I hope you have received your new Instant Pot, many people took advantage of the smoking deal on the Instant Pot (IP) the other day. Today many of you have or will receive your new Instant Pot, I received my 2nd one. I look forward to having both on hand for those days when one is just not enough. Continue reading “Plant-based cooking shows and tips for your new Instant Pot”
If you are anything like me… you probably grab a bag of chips or something else really unhealthy and sit down in front of the TV and munch away mindlessly. This can be a very difficult habit to break so we’re not going to try to break it right away. Instead we are going to replace that unhealthy snack with a healthy one, like the snack pictured below. Throw together a few veggies and hummus or fresh air popped popcorn. You are guaranteed to eat less calories this way then eating chips directly from the bag.
The snacks don’t have to take a lot of time to put together either. These snacks are organic store bought baby carrots, some peas, and cherry tomatoes. Along with store-bought hummus this becomes a very healthy and filling snack. Maybe someday you will feel so good from eating so healthy that you will want to try making homemade hummus like I did. I don’t always have time to make homemade hummus though so I like the option of buying it at the store (try to find a version of hummus with no added oil).
If you have watched any of the cooking videos from my last post “More plant-based cooking shows and tips for your new Instant Pot“, then I am sure you have seen that the cooks like to use high speed blenders. I love my Mix n Blend II by Blendtec. As you can see from the picture of mine, it is way more than a blender. I love to mix up plant-based cookies, breads and batters in the mixing bowl too.
On May 26th I created a post titled Burn more fat. Today is exactly one month and I am ready to report my results so far. I am ecstatic to report that I lost 5.2 lbs using the “slow down” method of running with MAF heart rate training. One of the reasons I am so ecstatic is that I had hit a plateau in my weight loss until changing to this MAF training with my Polar heart rate monitor. I started noticing a difference in my face first, a coworker asked me one day if I had lost more weight, that my face looked thinner, and I was excited to say yes and tell her my MAF experience. Then I went on vacation for two weeks and didn’t exercise as much and didn’t eat as well as usual, and I still lost weight. I was very active on vacation though, my sister likes to be active too, which helps. I drove to her house in UT ( an 11 hour drive) and stayed for a couple of weeks. During my stay we ran a few times, hiked once, camped 4 nights, and went paddle boarding 2 days. I usually run 3 to 4 days a week.
With all of this in mind I should see better results in another month. It is really hot here in AZ though, so my training is suffering (especially since I am not a morning person). The coolest it has been lately is 85 degrees and that is at 6am, by 8am it is 91 degrees. Today I started my run at 9:45am and it was 94 degrees and overcast. I ran for an hour. By 10:45am it was 96 degrees.
As far as eating, I have been trying to avoid processed sugar and junk food. I have been eating more higher fat plant foods like nuts, seeds, and avocados. After reading Finding Ultra I decided my body would be ok with the higher fat foods since it is switching to burning more fat. Rich Roll talked about eating avocado sandwiches, and I have been enjoying a few since then. I eat more fruits and VeggEase and less pastas, grains and beans.
After I watched the free documentary Forks Over Knives I wanted to switch to a Whole Foods Plant-Based lifestyle, but I didn’t know how. I started avoiding meat, but kept going back to it because I just didn’t know enough on how to go without it. I was finally able to go plant-based after I started reading the book The Starch Solution: Eat the Foods You Love, Regain Your Health, and Lose the Weight for Good!. (I like to purchase books on Amazon.com, click for my affiliate link to The Starch Solution.)
In Dr. McDougall’s book The Starch Solution, I learned how to replace animal meat with starchy plants. Starchy plants have complex carbohydrates that fill you up longer than non-starchy plants. Replace animal meat with starchy plants like potatoes, sweet potatoes, brown rice, whole grain pasta (without eggs), beans, oats, edamame (soybeans), acorn squash, butternut squash, and pumpkins. It is ok to eat “side dishes” as your main dish, it may be weird at first, but after a while it will start to feel very normal. A good example of a plant-based meal would be half your plate is vegan scalloped potatoes and the other half a variety of colorful veggies like steamed green beans and/or carrots. Click on the link for the recipe I used. I found the steamer basket on Amazon.
One of my families favorite plant-based meals is tacos. I like to make vegan taco “meat” in my Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker, 6Qt/1000W, it’s a mixture of brown rice, black beans, onions, green chilies and seasonings. Use healthy whole grain tortillas, taco “meat”, salsa, onions, tomatoes, lettuce and any other plant-based add on that you prefer.
When eating this way it is important to eat until you are satisfied, and eat more often as needed. With this way of eating you can get full on a meal with fewer calories than your previous way of eating. You will lose weight. I lost 30 lbs. in just a few months without going hungry.
I know this was brief, please ask questions if you have any.