Wednesday, July 31, 2013

7/31/13, I can't believe how good dinner tasted

For breakfast I did the oat-fruit bake (frozen sour cherries and blueberries in the bottom of a pan, add cinnamon, water and oats, bake for 30 minutes or so). It was fantastic.  
Lunch was
I also had a few strawberries. Then a few hours later I had a nectarine and a plum. And then some sugar snap peas. I snacked too much...
Dinner was unbelievably simple and good. In the morning, while baking my oats, I also baked onion and beets in parchment paper (idea from Char!). I had chopped them into bite-sized pieces.  They are unbelievably sweet! like candy! In the morning I had also cooked up some black beans and lentils, which is a great combination. I combined the onions, beets, and beans/lentils in a bowl, that's it.  I couldn't believe how good it tasted. Maybe I'm just weird though. I also made a salad from lettuce, cherry tomatoes, cucumber and balsamic vinegar. It was also awesome because everything was local (except the vinegar). For those in California, you always get local stuff, so you might not be familiar with lettuce shipped from 2000 miles away. It's just not the same.  We only get this a few months a year. I had a bunch more strawberries which I didn't need.  I can't resist delicious fruit.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

7/30/13, great day!

...though I ate too much but come on, I'm only human and the food was too good. I didn't feel the greatest when I got up, similar to the last 5 days, starting after I tried my wheat experiment, so I'm ready to drop it again. Fortunately I didn't feel I was missing anything when I reintroduced it.  I think the spelt berries were okay so I'll experiment with those some more eventually.  
Breakfast was white wheat berries (I made my decision after eating that) and blueberries.  It was good but I like spelt berries more.  
My plans changed from yesterday, and we went shopping this morning and boy was that fun, picking up backpacking equipment, and stopping at a favorite produce and foodie store. This was fun for three reasons: First I got 10 lbs of Michigan blueberries, my favorite; and about 7 lbs of Door County pie cherries, which I used to think were awful and sour and now I love them. Second, they have samples of all their fruit and they have a lot of fruit! I sampled all the peaches and pears and plums and picked out a few to buy. Third, I shopped for some foodie friends who I'll be visiting on my way out to Plant-Stock, so I got to pretend I'm a foodie and shop for fancy beer and cheese. It had some of the pleasure of enjoying that stuff without the pain of actually ingesting it. haha. Here's a picture of the blueberries,
and one container of the cherries
Lunch was corn on the cob and collards and kale and onion that I cooked up last night.  Last night I also baked up some beets and kohlrabi.  I cut them into bite sized pieces and baked in foil.  Oh my gosh, were they good.   After I fixed my dinner, I had some leftover and couldn't resist eating them even though I was full.  Here's what they looked like:
These are so good just plain, as is.  Amazing.
Dinner was my experiment I discussed yesterday, putting spaghetti sauce over kohlrabi and beets instead of spaghetti. It was a success and a surprise. I thought it would go good over kohrabi and be a little weird on the beets. It was the opposite. That's why I love experiments. I also had the rest of the collards and kohrabi. I ate with friends by the lake.  
Then I went to my meditation class and while I was supposed to be doing a mind/body/space meditation, I was thinking about what I was going to eat tomorrow.  I thought stop thinking about that, think about my body and space, but I was thinking ooh, baked oatmeal with blueberries and cherries, ooh, I'll bake another beet and cook up some beans and get some sugar snap peas for dinner. Then I thought, oh just enjoy thinking about this, so I thought about those awesome blueberries and cherries and all the great bounty we have and then I got back to the topic at hand.
When I got home I prepped and froze all the blueberries and cherries and ate a lot of the cherries.   so I did overeat...what do you expect from me?! 

