A 7 day rescue challenge rule requires participants to drink their coffee black. This is for several reasons. Chief among these is disrupting habits, creating new patterns and resetting taste buds to remember what real food actually tastes like. Many folks can't deal without the creamer and switch to tea. Me? I don't mind drinking black coffee at all.
Pictured below is the amount of non-dairy powdered coffee creamer I used to add to my daily two cups (one morning, one afternoon) over a seven day period. This is a large Ball jar. Four cups to the top I believe.
The serving size is one teaspoon. Who uses one teaspoon of creamer? I would dump two large spoonfuls into each cup. Each teaspoon contains .5gms saturated fat which loosely translates into 2gms saturated fat per cup or, for me, 4gms saturated fat each day or 28gms saturated fat over seven days in my coffee alone. That's 1/4lb saturated fat each month or 3 pounds of pure saturated fat each year that rides along with 2 cups of coffee/day.
Little things do add up. Learn to read labels.
Last Edit: Jan 11, 2018 11:54:11 GMT -5 by gracoman
Pre baked polenta prepared with nutritional yeast and topped with fresh spinach and a mix of water sautéed green and red bell peppers, red onion, broccoli, minced garlic, crushed red peppers and frozen artichoke hearts. The mushrooms were sautéed without water. Throw on some sliced tomatoes and jalapeños and back into the oven she goes.
Serves sprinkled with dried oregano, dried basil, and dusted with nooch.
Whole grain non fat tortillas are almost nonexistent. Ezekiel makes them and Engine 2 has supposedly added them to their Whole Paycheck line of foods. I haven't tried or even seen the Engine 2 tortillas. The Ezekiel's are okay but they need special treatment to fold without breaking. Whole wheat lavash bread is awesome and makes an excellent substitute. It also makes for a fantastic wrap. Who needs tortillas. Whole wheat lavash bread can be found at Trader Joe's.
A brown rice and black bean whole wheat lavash bread burrito baked in red chili sauce.
I added some jarred hot salsa with 1/4 avocado and a little bit of greens . Baked a few corn tortilla chips for the win.
Buckwheat, whole wheat, rolled oat, smashed banana, applesauce, blueberry and water pancakes. No Dairy. No eggs. No fat. No added manufactured sugar. This batter was "fried" in a dry non stick skillet and topped with a few more blueberries and sided with 4 servings of steamed greens with balsamic reduction.
I wonder what Chef Ramsey would think of this combination? Its on now Ramsey
Dinner tonight was several bowls of Summer Squash Curry Stew. Made with sweet potatoes, yellow squash, russet potatoes, red lentils, green beans and curry. Not pictured is the bowl of ever present steamed greens. I'm going to add some pre cooked brown rice to the leftovers and fill my Hydro Flask for lunch tomorrow along with greens.
My old spice/flaxseed grinder fried. The thing started smoking in my hands while I was using it. I'm surprised it didn't catch fire it was smoking so much. And the smell Flaxseed admittedly puts these inexpensive blade coffee grinders under a fair amount of pressure and I never expected the grinder I had to last as long as it did. I got my $20.00 worth.
My new grinder arrived and it is a 250 watt powerhouse making short work of flaxseed.
The large capacity removable cup makes transferring grinds and cleaning a breeze. Under $20.00 at Bezos Mart.
Yesterday, 12:00 noon, lunchtime. Head slap. I visualize my Camelback M.U.LE. loaded with soup thermos, bowl, fruit and greens bag right where I left it. At home on the kitchen counter top.
Normally, this is where I would head to a small Asian restaurant I know that offers brown rice with a large bowl of steamed veggies but there is no time for this today. Deadlines are deadlines so Subway it is.
A foot long veggie on whole wheat, no cheese, no S&P (they are in the same shaker) no shredded lettuce, heavy on the spinach, and dressed with spicy mustard and vinegar.
It is more bread than I have eaten at one sitting since the last time this happened to me and the veggies may have come from another planet as far as I can tell. Its not ideal, but it works in a pinch.
Subway is also my go to pit stop on road trips. Any folks who may be riding with me can order whatever kind of goober they want and I can kinda stick to the plan.
