a giant salad and an ezekiel english muffin with peanut butter, and dinner was my dinosaur kale wraps I posted about a while back.

Tonight was about stocking up for the coming days. I am making a batch of killer kale chips in the dehydrator as we speak. I used soaked cashews, lemon juice, garlic, hot peppers and sea salt in the blender to make a paste. I then massaged all that into the kale and off to the dehydrator and tomorrow morning voila, kale chips. The paste that I made was awesome!!

I also ran out of hemp milk tonight and decided instead of paying 4 bucks for nut milks why not make my own. So I made almond milk for tomorrows breakfast.

I want to wake up at 5 tomorrow and crank out some P90X Yoga. If you have not tried this before it is crazy yoga. I sweat so hard that I slip off my mat!!

Anyway I hope my fellow wagoneers are rockin the diet and have a great Day 8!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Day 7

Well Day 7 was great. I had way too much energy today and was bouncing off the walls. Diet was pretty much a mixture of leftovers from previous days. Dinner was a birthday dinner at my in-laws which was eggplant in tomato sauce, peppers stuffed with rice and lots of salad.

Yesterday and today I dug out my dehydrator and was busy making things like kale chips, beet chips and dried apple. Much cheaper than buying it and very tasty. Kale chips are: 1 large bunch of kale, lemon juice, a little bit of olive oil and sea salt. You take the stems out of the Kale and then roughly chop the kale. Massage the kale with all of the rest of the ingredients. Let it marinade until the kale is soft. Then you put it in the dehydrator (or oven if you don't have a dehydrator) and dry until crispy. Yummy and healthy.

Exercise today was lots of swimming with the kids, lifting weights, chin ups, and push ups.

Good luck to everyone and I will check in tomorrow.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Day 6

Today was a good day. My stomach had settled down considerably, cravings were relatively under control.

Breakfast was Rip's Big Bowl. Lunch was a friend's kids birthday party at a ranch so I ate lots of salads, fruits and veggies along with a vega meal replacement bar. Dinner was Rip's brown rice and some marinated kale.

I am trying my hand at dehydrating tonight by trying to make some kale chips. I will let you know if they turn out. Then I want to try making dehydrated raw crackers and maybe some fruit snacks.

I can't believe tomorrow is Day 7. I like this idea of breaking things into 28 day cycles. I think the next 28 day cycle I will try for is to exercise every day for 28 days, but lets see how the vegan 28 days go first. It is much easier to stay on the straight and narrow knowing that I have to write a blog at the end of the day with what I have eaten. Somehow a group of people I only know through cyberspace hold more accountability than people I know.

Tomorrow is my family celebration of my birthday, I celebrate my birthday with my in-laws because my sister-in-laws birthday is the same day as mine. My mother-in-law was all in a panic that I was going to starve to death because I was eating vegan. My father-in-law how is Indian only laughed telling her there are so many great vegetarian and vegan dishes to eat.

Good luck everyone and check back tomorrow night

Friday, August 5, 2011

Day 5

Day 5 was the best day yet. My stomach stopped feeling like it was being ripped apart and headaches are gone. It felt like I might have had a bit more energy though I might have been dreaming that part.

Breakfast was Rip's Big Bowl which included today, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, walnuts and raisins. I have to say I am loving this breakfast.

Lunch was the raw vegan place again. I had miso soup to start, avo tartare with breadsticks and a juice called pink lady which is pear and pink grapefruit juice. Very nice. My wife had miso soup and the ravioli.

Dinner was quinoa sushi: I used left over quinoa from last nights wraps, caramelized onions, julienned green onions, julienned cucumber, lettuce, sprouts and a sauce made from caramelized onions liquefied with lemon juice and salt. It was a little messy but very yummy.

Exercise-up until this point I have not exercised because I was getting over a sinus infection that started before the 28 days. It is still lingering but I decided to do something light and given it was a fairly warm day I took the kiddies to the local outdoor pool after supper.

Good luck to everyone on Day 6 - I am off to a kids birthday party so I will be bringing my own snacks.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Day 4

Starting my day with Rip's Big Bowl. I have to say this thing fills me up until lunch time and is really really tasty.

Yesterday at the Raw Vegan restaurant I mentioned our quest to go Vegan for 28 days and they indicated that if I can make it the 28 days I should come back and show them the results and then "work" for them for a couple of days to learn the secrets of making some really yummy raw food. I think I will have to take them up on this.

Lunch was some ezekiel spaghetti with a tomato sauce with sautéed onions, garlic, zucchini and baby spinach. It turned out really well.

Dinner was dinosaur kale wraps. You take the kale and rub it with lemon juice and salt. After it sits for a few minutes it becomes pliable and easy to eat. Then you put quinoa and whatever veggies you like inside. I used julienned zucchini, julienned cucumber, thinly sliced green onions, avocado and tomatoes.

Then I had a snack of Ezekiel English muffin with peanut butter.

