Up Yours! Veggie Challenge

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AKA: Eat Lots of Veggies Like Heather Challenge
By Jeannine Elder @BananaWisdom

Heather has lost over 270 lbs eating a lot of veggies along with some starches. I’ve never in my life seen someone eat so many veggies! So naturally, being my veggie inspiration I asked for her guidance. I will not be eating EXACTLY like Heather but she gave me some guidelines and allowed for some adaptations to help me get those veggies down the hatch. If you take the principles outlined below, remove the tahini and maple syrup, add in beans and it would be much closer to how she actually eats.

I am 41, I have Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism, I’m a junk-food-aholic and veggie snob. I celebrated my 6 year veganaversary on May 20th. It goes to show not all vegans eat just rabbit food all day, if I did I’d be at my goal weight by now!  Over the past few months I’ve been getting serious about retraining my tastebuds to love veggies and shed the last of my weight – which had been stalled for over 3 years. In February I ate nothing but potatoes and lost 8 lbs and took my taste buds for a test run with broccoli, brussels sprouts and asparagus live on YouTube – and I didn’t gag! This was a huge milestone for me! I continued with potatoes and added in veggies. I’ve lost over 21 pounds total, averaging 1-2 lbs per week. My friend Hannah (High Carb Hannah) saw my success and passion for potatoes and gave me the Potato Cleanse Facebook group!

Now I’m ready to UP my veggie game! This is how I’ll be eating for the next week. Feel free to adapt to suit your needs. If you are on the Potato Cleanse proper, please adapt the recipes to not include fat, fruits or legumes (highlighted in red). I will be vlogging my veggie challenge on YouTube and I hope that I inspire you to UP YOURS!

Basic Rules:

  • Consume 1 lb of leafy greens per day
  • Consume at least 1 lb of veggies per day
  • Sequence Food: leafy greens > veggies > starch
  • No oil, minimal salt, no flour or processed sugar
  • Fruit is okay in small quantities
  • One small serving of fat is allowed per day, but not required and it’s best to pair with your leafy greens
  • No snacking in between meals. Being truly hungry will make your meals taste much better

Fruit Examples:

  • add a chopped apple to salad to make it more interesting
  • sliced strawberries added to spinach salad
  • a few small dates to sweeten a homemade dressing
  • dessert if needed: nice cream made with 1 banana and a cup of frozen berries

Fat Examples:

  • oil free hummus with tahini (if you like it without tahini go without)
  • half an avocado on salad if you wish
  • a dressing made with a small amount of nut butter

Prep for the Day:

  • Roughly measure out 1 lb of leafy greens for your day and divide it into three containers
  • What does one pound of leafy greens look like? A family 16 oz. or 454g container of greens
  • Plan out your veggies aim for at least 1 lb but it’s likely you will end up eating a pound per meal because you will be hungry for it! One pound of baby carrots is a 16 oz. or 454g bag. Take a look at all the packaged convenience-veggies in the produce section to give you an idea what a pound of veggies looks like for various types of veggies
  • Eat as much leafy greens and veggies as you want!
  • Where’s the starch?? Don’t worry, there will be starches with dinner (in my case, potatoes or sweet potatoes)

Breakfast – Giant Salad

Take 1/3 of your leafy greens for the day and top with your favorite salad veggies such as cherry tomatoes, shredded carrots, shredded cabbage or broccoli slaw, chopped bell peppers, cucumber, zucchini and celery. Add a chopped apple or some berries if needed. Top with a tasty no-oil, dressing. *This is where I will have my ONE fat serving, if any, in the form of a dressing with tahini in it.

Lunch – Giant Salad + Extra Veggies

Take 1/3 of your leafy greens for the day and top with your favorite salad veggies. Plus you’ll have a side or two of veggies. You will be hungry! Examples of veggie sides: steamed broccoli/cauliflower, a pound of carrot sticks, collard or purple cabbage wraps filled with shredded coleslaw. IF you are still not satisfied you can add one potato with lunch.

Dinner – Giant Salad + Veggies + Starch

Take the last 1/3 of your your veggies for the day and top with your favorite salad veggies. Plus you’ll have a side of veggies perhaps even a veggie soup. And finally, potatoes! YAY! Any potato cleanse friendly potato dish: mashed, boiled, baked, shredded hash browns, oven baked fries, etc. It’s likely I won’t be able to eat more than 2 lbs of potatoes based on my experience of eating potatoes for the past four months. So I will prepare approximately 2 lbs of potatoes.


Recipe Ideas / Inspiration

Sauces / Dressings

Note: Heather enjoys most of her salads with salsa or a balsamic/mustard dressing.

