WFPB Vegan Weekly Meal Plan

I took a mini vacation and left my vegan diet at home.  Apparently dairy is a gateway food (drug) to becoming an omnivore again. It started with a latte at the airport and finally ended with delicious wild salmon over greens. I enjoyed the company of friends without obsessing about my diet choices and I’m…

Whole Food Plant Based Menu

What’s in the box? This week’s menu was inspired by my CSA boxes of fruits and vegetables.  Perhaps you start your meal plan by purchasing a source of meat and then add vegetables as an after thought. Try starting with your vegetables and create a meal around them by adding a plant based protein.  Can…

Whole Food Plant Based Menu

Menu planning is critical for success with any healthy eating plan and is particularly helpful with a vegan, whole food plant based diet. I see what’s in my CSA box and plan accordingly. Chic pea quiche with nut crust Caramelized Onion, garlic pizza.  This pizza looks perfect but I want to add sun-dried tomato and…

Vegan Ground “Beef” Recipe, Soy and Nut Free

Eating a whole food plant based diet is not a sacrifice for me but I occasionally want a more familiar comfort food, like burgers or tacos. I haven’t liked the highly processed vegan meat substitutes that are available in the grocery store. My gut doesn’t love soy and many of the substitutes have soy and…

The Whole Food Plant Based Diet Menu

I know, I know. Yes, I was on the BrightLine Eating Plan last month and now I’m telling you that I’m on a whole food plant based diet. I actually got a little obsessive about my eating on BrightLine so I stopped. I’ve lost 7 pounds with just the WFPB diet with no obsessing. Go…

Lentil Quinoa Vegan Meatballs and Vegan Parmesan

Lentil Quinoa Vegan Meatballs and Vegan Parmesan Instructions: Microwave onions and garlic in the olive oil for 2 minutes. Combine Flax egg, 1 cup of lentils, quinoa and spices. Pulse in the food processor until it forms a loose paste, don’t over process. Stir in onions, garlic and remaining lentils. Let chill 30 minutes. Form…

BrightLine Pescatarian Menu

A Healthy Diet in Progress As you probably can guess, we eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables but in Mexico it seems as though we eat more meat too. Chicken, pork and beef are on the menu most weeks. We eat small portions, 4-6 ounces at dinner but I still think it’s too much…

BrightLine Menu, Maintenance

Recipes from the Web for inspiration: Thai Basil Chicken by Martha You can skip the sugar or throw in a squeeze of orange juice but I don’t think it’s necessary. Serve over cauliflower rice. Grilled Mexican Chicken Vegetable Kabobs   These look perfect for a Baja inspired meal with chicken, cumin, cilantro, lime, zucchini, red peppers,…

BrightLine Eating and Perfectionism

Week 3 in BrightLine Bootcamp musings: I’m in Week 3 of BrightLine Eating and let me confess, I’m not perfect. In general I’m a perfectionist which was critical to get through medical school and an asset for a surgeon, but can torpedo my best intentions. The most successful BrightLiners claim to never break their lines…

BrightLine Eating, Bootcamp and Beyond

Bootcamp Week 2 I joined the BrightLine Bootcamp, which is a fee based 10 week online course. I was really successful in the BrightLine 14 day challenge, I lost 1-2 pounds a week without a lot of effort. I would like to lose another 20 pounds so I joined the Bootcamp for motivation. I like…