Hey! It's been awhile! I had to put off posting for awhile because diet and exercise are apparently only part of life - for me there's also the wife and four kids, A JOB that my boss appreciates me paying some attention to, a baby on the way that's going to need some medical attention/surgery, a used car purchase, television...probably some other stuff too that I can't think of right now.
I'm not keeping track of my meals anymore on the excel sheet. Why? Well, by now it's like documenting my breathing - it's my new normal. I'm paying attention to what I eat every day so that I don't overdue the fats and such, just not keeping the daily journal. I'm QUITE sure you don't miss it. I will say though, that my daily food intake is just real life scenarios, no diet deprivation or insane amounts of celery or anything. I get treats and everything! The other day my lovely bride brought home half of vegan orange/chocolate scone and it was fantastic! My taste buds have changed enough that the scone was as good as donuts used to be, for real!
In lieu of a recipe, I'll share some about what and how I've been eating instead of meat and dairy; really, you can take a lot of your favorite meals and make some simple changes to make them plant based instead of animal based.
- Pasta - make it a wheat pasta, go with an organic red sauce, skip the sausage or chicken, and add lots of grilled veggies or veggies sauteed in lemon juice and/or balsamic vinegar.
- Salad with Ranch or other crap salad dressings - hummus or avocado, plus vinegar or hot sauce if you like a zip.
- All manner of sandwiches - find more veggies to love, like pickles, olives, chives, red and yellow peppers, jalapenos, greens, avocado, and hummus. Turn it into a panini and it's even better!
- Burgers - top them with some or all of the veggies listed above, then slide the burger out and toss it to Fido. Or, make it a black bean patty - taste fantastic without making orange grease run down your arm.
- Tacos and burritos - really just skip the meat and cheese. If you have enough of the other stuff and good salsa, you'll find that you can adapt quite quickly.
Okay, that's all for now - thanks for reading!
Oh wait, one more thing - to those of you that have said, "oh but Marck we'll miss your BBQ!" I have two things to say; 1) at some point I'll BBQ again for company and special occasions, and 2) what would you miss more, my BBQ or ME. Less BBQ means me around longer!