I've really been struggling with my food. On Wednesday I had a really bad binge -- nuts, dried fruit, candy, bread. . . . the only good thing I can say about it is that it was all vegan. If I binge on non-vegan food I'll know I've really relapsed. I guess I can say another good thing about it, which is that it made me feel TERRIBLE physically, right away. Thank you, McDougall's revenge. Avoiding that feeling is strong motivation.
So I decided I need to get back to basics with food and go on a cleanse. Yesterday I committed to 30 days of nothing but intact whole grains, beans, and fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables (oh, and canned tomatoes). No nuts, no soy, no added sugar. I'm limiting fruits to 2 a day, but I'm not following MWL because I'm not limiting beans to a cup a day. I'm eating 3 cups of beans a day, in fact. That's the amount that feels good to me and as I've shared before, I just can't believe it's harmful to a person with healthy kidneys.
At breakfast this morning -- my second morning of healthy eating since my binge -- I broke out in hives. I have no idea what caused this. They covered my arms, legs, and back and were quite painful. A few hours later they were gone. Really strange.
The other part of my plan is exercise. A 30 minute walk 5 days a week, and swimming 3 days a week (yes, that means one day I'll do both). I'm up to swimming 20 laps at a time! It's fun to be getting stronger.
B: 1 cup homemade refried beans, 8 oz kale, 1 1/4 c corn
L: 1 c red lentil masala, 1 c brown rice, 8 oz cauliflower
S: 2 apples
D: 1 c red lentil masala, 1 1/2 c brown rice, 8 oz broccoli
I've been craving refried beans lately, but the canned ones are so salty. I discovered that it's easy to make them in the slow cooker:
1 lb dry beans, soaked (I used Roman beans)
1 large onion, chopped
lots of garlic, chopped
1 tsp salt
freshly ground black pepper
Put everything in the slow cooker with water to cover. Cook on High for 12 hours. Drain, reserving the extra liquid. Puree with an immersion blender, leaving some beans whole, and adding liquid if needed. Yummo. The consistency came out perfect, and they are savory without being anywhere near as salty as canned refried beans. I cooked them overnight, pureed them this morning and ate them for breakfast mixed with my corn and greens. Mmm.
I have to stay with my turtle energy.
Slow and steady wins the race. -- Letha