Day 2

Meals for today:

Breakfast: Old fashioned oats with cinnamon, Silk unsweetened almond milk, a scoop of rice protein powder, and blueberries

Lunch: Brazilian curry chicken from paleOMG- crockpot meal with chicken, coconut milk, onion, bell pepper, garlic, tomato paste, chicken broth, ginger, curry, and a dash of red pepper flakes

Snack: A banana with sunflower seed butter, Key Lime Larabar, and a few pieces of bacon left over from our epic pre-Virgin Diet brunch last Sunday (If you’re not on the Virgin Diet, do yourself a favor and make this caramelized onion and bacon tart we had for brunch–so good!) Went a little overboard on the snack today. I get super hungry around 4pm.

Dinner: Taco lettuce wraps

Today I subbed for an elementary school PE teacher and spent the day playing Ultimate Kickball with 2nd-5th graders. Two kids kick at a time, unlimited base runners on any base, little kid enthusiasm–it was fun verging on chaotic mayhem. (no children were [seriously] harmed in the playing of Ultimate Kickball) I am so glad I was with an extremely active class today because I was BEAT. Five showings of the same 50-minute educational movie segment and I would’ve been struggling! Maybe it’s the lack of sugar and caffeine, but my energy level was at zero today.

No peanuts means no peanut butter, so I made my own sunflower seed butter! Hooray! Almond butter is okay, but the flavor is a bit subtle for my taste. Sunflower seed butter has a much stronger flavor more similar to peanut butter. It was super easy, too. I just threw some roasted, salted sunflower seeds (bulk food) in the food processor. It was really grainy and not a spreadable consistency, but after adding a teensy bit of olive oil it had a nice texture. It is almost too salty though, so next time I might use the roasted, unsalted seeds and add my own salt.

I also ordered some gluten-free steel cut oats from Bob’s Red Mill, ghee (clarified butter that does not contain lactose. I have never tried it, but can you really go wrong with butter?), and a nut milk bag. (side note: ‘Nut milk bag’ sounds like a nickname for a saggy-boobed hippie) It’s a fine mesh bag used for straining out the pulp/fiber when making nut milk. I’ve tried making almond milk in the past. The flavor was great, but the texture was too…scratchy, for lack of a better word. I think the straining bag would help with that. I’d also really like to try making cashew milk–no skins to peel off!

Again, the cravings were not as bad as I expected, especially for coffee. I have noticed though that I’m more prone to cravings at night. Tonight for instance, I’m really feelin’ some toast with butter and jam. (I have very specific cravings.)

To illustrate my point about the low energy level- tonight I totally passed out on the couch around 10:30pm. Usually I want to stay up late, and my husband is the old man who crashes after 9pm if he gets horizontal on the couch (he’s 28). In his words, “I don’t know what happened. It was like you were there with me, and then 10 minutes later it was game over.” =)

Conclusion after day two: Excited about trying new products and recipes!