All in all a satisfying day. My stomach has hurt for the last two days and I have been pretty sleepy but other than that going strong. Good luck to everyone else and here comes day 5.

Sorry no pictures today as I dropped my blackberry and it is now no more.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Day 3

I had a great lunch today with my lovely wife. We went to our favorite local raw vegan restaurant. It was awesome. First we had raw ravioli made out of beets with nut sauces sorry no picture I was too hungry and ate it before I could get the camera out.

I had raw burritos and my wife had the nachos. For dessert we shared the raw chocolate and banana cake. It was very decadent.

So far not too bad. I found that my headaches have disappeared. The other thing I have noticed are the much more frequent trips to the washroom. I hope this settles out before my trip in two weeks. I hope everyone else is having a good time.

Day 3

Well Day 3 started off well with Rip's big bowl. However, when I got to work this morning I was advised that a good friend/colleague had died on the weekend from a brain aneurism. I like Char Nolan's comment in hear blog this is a philosophy and lifestyle not a diet. Given news like this morning it makes it all more important to be plant strong.

Another quote I love from leadership coach Robin Sharma is "the price of discipline is always less than the pain of regret".

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Day 2

Day 2 was a success other than the headache:

Breakfast: Rip's Big Bowl
Lunch: (first business lunch) dairy free mushroom soup, spinach salad with pecans and apple slices and a handful of sweet potato fries
Dinner: Half a whole wheat pita with hummus, sprouts, lettuce, cucumber and tomato

Snacks throughout the day were fruit and these awesome organic crackers that are made from quinoa, lentils etc, along with some hummus. The crackers are called Mary's ( They also have this great thing called sticks and twigs. Not sure if they retail in the US or not.
I also had a vega bar for a snack during my son's t-ball game.

My big weakness is evenings and snacking. So I am trying to write this instead of snacking!! :-)

Well soon off to bed for Day 3 and my Birthday. I am going to go for lunch with my wife to a Raw Vegan place. If you have never been to a raw vegan restaurant I highly recommend it. They can do some amazing things with veggies.

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Day 1 Wrap Up

Well Day 1 turned out great. We had all our guests over went for a nice long walk followed by the BBQ. I made everyone else their hamburgers and hotdogs and I grilled up a nice big portobelllo mushroom. I have to say mine looked the most delicious of the group.

As well I was pleasantly surprised that everyone in the group was very excited for me and encouraging. Most of them didn't know what vegan meant so I had to do some explaining.

Today in Canada was a holiday so tomorrow is going to be the real test my first business lunch as a vegan.....

Good luck everyone.

Day 1

So far Day 1 has been pretty painless. I had a nice smoothie this morning: Apple, Orange, Banana, Blueberries, spinach and Vega Whole Food Smoothie Infuser for protein. This is my normal breakfast so not a stretch. I then spent several hours in the blazing sun working in the yard which helped take my mind off things.

Lunch was a half of a whole wheat pita, 2 TBSPs of hummus, cucumber, yellow pepper, lettuce and sprouts. On the side were two large carrots. Very delicious though I am sure not enough to carry me to dinner.

I have to say I am starting to get a nice caffeine withdrawal headache which is to be expected with no coffee. The green tea with honey didn't cut it according to my head.

The challenge today will be in a few hours we have about 16 people coming over for a backyard BBQ and I am the one doing the cooking. For the guests it will be a meat fiesta for me it will be grilled portobello mushrooms ala E2. I have been eating these probably once a week since getting the book and they are awesome.

One of my favorite snacks/meals is BBQ tofu. I got this recipe from a Moosewood cookbook. Moosewood is this awesome Vegan/Veggie restaurant in New York State. They have published a lot of books with vegan/vegetarian recipes that are very good. Basically you mix 1 tablespoon of sesame oil with 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, toss cubed firm tofu in it. Then you bake it at 350 for 20 minutes or so and voila some awesome stuff.

Hope everyone else is enjoying the first day.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

The End is Nigh

As the evening draws to a close I have filled my belly for the last time with unholy foods! The cupboards are stocked with healthy foods. Lets go vegan!

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Final Day

I have been enjoying my final day, drinking lots of coffee. You may wonder why I can't drink coffee after today and the reason is I love a little coffee with my cream and sugar! Given I can't have cream or sugar no more coffee...yeehaw here comes the caffeine headaches!!

Once my daughter wakes up from her nap (she is 3) I am taking her for either wings or burgers and a chocolate milkshake! I have found quitting bad habits requires me to binge to the point of being ill and then quitting is much easier.

I have planned out my meals for the week and it is looking good. I have used the E2 Diet and I have also used "The Thrive Diet" by Brendan Brazier ( There are some really great recipes in there that I have made in the past including the pizza recipes!

I am nervous and excited to be entering this new chapter in my life. I need to lose weight and I need to be healthy. We have complete control over how long we live and how we live.

Happy final day!

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1 Day Left!!

