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Personal Improvement Plan: Round 2, plus Sprouted Mung Bean Socca and Veggie Flour

by Lisa on March 27, 2011

I never did a wrap-up post for round one of my personal improvement plan (PIP), but it did go well. I felt better, looked better, and everything was going well. I wasn’t actually sure when I’d end it, but it happened rather unexpectedly (and I’m taking full responsibility for it!).

One day, when a temptation was presented to me…I just took it. I’d like to say that everything has been totally smooth sailing since then (a week and a half ago), but I have had somewhat of a mental/physical struggle about it since then. Logically, I know that I should stop eating the carbs I’ve added back into my diet (note: I’m not cutting out carbs, I’m just being selective about where they come from). But physically? As soon as I began the grain/sugar kick…it was all over and I could barely manage my cravings.

I need to re-evaluate my actions (which kind of just happens naturally when I start feeling icky). When I ate some grains, I instantly puffed up like the Michelin Man (including my fingers). My conclusion is that PIP was a success because cutting out the suspicious foods really worked! After a week and a half, I feel like I’m almost back to square one. Rather than feeling badly about that, I’m looking at it as evidence!

So tomorrow is PIP: Round 2.

The guidelines:

No sugar, white flour, fruit, grains, soy, eggs, dairy.

Sounds prohibitive, no?

There are millions of things I can eat, I just have to make an effort! I’m not going to post my weight here, but I am going to post updates on PIP results…so if I don’t, then you know I didn’t stick to it. And honestly, I know I can’t eliminate sugar 100% because there is a tiny bit in certain things I’m going to eat (ex: Vega WFHO).

Truth: I didn’t actually plan on being off PIP for more than a week, but I couldn’t seem to jump back on the wagon as quickly as I wanted.

Do you ever have trouble getting started on something? I feel like my emotions are wrestling with my logic. Remember when I posted this story from NPR? Willpower and the Slacker Brain. I don’t like to think emotions will win every time, but at the same time…I have always had the following motto about food:

I won’t force myself to do things I don’t want to do, I’ll just gradually change what I want.

Here are some weekend eats:

Sprouted Mung Beans, being pulverized into flour...for socca!

Here are the dried, sprouted mung beans before they entered the vita-mix

Sprouted mung bean soccas---these are amazing! I love that the flour had a little more texture than regular garbanzo flour.

After I made a few soccas, I blended the batter a little more with 1/2 tsp xanthan gum. It "puffed" up the batter so much...and it was almost like having bread or biscuits!

I added some Pom Acai Chia jam...and ate way too many of these!

Remember when I mentioned how I struggle with using my veggie pulp?

Well, I thought of an idea! Veggie flour! What? You're not excited about that? My major issue with homemade crackers, and other things I've put veggie pulp in, is that I don't like to taste/feel big veggie chunks. So I dehydrated my carrot pulp overnight, and then put it in the vita-mix to make flour. Awesome recipe to follow on this---I need to make it again because I'm going to change them a little. Even Joe loved this one, and it was low sugar and grain-free!

I bought more organic potting soil for: microgreens, kale (later), and ??? (any other ideas of things I can grow inside or on my porch?)

I am currently obsessed with chia. I've written about its benefits before---and I'm loving them in almost everything, especially green smoothies!

A helpful obsession: Extracts! I don't eat fruit to cut down my sugar intake, but I still love their flavors---so I've been collecting different extracts, like banana and cherry. Awesome additions to a green smoothie! Do you use extracts?

The base for my alfredo--zucchini spirals, yellow peppers, spinach

With "sauce" made from avocado, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, yellow miso, water....plus pumpkin seeds!

Tonight was taco night...without actual tacos. Romaine, this salsa, guac....plenty of garlic, onions and cilantro!

How was your weekend?

Mine was awesome–it was full of Joe and food, and working out and working.

This will be a really busy week for me. No spring break at any of my schools this week!

Next weekend, I have a smoothie workshop scheduled, and I’m looking forward to that. I’m hoping that NY actually starts acting like it’s spring weather-wise. It would be awesome to go outside without a winter coat!


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