Sunday, March 8, 2015

Brussels Sprouts Salad With Roasted Garlic and Meyer Lemon

Red leaf lettuce with brussels sprouts, roasted garlic, and the juice from a meyer lemon. Good stuff.

22 Days Nutrition

I was reading the latest Money magazine a few weeks ago and read about meal delivery programs. This got me thinking about vegan meal plans and vegan meal delivery programs. I was considering the idea as a way to kickstart my health journey. This was actually a couple days before I wrote my blog post about being super healthy again. While spending a few hours researching different vegan meal programs, I came across 22 Days Nutrition. The meals are all organic and full of great ingredients.

Surprisingly, I decided to try it. Unfortunately, I had to wait two weeks for the delivery, but I finally got the box on Friday.

Before ordering the meals, I'll tell you what I was thinking.
  1. These meals could be crap, full of salt, and a waste of my money.
  2. Why aren't the ingredients listed on the website????
  3. Beyonce's name is mentioned in every Google search for 22 Days Nutrition. The website says the program "recently guided Beyonce and Jay-Z on a 22 Day Vegan Challenge." This was all off-putting to me.
  4. The program is new and I can't find many reviews...
  5. According to the website, the meals are all: 100% plant-based, non-GMO, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, environmentally conscious, and made with love.
  6. What do I have to lose? Especially since I had a coupon code to use: TWITTERLOVE.
So, here's the box and my thoughts. I ordered the "2 Meals a Day for 5 Days" plan. As I mentioned before, the meals were delivered 2 weeks after I placed my order. I guess you have to order by Wednesday to get it the following Friday.

Ok, so nice looking box.

Yay, styrofoam. 

Some information.


More Beyonce.

Ok, thanks for the tip. 

The food was still cold. That's good. The box was delivered at 3pm and I got home at 4:45pm.

Hmm...lots of mushed food that obviously moved around while it was shipped. Are there 2 of each? Nope, each pack of two has different meals. That means 10 different meals. That's good.

I put 5 in the freezer and kept 5 in the fridge. With the exception of today, I plan to only eat the meals for dinner. I like to have big salads for lunch, plus I'm not willing to microwave the meals at work.

Great ingredients and meals that I wouldn't usually make (but that I like!). The sodium content is low. That's a good sign.

I was surprised to see 845 calories. That's high. Oh wait, the print is way too small. All the 6s look like 8s. That's better.

So my first meal was the French Vegetable Ratatouille with Pesto. Not bad, but pasta isn't that exciting to me especially when the pasta was breaking apart in the saucepan. 

I had the Montecito Mushroom & Pea Risotto with Black Kale for lunch today. I really enjoyed it!

I will try either the Adzuki Macro Bowl or the Israeli Aubergine Ganoush on Turmeric Veggie Rice tonight. (The company should fix the "tumeric" misspelling.)

Would I try 22 Days Nutrition again? Probably not, but you never know. It's pricey and I'd rather make my own meals. I do appreciate trying new things and getting ideas for my own meals. This week is particularly busy for me, so having these meals on hand has been a definite plus.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sunset and Spring Rolls

I've been locked away for most of the weekend writing a paper on systems theory. You can imagine my need for a break after submitting my paper this afternoon. I stopped by Whole Foods and picked up some spring rolls and broccoli salad and drove to the beach to watch the sunset. It was a great evening. :)

Friday, February 27, 2015

Get Your Veggies On

So far, so good! I've been eating really well and I feel better already. I lost a few pounds, too.

I prepped salads on Sunday for lunches and I made a really good vegetable stock for soups. I made soup the last three nights using a variety of vegetables and some potatoes. I also made a chickpea scramble one night with garlic, onion, asparagus, kale, and red cabbage.

I made tacos/fajitas tonight with grilled onions, zucchini, asparagus, black beans, avocado, and red cabbage. I enjoyed eating a hearty meal tonight after eating pretty light earlier in the day.

I definitely need to get back on Pinterest to get some good ideas for next week. More and more people seem to be going vegan, so I'm happy to see so many new recipes on Pinterest. More to come.

Feel free to comment with suggestions as well. :)

Sunday, February 22, 2015

A Solid Foundation for Success

Step 1: Start from a solid foundation

For me, this meant stocking my kitchen and fridge with fruits, vegetables, and grains. This seems simple enough, but this is where I've been going wrong the last few months. Creating a solid foundation also meant cleaning and organizing my house this morning to create a more inviting and workable space.

Step 2: Try something new 

I tried guava for the first time today. I nearly broke my teeth on the seeds, but it was very good!

Step 3: Eat breakfast

I have a habit of not eating breakfast and then I end up eating whatever I can find. I'm back to the basics now. I had muesli with almond milk and a banana this morning. The muesli tastes far better than anything I normally grab and I feel better. I need to remember that.

Step 4: Plan for the week

I have a busy week ahead with work and school, so I will prep salads today for lunches next week. I have chickpeas soaking at the moment and I will freeze most of them in ready-to-use portions. I also bought some root vegetables to make a hearty stock for soups. I will freeze some of the stock as well. Where I've gone wrong the last few months is taking something like a banana for lunch, but I would never eat it. Instead, I would buy food or wait until I left work at which point I would be starving and eat far too much food. I should know better! To be successful, I need to plan and have healthier options on hand at all times.

Step 5: Eat when hungry

Only when I'm hungry!

Step 6: Cut back on coffee and get more sleep!

I'm not going to lie. I've been drinking too much coffee every day. I usually drink two large iced coffees a day from Starbucks. Not only is that hurting my cash flow, but I know the coffee is terrible for me. My goal is to stay hydrated with water and lemon and just have the occasional coffee when I want it.

Step 7: Have fun

I need to have fun with food and I need to have fun. Period. I only have one life and I need to make the most of it!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

A New Journey

Almost a year has passed since my last blog post. I was definitely losing momentum by March of last year and I was going through some personal problems, which I allowed to take over my state of mind. I lost the drive to be really healthy. Without any support system in my local area, I just let what happen happen.

So here I am, back to the blog that initially helped support my healthy lifestyle goals. This blog and the online vegan community is my support system. I can't hide anymore. I need to be honest with myself. My blog keeps me on track, keeps me excited, and most importantly, accountable. Nothing will change unless I make a change and that is exactly why I am here.

Now, almost a year since my last post, I am roughly 25 lbs heavier. My knees hurt with the extra weight, I'm always tired, and I don't fit into any of my clothes. It's time to re-focus. With the exception of a handful of times, I have remained vegan. I still buy organic fruits and vegetables and I stay far from processed foods. My problem has been portion control and eating out.

So here's to a new journey. To a long-lasting, health-driven journey that focuses on self-love, cooking and preparing food at home, and learning and sharing about living a healthy lifestyle.