Thursday, December 17, 2015

Trying something radically different food wise....

I'm in a couple of vegan groups on Facebook. They have really helped me out while getting over the hurdles of eating animal products. One of the groups is a weight loss group ran by some nurses. I love this group, because everyone is so nice, and shares lots of recipes and tips. It was here that I was introduced to the McDougall Plan, devised by Dr. John McDougall. Most people are very used to me preaching that certain carbs are bad for people with PCOS and diabetes, like rice, potatoes, corn... I have always said to stay away from white potatoes and corn altogether, and use a limited amount of brown rice. This has been due to all the research stating that these types of carbs would increase blood sugar and just mess you up. But.... The McDougall plan has shown great promise over the last several decades, helping people with severe auto-immune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia reverse their symptoms completely. This goes for diabetes as well. But why am I talking about this? Because the McDougall plan puts those starchy foods at the forefront of your meal. Every meal has a base of potato, rice, quinoa, pasta, and lots of veggies to go with it. The big catch is the complete elimination of oil. No cooking with it, no salad dressings with it, no oil whatsoever. I use oil a lot, so the thought of relearning how to cook some of my favorite dishes sounded a little excessive. But after reading the results and success of others, getting first-hand accounts from people in the group, and reading the research, I'm willing to try it out. I also checked out one of McDougall's latest books, The Starch Solution, at the library and have been reading it.

So I started today. I created a menu plan a few days ago and went to Sprouts to get everything I needed. I also have incorporated my monthly produce delivery box into my meal plan so I can make the most of those veggies. I haven't talked about this in my PCOS support group because it's so radically different than anything I have ever suggested or recommended before. I wanted to try this out, see if I have the same results as others, and determine if the extra carbs were going to cause me issues. My Fitness Pal has already griped at me because one meal of quinoa and veggies exceed MFP's recommended allotment of carbs. One of the big selling points of this plan personally is from past experience. A month or two ago, I was completely out of money and couldn't go to the grocery store for at least 2 weeks. So we were living off everything I still had in the house - my pantry staples, like sweet potatoes, beans and rice. I lost 12 pounds, but didn't really think about why. I figured it was because I was eating less. But the more I thought about it, I realized I was actually eating a lot more carbs than I would ever have recommended, and I lost 12 pounds! So I figured that it couldn't hurt to try. If I gain weight instead, I'll rethink it. If I gain weight, I'll cut the potatoes out again. So here's my meal plan through Christmas Day. I took my starting weight this morning - 237.2 pounds, and I'll re-weigh myself Christmas morning.

Thursday:
Breakfast - Oatmeal with almond milk and apples (will replace almond milk with rice and quinoa milk as soon as the box is empty - nuts are high in fat, and have been recommended to stay away from while aiming for maximum weight loss)
Lunch - Baked red potato, handful of kale and radicchio, grape tomatoes, cremini mushrooms and oil free coconut mango dressing (It's an organic Sprouts brand!)
Dinner - Baked potato with sloppy joe lentils and a salad

Friday:
Breakfast - Oatmeal with apples
Lunch - Leftover sloppy joe lentils and potato, salad
Dinner - Mexican quinoa with black beans, tomatoes, mushrooms, habanero peppers and *maybe* corn

Saturday:
Breakfast - Oatmeal with apples or grapefruit
Lunch - Leftover Mexican quinoa
Dinner - "Cheesy" Broccoli zucchini rice casserole - Cheese flavoring coming from nutritional yeast
Adtl Prep - Broccoli soup for pouring over rice or potatoes when I'm lazy

Sunday:
Breakfast - Oatmeal with apple or grapefruit
Lunch - Leftovers/broccoli soup
Dinner - "Fried" rice with peas, carrots, pineapple

Monday:
Breakfast - Oatmeal with apple or grapefruit
Lunch - Leftover fried rice or broccoli soup on rice/potato
Dinner - Baked potato and leftovers

Tuesday:
Breakfast - Oatmeal with apple or grapefruit
Lunch - Leftover stroganoff and salad
Dinner - Mushroom Stroganoff on quinoa or brown rice spaghetti and salad

Wednesday:
Breakfast - Oatmeal with apple or grapefruit and get potato soup in crock pot
Lunch - Leftovers
Dinner - Crock Pot potato soup with bok choy

Thursday:
Breakfast - Oatmeal with apple or grapefruit
Lunch - Potato soup
Dinner - Sweet potato and black bean enchiladas

Friday:
Breakfast - Oatmeal with apple or grapefruit
Lunch/Dinner - Whatever random thing I come up with that I can take to my Dad's for Christmas

December Goals

HOLY CRAP IT'S THE END OF 2015. I'm a little late in posting this, but better late than never! Here were November's goals:

- Finish Nutrition course final by Nov 15 - YES YES YES! And I scored a 96 overall!
- Start Dyslexia Therapist course on Nov 16 - Yep! 2 of 10 modules complete
- Visit family for Thanksgiving - Nope. Family cancelled, and I had a horrible migraine (damn gluten). So we hung out at home and ate mashed potatoes.
- Get most (if not all) handmade Xmas gifts completed - Yes! I'm fairly certain all I have left is to put some of those handmade gifts in the proper containers for distribution.
- Get the Christmas Card exchange lists out to all participants - Done!
- Get Christmas cards ready to mail - Mailed! I have one more card to make, but I've been really slow because I want the wording to be PERFECT.
- Go to yoga at least once - Nope. But I did buy a groupon for another studio close to home, and I have one prepaid class at my favorite hot yoga studio. I'll be going soon.
- Reorganize closet with warm clothes up front - Yep! I didn't really have much to move forward, but it sure is easy to find clothes in my "I'm still totally asleep" phase.

I don't think I have EVER seen so many "Dones" on my personal goal list. I'm super excited. So I need to think about my goals for the rest of December. There's only 2 weeks left, so I'll make this list fairly simple.

December:
- Finish at least 2-4 more modules in my Dyslexia Therapist course
- Yoga!
- Finish wrapping all gifts
- Finish my Christmas card to a special couple
- Visit Hubs' grandmother a few hours away
- Finish at least 1 week on the McDougall Plan (details in the next blog post)
- Sit down with Hubs and get our 2016 Plan written
- Sell some unneeded stuff in the house/storage, like the extra desk and washing machine

My list for the month sounds way too easy, so maybe I'll get it done like last month!

HAVE A BLESSED YULE, MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY SATURNALIA, HAPPY HANUKKAH, HAPPY KWANZAA and whatever other holidays are around this time of year. In short, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!