Hi Healthy friends! Today is Day 5 of my Engine 2 Diet so I thought I would let you know how it’s going! :) I started my Diet on Friday, but went to get my blood work done last Wednesday. I finally got the results yesterday. They are ugly! If you read the Engine 2 Diet, you’ll learn that the “magic” cholesterol numbers are 150 (total count) and 80 (LDL). 150 and below is where they recommend you try to stay for the overall cholesterol count to maintain optimal health. Seeing that 200 is considered high cholesterol and seeing that mine is at 180, is just ugly to me. I need to get to 150! The other number is important – LDL. It actually stands for Low-Density Lipoprotein but who can remember that?
Think of LDL as your lethal number and HDL as your healthy number. I’m still not convinced that ANY cholesterol could be good for you, but I’ll look more into that one. My results for LDL were 92, and again, according to the Engine 2 Diet, you should aim for a number below 80. The good news is that I have some work to do! I’m thrilled to have these benchmark numbers, and I can’t wait to see the “proof” of eating a Vegan diet by comparing my numbers on Day 28!! Here is all of my information below (for the sake of accountability!) – it was $50 to get the cholesterol panel at AnyLabsNow – and well worth it!
Since I’ve been so incredibly busy the last week or so and I’m TIRED and feeling a little GRUMPY, I’ll try to keep this short by giving you the best and worst of my experience so far!
*Greenling Engine 2 Box! Omg, best thing I have done! Love it! They pre-chop everything and measure it – making it sooo easy! And the sweet potato lasagna is just to die for! It would have been even better if I didn’t drop 1/2 of it in the bottom of my oven. I managed to save most of it, but that was not fun!
*Engine 2 Hummus – awesome! Love it – just might make it a couple of times a week for the rest of my life! :)
- 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2–3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon Bragg Liquid Aminos
- 3 tablespoons water or vegetable broth
- Optional – I added a handful of spinach
- Directions – Blend! :)
*Cheater, cheater, salmon eater. :-( I ate salmon on Saturday night! Ugh…. I’ve felt so terrible ever since (not physically) but here’s my excuse. It was my anniversary dinner! And I promise, there was nothing on the menu that was anything close to vegan! I thought about just not exactly saying so on my blog – but then I would be kind of lying and well, I just want to be honest with my successes AND my failures here. I would like to report that the salmon was line caught…and EXCELLENT! I was in heaven! And, I ate it slowly, knowing that I would not be cheating again. (Please tell me Thanksgiving is after my 28 days is up!) :-)
What would you have eaten if you were having your anniversary dinner on the lake at Soleil … fresh caught salmon (PS: 5 Stars – OMG!) with risotto and asparagus was the special – AND the owner was buying? I do think I’ll come out of this challenge a cheater and not a hard-core vegan. I still want to be able to “cheat” on special occasions! What are YOUR thoughts about that??!
*Engine 2 Kale/Walnut butter – FAIL. I’m sure it’s really good for a normal person who is not allergic to walnuts. Again, WHAT was I thinking?? Note to self – I AM ALLERGIC TO WALNUTS! They give me an insta-headache, they tear up my mouth, and … oh ya, I confirmed all of this 2 years ago when I went through the Love Cleanse and again when I was tested by an allergist. There it was in big bold writing: Allergy to Black Walnuts. Someone remind me not to eat walnuts again, please! :-) What a waste of my kale! :-(
Here is a picture of the winner (hummus) and the offender (Kale/Walnut butter). It was just my day to play with green recipes, I guess!
I sigh as I sign off. It’s been a super busy work week and it’s only Tuesday! I’m tired, pretty stressed, and the truth is I’d like to order a pizza from Austin’s Pizza right about now! But, on the menu, from my box, awaits Rainbow couscous or something like that. So far, I’ve been REALLY impressed with the Greenling Engine 2 Dinners, so I’m sure I”ll have a smile on my face once I am at my table eating it all! :-)
I promise to be in better spirits next time I post! And, I have a lot of fun stuff to giveaway, so watch for that!
Happy journey, everyone, whatever journey that may be…..