Well, we’ve survived the second week of our Eat to Live challenge! It’s been another interesting week. I still miss eggs and a few dairy items like cheese and butter, but I know this is for the best. My daily morning smoothies seem to keep my deep love for all things sweet and creamy at bay. In fact, I’m kind of surprised how much I’m NOT craving sugar and breads.
We will be facing a couple of our biggest challenges this week. Colleen turns 18, and I’ve decided to make her traditional birthday dinner: chicken fingers, pierogies, corn and cheesecake. We let the kids choose what they want for dinner on their birthdays, and her menu hasn’t changed since she was about 6 years old. She’s having a few friends over, so I won’t have to be tempted by leftover cheesecake.
The other big challenge is a potluck dinner we’re attending on Friday. I’m bringing a vegetarian chili, but we will be bombarded with a lot of non-vegetarian foods. I’m ready for the challenges but while the spirit is willing, the flesh is very weak!
The kids have been sticking to the challenge diet, too, which has surprised us all. We all thought they’d be broiling a little chicken breast to add to their meals regularly, but they haven’t wanted it. They put cheese on their salads and a little sour cream on their chili, and they grab a couple of eggs now and then, but they haven’t felt like anything is missing.
I’ve kept up on making yogurt every week for the dog and the chickens, but we’ve been using soy milk in our smoothies. After reading the odd ingredient list on the coconut milk, we switched to soy milk. I have to say, that is one habit I might keep. We all seem to really like our morning smoothies, and I don’t have to add any honey with the soy milk like I do when I use yogurt.
By the way, hubby and I both lost a couple more pounds this last week. It was a small lost compared to the first week, but it was still a loss. I’m happy!
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Menu Plan for Week of 08/15/2011
Fruit, granola or smoothies.
Lunch of the week – Salads, wraps or leftovers
Fruit of the week – Apples, pears, bananas, plums, nectarines and peaches
Monday – Veggie fajitas, tossed salad
Tuesday – New Orleans-style beans and rice, tosses salad
Wednesday – Falafel pitas with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers, and steamed veggies
Thursday – Roasted veggie mix, tossed salad
Friday – Vegetarian chili (potluck), tossed salad
Saturday – Adzuki beans and rice and tossed salad
Sunday – Veggie ravioli with maranara, tossed salad
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