Monday, July 29, 2013

7/29/13, besghetti

oops I forgot to post here the last few days.  I've been posting over at E2X.  Well, here's today's:

I'm in a wheat phase. I don't normally eat wheat because I think it bothers me a bit, but I've been wondering how much is real and how much is me falling for all the wheat-bashing going on.  From my recent experimenting, I don't think the Spelt berries bother me. Today's breakfast was 10-grain cereal from Bob's Red Mill. That did bother me a bit, made me feel groggy, but maybe it was instead because I overate last night. I made spaghetti for dinner tonight and that didn't bother me, but I used that ancient Eikhorn grain. Bread bothers me, makes me stimulated, then groggy. Neal Barnard says it's because the bubbles in the dough give it a huge surface area which allows it to digest very quickly which causes a blood sugar spike, then crash. What was interesting today was that I didn't like the cereal that much, and I liked the spaghetti even less. My spaghetti sauce was good but combined with the pasta it tasted too wheaty.  I think for me the pastas and breads and cereals (except for the wheat berries) don't taste as well without salt or fat or sugar slathered on top. Maybe that's just because that's how I used to eat them before I became plant strong.  Well, enough rambling about that, but it relates to what I'm going to eat tomorrow.  
Food for today: Breakfast was the 10-grain cereal and blueberries. Even with a tsp of maple syrup, it wasn't as good as wheat berries and oat groats (or steel cut oats) in my view.  Lunch was corn on the cob and green beans from the garden. I prepared dinner before lunch: spaghetti and sauce, and a whole mess of collard greens and kale and onion. I called it besghetti in the title because I added little red beans to the sauce which I liked. I worked later than planned so when I got home I had 15 minutes to eat dinner, before going to a meeting. I snarfed down the besghetti, then remember the greens so snarfed some of them. Here's a picture of the besghetti before I remembered the greens:
Also in the picture is a book I just bought for some daily inspiration, as I like veganism for it's own sake, not just health. Anyway, the sauce was good, with lots of local and garden stuff: onions, garlic, tomatoes, shitake and elephant mushrooms (I prefer just the white and crimini and will use those next time), lots of basil, small red beans. I had that over the whole wheat eikhorn spaghetti, and topped it with a smashed walnut half. I know, not part of the captain's plan.  I weighed it and it came in at 3 g, or 19 calories. I decided 21 days into Captain's plan, if that's all the nuts I had, I'm okay with that. Even the coaches say no one is perfect. Plus it has 0.3g of omega 3s. I'm not a big fan of the flax seeds so I'd rather eat a walnut half.   
Anyway, the final thing I wanted to say was, as I was eating my besghetti, I was thinking, yuck on the pasta, I wonder what this would be like on potatoes. But it's not potato season in Wisconsin yet, and I think it's fun to eat what's in season, so I bought some beets and tonight I chopped and baked up some beets and kohlrabi (again with the kohlrabi?) for tomorrow. I also cooked up some white wheat berries (for more experimentation) for breakfast. I'll be gone all day and evening tomorrow. So I'll have the wheat berries before I go, then the tomato sauce on the veggies for lunch and dinner along with the rest of the greens. I have no idea if this will taste good! could be a complete disaster. I mean, beets and tomatoes? I don't think I've had that combination. could be yucky.  But I think it's fun to do this sort of thing so I won't mind even if it's a flop.
Exercise:  biked 14 miles, walked 3.

