I’m halfway through my 22-day vegan challenge! If you want to find out more about Marco Borges’ 22-Day Revolution, and begin with day zero, click here!
(Click here to be taken to the Amazon page to purchase your own copy, through my affiliate link: The 22-Day Revolution: The plant-based programme that will transform your body, reset your habits, and change your life.)
If you’re like me, you probably had a cheeky flick through the book to find out some of the highlights of the diet, and found today’s recipe for French toast – and then got pretty excited. I’m not ashamed to say I’ve been looking forward to this for quite a while, and after a bit of trial and error, I have to say I really enjoyed it!
One note I have to make here, though, is regarding bread. I’ve found it impossible to find bread that’s both vegan and gluten free. I’ve been in several health food shops and supermarkets, but I just can’t find a brand that incorporates both. The brown bread I featured from last week’s recipes was not vegan as it had honey. This bread is not vegan as it contains egg! It’s very frustrating – luckily there is a recipe for vegan, gluten-free bread in the back of the book, but so far I’ve not had time for baking! So, non-vegan bread it is – who would have thought that it would be the vegan part of bread that would be the hard bit?! (Also, I have to say, gluten-free bread is very good!)
This French toast recipe, in my opinion, feeds two people – I think two small slices of bread is a pretty standard serving size for a breakfast! You mix together one mashed banana with almond milk, flaxseed, cinnamon and vanilla, and then soak the bread in the sludge. Personally, I thought there was way too much almond milk here – it turned my first batch into very soggy bread, and I had to throw most of it away. It was only when the first lot had soaked up all the excess liquid and I was left with a thick, banana-y slurry that I found it easy to work with this mixture. And, that way, the banana flavour is much stronger! Once you’ve soaked your bread in the mix, you fry it (in coconut oil! So there was a reason to buy it after all!), and serve it with maple syrup. Heavenly! (And 374 calories)
If you’ve been following along with me, you might notice that day 11’s cauliflower salad is a repeat of a recipe that actually gave me an upset stomach the first time around. I decided to try this again, just to be sure, and I am pleased to report that I didn’t get sick again… Phew! I think the first time around it must have been a combination of so much cauliflower and starting the new diet – this time there was around 100g less of cauliflower, and I didn’t have any upset tummy from it at all. That’s a relief, because I actually really like this recipe – it would be lovely to take to a party to serve as a side dish. It’s very simple – just roasted cauliflower, pine nuts and grapes, dressed with lemon juice, sea salt and pepper. A huge bowl came in at 303 calories.
Dinner was Kale Salad with Sweet Potato – also cranberries, sunflower seeds, sea salt, and enough balsamic and mustard dressing to drown in. I took this as one serving because you roast a single, small sweet potato as one of the ingredients (and I firmly believe in the motto: one potato, one person. It’s a very new motto that I just made up), and the calories came in at 505 – but there was so much dressing that I had to let some of it drain off, and usually I love dressing! This was gorgeous, but there was just too much of it, and it was very strong. You could halve it and it would be enough, in my opinion. There’s also a step missing from the recipe – after you steam your potato (I just roasted mine in the oven), you need to cut it into chunks and then place it in the oven. I think it’s pretty much implied but I thought I’d mention it!
I really enjoyed this dinner – although I have to say, I’ve never eaten so much raw kale in my entire life as I have done in the past 11 days! Total calories for today were 1266, which included my rice milk, and a naughty piña colada ice lolly… Sorry! (Couldn’t resist!) I also went on my exercise bike for 45 minutes and did my 7 minute workout with the app Seven.
So, halfway through the diet… Also time for a weigh in, after I couldn’t do it yesterday! (Drum roll…) So far, since I began, I’ve lost 9lb! It seems impossible and incredible, but let’s just say I definitely had weight to lose… Ahem. Training for my half marathon just turned me into a ravenous eat-beast, so I’m glad I’ve been able to take everything down a notch and start concentrating on my diet instead.
I’ve also now told pretty much anyone who will listen all about this diet, because with results like these – who wouldn’t? I’ve also had intense discussions with my more scientifically minded friends about what kind of biological mechanisms could be behind all this weight loss. Indigestible fibre, water weight, low fat… we’ve thrown around quite a few theories! The bottom line is, nutrition is a very difficult subject to study in humans, and science really doesn’t know all that much about it – for a case in point, look at the arguments surrounding GMOs, artificial sweeteners, or even how to solve the obesity crisis. Nobody knows! What I do know, though, is that this is working very well for me, so I’m perfectly happy to carry on!
