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Last 4 days of my 7 day food blog

Recap

These past couple of weeks I have spent working my way through 'The List' that DDP mentioned in a recent Motivational Monday! I previously posted a blog with my first 3 days food & these are the last 4 to complete the set. 

Thoughts & feelings

I have actually really enjoyed my start to the Phase 1 plan, but would be lying if I said I haven't struggled at times too; especially with it being my Vegan journey as well. I've found certain unhealthy mental health things have popped up like weighing twice this past week (when I had gotten into the healthy mindset of weighing once per month). So I have decided that I need to evaluate what I will do going forward.

I will definitely stick to more wholefoods as that has given me much more energy, but I want to say I will allow myself the odd "treat" now and then (I mean like a vegan mousse once every couple of weeks or something, not a takeaway or anything extreme, haha). This will help me to carry on and not punish myself when I get cravings or be on the verge of bingeing.

Last 4 days

Friday

Lunch: Kale, Avocado & Quinoa salad (with cucumber, red onion & a small amount of Violife Vegan Greek Cheese which is GMO free) mixed in a homemade dressing (extra virgin olive oil, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, salt & pepper).

Snack: Honeydew melon 226g.

Dinner: Leftover bean & chickpea chilli (see previous blog for ingredients), Broccoli & topped with leftover "cheese" sauce (see previous blog for ingredients).

Snack: Eat Real Hummus chips.

Calorie total = 1871

Water = 2.25 litres 

Burned = Fat Burner 2.0 491cal

Saturday

Lunch: Leftover Kale, Avocado & Quinoa salad (see above for ingredients) & Cherry Tomatoes.

Snack: Honeydew melon.

Dinner: Leftover bean & chickpea chilli (see previous blog for ingredients), Wholegrain rice, broccoli & a small dollop of Oatly Oat Fraiche.

Snack: Eat Real Lentil chips.

Calorie total = 1788 (forgot to write it for some reason)

Water = 2.25 litres

Burned = Below the belt & Breathing 2.0 763cal

Sunday

Lunch: Vegan pizza made with wholemeal flour (Passata & garlic for sauce, toppings were 'This Isn't Chicken' pieces as they are GMO & sugar free, Sweetcorn, Pepper, Mushroom & some Violife Vegan cheese (GMO free))

Snack: Honeydew melon.

Dinner: Leftover Kale, Avocado & Quinoa salad (see above for ingredients) with 1.5 Waitrose Vegan mushroom & Leek sausages (no added sugar).

Calorie total = 2055

Water 2.25 litres

Burned = "Rest day" Chair force ii & iii 576cal

Monday

Lunch: Mashed Avocado (with Tomato, Lemon juice & Coriander) on Wholewheat seeded toast.

Snack: Honeydew melon.

Dinner: Wholewheat pasta fusilli topped with a homemade sauce (This Isn't Chicken pieces, Passata, Sweetcorn, Pepper, Garlic & red onion).

Snack: Eat Real Lentil chips.

Calorie total = 2006

Water 2.25 litres

Burned = Stand up 2.0 & Energy 2.0 752cal

 

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I use Nutracheck for Calorie counting as it has more UK foods.

 

Well, that's that!

I have officially...

FINISHED THE LIST!

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3 days of my 7 day food blog!

'The List'

First off, just a little recap... I am currently ticking off 'The List' that DDP mentioned in a previous Motivational Monday. The only thing I have left now is writing down my food (following phase 1 but I'm also on my Vegan journey) for 7 days & I am currently just finishing day 3!

Yesterday I watched 'Rudy' & 'Rudy Ruettiger- The walk on' to round off my documentary watching & oh my days he is so inspiring. Absolutely loved 'Rudy' and shamefully didn't even know it existed until now! So thanks DDP for that! 😍

Thoughts & feelings

I genuinely thought from day 1 that I would struggle with this, but I have so far really enjoyed it! I have lots more energy & already my skin is looking much better. I must admit it was hard trying to get my 2 litres (70.39 fl oz) in per day as I am up and down to the toilet LOTS, but it's slowly easing.

First 3 days logs

Tuesday

Lunch: Cauliflower Cheese (sauce made with Unsweetened Almond milk, cashews, dijon mustard & olive oil), Broccoli, Kale & Sweet potato mash (made with a small slice of plant butter).

Snack: Chia pudding (made with Soya milk & Agave nectar) with a handful of frozen mixed berries.

Dinner: Mashed avocado (Avocado, Tomato, Lime Juice & Coriander) on 2 slices of Wholewheat seeded toast (small 400g loaf) & leftover plain Cauliflower.

Snack: Carrot sticks & homemade Roasted red pepper Hummus (Chickpeas, lemon juice, red peppers & olive oil).

Calorie total: 1822

Water: 2 litres (70.39 fl oz)

Burned: Below the belt 2.0 (It says 271cal on paper & app because I accidentally put in double 350cal the day before & it wouldn't let me correct it so I had to take 350 off Tuesday instead 🤦🏻‍♀️) 621cal

Wednesday

Lunch: Broccoli, Kale, leftover Cauliflower Cheese with Quinoa & Wholegrain rice topped with a creamy cheese sauce (Same used for Cauli cheese, see ingredients above).

