In a previous blog, I mentioned the health benefits Ed realized from being on the Whole 30 program. A side effect of that was that he also lost weight. Fifteen pounds of it. The funniest part of that is that he really didn’t NEED to lose weight. (I can hear all you women out there cursing him. I felt the same way. He was eating everything I prepared, (and then some), and continued to loose weight.) I did reintroduce a few foods after the initial 30 days, but he didn’t. He was feeling so good, he didn’t want to take any chances of any ailments returning. It’s not like I went crazy in returning to my old eating habits, I guess my downfall was that “occasional” cheat. I know there are a lot of you out there who can relate. I think it comes down to the fact that getting healthy is about a lifestyle, NOT a DIET.
My weight did slowly fall, especially when I started to add a few days of weight training and cardio to my routine. I spoke to a trainer who emphasized that it is necessary to do both–monitor your food intake and exercise–to develop a healthy body inside and out. To date, I’ve lost about 9 pounds, and it feels great. To get better toned, I need to get more serious about visiting the gym. (Don’t we all?)
We are now in Phase 3 of the Plant Paradox program, and will be experimenting with adding pressure-cooked legumes and/or beans very gradually. Since I’ll be taking off for Boston for a couple of days, those new dishes will have to wait for my return. In the meantime, the wonderful dish in the photo attached makes a great side dish for you to try.
Sautéed Purple Cabbage, Kale, and Carrots (for 2)
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1 red onion, chopped fine
1 Tbsp chopped garlic
1/2 tsp ginger powder (optional)
small head of purple cabbage, shredded
1/2 bunch kale, torn up into bite sized pieces (remove thick stems)
3 carrots, peeled and cut in 1/2 inch circles
salt & pepper to taste
Sauté the onion first in the coconut oil, and as it becomes translucent, add the garlic and ginger. Stir for a couple of minutes then add the remaining ingredients. Cook till just tender. Season with salt & pepper.