I'm in my third day of PCRM's 21-Day Vegan Kickstart meal plan, which as I mentioned yesterday, I'm following as a way to make up for my crazy holiday gluttony. It's all about whole foods and no refined sugar. I'm using the Kickstart iPhone app to guide my meals each day.
This morning started with another bowl of Apple Cinnamon Oats:
This is same dish that started my cleanse on January 1st. Though the plan doesn't repeat meals too often, I do like that you eat the same thing on occasion. Since I only cook for myself, I like to make the most of the ingredients that I buy. This makes the plan somewhat more economical than other healthy meal plans I've seen.
Lunch was a Hummus & Veggie Sandwich:
When I first saw that lunch was just a sandwich with no chips, I panicked a bit. I always eat chips with sandwiches. What would I do without my precious salty crisps? But alas, I realize that I'm banned from enjoying potato chips for now. My sandwich — loaded with Cedar's Roasted Garlic & Chive Hummus, avocado, red bell pepper, tomato, cucumber, and spinach —was quite filling on its own.
By the way, you'll notice my pita is made with white bread. I couldn't find whole wheat pita that didn't either contain l-cytasine or honey, both animal by-products. Whole Foods carries sprouted grain pitas, but that was too far of a drive last night when I was planning lunch. Oh well.
For my snack, I was allowed to have soy yogurt with berries. I happily chowed on this So Delicious Agave Sweetened Blueberry Yogurt with frozen blueberries at my desk around 4:30 p.m.:
I hit the gym after work where I spent 30 minutes on the stationary bike, followed by a little arm weight action. I was famished when it was finally time to eat dinner — Curried Lentil Soup with Couscous Confetti Salad:
Once again, tonight's meal made use of the leftover couscous salad, which I originally made for Saturday's lunch. The lentil soup was a simple combination of brown lentils, crushed tomatoes, brown rice couscous, onions, celery, and curry powder.
I feel pretty great on the Kickstart plan so far although I did experience some chocolate cravings tonight. Luckily, I was able to get that under control with an agave-sweetened cup of hot Samurai Chai from Teavana.