While I am not walking on the moon, today embarks a journey I never dreamed of taking ever before. Today marks day one of my 28-day challenge to eating a plant-powered diet with mostly fruits and vegetables along with whole grains, legumes, nuts an seeds. The diet is called the Engine 2 diet created by firefighter and professional athlete Rip Esselstyn. I will meet up with my fellow challengers once a week at Whole Foods to share our experience along the way and learn new cookies techniques.
Now, while I may be acting slightly dramatic comparing this to the first time a human stepped on the moon, this is a big deal for me because I loooooove animal products. So what exactly does “no animal bi-products” mean?
Here is what I can’t eat:
- No dairy products – milk, cheese, butter, cream, yogurt or cottage cheese
- No animal bi-products – red meat, pork, chicken, turkey, fish, or eggs, Anything that has a face or a mother is off-limits.
- No oils – olive, canola, or corn.
- Milk substitutes – soy, rice, almond, multi-grain and oat milk. I can also use applesauce, prunes, smashed bananas, fresh fruit, fruit juice or coffee in place of milk, oil, butter and eggs for cooking.
- Meat substitutes – tofu, tempeh, wheat gluten, seitan, and veggie burgers
- Oil substitutes – cooking spray (0 fat) water, juice, vegetable broth, beer or wine (Whew, at least I can have my wine!)
I am doing this for several reasons. First, I am always up for trying something new, especially if it can positively affect my health. Second, I want to see how my body reacts, positively and negatively. Third, I’m curious! I want to see if I can actually make it 28 days. Stay tuned to follow my journey along with some very new-to-this-blog recipes.
Question of the day:
1. Have you ever tried vegetarianism or veganism? If so, how/why did you get into it and how long did you stick to it? Was it an easy transition?