I can not believe there is only 1 day left until 28 days of veganism! I think the hardest part of this will be business meals and my family vacation. As well I am a compulsive snacker so that will be tough as well.

I have been pouring through some vegan blogs and E2 and other vegan sources trying to come up with my meal plan for the week. The hard part will be as the main chef in the house I will have to prepare food for others that is not vegan. An example is tomorrow on the first of 28 days we are having 16 guest over for a BBQ and I am cooking the meat!!! Normally when I cook I like to sample to make sure it tastes good and is ready etc. Now I will have to leave that to my wife or others.

Breakfast will be the easiest as I have been eating smoothies for months using my trusty Vitamix Blender. If you don't know about Vitamix blenders they are amazing. They take whole fruits and vegetables and fully liquefy them. This apparently makes the nutrients in the fruits and vegetable more available then just chewing alone. Check out the link Often you can find them for sale at Costco for a pretty reasonable price (given they last forever). Normally my smoothies are, 1 orange, 1 lemon, 1 apple, 1 banana, 1 cup of frozen blueberries, 3 ice cubes, 1 cup of spinach, 1 cup of hemp milk and 2 servings of Vega Whole Food Smoothie Infuser ( I share this with my spouse so it makes two servings.

Dinner is also fairly easy as we usually eat fairly healthy meals, though they contain meat maybe 4 nights a week. So I will have to look at eliminating these from my rotation if not the rotation of the family.

Lunch will be tough. Most of my lunches are in restaurants with customers and I have to say most of the restaurants around where I live have very poor vegetarian options let alone vegan. I am going to try to stick to places like thai or mexican which have reasonable veggie options.

The other guideline (not rule because I am not a fan of hard and fast rules) is that if I am served something at someone's house I will eat it as I don't wish to offend people. That being said I like a recommendation I saw on a website which is to offer to bring something and make it vegan so you can eat it! :-)

Well off to do my grocery shopping....good luck to the rest of the 28 dayers heading into the first day!!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Jonny O

I have now committed to being a Vegan Wannabe with Jonny O and the rest of the Wannabes. I have to say I have a fair amount of nervousness about the idea of becoming vegan for a month. I have a birthday in August as well as a week long trip to the US West Coast.

I have found that if you explain to people you are entering a contest as opposed to changing your lifestyle they are far more supportive. Somehow the idea of becoming has become a dirty word to a lot of folks. Maybe that is why Forks over Knives decided not to use it in their documentary.

I have flirted with vegetarianism and veganism in the past and have for the most part enjoyed it. The real difficulty I find is twofold: being prepared and business meals. My job requires me to do a fair amount of entertaining and business meals and most restaurants have very bad options when it comes to vegetarian meals let along vegan.

I am a good cook but often pressed for time between activities for children and work (I commute 2 hours per day). So planning and preparation will be the key. I am going to try to do a lot of the prep (sous chef) work on the weekends to help for the week.

I think Brendan Brazier's vegan supplies will become my best friend over the next couple of weeks. For those of you not familiar with Brendan he is a Vegan triathlete who has written a couple of books and established a company called Vega. Vega makes all kinds of vegan products that can help you survive in a hectic world. Check them out at

The D-Day of August 1st is fast approaching so I am enjoying my last vegan meals.....So what does this mean? I am giving up for the month of August:

Refined white flour
Processed food - other than things like raw crackers and Vega products

Exercise - up until this point I had always relied on my metabolism which seems to have escaped me thus the weight gain. I have exercised in fits and spurts with cycling being by far the most fun. However, I know that I have to mix this up with strength training. My goal is to exercise 5 times per week for a minimum of 45 minutes mixing cardio (Cycling) and P90X for strength training.

As well I am going to try to give up TV during the week and only watch programs on the weekend (shouldn't be too hard as it is August).

The goal of this blog is not only to hopefully inspire, but also be a diary including documenting cool recipes that I come across. Hopefully you the reader will find it of interest and of use.

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How it all Started

I have always been interested in reading books on health and wellness while ironically sitting on the couch eating chips. On a scale of 1 to 10 I would say I was mostly a carnivore eating some fruit and veg but not nearly what I should.

So what changed? One day driving to T-ball with my son he asked me why there was a picture of a cow on his baseball glove. I explained that it was there because baseball gloves are made from cow skin. He asked if the cow was already dead and was that why we could use the skin. I then had the pleasure of explaining to a 6 year old that we kill animals for meat and their skin. Needless to say he was pretty horrified.

This of course led me to thinking about meat and where it comes from. Fact is sometimes children see things in a way that makes you think. I am not saying that I have moved towards vegetarianism because of cruelty to animals but it certainly doesn't hurt.

The main motivations for me are health and vitality. I find that I can recover faster from exercise when I eat a very clean vegetarian diet. So let's see where this experiment takes me. The rules are simple, no meat, dairy or sugar for one month.

My goal is to lose 60 pounds and lead a much healthier life filled with energy and vitality.

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