Friday, July 26, 2013


This morning, I headed to a yoga class without breakfast, which is not unusual, but I didn't eat a big dinner last night, so I was hungry when it was over. I had a lunch date with friends so I stopped at the co-op to get some food. All their prepared food is loaded with oil and salt, so I got some sweet cherries, a small banana, and a bunch of sugar snap peas. I thought that would carry me over to dinner, but Dr. McDougall really is right when he says starches are what carry you over to the next meal.  After lunch, I went to work and worked later than I planned. I was going to walk the 6 miles home but I was hungry and had visions of corn on the cob waiting for me at home; so I walked to the co-op, stopped in to get a little more food for the weekend (sugar snap peas, banana, carrots), then caught the bus home. I ate a couple of small carrots while waiting for the bus and that staved off the hunger. Then on the short walk home I went past my favorite mulberry tree that I seem to be the only one who knows about, and boy was that good. At home I had my glorious corn on the cob, and a salad with lettuce, cherry tomatoes, and cucumber. I snacked a little while cooking for the weekend (sugar snap peas, carrots, kohlrabi, and jicama, not too much, fortunately).    
I'm going away this weekend, will bring my own food as we are visiting a plant-weak home. :) But it's easy, 5 bowls of food for BLD,BL on Sat and Sun, fruit for the breakfasts,  and raw veggies to snack on. I'll describe that tomorrow or the next day. I gotta go clean up the kitchen and pack now!

Thursday, July 25, 2013


Breakfast was my favorite right now, the wheat berries and oat groats I had cooked up a few days ago, and frozen blueberries, heated in the microwave.   This time I didn't put in the refined sweetener (my favorite being maple syrup) and, I can't believe I'm saying this, I liked it better?  I could taste the flavors better and the tartness of the blueberries added spunk to it (or something like that).  But I like knowing I can put in the maple syrup if I want to.  
Then I went on a 26 mile bike ride, and rode fast for the last 7 miles to get home in time to have lunch with housemate.  We had sweet corn, a sliced garden tomato, and I made a quick salad using my 5 ripe garden cherry tomatoes.   here's a pic:
everything was local and good.
Then I sat down to read a Ph.D. thesis and just finished.   I feel like a zombie.  For dinner, I grabbed stuff from the fridge:  sugar snap peas, kohlrabi and the rest of the grains that I was having for breakfast.  

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

7/24/13, hiking!

Today we had a lovely day hiking at Devil's Lake State Park in Wisconsin.   Last night I cooked up some wheat berries (spelt and kamut) and oat groats, had those for breakfast this morning with blueberries and 1 tsp of maple syrup.  That was my first refined sweetener in 6 weeks and, I can't believe I'm saying this, it was a little too sweet.  1 tsp?  So I'm thinking I don't want it tomorrow. What?  whatever.   I'd also baked a potato last night and I had that for lunch, along with some sugar snap peas and jicama.  That was all great.  It helps when you are hungry from hiking but it was all great regardless.  After the post-lunch hike, I had some kohlrabi and carrots.  Then a quick dinner at home before an evening meeting of leftovers from yesterday:  the greens and kohlrabi and zucchini and corn meal and beans.   Then post-meeting, a dessert of some cherries and banana.   
Exercise was lots of hiking and climbing on the bluffs.  Oh and I was wearing my full backpack as I'm starting to train for a backpacking trip.  It was loaded with about 20-25 lbs, which is light but a good place to start practicing from.  Here's me and my partner in crime, Blackie Bear, getting ready to climb the bluff:
Don't worry, there are steps carved into the rocks.  Many passersby were excited to report that they saw a blackie bear at Devil's Lake.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

7/23/13, progress report and food logs

I'm on a 28-day challenge over on the E2X website, and today I'm supposed to check in with my week 2 progress report so I'll share it here too.  This week I did most of the stuff asked for:  I worked out plenty, I watched several videos, including Milton Mills and the Engine 2 rescue.  Rip is great and makes it all sound so reasonable!   I didn't eat a big salad everyday though I ate raw veggies every day so I could call those salads.  :)    I did the blogging and checking in.   Where I fell down was in overeating--that was about 3 days worth starting on the weekend when I had guests over and was watching them feast and so I felt I wanted to feast, which I did on fruit and then on grains too yesterday.   I definitely went overboard.   This makes me wonder if allowing just a little bit of salt and sugar in my diet would work in a psychological way to keep me from thinking I'm deprived somehow.  I did an experiment of going without it, which I started on June 11.  So that's 6 weeks.  Now I'm thinking of experimenting with adding it back in in small amounts.  It's still within the parameters of all the plans on E2X, which is what I like about them--the flexibility to find what works for each of us (which may vary in time too).
Today's food was great.  I wasn't hungry at breakfast, so skipped that.  Lunch was  

