Have you seen the movie Julie and Julia? Or read the book? Julie Powell became an internet celebrity with her 2004 blog recording her yearlong adventure cooking every recipe in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. I am taking on a similar challenge, only I am blogging my way through a very healthy cookbook! And I will learn to master the art of healthy cooking! The book is called Eat For Health by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, M.D. I will cook every recipe start to finish in four weeks just as they are laid out in the book. I will write about the recipes, show you pictures, and tell you how my SAD (Standard American Diet) eating, carnivorous husband likes them too. (See archives below.) He is behind me 100%!!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Day 16/ Phase 3/ Week 3

Hello Everyone!

I want to start out first with a BIG thank you to Dr. Fuhrman for all of his hard work. The Eat For Health books are amazing--as are all of his other books. He has changed my life! I may have lost 6 pounds over the last 2 weeks, but I also lost a grand total of 39 pounds over the last year. Thanks to Dr. Fuhrman, and my wonderful trainer Jamie Atlas (see his link!) And also a big thank you for all of you reading my blog--and all of your wonderful comments! I feel great today!! But yesterday actually sort of started out kind of crappy...

Haze and I both did not feel well--we both had headaches. Maybe still detoxing? Hazes GERD is gone at this point, but his colitis has not slowed down at all. We were both really grouchy!! (especially him!!) Haze wanted steak, lobster, chicken and eggs for dinner and I told him "NO"!! Neither of us was excited about the dinner--it was called Thai Vegetable Curry and I thought to myself, "Ugh--I don't like yellow curry." Haze went to lay down in the bedroom while I started cooking dinner. I was standing in the kitchen reading the recipe and saw that it called for freshly-juiced carrot juice--and I just started to bawl my eyes out! It's not a big deal to make carrot juice--I swear it's not! But it seems like I've made carrot juice and cleaned out my fricken juicer like every day this week!! I took my melt-down to the couch to cool off and saw that there was a Bugs Bunny Marathon on TV which cheered me up right away. Yes I'm 44 years old, and yes Bugs Bunny still cracks me up!! (I mean seriously, it was The Rabbit of Seville) Anyway, I finished making dinner and we sat down to eat and were pleasantly surprised! Then while my wonderful and chivalrous husband cleaned the kitchen (and the juicer), I popped on to my blog here and found that I suddenly had like 900 hits for that day alone! I was linked to Dr. Fuhrman's own blog--and voilĂ , I'm famous!! Ha ha !!! Check it out:


Since this whole idea started from watching the movie Julie and Julia, I seriously think it's time that I contact Dr. Fuhrman and ask him who he would like to play himself in our upcoming movie, Jana and Joel. Kevin Spacey perhaps? Ha haha :O)

Dr. Fuhrman / Kevin Spacey

Anyway, the day ended on a high note and here is what was on the menu for yesterday:

Oatmeal and Fruit Compote
This was tasty and super easy to prepare. I soaked the fruit in soy milk, then made cinnamon and vanilla oatmeal to accomany the Fruit Compote. We gave it an "A"

Leftover Speedy Vegetable and Bean Soup
Raw Veggies and Leftover Dip

Mixed GreensTahini Dressing
Thai Vegetable Curry
I thought the Tahini Dressings was one of the best dressings I've ever tasted! It is definitely a favorite--creamy and very flavorful. It was wonderful on a simple green salad. I gave it an A+/ Haze said A-. The Thai Curry was waaaay better than I thought it was going to be. I loved the velvety base and thought it had tons of flavor. Plus it was really pretty. I do prefer a "burn your face off" red curry--I think I will try to make something like that next time--but I will definitely make this one again. I gave this a B+ (leaning towards A-) and Haze gave it a "B." He thought it needed salt--but still really liked it alot!

Fresh fruit
I had a banana which I gave an A+!


Lorri said...

Hi Jana, I am as thrilled to find your blog as you are to have a bunch of new readers. I have been looking for a while to find a blog that shows how someone works Dr. Fuhrmans plan into their everyday life. I will be following your posts with great interest. Thank you for sharing your journey.

Anonymous said...

Jana - I just found your blog yesterday via Dr. Fuhrman's page. So cool!! I've had a blast going back and reading all of your comments from day 1. My husband and I just saw Julia and Julia a few weeks ago. Love Love Love the whole idea and especially the photos. I think you and Dr. Fuhrman should form a partnership by publishing a cookbook using your photos. I am so much more inspired to cook when there are photos of the recipes in the cookbook, and your photos with the beautiful bowls and placemats are fantastic! Keep up the good work. I am going to be bummed when your blog is over. Does it really have to end?

Carrie C.

Anonymous said...

I linked to your site from Dr. Fuhrman's. I was so pleasantly surprised to see that you had taken on this venture and posting all the wonderful pictures. I have read Eat to Live and I am now waiting for Fed Ex to drop off my copies of Eat for Health. I couldn't buy them at Borders, so I had to order off of Amazon. You are an inspiration. I am sure this is tough at times, but it is so nice to see someone with your integrity to stick with it. It helps the rest of us who are flailing along have hope. I also so much appreciate what Dr. Fuhrman is doing and hope his mesage continues to reach the billions who have not heard of this style of eating.

Marella said...

Hi, Jana. Just heard about your blog a few minutes ago. I saw "Julie and Julia" last week. I have been interested in Dr. Fuhrman's approach for several years now. I truly appreciate your sharing with us your experiences with making these recipes. I know it will encourage and inspire me to try sme new recipes from EFH.

Maggie said...

Hey Jana,

Your blog is so great. The pictures really seal the deal for me. The meals look soooo yummy!

I know you said you haven't been hungry, but some of the breakfasts and lunches look pretty light...I think I would probably feel hungry. What are your thoughts on that?

I'm getting excited for my own vegan experience, which I'm beginning tomorrow. I may need to call you for a recipe or two, as my Dr. Fuhrman cookbook doesn't arrive until Monday or Tuesday!

Enjoy the day, stay warm!


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