High Carb Hannah’s Nacho Cheese Sauce
*Adapted to have less sodium*
2 small red or yellow potatoes
1/2 an onion (not chopped)
1/2 a red bell pepper
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt alternative (original recipe calls for 1 tsp salt)
2 tbsp salsa (if salsa is high in sodium, omit salt alternative)
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
1 tsp hot sauce (original recipe called for 1 tbsp) *optional
Directions: Boil potatoes and onion until soft, place everything in a blender along with 1/4 cup of the cooking water and blend until smooth.

Mustard Balsamic Dressing
2 tbsp Stone Ground Mustard
2 tsp Balsamic Vinegar
2 tsp Pure Maple Syrup (optional)

Lazy SOS Free Ketchup
1/2 cup strained tomatoes (store bought jar, no added salt)
1 tsp Italian Herb blend

Potato Strong’s Cheese Sauce
I prefer this with regular yellow potatoes.
http://potatostrong.com/cheeze-sauce/

Salsa Fresca
http://www.mrsplantintexas.com/2015/05/salsa-fresca.html

Creamy Balsamic Dressing *Beans*
Potato Cleansers – try making this with some boiled potatoes instead of beans.
http://nutmegnotebook.com/2016/11/creamy-balsamic-dressing/

Banana Blondie’s Citrus Tahini Dressing ADAPTED *Tahini* FAT
https://thrivingplantbased.com/recipes/
You should get at least 6 servings out of this, reduce amounts if you won’t use up within 3 days.
2 large oranges, peeled and seeds removed (original called for OJ)
3 tbsp of Lemon Juice
3 tbsp of Tahini (if you hate tahini try it with another nut or seed butter)
2 tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar
3 tbsp of Dijon Mustard
1 tbsp of Raw Ginger Root or less
2 tbsp of Maple Syrup
1 small clove of Garlic (optional)
Directions: Blend all ingredients in Vitamix until smooth

Spicy Peanut Slaw Dressing *Peanut Powder & Fruit*
http://www.mrsplantintexas.com/2017/03/spicy-peanut-slaw-dressing.html

Zucchini Garlic Dressing *Tahini & Chickpeas* FAT
http://www.mrsplantintexas.com/2016/12/zucchini-garlic-dressing.html

Garlicky Kale Salad *Tahini & Chickpeas* FAT
http://www.mrsplantintexas.com/2016/06/garlicky-kale-salad.html

Fat Free Hummus *Tahini & Chickpeas* FAT
http://www.mrsplantintexas.com/2017/01/fat-free-hummus.html

Low Fat Sweet Potato Hummus *Tahini & Chickpeas* FAT
http://www.mrsplantintexas.com/2015/05/low-fat-sweet-potato-hummus.html


Veggie Sides

Crispy Cheezy Roasted Cauliflower
http://www.mrsplantintexas.com/2017/04/crispy-cheezy-roasted-cauliflower.html

Spinach and Sweet Potato Stuffed Mushrooms
Omit walnuts if you already had a fat planned for that day. I don’t like whole mushrooms so I’m going to sauté the stuffing on the stovetop and stuff into lettuce wraps
http://www.mrsplantintexas.com/2016/04/spinach-and-sweet-potato-stuffed.html

Cabbage Soup
Great to have for dinner as your vegetable dish. Serve with your 1/3 salad and starch.
http://www.mrsplantintexas.com/2016/02/vegetable-cabbage-soup.html

Cauliflower Taco Stuffing *FAT*
Use 1/4 cup walnuts. Half the soy sauce. Replace salt with Bensons Table Tasty or Herbamare. Half the chipotle seasoning, it’s stimulating for me.
Note: Potato cleansers – you could try this without the walnuts.
http://www.mrsplantintexas.com/2015/05/cauliflower-walnut-taco-meat.html


Potato Sides

Banana Wisdom’s Potato Cauliflower Crust Pizza with Veggies

 

Potato Pancakes Grilled & Baked

 

Crispy Shredded Hash Browns from Scratch:

 

Broccoli Cheddar Soup *counts as both potato and veggie*
Recipe is written out on Plant Meal Planner or watch video on YouTube for free:

 

Oven Baked Fries
Wash and cut 3-4 potatoes (approx 2 lbs) into thick fries. Coat in favourite spices. Place on parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 420°F for 40 minutes.

Baked Potato
Wash and pierce 3-4 (approx 2 lbs) potatoes, place directly on rack or on baking sheet. Bake at 420°F for 40-60 minutes, until soft.

Baked Sweet Potatoes
Wash the place 2 medium sweet potatoes on a parchment lined baking sheet. Do not pierce. Bake at 420°F for 40-60 minutes, until soft and liquid bubbling out.

Mashed Potatoes
Wash, peel and cut 3-4 potatoes (approx 2 lbs). Boil until fork tender. Drain water. Add in 1/4 cup no-salt added veggie broth or non dairy milk and your favourite spices. Mash until smooth. For fun, you could add chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder and cumin for “taco potatoes” then serve in lettuce wraps.