mmmm, good.  Even housemate will eat this stuff and rave about it.  Dinner was a classic salad--lettuce, tomato, cucumber, balsamic vinegar--, snow peas, and a cooked dish of onion, kohlrabi, zucchini, beans, corn grits, and seasoning (cumin, tandoori mix).   Dessert was a few cherries and a small banana.
Exercise was swimming 55 minutes and: It was a beeeeautiful day, so I walked to this meeting 3 miles away, only I was late so I walked fast.

Monday, July 22, 2013

7/22/13, I was a pig (no offense to pigs)

I don't know what got into me, I just kept eating today, seemed to be a continuation of yesterday's fruit indulgence. 
Breakfast was really good again: my cooked grains from Sunday night, and frozen fruit, heated up in the microwave.  so good I had 2 bowls.  then some more fruit!
snack: okay I was taking a break on a long bike ride but still, was I hungry?  not really:  a few cherries and a small banana.
Late lunch was 2 corns on the cob and green beans.
snack:  lots of sugar snap peas and carrots.  
Dinner:  leftover greens and beans and kohlrabi from yesterday
Dessert (really?):  more grains and fruit.  
Exercise:  biked 26 miles, a lovely ride.

Sunday, July 21, 2013


Breakfast was fruit and cooked grains.  It was wonderful and quick because I cooked the grains last night and have a freezer full of fruit that I bought and prepped this weekend.   The grains were:  spelt berries, kamut berries, oat groats, and 3 kinds of rice.  I assembled the frozen fruit and grains, and microwaved them for a few minutes and it was done.  It's a delightful breakfast.
Lunch:  corn on the cob and broccoli
Snack:  lots of sugar snap peas and carrots  (can I call that a salad? :) )
Dinner:  onion, kohlrabi, greens, and beans.   I made enough for leftovers tomorrow.
Now I should have stopped here, but I started nibbling on the fruit in the freezer.  then nibbled some more, then couldn't resist repeating breakfast (microwaved fruit and grains).  It was so good but I didn't need it!   oh well.  :)
Exercise:  walk 6.5 miles.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

7/19 & 7/20/13

Yesterday, we had 2 kids over for a cookout and sleepover so I didn't have time to check in here.   We fed them what we thought they would like so I had a lot of food in my house I don't normally have. We got a whole bunch of fruit too because I know their mom likes them to eat it and I wasn't sure what they would go after (watermelon was the winner). I ate a ton of it and still had tons left, so I prepped it and froze it.  It will be good at breakfast.   
Here are a few observations about my behavior and food.  1)  Watching everyone else feast on their food still makes me want to feast, and I did that by eating way more fruit than I even wanted.    2) In eating a lot of fruit, I didn't eat as much other food like my usual starches (potatoes, yams, grains), and I don't find that nearly as satisying, even when I'm quite full from it.  3) I made them smoothies for breakfast along with their cereal, and for a treat made myself a fruit smoothie. I was amazed at how much fruit went into making one glass of smoothie.  I don't get nearly as full drinking that fruit as I would if I ate it without blending. 4) I overate both yesterday and today.
Yesterday, I ate a big bowl of greens for breakfast; fruit and sugar snap peas for lunch; and tons of fruit and corn on the cob for dinner and dessert.   Today I had more fruit for breakfast in a smoothie, and fruit and sugar snap peas and carrots for lunch.  Then tonight after I resumed my normal life I had a few sweet potatoes, some oat groats and fruit, and a kohlrabi.
ps, we had a wonderful time with the kids.

