Hello and happy fall!
Brr, it’s finally getting chilly here in Austin, TX, with temperatures only in the 60′s degrees tonight, as I watched my 14-year-old son’s football team win another game, keeping them with an undefeated 6-0 record. I love cool weather fall football!
It’s another crazy busy this week, but I thought I would post a quick update for those of you who may be following my 28 Day Engine 2 Journey! I have only gotten through a few of the chapters in the book (I should be finished tomorrow), but the great thing about the book is that it is a quick, interesting and entertaining read. It is AMAZING what a long line of physicians the Esselstyn family comes from, making it hard not to be glued to every page!
After reading some of the book, and watching all of these videos, I decided that I should take a week, per their recommendation, as a preparation week. So, tomorrow I am having my blood drawn and I will share with everyone what the results are. I also am using this week to cut out all dairy, what little I was still rarely consuming.
I have had a few questions as I have “prepped”, so I turned to Natala, my Engine 2 mentor. My questions were:
- Can I still drink my daily Vega? (Usually 1 scoop of Vega, a 1/2 frozen banana, some blueberries or Sabazon Acai, big handful of spinach and a cup of water)
- I can still juice, right?
The answers were shocking and I hesitate to share them with you. If you REALLLY want to know the answers, and why, then comment below…and I’ll consider telling you.
I have mentioned in previous posts, that it is hard for me to be a finatic about anything. So, while I will go into this challenge using all of the rules of the diet for 28 days, I would be surprised if I ended the 28 days and never had a Vega shake or green juice again. But, maybe as I end the 28 days, I will look at those more like they are treats. Who knows – but what I do know is that I am excited to get started and excited to be held publically responsible for sticking with it, since some of you will be counting on me to do so! ;-) It will also be fun to post pre/post weight, and blood work results! Well…maybe not the pre-weight?
As I have told my other HealthyMammas, if I learn one thing from this experience – whether it is a few good recipes, or how my body reacts to absolutely no processed foods, dairy, meat or oils for 28 days – I will consider it a great success!
So, the bottom line is that DAY ONE for me is on Friday. Why Friday? Well, because I could say I will start on Monday, but then Monday is soccer practice, Tuesday is a football game, Wednesday is taking Allen (my 14-yr-old) to Wednesday worship at church, Thursday is………..well, you probably get the point. There is just not really a good day to start, so why not Friday. PLUS…. drum roll, please!
I found out that Greenling actually has a Engine 2 Diet Grocery Box!! Oh, how excited I was to find this out!!! Oh my gosh! I will have 5 days of dinner for two that are pre-measured, pre-chopped, and recipe included! They have an Engine 2 Box 1,2,3 and 4. So, if I enjoy Box 1, I will order Box 2 the following week! Did I mention that they deliver? Oh ya, and everything is organic whenever possible! Nice! Make it a little easier for me! It really helped that my delivery day was Thursday – hence talking me into starting Day 1 on Friday! I’m a busy, healthy mamma…so this is truly ideal for me.
Oh and a little tip, if you live in Austin and plan on doing this, use coupon code AW1X when you checkout and you’ll get 25% off of your order. It works now, but I can’t promise it will work later. I just used Google to find it.
Here will be my meal plan for Friday – Tuesday. I guess I’ll be on my own for a couple of days after that until I get Box 2.
- Day 1 – Sweet Potato Lasagna
- Day 2 – Black Beans and Rice w/ Vegetable Relish
- Day 3 – Confetti Couscous w/ Seasonal Mixed Vegetables
- Day 4 – Two Bean Chili
- Day 5 – Jammin’ Burritos
Who could resist?
Wish me luck as I start my journey – and I promise to post how I like the recipes, how I feel, and more. And feel free to share with me how you are doing on the Engine 2 Diet. I’d LOVE to know!
Life, love and, and laughter….
Don’t look back, it won’t do any good
Don’t look ahead you’ll just be misunderstood
Everything you need could be right in front of you
It doesn’t take much to see what is true
They say we are going to die if we go on like this
Who do you believe? Every story has a twist
Take a look around, tell me what you see
People in the world just trying to be free
What about all those things you could have done but you don’t?
They say things happen for a reason, you don’t do them, they won’t
I’m lookin for life, love and laughter, everything in between, and what happens after.