Today is my fourth day of exclusively eating healthy, whole food, part 1 of my 2010 resolve. I have read and am following Thrive The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life by Ironman Triathlete Brendan Brazier. It includes a 12-week meal plan which has been surprisingly easy to follow, though I must confess it’s been challenging for me, the kitchen-and-cooking-impaired person that I am, to prepare the concoctions. I call them concoctions because the majority of dishes I’ve prepared so far are done with a food processor (which I had never used before), a coffee grinder or a blender and are either raw or cooked at a low temperature. It is safe to say that the Thrive meals I’ve eaten do not look like typical American fare, which is clearly a good thing if you’re concerned about health or decreasing the size of your girth. Let’s be real here . . . the majority of people in this country do not select food based on nutritional needs. They eat because it’s fun or tastes good, feeds an addiction or it’s a distraction. By and LARGE most people do not want to know the ramifications of consuming nutritionally deficient food and would rather bury their heads in the sand than be responsible about what they put in their mouths. I’ve been guilty of that myself, until 4 days ago. The food in this diet is nutritionally dense–every ingredient is necessary, easily digested, easily assimilated and leaves you with a net-gain of energy that your body can use for other functions.
And that’s what I am after here, folks!
I want to feel good and have more energy. I want to be able to touch my toes and have the motivation to follow my dreams. I may be in the second half of my life but I still have dreams and I cannot get away with the self-abuse I enjoyed in the first half. I wish I could. I had a lot of fun and eating has been a favorite activity of mine forever especially high-fat, salty, processed restaurant food and desserts, snack-food, chips, candy, popcorn, gum, cookies. Oh how I loved a good cookie!
But was it worth it?
That’s what I am committed to finding out but I don’t think that it was, not at this age. Surely not if something serious but preventable happens like a heart attack, diabetes, arthritis or cancer. I understand that cancer and other serious illnesses cannot grow in an alkaline environment and a typical North American diet is acidic forming and negatively effects health at the cellular level causing fatigue, sleep problems, excessive weight before the more serious problems. Those everyday issues that I hear people complain about should serve as a wake up call. It’s curious why they don’t. Is it a death wish? What health complaints have you heard or experienced lately? Maybe people don’t want to eat healthy because the food isn’t especially pretty.
last night's dinner, before we ate it
This was what Steve and I had for dinner last night, Adzuki Bean Quinoa Sesame Pizza. Claire had spaghetti. I am happy to report that our pizza tasted considerably better than I thought it would. Also, we ate less. Two small pieces each and we were satiated, well-nourished and I felt good knowing that.
energy bars, before consumption
A staple of the Thrive diet is energy bars. They provide “nourishment that delivers sustainable energy” are easy to prepare in a food processor and don’t require cooking. The ones pictured above are the Chocolate Blueberry Energy Bars and are made from dates, almonds, cacao powder, ground flaxseed, hemp protein, sesame seeds, lemon juice, sea salt, buckwheat and frozen blueberries. It’s suggested to have a stockpile in your freezer because they’re good to grab when you’re in a hurry. Clearly, this is not a sexy item. Perhaps it’s the way I made them. I don’t know. I do know they’re edible and have effectively curbed my appetite.
One day at a time. One bar at a time!
I am taking this diet one day at a time. Like I said in a prior post, I want to experience peak health. I want to know what if feels like, perhaps for the first time in my life. I am committed to this process and I will keep you posted about my journey. I have been delightfully surprised by my ability to resist poor food choices these past four days. I didn’t know if I had it in me and so far my resolve is strong. Perhaps Brendan Brazier is correct when he claims that his thrive diet will help eliminate junk-food cravings. It has for me, apparently, and I’m an addict.
I have provided links to the thrive diet website so you can go there and learn details about the Ironman’s nutrition plan. Also, I found a great synopsis of Thrive on a website called Philosophers Notes where a man named Brian Johnson summarizes the key points of this book, and 100s of other personal enrichment books. It’s a COOL website, and I have linked that for you as well.
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