Thursday, July 18, 2013


Here was my food today.  Breakfast was a big bowl of delicious sweet local strawberries!   Sorry I didn't snap a picture.  I also feasted on some mulberries after my swim.
Lunch was corn on the cob from a farm 10 miles away and broccoli and onions.
Dinner was supposed to be this big ole' salad:
But that turned out to be dessert.  Those cherry tomatoes were like candy, but that's not why it was dessert.  I was visiting with a friend after work and she invited me to stay over for dinner.  Her partner, the cook, eats like me, so it was an offer I couldn't resist.  I had beans and rice and greens on a corn tortilla, a small salad, and some fruit salad.  I was careful not to eat too much. Then on the way home, I kept thinking about those cherry tomatoes, and how I really was in a mood for a big salad, so I thought, what the heck, have your salad too.  It's lettuce and tomatoes and some balsamic vinegar diluted with water.  It hit the spot.  
Exercise was swimming a mile and biking 8 miles.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


Today I practiced simple and I liked it!  Breakfast was a bowl of beans and lentils (cooked a few days ago) before my bike ride. I also ate some raw cabbage. I ate mulberries on the ride.  It was a good 30 mile ride on a hot day.   I snacked on raw kohlrabi when I got back, and some more raw cabbage., 
Lunch was corn on the cob (3 small ears), beans from the garden, half of a small tomato (first from the garden).   
Early dinner was a big batch of collards and onion and oriental yam and zucchini (oops, too complicated?  haha).   
During my evening meeting, someone brought grapes which I enjoyed.  After my meeting I went grocery shopping and snacked a little on sugar snap peas, saving most for tomorrow.  Dessert was:
Look how easy that was to prepare!  Now that is simple, and it was gooooood.   fresh local sweet cherries and perfectly ripe banana.
As part of week 2 in the E2X Captain's challenge, we're supposed to eat a big salad every day.  If you can count the kohlrabi, raw cabbage, little half tomato, sugar snap peas and a few carrots as a big salad, my goal was accomplished.


This morning I roasted some new potatoes and kohlrabi, while snacking on cabbage.  I packed those into two bowls.   I cooked up some broccoli and zucchini and combined that with the beans and lentils I cooked last night, and dished that into two bowls too.  These were for lunch and dinner.  Then I was gone the rest of the day.   After my yoga class I stopped at the co-op and got some fruit (a few cherries, some grapes and blueberries), cherry tomatoes and some sugar snap peas.  I ate the fruit (shouldn't have got the blueberries), then after I got to work, ate the sugar snap peas.  Had the potatoes and veggies for lunch and dinner, had the cherry tomatoes for a snack.  then when I got home, had a cool cucumber.   It's hot here and I don't think I'm done with the roasting and baking for a few days, until it cools off.    
Exercise was a yoga class and biking 14 miles.
One thing I want to experiment with this week is eating more simple meals.  Somehow I got this notion in my head i need all this variety every day (every meal even) and I don't think I do.   How about instead a variety each week, but only 1 or 2 things each meal?   That's more what I feel like doing, so I'm looking forward to trying this out.

Monday, July 15, 2013


We spent one more morning with family before they departed.   I was kind of surprised that after 6 days of eating burgers and ice cream, they chose Culver's frozen custard (a burger and ice cream joint) for both dinner last night and lunch today.    See, I'm not the only one who repeats meals.
I went grocery shopping this morning and got stocked up on all the food I've been missing.  I usually just buy what looks good and local if possible (it tastes better). I had lots of sugar snap peas for breakfast, and made a big salad for lunch and dinner from lettuce, strawberries, cucumber, and a little dressing made from good balsamic vinegar (sweet), water, ground flax seeds and dill.  I don't think the dill and strawberries is a great combination.  Soon strawberries will be gone and tomatoes will be in.  I love how there's always something good coming in.   
Lunch was salad and a small baked oriental yam.  Dinner was salad and 3 small ears of sweet corn!  It's now officially sweet corn season in Wisconsin and there is a corn stand close to our house that we go there every day--it's picked that morning.  It's great!  
I snacked (er, feasted)  on mulberries on my way home in the evening.  They are at their peak. Here is what my hands look like after I visit the mulberry trees.
haha. Soon these will be gone, but blueberries are just now coming in! What a great time of year!
Tonight I also snacked on some beans and lentils I cooked for tomorrow--I took a taste to see if they were done and they were so good I kept taking tastes. I forgot how good lentils are!  I'm going to add them to my beans from now on I think.
Exercise was swimming 1 mile and biking 8 miles.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

