Welcome to day five of my summary of my experiences on Marco Borges’ 22-Day Revolution. To find out why I started this vegan diet challenge, and to begin with day zero, click here! Also, please note, these are recipes from day six of the plan, as I had to skip day four until my tapioca flour arrives!
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Breakfast this morning was Kale Lean Juice, a combination of kale, a whole cucumber, a whole Granny Smith apple, and some grapes. When I woke up, I was feeling pretty sick, and to be honest, there were a few minutes where I thought I was going to throw up. I ate a couple of cubes of the cucumber and that calmed my stomach a bit, so I blended up the juice. It made so much I drank it in two batches, and so I ended up feeling pretty full and didn’t even want lunch until much later in the day. The smoothie was 266 calories.
Lunch was vegetable curry, and coming from a country where we love curry, I was slightly unimpressed at the unambitious nature of the seasoning in this recipe. You mix 600g of vegetables in fried garlic, ginger and onion, and add some curry powder, then a can of coconut milk. In the end, I thought it was really delicious, and I was really surprised at the flavour – although, holding my hands up, I did add some liquid aminos to the recipe. I also only ate a quarter of it – I was originally going to eat half, but when it came to it, I just wasn’t that hungry! Calories for that was just 256.
Because I ate lunch so late, and I went to Starbucks for my book club (had a Cool Lime Refresha!), I ended up eating my dinner – Beluga Lentil Salad – fairly late, around 10pm. I was a bit worried about this as part of the magic behind the diet, I’d decided, was the low amount of starchy carbs in the evenings – and this was 200g of lentils right at 10pm!
Basically, the recipe has you prepare the lentils with coriander and cumin (which I skipped as my lentils were ready-prepared), and eat with a dressing of shallots, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, capers and red pepper. It was pretty tasty and came in at 256 calories. Finally, I think I might be understanding where the idea that lentils are meaty comes from…
Today, I made another change to my regular diet, and swapped hemp milk for rice milk in my tea. I definitely prefer rice milk, and now I’m starting to think I can’t tell the difference between that and cow’s milk… although I suspect the transition from almond to hemp to rice has more to do with it!
Total calories of the day was 846 (but remember, I only ate a quarter of the lunch time curry), but I hold my hands up again, to the rice milk, to the Refresha, and to a snack of a couple of dates and a teeny square of vegan cake which was 50-odd calories, so my total was actually 1118.
Today was also a milestone on the diet – I came ‘out’ to my friends and told them I was being vegan for 22 days. Partly to explain the reason why I’d brought rice milk and a lunchbox full of lentils to their house, and partly to boast about my weight loss so far – 7lbs. Well, how can you resist that? They obviously thought I was nuts but are pretty used to me doing weird things, so it went without much comment to be honest!
So, 7lbs. I can’t believe it either. After realising I was down by 5lbs yesterday, I didn’t expect I’d lose any more today. But another 2lbs off! (Here’s a spoiler in case you think this is all too good to be true – I’m writing this the day after, and my weight hasn’t changed. But thank goodness, it hasn’t gone up after that late night-carb fest!)
Also, I’m going to be more vigilant with recording my exercise here – apart from wandering around a shop I didn’t do any!
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5 thoughts on “The 22-Day Revolution: Vegan Diet Day Five”
Thank you for writing about your experience on the 22 Day Revolution Diet. I’m starting it this weekend and forcing my husband on it. I’m having trouble with the serving sizes also. Since I’ll be sending lunch with my husband I’m trying to decide if I should double the recipes are not. I’ve noticed only a few of the recipes specifies how many it serves. If it doesn’t stipulate how many it serves, would you recommend doubling it?
I would wish you luck on the diet, but it sounds llike you don’t need it, losing 7 pounds so quickly!!
Good luck on starting out, I definitely recommend this plan if only for the tasty food! When it comes to serving sizes though, I can’t give you any hard or fast rules. Most breakfasts unless specified are single serving. Most dinners the same. But lunches are really tricky! It’s down to appetite as well as calories. Looking at what I’ve eaten so far, I’d say the quinoa salad with lentils feeds two, the Spanish beans feeds two (but you need a small sweet potato each), lentil soup feeds four, pizza is two, sushi roll is two, veg curry made four small servings (but to play it safe I’d say makes two servings, I just wasn’t hungry!), then the chickpea spread for day seven in my opinion can be split in four, but each serving needs its own portion of bread, tomatoes and lettuce. I hope that helps!
It really does! I’m writing out my grocery list now. Thank you so much for the info!! Can’t wait to read your opinion and see how you do on the rest of the diet!
You got me started too (I am only on day three today) and am also having problems with the serving sizes! Your blog is so useful — I check it each night before the next day for your experiences, calorie and serving counts — but I am going to have to adjust some things to eat all of the leftovers (no one else in my family will even look at it 🙂
Hello, great blog! I was wondering about the vegetable curry, is that recipe for 1 serving?