30 Sep Adventures with Ami: Planning to Succeed
I wrote this blog on New Years Day 2012.
I wanted to share it with you here.
So we dabbled a bit with this last year.
All was going well and then we were thwarted by life and Chicago deep dish pizza.
Here in 2012 we’ve made a resolution to live more consciously.
We are working on our fitness, nutrition and fun!
We aim to:
Eat better in every way.
Improve our stamina, increase muscle mass and flexibility.
(weight training & Bikram Yoga to start)
Golf more (which shouldn’t be hard compared to last year)
And have more left over at the end of the day for fun.
As a personal aside, I aim to learn something new.
A skill, a wealth of knowledge perhaps, a hobby.
So far I have been working on my whole foods plant-based no added fat cooking.
We are formulating a life plan based upon the works of Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr. with some help from Rip Esselstyn and Lindsay S. Nixon.
We are huge fans of The Happy Herbivore and The Engine 2 Diet.
I’ve come up with a few dishes of mine own as well.
I am considering taking a series of courses at Cornell University about Plant Based Nutrition. It’s an online series that is offered as part of the T. Colin Campbell Foundation.
It’s going to be a great year!
Those were my intentions on the first day of 2012. We had been eating on the firefighter plan for less than a week at this juncture. I used to visit Happy Herbivore’s blog daily and I was glued to the Engine 2 Facebook page awaiting new recipes and ideas. I couldn’t wait to ‘play’ in the kitchen with new ingredients and figure out how to make stuff I liked more plant-strong. I had not the SLIGHTEST idea what I was doing. I was a former low carber who could only cook meat, married to a wonderful vegetarian who loved to cook but no longer had the time to do it. We were getting fatter and sicker and someone needed to DO something!
So I gathered the best resources I could and set out to make it work. I read everything I could get my hands on and googled the heck out of ingredients and techniques for replacing things like eggs. I googled Jeff Novick a bazillion times to find his recipes, videos and more. What is farro? I googled it. How do I use nutritional yeast? I googled it. I also searched pinterest and instagram for ideas on what to cook. Not sure about a product being E2 compliant? I googled it. Nutritonal information/labels are often available online.
When I first started this plan, I was clueless, but I learned a lot. Like RINSE the quinoa before you cook it! I screwed up a bunch in the beginning, tossing more than one dinner in the garbage. Over time, I worked out the kinks, settled into a groove and really discovered how simple and easy this can be. Like watching the figure skaters compete at the Olympics, they make it look so easy… what you don’t see is the practice and hard work that came first.
Being successful at any new thing you attempt to do takes a bit of time to LEARN (The Engine 2 Diet, My Beef With Meat, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, online articles, blogs, research studies, video lectures and all of the wealth of information available to you). Knowing how our plan works and the details of how you should apply it to your life is important to your success. You can’t expect stellar results if you are only half following the plan or don’t apply all of the guidelines because you didn’t read all of the directions. For some this requires major lifestyle changes, for others it’s not so tough, we are all different and we all have room in our lives to learn new information and skills.