7/13/13, same old, same old.

yes, same as yesterday:  great weather, great biking, great golf spectating.  We had to switch hotels tonight--not too big a deal.  My fruit was mulberries on the bike path, and 2 apples on the golf course.  Am I tired of the food yet?  It still tastes good, but on Monday I'm looking forward to separating out the food again, i.e., having a baked sweet potato all on its own with collards and onions on the side (one of my favorite meals).  oh wait, on Monday we should have sweet corn (the season is starting now).  ooh la la.
I've had some nice conversations on my bike with locals (it usually starts with "how far does this bike path go?"  or "where am I?").  It reminds me that there are all kinds of ways to get a feel for the local community.  It doesn't have to involve eating at touristy restaurants.  :)
I was thinking tonight that an Insta-pot pressure cooker would work well in the hotel room.  It's electric and it would cook up faster than what I'm using.  I never got good at using it--was always overcooking my stuff--and it's heavier than my current setup, and I don't find the longer cooking times a problem.  But others might prefer it.

Friday, July 12, 2013

7/12/13, day 4

Another great day on the bike and on the golf course.  The weather has been perfect.  I love riding my bike along the Mississippi in the morning.  We followed our hometown favorite, Steve Stricker, on the golf course, and he did really well.  Wow, these guys are good.  I had the same food as yesterday and the day before, with the addition of a banana from the hotel and an extra apple on the golf course.   I am appalled that on the entire golf course, where you are not allowed to bring in your own food, the only fruit available is apples at this ONE concession stand.  I was worried they would run out and I knew I'd be hungry, but fortunately they had some.   Tomorrow's food is cooking now.  For seasoning I added tandoori, singapore, and garlic powder.  The beans are cannellini.   

Thursday, July 11, 2013


Today's food was the same as yesterday's, but the beans were chickpeas and the spices were curry and cumin and garlic powder.  For tomorrow, the beans are pinto and the spices are chili powder, cumin and garlic powder.  The fruit was mulberries on my bike ride and an apple on the golf course.  The way our day goes is that my friends and I drive to the shuttle parking lot in the morning, and I leave from there for my bike ride.  I eat my lunch at the car and then  hop on  the shuttle to the golf course.   It was a beautiful day, and I had a great bike ride and relaxing time on the course.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013


This is day 2 of my trip and the 28-day challenge.   First, I wanted to post a few more photos of how I do food prep.   Here is my food gear, tucked under the desk.  That shows what I have to pack in my car in addition to a suitcase.   The electric cooler is to the right of the desk--that works both in the car and the hotel room.  It has the collards and kale.   The green bag on top as the potatoes and sweet potatoes.  The onions and kohlrabi and cabbage are in the fridge.  Everything else is not food-related.
Next is the line-up for prepping today's meal, not including the collards and kale.  I start by cooking the onions with no water, then add water when I think the smoke alarm might go off, then add the kohlrabi, potatoes and sweet potatoes, then the greens, then cabbage.  Let that cook.  Then add the oats,  spices, then to help cool, add the beans and tomatoes--though I added their water earlier.   Tonight's spices were cumin, curry, and a little garlic powder.  It's really good and I had a hard time not eating it while dishing out into tomorrow's bowls.
Today was very fun.  I rode my bike along the Mississippi River, then went to the golf course in the afternoon.  I ate the food I prepared last night.  The bananas in the hotel were not appealing  and there were none on the golf course.  But I got some good surprises.  First, there were lots of mulberry trees on my bike ride.   For your information, here is how you spot a mulberry tree:
from the smashed berries on the ground!   then at the golf course, I got a really good apple!  Pork seems to be the food of choice around here, as you can see by these concession signs:
But one place had apples.  I didn't have high expectations, but it was a really good fresh crisp red delicious, so that was great:
I hope everyone else had a great day today.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013


