The Engine 2 Seven-Day Rescue Diet

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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!

Forks Over Knives Family Cookbook Review

It’s been five years since the Fork Over Knives Documentary came out. Since then they have release Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, Forks Over Knives – The Cookbook, The Forks Over Knives Plan and now their latest book- Forks Over Knives Family Book, by the husband and wife doctor team Matthew Lederman, M.D. and Alona Pulde, M.D.This is a comprehensive book for anyone wanting to start, transition or expand their knowledge about the lifestyle.

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(I borrowed Forks Over Knives photo)

Part 1- The Forks Over Knives Family Guide, introduction to why Forks Over Knives? Topics also include- You’re having a baby, baby’s first year, beyond the first year, how to help your family transition, on the road. I always love reading how to stay on track when you are traveling, or eating out, especially when it comes to eating at family or friends. How do you deal with kids parties?

There’s also other people’s stories through out to inspire you. It’s not as hard as some people make this lifestyle out to be.

Part 2- The Forks Over Knives family recipes. There’s more than 125 kid-friendly recipes by Forks Over Knives culinary projects manager Darshana Thacker. No oil, minimal salt yet delicious you won’t miss the empty calories oil provides. Darshana covers everything from breakfast to supper to special treats. With easy to read recipes that calls for real ingredients makes this the book to use before, during, and after transitioning. Even people who have been on the plant based journey will find this resource useful.

Touchstone sent me out a copy to review and will send out a copy to one lucky winner. Please click here to enter our giveaway.

I’m going to leave you the link back to their recipes. Good luck everyone! I know who ever wins this will be thrilled! This could end the meal time battles.

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!

 

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