So, week 2 of 2017, how are your new year diets going?
The wife's got me doing a diet called Engine 2 (so called because the guy who came up with it is a firefighter). We're doing a particularly restrictive version of it called the 7-Day Challenge. I'm already vegan, and I'm used to eating a vegan diet. I say this to give some perspective. A vegan diet is something which most people who eat a normal diet would have a hard time adjusting to. For me, it is normal and not much of a problem, but this Engine 2 thing extremely restrictive to me. That's just to show how extreme I think this diet is. I would almost say Engine 2 is as far beyond vegan as vegan is beyond a normal diet.
This is like every negative, unpleasant stereotype of diets rolled into one. It doesn't taste good, doesn't fill you up, a PitA to make meals, a PitA to even figure out what you're allowed to have (so many restrictions/ingredients you have to look out for). And eating out, forget it, unless you want a salad with no dressing or plain steamed vegetables or a naked baked potato.
It is vegan (which as noted above is hard enough), but also prohibits or heavily restricts oil, salt, sugar...basically anything that could possibly make food enjoyable in any way. I half wonder if that is the secret underlying goal, to make you so unenthusiastic about food that you lose weight because you can't stand the thought of another piece of unsalted broccoli cooked only in its own juices.
It's almost over though (as the name says, it's a 7 day challenge). I definitely will not be continuing this diet when the challenge is over, but there are actually a couple of good things I will take away from it.
-I said I was vegan above, but to be honest I'm really only about 90% (100% at home but when eating out there are sometimes no good options). After this, I think sticking to a diet that is merely 100% vegan will be a pleasure
-Since the only salad dressing you are allowed to have is balsamic vinegar (without oil), which I hate, I have learned to make a couple of homemade dressings combining balsamic vinegar with other (Engine 2 approved) ingredients, one of which I actually like so much I think I could see myself not buying store-bought dressings anymore (although I draw the line at bringing my own dressing to restaurants, I will not be one of those people)
-I learned that you can make a delicious pasta sauce by putting various vegetables (I've tried spinach and squash so far) into a blender/food processor along with a little milk (non-dairy of course) or vegetable broth and some spices. Makes sense, I guess that's pretty much what marinara/spaghetti sauce is. But it's so easy, heat up a box of frozen spinach, put in food processor with a very small amount of almond milk, a garlic clove, and a little salt, and you've got a delicious sauce.
-I've lost 8 lbs this week
So how are your diets going?
Passive aggressive and emotionally unavailable (whatever that means)
Last edited by Joey2k; 01-09-2017 at 12:18 PM.