7/9/13, Day 1 of the challenge and the start of my trip.
As I mentioned before, I'm participating in the newest E2X 28-day challenge, where I'm logging my daily food  and exercise there and here.   
Today, my friends and I headed to a PGA golf tournament in the Quad Cities (Iowa, Illinois border along the Mississippi River).  I will ride my bicycle in the mornings, and then join my companions in the afternoon on the golf course.  I'm looking forward to both.  I admit to not being a huge golf fan, but it is fun to watch live and to appreciate how unbelievably good the players are.  
For the last week, I've been processing in the back of my mind my plans for food and I think I came up with a good plan.  It's going to be the same food every day, for every meal!  crazy huh?  well, my friends will also be eating much the same every day too, just different from me.  And I don't have to go grocery shopping at all.  There is no food on the golf course I can eat, and you aren't allowed to bring in your own.  So that's another reason to spend only 1/2 day there, so I can eat lunch before and dinner after. 
Here's what I came up with for food.  I bought 5 large potatoes, 5 large oriental yams, 5 large kohlrabi, 5 onions and 5 cans of beans (for 5 days); and there was local cabbage so I picked up a head of that at the last minute.  I also packed 5 cans of garden tomatoes.  Here is the produce packed in semi-thermal bags with with some ice (in those blue bags) to keep them cool.
I picked 38 collard leaves from the garden.  This picture was taken after the collards were harvested!  (the jacket was to protect me from mosquitos).
Here's one of the two bowls of collards:
I put them in my electric cooler. There was still room so I picked a bunch of kale too--two plastic bags worth.  Here they are all loaded into the electric cooler
I also brought 1/2 cup oats per day.   I'll cook a day's worth of this concoction every night, in a big pot.   I brought different seasonings for each day.  I'll  divide it into 3 bowls for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  If I find some bananas at the hotel breakfast or on the golf course, I'll eat 1 or 2.   
Here's the cooking set up in my hotel:
Here it is after cooking
I used italian seasoning today.  In case you forgot, that's onion, collards & kale, kohlrabi, cabbage, oriental yam, potato, beans, tomatoes, and oats.  

Now, I feel kind of goofy about this and expect everyone else should think I'm totally weird for going through all this effort.  But 1)  I spend less time cooking than I would going out to a restaurant;  2)  this is really good!   and 3) If I don't plan something, I am hosed because the only healthy choices available before dinner time are bananas, and I'd have to research finding healthy options at dinner.  

For today, I cooked whatever food I didn't pack for the trip:   onion, kohlrabi, cabbage, oats, and peas; and baked 2 large baked potatoes.  I also harvested the last of the lettuce from the garden.  For breakfast I nibbled on this while cooking it up.  Here's my lunch and dinner.  This picture was taken at a burger joint, where my friends had lunch. 

