Happy Friday, everyone! Thanks to everyone who has congratulated me on my weight loss progress, and based on the follow-up questions I’ve received, a lot of you have the same questions about how I’m losing weight, so I thought it’d be helpful to post some answers here. And feel free to contact me if you have more questions after reading this post.
Q. What diet plan are you following?
A. It’s called Eat to Live, a food plan also referred to as nutritarian. I’ve tried to stop referring to it as a diet, because to me that implies it’s temporary. I’m choosing to follow the food choices recommended in the Eat to Live book for the long term. However, I’ve made a few modifications that make the plan work for me. (See below.) If you don’t want to read the book, check out this great introduction to the plan at Hello Nutritarian’s blog. The reason I’ve stayed on the plan since since starting it in July is that I’ve lost more than 20 pounds and I have more energy now than I’ve had in a very long time.
Q. Do you make any modifications to the plan?
A. Yes. For example, I eat eggs at least a few times per week . I hard boil eggs on Sunday and take them to work to eat for breakfast, and on the weekend, I have time to water sauté veggies and then scramble eggs (no added milk). Prior to Eat to Live, I would have added shredded cheese to the top but I’ve found that a little nutritional yeast is a good substitute. Some days, I have two servings of carbs instead of the recommended one. That’s often steel cut oatmeal for breakfast and brown rice or potatoes for dinner. Other days, I do much better about keeping my carb intake to just one serving.
Q. How do you satisfy your cravings?
A. I’ve heard that it takes 21 days to overcome cravings and I call BS. I still crave salt and sugar! Last night I desperately wanted chips and salsa but I didn’t cave. Instead I had popcorn sprinkled with nutritional yeast. As far as sweets go, honey is a great sugar substitute, and fruit smoothies made with coconut water seem to satisfy my periodic ache for ice cream.
Q. What are pantry staples you recommend to get started?
A. Nutritional yeast and coconut aminos, as well as walnuts, dried apricots, and dates. I know that sounds like a weird list, but here’s why I recommend each of them:
- Nutritional yeast: while it has sodium in it, it’s not a significant amount and it’s a great substitute when you’re craving a cheesy/salty flavor. It’s extremely versatile, and I use it to make baked tofu at least three times a week.
- Coconut aminos: this can be used as a soy sauce substitute as well as sprinkled on salad as dressing. I also use it in this peanut sauce recipe.
- Walnuts: I add walnuts to salads and oatmeal. It’s a delicious crunch!
- Dried Apricots: for whatever reason, this satisfies my sweet tooth, and make a delicious dessert.
- Dates: Added to a salad, dates add texture and sweetness, eliminating the need for salad dressing.
Q. How do you stay on your plan while eating out?
A. I’m not a purist, so if, for example, cheese makes it’s way into a salad, I don’t mind. Last night, we went out to eat, and I had a beet and quinoa salad that had feta cheese in it, as well as dressing that I’m sure had salt and sugar in it. It was delicious. Basically, I find something on the menu that is most in line with my meal plan parameters and go with that.
Q. How do you get over a weight loss plateau?
A. I spent weeks at the same amount of weight loss and was so frustrated I almost gave up. But I kept to the plan, adding extra raw veggies to lunch and dinner, and I drank as much water as I could. Finally the plateau broke, but this week I seem to have reached another one. My plan is to double down on water and raw veggies again.
Do you all have any more questions? I’m happy to answer them! Have a fabulous weekend.