So sorry for the delay. We have a sick little boy at the house. This is his first illness, and he is seven months old. So far, so good. He is miserable, but it’s nothing serious. Just a cold and ear infection
Anyway, I started The Biggest Loser program at my gym this week. The workouts are a minimum of three times per week with a trainer, and they monitor your macronutrients ( fat, carbs, protein, calories) and make sure that they are adequate for the intensity of the program. Apparently if you don’t eat enough protein when you work out, you can harm your body.
That said, my protein intake on a vegan diet was MORE than enough for a person who isn’t doing intense training, just regular exercise. With the new regiment, however, I needed more protein with fewer carbs. This is hard on a vegan diet because even the protein is laden with carbs. She has me adding in eggs and fish. Now before you get all judgmental on me about changing, you should know that the eggs are cage free and organic, and that the fish is as minimal as they will allow (and US based only). This will be happening for the next 14 weeks during the program, and then I will be readjusting my eating somewhat. This does not change my desire to try to buy local produce and eat ethically.
So far, I’ve lost three pounds since I started. I had hit a wall anyway, so this is good. I don’t feel bad when I eat the egg and fish protein, just when I have had dairy. I am still avoiding dairy like the plague for various ethical reasons as well as simply because it makes me feel like crapola when I eat it. Boo dairy!
So, pragmatism and a desire to not hurt myself win out over ideology, and that’s ok. It’s all about common sense, right?
Anyway, I will give you a yummy nom nom recipe for your repertoire:
Black Bean and Mango Salad
2 cups of short grain brown rice
1 mango, cubed
2 cans black beans
a few tablespoons of cilantro, chopped
about a cup of grape tomatoes, halved
A red onion, diced
The juice of two limes
about a teaspoon or more of ground cumin
I think it would be good with some avocado in it, too, but I didn’t do that
Wait until the rice is cool, then toss it all in a bowl and mix. OH MY GOSH. It’s so super duper good. Srsly. 🙂