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

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My 260lb “Secret”

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I shared this photo on Instagram the other day and I was quite taken back by how many people who’ve I’ve gotten to know over the years on Social Media that don’t know my story!  It got me thinking… why don’t I talk about this more? I think part of it is because I feel like my weight loss story is too messy and imperfect. And I still have a ways to go.

Honestly sometimes I really do forget how much I’ve changed. Plus I feel like my story doesn’t count because I didn’t lose all the weight in one go.  Some of it was pre Vegan and some of it post Vegan.  I even yo yo’d a little as a Vegan, leaving many people wondering why I’m not already slim. I guess I just wish I had one of those perfect weight loss stories: “Woman Loses 80lbs in 1 year Doing _____ Diet!”.

I’m 41, I have Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism and one of my thyroid nodules is possibly cancerous. For now I feel it’s safe, the nodule is doing it’s job and keeping the cancer contained. The only option presented to me so far is to remove my thyroid and do a full biopsy. No thanks, I like the rest of my thyroid.

I’m 41 and feeling 1000 times better than I did in my early 30’s.

My 6 year Veganniversary is coming up on May 20th! It’s only been in the last couple of years that I have (slowly) learned that processed foods, vegan or not, make me feel worse. I’ve learned this lesson over and over – I’m sure some of you can relate! It’s like burning my hand on a hot stove over and over!

I’m currently on a “potato cleanse” – not really a cleanse per say but I’m learning so much about true hunger, satiety, emotional cravings, stress cravings, hormone cravings. I ate only potatoes for one month, then added in veggies. More recently I’ve adding in a little fruit here and there if I feel like it.

Here’s the amazing thing: I couldn’t stomach most vegetables unless hidden in a recipe with loads of sauce. But even then, I hated broccoli no matter how hidden it was. After 28 days of eating only potatoes, I’m able to stomach my most hated vegetables: broccoli, brussels sprouts and asparagus!

If you want to follow along my story and cheer me on in finally becoming a “skinny bitch” you can find me here: https://www.youtube.com/c/bananawisdom

Potato Diet Week 5 Weight Loss Results

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February 28th marked the end of the first phase of the potato diet/potato cleanse where I ate ONLY potatoes for an entire 4 weeks.  March 1st I started adding in non-starchy vegetables and greens. I’m also allowing for the odd fruit here and there.

I have to admit, I put a lot of pressure on vegetables this week as did many others. “Your weight loss is going to speed up like CRAZY” one commenter said. So you can imagine when I snuck in an early weigh in on the weekend and saw that the scale went UP half a pound I was a little nervous about my official weekly weigh in – especially because my weekly weigh-ins are published on YouTube for all the world to see.

Here’s what I ate on day 36 of the potato diet and my weight results after 5 weeks:

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.

 

Sweet Potato Pie Ice Cream

No dairy, no refined sugars, no crap!  Four simple ingredients: sweet potatoes, almond milk, cinnamon and maple syrup (optional). If you don’t eat it all in one sitting it freezes well – just leave it out of the freezer for 10 minutes before serving.

I encourage you to get creative with this and try different variations. How about a tbsp of cacao powder? Navitas Naturals Cacao is by far my favorite.  How about some Chai spices? I’m very curious to know what variations you come up with.

Also, you can easily make this as a pudding instead by using refrigerated sweet potatoes instead of frozen.

This recipe is suitable for those on the Potato Challenge / Potato Diet / Potato Cleanse. If you are on McDougall’s Maximum Weight Loss or Chef AJ’s Ultimate Weight Loss omit the maple syrup and ad a smidgen more almond milk.

Enjoy!

Recipe video here:

 

Someone Told me I Can’t Lose Weight Eating Fries. Oh yeah? WATCH ME!

 

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Me tasting sweet potatoes (on their own) for the first time.

This is a challenge I’ve wanted to do for a couple of years but I never had the guts to do. Taking on a challenge that can be viewed by anyone with an internet connection makes for careful consideration of every challenge I take on.

All it took was an internet troll (with a nutritionist mom) telling me “LOLS you can’t lose weight eating fries for dinner!”. The moment I read her reply”us skinny girls will continue enjoying our salads” it was ON .

Bless her heart. She’s a young woman who doesn’t realize that being skinny is not something every  woman aspires to be.  Yes I want to be lean and fit but that has nothing to do with being skinny. This took me many years to realize this, 40 to be exact.

