VB6! What Is It and What Am I Eating?

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Have  you guys heard of VB6? I read this book a while ago and it really struck something in me… but then I didn’t change my eating habits. But last week I was listening to a podcast with Tig Notaro, who I adore, and she talks about going vegan (mainly for health concerns) and suggested people just give it a try for a few weeks. Well if Tig says so…

Ok, I’m not going 100% vegan, but I am following VB6. The idea is that you eat vegan before 6pm so basically breakfast and lunch and then a regular ol’ omnivorous dinner. (Really I’m going VB2am since that’s about when I eat dinner on night shift ha)

The best things is nothing is “off limits.” You can eat cheese and ice cream and steak and hot dogs, just you have to wait till dinner/dessert time. The goal is to shift you into eating more plant based whole foods and less processed foods, meats and dairy. Dairy is the easiest thing for me to give up which I am counting myself lucky about since I think more people with struggle with that.

So am I eating a salad every day for lunch? Well, yes and no! It’s not just lettuce and dressing and I definitely do not feel deprived!

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Someone PLEASE teach me how to be a food photographer!

There have been a couple “fails” (I don’t think I can get on board with nutritional yeast…) but I’m basically eating all my favorite foods just minus the meat and dairy. And there have been a few surprises. I was craving a BLT the other day so toasted some bread, added veganiase, tomatoes and avocado and YUM. It hit the spot more than I could’ve imagined.

I’m still trying to stop myself from eating all carbs and really focusing on fruits and veggies. But I am not worried about protein! I haven’t been monitoring my macros that closely but I am still getting a lot from beans and chickpeas, quinoa, and vegetables! Plus I usually do have meat at dinner.

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Eat all Salads!

 

Yay Salads! I think salads get a bad rap as diet food when 1) they can be delicious and 2) they can be calorie/fat/carb laden and ultimately not that healthy!  But I eat a lot of salads. They’re really versatile and can be really filling and healthy if you stick to whole foods and oil based dressings. In fact, I ate a salad every day so far this week!

Now, I originally was thinking this would be a “no lettuce salad” post, but then I realized that I put lettuce under that mess in the top picture.  It also kind of became a “1 grocery bag 4 lunches” post since I used the same few ingredients over and over. But when you’re just 1 person and you don’t want your food to spoil, you gotta use it up the best you can!

Also I really am trying to cut down eating meat and not cut down my protein intake so I’ve been experimenting with new vegan/vegetarian meals. So these are all dairy free and it would be super easy to just leave the meat out and they’d be vegan!

So here’s what I ate! (remember how great I am at taking food pics??)

Top picture: lettuce topped with black beans, corn, quinoa, tomatoes, and red onion. I also made an avocado cilantro dressing (that blob in the middle) that turned over pretty dense, almost a guacamole, but it was really yummy and mixed up really well in the salad. (Which reminds me! I used this same stuff as a spread on my black bean burger for dinner tonight! Yum.)

Bottom left: garbanzo beans (aka chick peas) with just tomato, avocado, cucumber and cilantro.

Middle left: quinoa, black beans, corn, tomatoes, green onion, cilantro, and topped with green chile pork. (I wanted it to look so pretty like those quinoa bowls you see on pinterest, alas… the toppings got a bit jumbled. Still tasty though!)
Bottom right: the common denominator here: avocado, tomato, red onion, and cilantro. This time with shrimp.

It does share a lot of the same ingredients but I promise, these little switches make it feel like I’m not eating the same thing day after day. Cuz I am not that kind of person who can eat the same things all week. I sometimes wish I was! It would be easier, wouldn’t it?