The Engine 2 Seven-Day Rescue Diet

7 day rescue

When I first came across this challenge, The Seven Day Rescue Diet  by Rip Esselstyn I thought “how hard can it be?” I mean I’m already plant based/vegan. But I did face some challenges, in fact I cheated. That’s right I cheated, on my second day of all things.

Now to be fair, I didn’t realize I wasn’t following the “plan”. I made curry. A nice vegetable, chickpea curry. Seems harmless right? So, where did I do wrong? I used coconut milk. I guess coconut milk is high in fat. Do I feel like I should stop and start over? Nope. Did I quit? Not at all, instead I packed up the leftovers and in the freezer they went, well after I had another spoonful. 🙂

The thing I learned on this journey is how much oil and fat I actually consume. Yes for me it’s easier to cook without oil, but I don’t really check on the fat content, as long as it’s plant based, it’s all good. I’ve been spoiled over the last 5 years, there are so many vegan options out there, but the convenient foods are no better fat wise than what they try to mimic. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure I have some beefless burgers and pizza in the freezer for those days I don’t feel like cooking.

When I received The Seven Day Rescue, I was really happy. It laid everything out for me. And pizza- yes pizza is ok during the rescue. They have a recipe for pizza, but more about the recipes later.

The Seven Day Rescue Diet is straightforward. Part 1 talks about Why We Love Plants, Why We Love Whole Foods, Why We Don’t Drink Our Food (ok, I understand this, but I do like juicing), Why We Care About Calorie Density Why We Limit Protein (I wish non plant-based Dr’s would read this), Why We Limit Salt, Sugar and fat, Why We Exercise. 

 They talk about batch cooking. Trust me this is a time saver.  Take a Sunday or whatever day works best for you and cook a bunch of rice, beans or potatoes. Do you have an Instant Pot? If you don’t, buy one,  that’s a life saver as well. (It cuts down your cooking time.)

They take the guess work out of what to have, what to buy with their handy grocery list. There’s a 7 day meal plan. That’s one of the things I love about this book.

The recipes are mainly bowls. Who doesn’t love a good bowl? I know I do!! There’s oatmeal bowls, waffles and pancakes for breakfast. For lunch there’s salads- not just boring lettuce like you would feed your hamster, but filling satisfying salad’s, flat’s, pizza flats, and soups. For dinner there’s hearty super bowls, burrito’s, sloppy Joes, burgers, chili and so much more. They have some sauces and dips for your salad’s, bowls etc. Seriously, like I said, they laid out everything for you. No guess work, and unlike some diets- this doesn’t feel like one. You can eat!!

The only thing I would do over is I wish I had this book before I started The Seven Day Rescue. It’s clear, it’s simple, and it’s easy. The hardest part is planning a shopping trip. If you are interested in improving your health or if your loved one is in need of a rescue- Please read this book. Try it; it’s only for 7 days. That’s a week. You have nothing to lose (ok you do like tossing and turning at night because you can’t get a good night’s sleep, bad sex, unhealthy hair, acne- I could go on, I won’t though) but you have everything to gain- your health.

To find out more about this book go to Hachette Book Group.. You can even order from there site.

Let me know if you have taken the challenge!

Another week another challenge 

Inspired by The Food Duo’s recent posts about 30.00 dollar a week Trader Joe’s challenge, I decided to do my own challenge which I want to invite you to try. I decided that since my pantry is stocked, fridge and freezer are full- I’m not going to buy any groceries for a week. I’m guilty of seeing a recipe and thinking oh I must buy “red peppers” because the recipe calls for them, meanwhile my green pepper gets overlooked. Poor green pepper, I’m sure it cries wondering why it’s not getting any love. So, I’m putting an end to that. Green peppers deserve some love. And who cares anyways a pepper is a pepper. Unless they are calling for a hot pepper.

Mon’s meal was a potato, rice and lentil mixture, made in the IP- very easy.

Tues’s meal was pasta with red sauce with garlic bread and the Best EVER Caesar salad by Kelly and Erin, you can find that in their new book Made With Love. They own a bakery called  Kelly’s Bake Shoppe,  Located at 401 Brant Street Burlington, ON L7R2E9. I might take a road trip, just to visit.

Wed’s meal was fries, veggie burgers and chick*n strips. I ate that during #veganfoodchat, which is every Sun and Wed at 8 EST on twitter, (come and join the fun! They are also on Facebook) finally one chat that didn’t make me hungry 😉

Thurs’s meal: a risotto, with asparagus and peas, which was really yummy.

Fri’s meal: leftovers.

Baked goodies: ninja cookies from Protein Ninja. Sorry no recipe but check out Terry Romero for some recipe ideas. (Here’s a link I wrote about these Cookies)

Here are a few links to recipes that I highly recommend (the veggie burgers and chick*n strips are gardein brand). All links being posted are ones I normally make and freeze well. In fact you should make a double batch and you can have Make ahead meals. Be sure to check out Vegan in the freezer for the how-to of storing your food properly and for more meal ideas.

Dreena Burton has a wonderful hide the lentil pasta sauce that is rich and gives your noodles love, it’s nice and thick which I love. I can’t share that recipe with you, but you can find it in her book Eat, Drink and be Vegan. If you don’t have it, you should. The recipe I can share with you- would be her Nutty veggie burgers. These hold up really well. I’ve made both patties and balls with the mixture. Her chocolate chip cookies are the bomb.

Laura Theodore has a recipe for Dad’s Marinara sauce, which is perfect for all your pasta needs. It hugs your noodles perfectly, and it’s slurpy so make sure you have a napkin because you will get some sauce on your chin when you slurp your spaghetti noodles, unless you eat your pasta Lady and the Tramp style 😉

What I ended up buying this week was- a loaf of bread, ketchup, tea, veggie burgers and toothpaste. I spent $17.56. Even though I did spend money when I wasn’t going to, I still consider this a win. I didn’t need to buy the ketchup- but it was on sale 🙂 As you can see my family and I ate very good this week and healthy for the most part. Sometimes you need a burger, chicken fingers and fries.

The Ultimate Challenge

For the month of December I’m trying a new kind of challenge. I’m going to see how I can stretch out my dollars while providing my family with healthful meals. With the holidays up coming this could be the ultimate challenge.

Who’s with me? I’m going to be posting a meal planner for this week. I know it’s Tuesday already, but you can use it for any week. Or mix and match meals that suit your family’s needs.  I will be posting a lot of recipes you can find online, but a few you may only be able to get from a book.  And of course, a menu plan wouldn’t be complete without a Juice Bar 😉

Be warned, I do love baking and cooking whole foods, as well as some processed foods, because I’m a busy mom of two, and I work a few jobs as well. So, if I can do this…. so can you!!

Who’s with me?

Cheers Luv ya’s!