So I finished the Engine 2 Seven-Day Rescue Diet this weekend, and you might expect a big, fun retox post today (cause I usually treat myself to something junky after a reboot). But nah — this time is different! I've decided to keep going on the regular Engine 2 plan for a couple more weeks. Don't worry. There will be pizza and tacos on here again soon! But I like how I feel on this plan, so I want to keep it up for a bit (and maybe adopt some long-term healthy habits!).
Engine 2 is pretty much the same as the Seven-Day Rescue, but it allows for more avocado, nuts, seeds, nut butters, tofu, and tempeh (the good stuff!). It's still oil-free, low-salt, and low-sugar, but I'll be a little less strict with those guidelines since I plan to eat out some. And I'll be drinking calories again in the form of wine and beer!
Anyway, my first day on regular Engine 2 started off pretty tame. I woke up at my friend Drew's dad's house in Jonesboro, where I spent the night after my high school reunion on Saturday. I'd brought a loaf of the Engine 2 Badass Banana Bread with me for breakfast, so I had a couple slices with — gasp! — almond butter! My how I missed almond butter all week!
The bread is oil-free and sweetened only with bananas, maple, and agave (not in the recipe but I ran out of maple). It's made with a mix of whole wheat flour and oat flour, and I added walnuts and raisins for fun. It's really tasty, though the lack of oil made it drier than most banana bread. That said, the almond butter fixed that.
After breakfast, I drove back to Memphis. I made a quick lunch using some leftovers from last week. This Burrito Bowl has fat-free refried beans, quinoa, steamed collards, baked sweet potato, corn, and salsa. Very filling!
In the afternoon, I snacked on grapes and strawberries. And then for dinner, I heated up leftover Sloppy Joe Tostados, which I made from the Seven-Day Rescue Diet cookbook for Saturday's dinner. I had a salad with oil-free dressing on the side. By the way, I had two tostados, but I couldn't fit both on this plate. So I went back for seconds!
And that's it for day one on regular Engine 2! I'll keep food journaling here as I go through the plan!