Posted by Kathleen:
About two weeks ago, the day my husband and I came back from beautiful Belize, my little sister (who is 3 inches taller than me) told me about this diet she wanted to try. She also wanted me to do it with her. In my moment of weakness and still with Beautiful Belize on my mind, I said yes. I’m not sure what I was thinking because while the premise is really sound, it is hard work to start out. I bought the book and started reading it. It’s called The Virgin Diet, by JJ Virgin, if you’re interested. (I’m not getting any money from her, I’m just throwing that out there.) This diet is a 21 day, get the garbage out of your system diet. Then you add one thing in per week and see if you are intolerant to anything. There is a lot of information in the book, like if you are intolerant to a food group, it can prevent you from losing weight, so don’t think this is all of it. If you are interested, you have to get the book, not just read this post.
I then got my husband to read the introduction to the book because I thought a lot of what she was saying in the book relates more to him than to me.
We all decided to start this diet on last Tuesday. I have now become a label reading fool. It’s actually much easier if you just stick with fresh stuff, but my mind doesn’t work that way. So, we cut out gluten, dairy, soy, corn, peanuts, eggs and sugar, to include artificial sweeteners. Ms. Virgin is also a big supporter of no processed food and no GMOs. Some of this wasn’t too bad for us. We don’t eat soy or artificial sweeteners. We also eat almost no processed food, so none of the artificial stuff would be a problem. We eat almost no fried food, so that also isn’t a problem. My problem is I miss cheese and sugar! I will get over it, I know. It’s only day 5. I have lost 5 pounds, probably from skipping my afternoon coke and whatever sugary snack I wanted for the day. I know we are eating way more fruits and vegetables, which is really great for us.
Of course, we are trying new foods. My husband is not a big fan of trying new things. He is an Idaho boy and was raised on meat and potatoes. That’s what he wants. He is being a great sport on this diet. Our first new food was Quinoa. I have heard of it before and I have heard that people really like it. I figured out how to cook it in a rice cooker, just like white rice by the way, and I decided to add some stuff to help us out.
I started with quinoa, sea salt and chicken broth.
I added in some chopped broccoli and a chopped carrot for color and to sneak in a few more veggies.
When it was done, I served it with some green beans (more veggies) and seasoned turkey breast. It was actually quite good, I was surprised. The picture is a bit blurry. I think the hunger pangs were getting to me by this point. By the way, this recipe is gluten free!
Here is the recipe:
Quinoa and Fresh Vegetables
2 cups chicken broth (I use Swanson’s, I think it’s the best)
1 cup Quinoa
1 tsp sea salt
2 cups fresh chopped broccoli
1 carrot chopped
Put all of the ingredients in the rice cooker and turn it on. When the rice cooker goes off, let it steam for five more minutes, then fluff with a fork. Serve.
Below is a picture of my little sister (the instigator) and I. She is on the right. Isn’t she pretty?!
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