 

Printable Downloadable PDF: UpYours_VeggieChallenge
This was done rather quickly so please excuse any typos or grammatical errors. Time is not on my side at the moment but many expressed interest in joining me so here it is, with all it’s flaws.

Follow My Challenge on YouTube: Banana Wisdom

8 Week Potato Diet Results!

I couldn’t be more excited to share this with you all! My potato diet is going fantastic and the weight is coming off at a very healthy rate. For the first 4 weeks I ate only potatoes. Then I added non-starchy veggies and later some fruit in small amounts.

There’s been a lot of people requesting a recipe and guide for this plan so I’m making it happen!  Stay tuned for more info on that.

Potato Diet Results – I Ate Only Potatoes for an Entire Month!

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I’ve wanted to try this for a couple of years but thought it was CRAZY and most likely that I would fail: eat nothing but potatoes for an entire month.  It was an experiement to see if I could lose weight eating all the fries, hash browns, mashed potatoes I wanted – and most importantly, get over my junk food addiction.  Inspired by “Spud Fit” Andrew Taylor, High Carb Hannah’s Potato Cleanse, and the Potato Man himself Dr. McDougall, I finally got the nerve to try this.

Something amazing happened, I suspected my taste buds would change slightly and they did, but much more than I ever expected. I’m absolutely blown away! This is my story about how I went from a finicky eater to a vegetable lover.  Prior to the potato diet, I could not eat broccoli without gagging. Brussels Sprouts? Hell no! Even something as mild as romaine lettuce had to be smothered in hummus for me to eat it.

I always knew that I needed to get more veggies in my diet, especially if I want to lose weight and take my health to another level of awesomeness.  I’m so happy I’ve been able to expand my vegetable menu.

Here’s a couple of videos that sum up what I got out of the challenge. First up is my results video, and the second is taste testing my most hated veggies – originally recorded live on YouTube.

 

My Favorite Weight Loss Guide is on Sale Again!

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My favorite e-book is on sale again!  If you’ve been thinking about getting healthier this year and want long term results this IS IT. Seriously, you can thank me later.

I did the Lean & Clean 14 challenge with a bunch of people back in November (a bunch.. meaning oh… 6000 or so people).  Hannah did such a great job with the meal plan, the recipes are easy to follow and there’s enough variety to give you plenty of opportunities to find your new regular meals.  I absolutely LOVE the Curry fries and the oh so creamy Mango Curry dip,  I accidentally paired the two together and I’m hooked. It’s been a regular for me ever since.

I lost approximately 2 lbs on the 14 day plan. That’s without calorie counting and just eating until I’m satisfied.  Keep in mind, I’m 41 years old and I have Hashimoto’s. Plus I had been eating clean prior to the challenge so it would have been unlikely to see a sudden drop.  However if you’re coming from a standard American diet, you may see a drastic drop in the beginning – most of which is the release of fluid retention from a high salt diet.

There’s so many awesome testimonials in the Facebook support group that was made for this e-book.  Weight loss and drastic improvements in blood pressure have been the most common so far.  In the long run I expect to see more testimonials on medications being eliminated, especially in the area of diabetes.

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Did I mention how tasty the Garlic Mashed potatoes are? Oh and the breakfasts are hands down my favourite.  I’m going to end this here before I make myself hungry again.

Hannah’s sale won’t last long. She hasn’t given me a solid date when it ends but it seems it may be gone by January 7th and not likely another sale until Black Friday of 2017.

Get your copy today and I hope to see you in the Lean & Clean Facebook Group! Drop me a line and say hello!  Click here and be sure to use the code NEWYEARNEWME.

If you are reading after the sale is over and kicking yourself for missing it – I got your back! Use the code  BananaWisdom for 10% off.

 

 

What I Eat in a Day

I’m so excited to share this video with you today for three reasons:

  1. I used my new camera Canon G7x for the entire video!
  2. There’s a brand spanking new video intro!
  3. I bought a new font and revamped my logo!

New tools awaken my creativity. I really need to make it a priority to get a new toy or two every year. I’m so frugal when it comes to that stuff despite the fact that I love new toys so much! Creative toys such as art supplies,  drawing apps for the iPad and tools such as the Wacom Tablet — which has been on my wish list forever.

New tools also = added confidence. If I was to pick up a sport I would want to have all the necessary equipment to for that sport and I would do so without blinking an eye.  From this day forward I’m giving myself permission to obtain the tools I need to support my creativity and not feel guilty about it.

Anyway, enough rambling.  I invite you to watch this 2 minute video in which I use a few of my new creative tools.  I would love to hear what you thought of it!


I’m not a writer. I’m a thinker. Sometimes my thoughts take over the keyboard and they might not always make sense. With that said, thank you so much for taking the time to read my ramblings.

Jeannine