Sometimes I lose the morning race and need to grab something that I can take along with me on the drive to work. I picked up this Dash mini waffle maker to make Eggo sized waffles and freeze them for times like these. The pictured waffle below is made of buckwheat and spelt flours, mashed banana, applesauce, ground flaxseed, blueberries, and soy milk. This is the first time I used mashed bananas in this particular waffle iron.
Mashed bananas in waffle or pancake batter always mean a longer cooking time and darker brown result. The mini cooked them through but had to complete 4 cycles to do it so I won't be doing that again. The mini does, however, pump a waffle out every couple om minutes without mashed banana so I'll stick with that.
Just under $10.00
Kids would love these!
The Dash Mini. This thing fits in a kitchen drawer.
Doing what it does
I haven't yet figured out how to take greens along for the ride
Last Edit: Jan 20, 2018 13:14:28 GMT -5 by gracoman
Injera is the base of Ethipopian recipes. It is made from Teff, the smallest and healthiest grain in the world. Bob's Red Mill sells brown teff but many prefer the ivory. Ivory teff can be purchased online when available. Make injera with the flour. Make a morning cereal with the whole grain. It is a welcome change from oatmeal. Heck, I've even seen teff burgers. Injera is a flat sourdough bread to be used as a flat for Engine Rescue compliant open faced sandwiches.
Injera cooking on my mitad
Finished injera cooling on an Ethiopian setata which is also used to transfer hot injera from the mitad.
This Seven Day Rescue Challenge changes people. I've been watching posting participants who began the challenge on or around Jan 1st. You know, the New Year resolution people. Some fall off the wagon almost immediately. Some of those folks jump right back on just as fast only to choke again a few short days later. Some folks make the full seven days and immediately move to the easier level of this diet, the Engine 2 diet, which allows a few more goodies like tofu. Tofu is 40% fat which is why it is not allowed on the Engine 2 Seven Day Rescue diet. Then there are the folks who decide to stick with it. These folks feel and look better, they have lost weight, they have compared their blood work numbers taken before the challenge to their numbers taken after the seven days. Some of these number changes are close to miraculous. For me, it's an extraordinary experience watching this stuff unfold right before my eyes. There are even former Paleo and Keto people who have converted as I watched. Those are the smart ones. The Paleo/Keto/Low Carb'rs who've figured out their cholesterol levels were going through the roof and perhaps those myths they have been following are exactly that. Myths.
I don't know how long any of these participants will continue but I do know something they don't. They all believe they can go back to eating the way they they did before the challenge. I know this is probably not true. They have been ruined. They will never forget what happened to them in this seven days. They will probably return to the diet. Each time they return it gets easier. At some point they will probably stick with it.
Me? After a little over a month, yeah, I'm still doing it. I see no reason not to continue.
Grandpa's Eat Loaf out of the oven covered with Bone Sucki'n BBQ sauce
Eat Loaf is made of Kidney and Cannellini beans, sauteed onions and garlic, shredded carrots, mushrooms, herbs and spices and nutritional yeast.
Plated with mashed potatoes, a mushroom gravy made with sauteed mushrooms and onions, no salt vegetable stock and white Miso, and broccoli for the greens
Eat loaf was a little weird for me last night and I woke up thinking I'd probably throw it out. To my surprise, it improved greatly with that overnight rest and now I'm thinking crisping it up a bit buy reheating it in the airfryer will help it even more. The jury is still out on whether or not I'll make Eat Loaf again but the gravy is a keeper. I don't believe I've had a fat free vegan gravy that I haven't liked.
I follow the guidelines of the engine 2 rescue diet most of the time, breaking it once a week or so. Sometimes I'll find myself eating the regular engine 2 diet without realizing it which ian't as strict. After a while guilt settles in and I'll go back to the fundamentals. I went back to the rescue diet a week or so ago. I'll post some food pics after kicking my inherent laziness out if the way.
Today, two 7DR members posted of their 50+ pound weight loss since starting this program in January. This is in accordance with the expected 10lb/month loss while eating as much as you can stuff in yer gob.
Today's lunch was a chickpea walnut salad wrap. The wrap is Trader Joe's no oil added whole wheat Lavash bread
A recipe for basic chickpea salad (with added apple) can be found here. I added garlic because, you know... garlic, and just ate the apple whole. Leave out the tahini and add a large bowl of greens to be compliant with 7DR requirements