Snack: Carrot sticks with homemade Roasted red pepper Hummus (See ingredients above).

Dinner: Homemade bean & chickpea chilli (Chopped tomatoes, kidney beans, sweetcorn, chickpeas, black beans, red onion, garlic, chilli, red pepper & spices) topped with Oatly creamy oat fraiche.

Snack: Chia pudding with a handful of frozen mixed berries (see ingredients above).

Calorie total: 1904

Water: 2.25 litres (76.082 fl oz)

Burned: Fat Burner 2.0 & Chair force ii 794cal

Thursday

Lunch: Mashed avocado (See ingredients above) on 2 slices Wholewheat seeded toast (small 400g loaf) & cucumber sticks.

Snack: Honeydew melon 200g.

Dinner: Homemade bean & chickpea chilli, leftover Cauliflower Cheese topped with creamy cheese sauce (see ingredients above) (I also didn't have Oatly because of this but forgot to cross it out in photo).

Snack: Eat Real sea salted Lentil chips (Had them in the house so wasn't going to waste them, they are Gluten free, Vegan & no added sugar/additives).

Calorie total: 1893

Water: 2 litres (70.39 fl oz)

Burned: "Recovery day" Chair force ii & chair force iii 576cal (did an extra chair force instead of breathing that I had originally planned on paper).

Will post another update in 4 days time!

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I use 'Nutracheck' to keep count of calories/macros as it has more UK food choices.

Update on getting help with nutrition

On the weekend I messaged the DDPY page & DDP the same message as I was panicking that I would be doing something wrong as a Vegan on the Phase 1 plan. I first got a message back from Pat as he is plant based & I sent him a few screenshots of Meat alternatives that I like. The conclusion was that 'This isn't chicken' a brand in the UK (not sure on US) was probably my best bet if I wanted it as it's GMO & additive free. It's basically about being wary of what it contains as some of them unfortunately have added sugar etc.

I also received a reply from Jared Leland & DDP to which I'm very grateful for! I did read my message back afterwards & think "Why the hell were you worrying so much, YOU HAVE GOT THIS!" 😅

On with the journey!

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Meal Planning

Brain Fog

So, this weekend we have been using bits up from the freezer ready to transition into Phase 1 of the plan. 

I printed these planner bits from a file someone made on 'DDPYoga' the Facebook group (Go to the files tab & it's under there). Well, usually I'm okay at this stuff, but I'm not gonna lie I am definitely struggling with this. We may just stick to the meal times we have & snacks & then add in Breakfast (I haven't eaten breakfast for a long time, it makes me feel a tad ill thinking about it).

We have a few meals planned for this week, including a 3 bean chilli with Sweet potato, Quinoa, Kale & Avocado salad, mixed vegetables, Quinoa & a Cashew sauce. Definitely more fresh ingredients than we have been regularly using!

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(Image from https://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/262082/creamy-vegan-cashew-sauce/)

This is all a learning curve, but as part of 'The List' I will screenshot my 7 days from Tuesday & make a blog about it.

I haven't heard back from anyone at DDPY about help with the Vegan side of things, so it's just gonna be trial & error I think.

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Phase 1

Nutrition

Day 2 of making my way through 'The List' that, before Motivational Monday, I didn't even know existed! 🤦🏻‍♀️ (Partly my fault for not researching enough when I started DDPY).

I have made a note on what the do's & don'ts are for Phase 1 and I have to say I'm both excited & terrified at the same time. Whilst I have definitely developed a better relationship with food since I started my Vegetarian/Vegan journey, I have always told myself that I can still have the junk food I love but in moderation. Whilst that is true & you can still lose weight from it, I guess if you want that full health you need to push past comfortable boundaries.

I'm ready.

Now, seen as I already follow a Vegan diet I have cut dairy anyway (which is part of Phase 2) but I worry about the 'Processed foods' bit in Phase 1 purely because I like meat alternatives & I don't know if I can still have them seen as I don't eat meat, seafood, fish etc? I like Tofu, but it's not something I could eat a lot. I guess I could try Tempeh etc too.

I have these ready to put up on the fridge, cupboards & will probably put it as my damn phone background too! 😅

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I have reached out to the DDPY guys & gals for answers, but not 100% sure if they will actually receive it.

We will see!

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'The List'

The list Day 1

First off, how did I not know that this whole wonderful community existed? I started my DDPY journey in January & have just finished my first 13 week program.

After watching this weeks Motivational Monday, I decided to vamp up my journey & make my way through 'The list' on the app.

The Goals

I have a few goals in mind... Well, some are habits I want to establish really?

  • Do at least 1 DDPY workout every day.
  • Build my strength enough to do at least 1 push up.
  • Take a 1 hour walk at least once per week.
  • Lose weight, but focusing more on progress photos & measurements than the scale.

Although I don't follow the DDPY food plan 100%, I am starting to be more about wholefoods etc. Whilst calorie counting.

I am at the start of my Vegan journey too, so it's all a learning curve! 

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