so i’ve been following high carb hannah for a while after a friend’s suggestion. i try to eat a balanced vegan diet but my sugar consumption has been out of control lately and i know i am eating too much oil. so the high carb vegan community is doing a “potato cleanse”. ha ha. i know… it’s silly. but i’ve read a lot of information on it (read: dr mcdougall – the starch solution) and i’m going to try it for thirty days. it’s so easy.
you eat potatoes. and veggies.
there’s no catch. i’m just eliminating all grains, fruits, flours, beans & legumes, nuts, seeds and all oils. this is not forever. just until i jumpstart my weight loss and get my fluffy ass to the gym. i’m sticking to my vitamin regimen in the morning… vitamin c, vegan multi vitamin, b12, folic acid & biotin. when i’m feeling run down i take a zinc lozenge. (and i do have the sniffles today). i will continue with my coconut oil routine in the morning. oil pulling. google it.
went to trader joes for the produce. 2 full bags for $50. perfect.
little white potatoes
2 bags of organic carrots
2 bags chopped cauliflower
1 bag chopped broccoli
3 red bell peppers
3 green bell peppers
colorful heirloom tomatoes
seedless persian cucumbers
chopped baby bella mushrooms
when i got home from the store i realized that the bouillon i use has canola oil. ugh. fail. so i had to start this entire process with making my own vegetable stock. hey it’s easier than changing out of my pjs and going back to the store….
so i did some meal prepping in the kitchen:
leftover red onion, white onion, basil, shredded carrots, bag of kale that was starting to turn, thyme, oregano, rosemeary, salt, pepper, bell peppers, brussel sprout waste, ends of cucumber i was chopping, mushrooms, etc. i’m totally going to start keeping all of the veggie waste from whatever i’m cooking with to make stock every week. so much healthier than the store bought stuff!
bring to a boil, lower to a simmer for 45 minutes to an hour
strain, let cool down and store in fridge in glass jars.
roast: brussel sprouts, red potato chunks, sweet potato chunks, red&green bell peppers, onion with salt, pepper and thyme.
boiled 2 potatoes, 3 carrots, 1/2 onion & some cauliflower
put boiled veggies and some of the water in vitamix
with 1/2 red bell pepper, nutritional yeast, turmeric, salt & pepper, onion & garlic powder
red potatoes – boil for 15 minutes
ice bath then pat dry
mix with dijon mustard, lemon, finely diced onion & cilantro (i forgot to buy dill)
i prepped three mixed baby green salads topped with heirloom tomatoes and the persian cucumbers – i plan on putting a scoop of the potato salad on top! no dressing needed since the potato salad has a dressing!
okay meal prep for next few days is complete – time to cook for TODAY!
weight: 157 pounds (heaviest in my whole life- MEH)
breakfast: none – had to go food shopping
french press of coffee sweetened with cinnamon & maple syrup – NO MORE SUGAR or CREAMER (dairy free of course) for me! i’m obsessed with this combination!
lunch: snacked on some potato salad before it went in the fridge! it’s SUPER good!
mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy
it was strange making mashed potatoes with no plant based milk, earth balance or EVOO! i boiled a few small potatoes in water until tender – drained and mashed ’em. i sauteéd some chopped onion & shallots & baby bellas in veggie stock. when the veggies were cooked well i blended them with an immersion blender. added salt and tons of pepper. and stirred in nutritional yeast instead of flour which i can’t have on the cleanse. the texture is super weird but i mixed it into the mashed taters and it does the trick. it’s definitely not as good as regular gravy and the lovely mashed potatoes i normally make with olive oil! oh well.
dinner: roasted mini golden potatoes + roasted broccoli topped with cheesy sauce! YUM!
dessert: baked sweet potato with cinnamon and maple syrup drizzle
h20- 72 oz throughout the day (seven 12 oz mason jars of water)
day one is complete. and i’m still hungry. guess i should have had breakfast and a bigger lunch. argh. if i’m still hungry at the end of every day i have a feeling this challenge will be difficult. i’ll want sweets.