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!