"On her tongue is the law of kindness..."

"On her tongue is the law of kindness..."

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Of Bootcamp and Vegan Influences...

Starting on Tuesday, January 4, 2010, I will be participating in Bootcamp Tulsa - a three day a week, one hour per session workout program aimed at getting an individual into great shape and shedding pounds. The personal goal for this program is a small event called "the first wedding dress fitting" that is scheduled mid-February. I assumed that there is no time like the present to get motivated to look my best, and a trainer who is encouragingly yelling at me might just do the trick.
In conjunction with Bootcamp Tulsa, I have just finished reading a Christmas gift, "The Kind Diet" by Alicia Silverstone, which is quite interesting and informative. The book focuses on Alicia's personal struggle with her weight, her diet, and her skin and how a change in her eating habits and food selection has dramatically changed her life. The reader is then encouraged to attempt one of three lifestyle changes for 4 weeks: (1)Flirting, (2) Vegan, or (3) Superhero. Each suggested lifestyle change attempts to transform the eating habits of the individual by introducing organic and vegan food options into one's diet. "There is no time like the present," I say, "and Alicia, I will take on your challenge." I am now a flirting vegan.

Some really great non-meat, non-dairy substitutes that she recommends are as follows:
Earth Balance Butter Original flavor, Follow Your Heart Cheddar Cheese, Veganaise Grapeseed (mayo substitute), any dinners or soups by Amy's, Tofutti sour cream, Tofutti cream cheese, soy milk or almond milk, whole wheat tortillas, Ezekiel Bread, hummus, any item in Whole Foods' 365 line, fruits, veggies, granola... and there are over 100 pages of vegan recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even desserts! One recipe that I think looks divine is her homemade peanut butter cups! I was able to find all of these items at Whole Foods, and if you are in search of a grocer or farmer's market in your area you can visit thekindlife.com.

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