Hiya! How’s your week going? Mine started off busy and has stayed that way. It helps that I’m back to my full energy and then some; my sleep habits have changed a bit to where I’m going to bed fairly early (9 p.m.) but waking up at 4 a.m. ready to start my day. My doctor warned me that I could become hyperthyroid since we increased my medication and I think this decreased sleep requirement might be an indicator of that. Or, maybe it is just the new normal? I don’t have any other bothersome symptoms so I just have to wait for my blood test in a few weeks and see what the numbers say.
Anywho, without further ado, the randomly-selected winner of the Vega giveaway was Dana W. who said:
I did it! I signed up to get emails from the program. I randomly stumbled across your website while I was searching for vegetable based salad dressings a few weeks ago and I love reading everything on your site and on facebook! I recently started a plant based diet and I am glad that I found you.
I was thinking of ordering Shakeology until I saw this post. Please pick me so I can try Vega One products!!! <3″
Thank you to everyone who entered and I’m sorry I can’t send each of you this awesome prize, but I’ll keep the giveaways coming for special, “Carrie-approved” products.
Since today is Wednesday, I’m bringing you my photo food journal of everything I ate yesterday. I actually started the process on Monday evening when I chopped up a large Gala apple and put it in a microwavable bowl with some soy milk, cinnamon, ground chia seeds, chopped walnuts and about a half a scoop of the Vega One:
Then, yesterday morning, I took the bowl from the fridge, popped it the microwave for one minute and then topped it with some fresh blueberries, buckwheat groats and an extra splash of soy milk:
For users of my app for iPhones and iPads, Vegan Delish, a very similar recipe is available there as No-Cook Apple Oatmeal. I don’t normally use a protein powder, but I wanted to try the Vega One.
Why no green smoothie yesterday? That brings me to a side note. I said in my post on Monday that I was going to write about the fruit and greens I use in my smoothies, but I’ve decided that before I do that, I need to work with my formula a little bit. My concern recently is that I’ve started using too many fruits that are high in sugar (i.e. mango and pineapple) and that my smoothies are now so sweet that they are causing my blood sugar to go up too much.
One way I’ve noticed that my blood sugar is off after drinking my current formulation of green smoothie is that I finish hungrier than when I began and then I crave something else to eat. I’ve had a great e-mail exchange with a blog reader recently who also has PCOS which prompted me to do some more research into insulin resistance which is very likely a cause or result of this condition. I’ve also been working on a review of Dr. Fuhrman’s new book, The End of Diabetes, which is all about managing blood sugar:
I’ll let you know what I come up with in regards to a new recipe for a green smoothie. I don’t want to give them up completely because they are such an awesome way to increase my intake of greens, but I just need to do some tweaking.
I went hiking and then had some errands to run yesterday morning so I had lunch at a local health food cafe while I was out. I chose the raw salad with shredded vegetables and avocado and then shared a raw nori wrap with Alan that had a sunflower seed pate and a tahini dressing:
It was less food than I normally eat at lunchtime and I had some mango when I got home shortly after:
I also tried a mug of this coffee alternative I picked up at the health food store, Dandy Blend:
I can’t drink it straight, though, I had to add a tablespoon of coconut crystals and a dash of soy milk:
For dinner, I made some bean burgers based on this recipe from Dr. Fuhrman with pinto beans, mushrooms, onion, ketchup and nutritional yeast. I served the burgers with steamed greens and Saffron “Cheese” Sauce and grilled onions:
By the way, someone asked me a question about hulled vs. unhulled hemp seeds and I had to do a little research to figure what was what. I did not know this, but hemp seeds have an edible shell. Most hemp seeds you buy including the ones I use are hulled (they are also called hemp hearts) meaning that the shell has been removed. I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t missing any important nutrition by using the hulled version and it appears that the main nutrient that is lost by shelling is fiber. Considering my diet, I am not worried about missing anymore fiber!!!
That wraps up my post for today. I’ll be back here on Friday for another round of Healthy Vegan Fridays. In the meantime, please follow me on Facebook here…I am nearing 2,000 likes and I’m currently lining up some cool prizes when I reach that goal (everyone who follows me there will be entered).
Have a great day!