Saturday, 21 December 2013

Plant Based Eating

I mentioned in my Friday Food Fun post yesterday that I'd been following the Happy Herbivore meal plans for the last week, so I thought as well as showing you what Small's been eating that I'd show you what I've been eating too. I've flirted with wholefoods, plant based and oil free eating before when I've looked at the Mcdougall program - this isn't that different. I guess this time I've just enjoyed the recipes so much and having the shopping list from the meal plan makes everything so easy. There is no way I'm going to give this up! The meal plans are 1200 calories a day with the option to increase that if needed. They're also really easy to make both gluten and soy free if needed. I actually couldn't get everything I needed when doing my shopping - but this was only due to empty shelves and crazy shoppers near Christmas, not because the ingredients are hard to find so I made a few meals from the Happy Herbivore Light & Lean book that roughly fitted in with calories.
Honestly I've eaten some awesome food this past week and knowing it's good for me is an added bonus. I've been keeping clear of soy products too and using either Alpro Almond or Koko milk where needed. 

Nacho Salad Bowl

'Skinny' Mac n Cheese (made with pumpkin!)

Moroccan Stew

Wraps with Quinoa 'Taco Meat'

Smoked Cauliflower Soup & Spinach Hummus Sandwich

Carrot Cake Pancakes

 Portobello Mushroom 'Burgers' with Avocado & Sweet Potato Fries

Banana 'Eggnog'

Blueberry Spelt Muffins

Apple and Cinnamon Oatmeal


  1. Coincidentally I've been eating a low GI low fat diet to avoid gestationaly diabetes this time. The conventional diet of low carbohydrate means insufficient energy intake or relying on lipids and thusly exacerbating insulin resistance through too much intramolecular build up.

    I find oil free/low fat eating just far too low calorie for me. 1200 calories is just not enough, and at nearly half way through the my pregnancy I weigh 1kg less than when I got pregnant. So my options are to eat more carbohydrate (unless I'm eating high GL stuff I'll burst!) or start introducing more plant fats again, like nuts, avocado etc. I'm doing it moderately and probably eating half the fat a healthy diet would normally comprise of, but I'm not avoiding it to the level I was.

    I just don't think it's suitable for the long term. My husband is losing weight far too quickly and he's already on the skinny side of healthy. It's great as a short term weigh loss thing, but I don't think it's healthful long term for reasonably active folk. I also find I'm adding fats to smalls diet now my milk supply has gone as she seemed lacking in energy, but then she's not very interested in food.

    I imagine I'll probably flirt with it again in the future if I feel like I need to trim up a bit (I love not counting calories or restricting portions and still feeling satisfied at every meal) but I don't think I'll do it long term.

  2. I don't feed Small this diet as she is growing and needs healthy fats and lots of energy. I on the other hand have quite a lot of weight to loose and so far eating this way has given me sensible weight loss (2 or 3lbs a week) and i haven't felt hungry or like i'm 'dieting'. I've felt great too eating more fruit and veg. It's not for everybody or their situation, but it's working out well for me so far.

    1. I'm very pleased you showed your meals and talked about this book, it sounds exactly what I need. I have found since going veggie, then vegan, recipes seem to be loaded with oil and fats. I have ordered myself a copy and I can't wait to start making the recipes (and eating them!). I look forward to seeing more of what you have been eating. Hope you had a lovely Christmas with your beautiful family and a happy new year!

    2. Thank you - i hope you've had a very happy Christmas and a great new year. It's always so lovely to hear that people have enjoyed or found useful what I've put on the blog. I'm going to try and make it a regular feature :)