Welcome to Day 1! While the challenge starts June 1st, I will be posting each blog post the day before. This is a snapshot of what I do. Follow as you can, but don't make yourself crazy over doing it exactly. The basic idea is that you are eating whole plant foods. If you feel you want more protein, snack on sunflower seeds, beans and nuts. Today's meal had a whopping 57 grams of plant protein which is more that plenty of what I need. To ease your mind about if you are getting enough protein, watch Nutritionfacts.org's Do Vegetarians Get Enough Protein? At the end of the evening around 9pm last night, I finally got a bit hungry. My family and I had Chipotle the day before and I feeling pretty bloated so I didn't snack as often as I would. Feel free to always have a piece of fruit or fruit and veggie smoothie at any time you feel you need it. The point is not to starve but to learn to recognize when we are truly hungry.  

I get up early often before the sun comes up or at the very least before the kids are awake. I always meditate and if I have a crazy schedule that day, I practice yoga at this time too.  I've found that combining this diet with yoga yields the best results I've ever had. Not only is the diet very clean, but it allows one to move towards a much deeper spiritual connection. When we choose to put foods into our body that are both healing and kind I believe we reap the awards. A shift will happen from within while at the same time achieving an outer glow. Practicing yoga daily, even if it's for a short amount of time serves as a sounding board for your body. You will begin to notice more subtle changes in flexibility and strength depending on what you eat the day(s) before.

Lemon Water followed by Meditation

Breakfast Smoothie

I wait 1/2 hour to have organic coffee with organic soy milk so I don't interfere with absorbing any iron. 

Morning Juice(s) I do all the juicing at one time but drink the turmeric ginger hot shot first and then make the green juice

Snack: 1 serving Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls I like this recipe because it's a great way to sneak in some black beans. I usually do them for my daughters and have a different energy ball for myself but this is what I had on hand today. 

organic green matcha tea with organic soy milk


Tempeh Bacon Salad with Tahini Dressing

Snack - small handful of  goji berries

hibiscus tea

Dinner- Pan-seared Tofu with Baked Potato and Broccoli If you cannot have soy for any reason have some lentils instead. You can buy already cooked lentils at Trader Joe's and Wholefoods. Red lentils always cook quicker (about 20 minutes) so whipping up a batch with some root vegetables and an onion is a reasonably easy dish or grab a box of lentil or chili soup from Engine 2 at the market. Their products are really great for a nutritious quick bite.