As I taught yesterday, I kept that word PLAY-OUT in the forefront of my mind, and I think everyone should mentally think play, instead of work and perhaps the whole idea of daily play-outs will become a whole lot more desirable, than a daily workout. I mean, think about it…how many times a day do YOU get to really do things for YOU?
Last night I sauteed some Gardein Chicken Scallopini for the first time. I made just one cutlet because although its only 90 calories, its high in sodium. I cut it up and put it on top of a salad and it was perfect. Since I have a lot of cutlets in the freezer, I may do the same tonight, in quantity, and make a huge salad and make that the main course for Vegan Feast Thursday. Trying hard to buy and cook foods that are seasonal and local, I will probably opt for a side of corn on the cob, since they are quite abundant (and hence inexpensive at 10 for $3.00, this week). Fruit is plentiful and I will put out a big bowl of assorted summer fruits and ??????
Alicia Silverstone’s site, The Kind Life, posted a great article about protein needs this week (June 28th) and I think that ANYONE who thinks they NEED protein from animal products should read it and you can find the link to her site on my links page. When someone says they are a vegan (or veganish) the first question is always “But where do you get your protein from?” In short, we really do get all the protein we need from vegetables and grains. Really. Too much animal protein tends to cause illness in our bodies, while vegetable protein does not. If you are eating a diet rich in vegetables and grains, you can be sure you are getting all the amino acids (which is really what we get from protein) you need. If you are eating nuts, beans or tofu once a day, you are getting more than enough. If you don’t feel confident in believing me, or Alicia, read The China Study or Diet for a New America, or try to find the movie Forks Over Knives somewhere. If you eat a diet consisting of half vegetables and fruits, one quarter grain and one quarter protein, you are actually eating a protein rich meal. Hah, that’s exactly the way the new food plate (which replaced the pyramid) looks!
So load up on veggies and be guilt free! Eat all the veggies you want, watch the pounds come off and be healthy. It’s a win/win situation for you weight wise and health wise…and it’s a win for the animals, too. As I always say, what’s good for us is also good for the world at large.
- Whats Protein anyway? (feelgoodgetnaked.wordpress.com)