As far as cravings go, I have to say I’ve been surprised. I actually think I have far more cravings for food when I’m not on this plan. I’ve thought about the fact it might be nice to eat X or Y (distracted yesterday by someone eating onion rings on TV, and the day before it was Korean Bulgogi), but I haven’t felt any massive urge to eat them, nor have I missed meat, or dairy, or gluten. One thing I haven’t given up is caffeine and sweeteners. I’ve had a few comments on the blog about people who are doing this and giving those up as well, but as a journalist with deadlines looming I consider it my professional duty to consume copious quantities of caffeinated beverages. The fact I’ve lost 9lb without giving them up proves something, I guess – although maybe I could have lost more if I’d only been drinking water. Who knows? Science? No!
Anyway – over to you guys. Are you doing the diet? What’s been your favourite recipe? Anything you’ve hated? Have you lost any weight? Do you have a question to ask me about any of this? Just comment below! I’d love to hear from you!
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10 thoughts on “The 22-Day Revolution: Vegan Diet Day Eleven”
I am so glad that you got me to do this diet! Although my weight loss has not been as significant as yours, it is still pretty incredible compared to usual diets (2 1/2 pounds on day 5). As I noted in a comment of a few days ago, I am so grateful to you for your detailed accounts of preparing the food. I am drowning at work and don’t have much time for complicated things, so based on your experiences, have opted to eat left-overs of some recipes instead of making new lunches (for example, I ate the second half of the Spanish beans and rice instead of struggling with the pizza). Like you, I have really liked the walnut tacos and cauliflower/grape/pine nut dish. (although, after hearing your account, I halved the quantity of cauliflower in the recipe, and didn’t suffer any ill effects.) I will say, however, that this diet would be really tough to do if you had to go to an office every day. I work from home some days, so have been able to do some cooking during the day. It would take a lot of advance prep time if you had to do it all the night before.
Now my challenge is going to be the fact that I am traveling this weekend — I don’t expect to lose weight, but hope that by eating my protein at lunch and large quantities of veggies at dinner, I can at least maintain! I also have been amazingly satisfied on this diet and haven’t had the kind of cravings I have when eating regularly. It does seem as if all calories aren’t the same! It helps to fill up on these veggies, and the flavorful recipes are satisfying. I do really think/hope that doing the full 22 days of the program will help me reset my habits.
Again, thanks so much for posting all these pictures. I’m on day 11 and down 7 1/2 lbs. By far chickpea sandwich has been my absolute favorite. I can’t wait to have it again. When this is over I’m going to experiment with roasting chickpeas to find the perfect blend since they are so good for you. One thing I’ll be sure to take a break from is avocados. I love them but wow never at this much before in such a short time. Can’t wait to see pictures of what’s on the menu next!
I have so many avocados in my kitchen it’s unbelievable! I’m only eating small ones so they’re around 80g max at a time. I really wish I could just have some guacamole! Delish!
Loved this French toast (so did my son who has recently been diagnosed with coeliac), I only used 200ml of almond milk after reading that you thought it was way too much milk, I also put it all in a blender and made a really thick smoothie, then just dunked my bread in, also loved the chickpea sandwich, yum….
Glad it was useful! This is a gorgeous recipe – and I reckon I’d probably use it again! Sometimes French toast can be a bit too eggy, but this was very light and flavourful!
This blog is so helpful already. I’m on day 11 and have lost six pounds so far. The one thing I don’t like about the book is that at times, the recipes say how much a meal serves, and at other times, it’s a guessing game.
What is the 22 day protein powder like?
I agree, I think that the book really needs a reprint to address this! The protein powder is nice, I’ve only tried it in a green smoothie so far.
Are the recipes for each day designed for one person? In other words, unless otherwise stated, should the entire amount be eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner? My husband and I are both going to be doing the 22 day vegan diet and I would like to know if the recipes for each day need to be doubled. Please let me know asap as we are starting on 6/22/15!
Thanks for checking out my blog, Beth! I’ve done my best to note for each day how many servings each recipe should be for, so feel free to follow along each day, and drop me a line if you want clarification. I go into a bit more depth about it in the comments for day five, listing portion sizes for the first week – that should get you started: https://foodfashfit.com/2015/05/13/the-22-day-revolution-vegan-diet-day-five/. I hope that helps, just comment on any of the posts if you need more help though!