The young woman informed me that the only reason to exercise is to LOOK GOOD. Tell that to an elderly woman who still exercises, you know, to feel good. Because we all know, at some point in our life everything starts to sag and there’s nothing, aside from plastic surgery, can be done.  I know where she’s coming from though, I was there too.  The reason why I never had a good relationship with exercise was because I had that same attitude. If I couldn’t look good in a bikini then why bother exercising at all? Why go through the pain?

My conversation with this young woman is not the reason why I’m doing this challenge. But is was the fire that needed a little gas, she was the gas. Internet trolls can be occasionally helpful.

I’m a fussy eater. Yep, I’m a Vegan who doesn’t like vegetables all that much. I’m what some might call a super taster.  I have two goals in mind for this challenge: retrain my tastebuds and my stomach to know when it’s truly satisfied, oh and one more: lose a few pounds to show the world that potatoes do not make people fat – it’s the oil, butter and cheese that you put on top that makes you fat.  I’m hoping by the end of the challenge that I’ll be a pro at intuitive eating and enjoy vegetables more.

My inspirations are Andrew Taylor aka SpudFit and High Carb Hannah. Both have embarked on a potato challenge where they ate a mostly potato-only diet for a long period of time. Andrew, committed to an entire YEAR of potatoes, without any greens or other non-starchy vegetables! His purpose was to get over a terrible food addiction. While Hannah’s was to learn how to eat intuitively (know when you’re full etc).

The great thing about potatoes is that they are full of vitamins and minerals. Humans can literally live off potatoes only. But I personally wouldn’t recommend it without medical supervision.

For the first week or two I’ll be eating just potatoes with minimal fat free vegan sauces. Then I will introduce non-starchy veggies (taste tests will be filmed!).

Here’s how I’m doing so far, a video from Day 5.

 

Adult Alphabet Soup / Sweary Noodle Soup

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Betty’s back in the kitchen with a hilarious f-bomb filled recipe video (not suitable for children). Betty Lou created this recipe for Jenna Marbles who recently attempted to recreate Amy’s Alphabet Soup by mixing tomato soup in a box with alphabet noodles.

Betty Lou was certain she could create something better without the boxed soup. I tasted it myself and I have to say it’s much better than any alphabet or tomato soup I’ve ever had – that’s saying a lot for someone who was obsessed with tomato soup as a kid.

Have a laugh and watch this entertaining video, then see below for the full written recipe.

Sweary Noodle Soup by Betty Lou

  • 2 cups g-damn water (add more if you like it less thick)
  • 1 small bitty fucking can of tomato paste (those cute little cans)
  • 2 large fucking dates or 4 small dates, pitted (aka cock roaches)
  • 1/4 cup shitty assed frozen corn
  • 1/2 cup fucking peas
  • 1/2 tsp damn garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp fucking onion powder
  • 2 small or 1 medium potato chopped into little fucking squares
  • 1/4 tsp salt or 1/2 tsp for salt-a-fucking-holics
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup dry alphabet noodles that swear

Throw your fucking water, tomato paste, dates and spices in the shitty assed blender. Blend the shit out of it until smooth as fuck.  Add mixture to a medium pot.  Add corn, peas and potato. Bring to a boil then simmer and cover until it’s fucking done. You’ll know it’s done by the softness of the taters.

In a separate pot bring water to an angry boil, add noodles and boil the shit out of them until done. Or follow package directions.

Drain noodles when done and add to the soup that’s taking forever because I forgot to tell you to cook the fucking potatoes ahead of time.

Serve with adult crackers, you know, the kind with flax and shit in it.

 

 

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.

 

 

Lose Weight with Me

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I’m super excited about this guys! OMG OMG OMG!!! I want everyone I know to get a copy of Lean & Clean and do the 14 day weight loss challenge with me (and many others) starting Monday, November 28th!  Let’s get a head start before the next wave off holiday madness hits us.

I’ve followed Hannah’s (author, Lean & Clean) weight loss struggle over the years and it completely blew my mind when I saw that she lost 70 lbs! She has done this safely and sustainably – meaning it’s not a diet, it’s a long term way of eating. Never feel deprived Eat until satisfied? Eat CARBS?? And lose weight?? Sign me up!!

Why am I excited? Because those who are on a tight budget can jump on this. It’s perfect too, for those who want to give healthy gifts this Christmas – and frankly would rather avoid the Black Friday madness out there today.  It’s 50% off today only!! Sale ends today at 11:59pm EST. Use the code “thanksliving http://bit.ly/LeanBananaBunches!

Seriously.. it’s not even MY ebook, heck I don’t even have an ebook! I just want you to join me for the 14 day challenge.

Happy shopping!