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%!!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Day 22/ Phase 4/ Week 4

Helloooooooooooo Phase 4.
NOW...THIS...is getting interesting!! Yesterday's food was surprisingly good! I felt really wonderful at the end of the day. Remember--part of liking the food is liking how you feel too. I am getting very excited for my next project with Chef AJ from Los Angeles. Her new DVD, Healthy Made Delicious is awesome! The recipes are super fast and easy--and look soooooo yummy. They are all vegan and very high nutrient--and lots of desserts too! Contact her at: chefaj@att.net to order the DVD. Here was yesterday's menu:

Quick Banana Breakfast To Go

This was fast/ easy and oooooooooh soooo good. Both Haze and I gave this an A+!! I used a few extra oats (and juice) than the recipe called for--and it was just friggen yummy. VERY simple to make. We will be making this lots in the future!

Raw veggies
Russian Fig Dip
Black Bean Lettuce Bundles

Loved the veggies and dip! We may have crossed the line of weirdness with the Bundles, but seriously they were good! I added salsa on top plus a few extra tomatoes--and they were just great!! I know this all probably looks suspiciously like "rabbit food" to you--but there is nothing rabbity about this lunch. There is almond butter mixed into the dip--and tons of black beans on the bundles--plus avocado mixed in. It is hearty and very filling! We gave this lunch an A!!

Quinoa Bean Salad
High Cruciferous Vegetable Stew

I was a little nervous about the Quinoa Salad as I was mixing it up. I've never really had quinoa before--and the salad did not look like it was going to taste all that great. So after I prepared it (which was super easy by the way) I tasted it. And then, I could not stop!! I had 4-5 huge mouthfuls before it even hit the table! Haze LOVED it too--we gave it an A. I made a few changes to the Stew recipe: I added low sodium veggie broth instead of water, doubled the tomatoes, added 1 cup of low sodium V-8 juice, and added 1T of SPICY Mrs. Dash. It was fabulous!! I absolutely loved the soup and gave it an A. Haze (who was having a hankering for chicken) loved it too, but gave it a B+.

Leftover Bluevado Pie "Cupcakes"
YUM!! Again--A+!!


Anonymous said...

Hi! You guys look great! I was just wondering if you or your husband have lost any weight? Not that you need to, but I sure could! :)

Chelsey said...

Wonderful job on the blog! Just came across it today. My boyfriend and I are 6 days into our 6 six week ETL plan. While we have both read the ETL book, he has not read the Eat for Health book (and doesn't know the concept of taking steps to higher nutrition). I haven't let him include ANY meat products into our menus, and when he say that you guys got a Turkey Sandwich on Day 2, he almost killed me! We fried a turkey (we named George) on Christmas, and I painfully forced him to give all turkey leftovers to the dogs before we started. He looked at me so sadly and said, "So we could have kept George?!?" :-)
Keep up the good work!!!!

Mieke Benton said...

Did a 5 day immersion Program in Princeton with Dr. Fuhrman in November and just discover your blog today. I think this is the coolest blog ever! I attached it to my website and blog that I created for the immersion program. I will go through all your posts and read them all. I have he books myself and have also made lots of the recipes. But I have to keep smiling. This blog is just so great! I will be checking it every day.

I can only say what a great idea! I love it!

Mieke Benton
My website

Jana Diedrich said...

Thank you all for your comments!Just in the last 22 days, Haze has lost a total of 15 pounds, I have lost 7.5 And we are eating TONS of great food and desserts on this plan! That pic was taken when we first met 6 years ago--and we both gained weight (lots!) I weighed 117 in that pic, and got up to 168! Yikes! Today, I weigh 127--and it's all thanks to this food plan, plus exercise.

Chelsey..The Eat for Health book was written after ETL. Dr. F realized that people were struggling and decided to give us a plan that eased you off of animal products and sodium more slowly. You should maybe start with EFH!! I think it's much easier...

Mieke--thank you so kindly for your comment! It makes me soooooo happy to know that I am inspiring people and helping, and hopefully making them laugh along the way!!