Monday, July 8, 2013


Tomorrow starts another 28-day challenge on the E2X website.  I like the Captain's challenge because it's presented in a positive way to me, in terms of what to eat, which is simple:  vegetables, fruit, whole intact grains (intact means, not ground to a flour), beans and lentils, and no-salt spices.  They also allow polenta and whole-grain pasta in modest quantities.   Especially this time of year, this is quite a bounty to choose from.  I like the challenge mainly for the community of others who also want to eat this way; it makes me feel less likely to question myself.
The only drawback with these challenges is the day before.  I started their last one a week late and so my version ended yesterday, which meant today could be considered my day off.  uh-oh, a day off, AND one day before the next one starts.  I was fine until the dessert party (I'll tell you right now I did okay so you can cheer for me, ha).   I had planned to bring fruit salad and I knew a friend was going to bring these date-nut balls.  I thought, oh, that will be a nice treat before the challenge starts, so I planned to have some.  I did okay, and thank goodness, decent manners imposed a limit on how many I could eat (I ate 5 and they were small).  But the real temptation were my favorite vegan cookies from the co-op.  I thought, hey, it's your day off, the Challenge starts tomorrow.  geez!  I hate when that "I'll start tomorrow" syndrome rears it's ugly head.  Anyway, all is well and the temptation window closed when the party ended and I came home to a house with no real temptations.
Today I ate things I won't be able to eat on my trip starting tomorrow.    Breakfast was snow peas, some fresh figs, and I nibbled on delicious fruit while making the fruit salad for tonight's party.  Lunch was a big bunch of lettuce from the garden, and some grapes.   Dinner was a largish baked oriental yam and sugar snap peas.  Dessert at the party was fruit salad and 5 small date-nut balls.  oh, and then I had some rice and peas when I got home--I think you'd call that emotional eating, but the consequences in this case aren't too bothersome.

Sunday, July 7, 2013


I got back yesterday from visiting my family, and I'm going out of town again on Tuesday!  I posted my food on my E2X blog and I included a little personal family stuff so didn't post here (I'm sure they would appreciate that).   It was a good trip, and it was good to get home yesterday.  Today was a fabulous day walking, being with loved ones, kayaking, and eating fantastic food (ha, nothing spectacular it's just that the fruit was so good).  I'm getting my fix of really good fruit in between trips:  strawberries, blueberries, grapes, cherries, and mulberries (from the trees!).   Tuesday starts another E2X 28-day challenge so I'll do that.  I have 5 lbs I'd like to lose, but more importantly, I just want to keep eating the right foods in the right amounts.  I start the last one a week late, but continued after it ended and today is day 28.  Wow, that was so easy,  I love the Captain plan.  I'll summarize it in another post, hopefully tomorrow.   I also will tell you what I'm planning foodwise for my trip.  

Tuesday, July 2, 2013


No time to write, getting ready for a trip, just cooked up 2 days worth of food.  BUT: I wanted to say what I had for breakfast.  I had baked quinoa and fruit.  I think this is my favorite so far!   Better than oatmeal, better than buckwheat.   It's crispy on top and not too mushy on the inside.  My fruit was strawberries and blueberries.   Lunch and Dinner were the usual.  Bought too much really good fruit tonight and ate all of it!  note to self:   don't buy too much delicious ripe fresh fruit at one time!   

Monday, July 1, 2013


Well, today the 28 day challenge ends on E2X.  I started a week late.  I will continue my own Captain's challenge until Aug. 17, when I go to Plant-Stock!   There I plan to enjoy slightly richer fair than is normal for the Captain.  I would like to lose the 6 lbs I've gained over the last year.  I'm feeling good about this.  I enjoy the positive attitudes on E2X and the great feedback.  I'm not sure if I should take time off from my food logs or not, until the next 28-day challenge.  On the one hand, it's pretty easy to log.  On the other, it might be nice to take a break, plus I'm going out of town a lot the next 2 weeks.  On the other hand, I can share how I plan to stay on plan while traveling.  I guess we'll just see.  Meanwhile, here's today's food.
B: Baked buckwheat groats and cherries.  I soaked the groats overnight and rinsed off the slime.  Even then, I don't enjoy them as much as oats or quinoa.  
L:  cooked up my usual veggies:  onion, kohlrabi, oriental yam, collards, asparagus, rice, and fresh herbs.   offered these to my guests who enjoyed them.  and ate some of their yummy fruit salad.
D:  repeat of lunch.  plus some cherries and lots of sugar snap peas.  oh and some strawberries and blueberries that I was prepping for the freezer.
E:  none, resting after yesterday's marathon (first time I can use that word literally, ha).