Spring had got me good. After some traveling and major indulging, I needed a reset. Instead of doing my go-to juice cleanse, I decided to do a whole foods, plant-based diet without oil. I needed a lot of energy for my workouts so I figured this would be perfect!
I originally got the idea from reading an article in Harper’s Bazaar which you can find here. After looking through the meal plan, I got really excited because all of the recipes sounded great ( and easy!). I began to look more into it and watched the documentary Forks Over Knives on Netflix which I highly recommend.
I try to eat vegan the majority of the time or at least until dinner but never thought about omitting oil from my diet completely. While I had planned to do it for 9 days, the weekend happened and I got sick 🙁 so I ended up breaking down for some comfort soups and snacks con oil.
I want to give you an outline of my 3 days because I know a lot of us can’t commit to 9 days right off the bat. I think 3 days was a perfect amount of time to get the hang of it and see if it is something you can integrate into your life. However, 3 days is not enough time to make you magically drop 15 pounds and feel like a new person ( I wish! ). But I do believe that after 3 days, you will really enjoy how you feel and love the foods you eat, that you’ll want to continue again. Most importantly, you will realize how much oil we actually do eat in our everyday lives. I had no clue until I started that almost everything I ate had some oil in it. Now, not to shun out all oil completely for the rest of your life because I do believe there are great benefits in some oils. This is a great experiment to show how much you can do without it and maybe later you’ll just add it in when you need it 😉
The inspired meal plan from Harper’s Bazaar was great but I wanted something a little simpler and less time consuming. More leisurely ya know 😉 I repeated some meals and used extra ingredients from the night before for the next night’s meal. I was also only making my meals for one! Something to think about when you plan your recipes.
As I walked down the aisles of my grocery store, my routine of what I usually bought had to go! I couldn’t even get my Justin’s honey almond butter and organic seaweed snacks 🙁 I didn’t realize that absolutely everything in a package was pretty much a no go even the “healthy” ones. I was stuck to the outer skirts of the grocery store which is probably where I should be.
Note : Vegetable broth will become your best friend so make sure to get make or buy a good amount! Also make sure its low-sodium and preferably organic but that’s up to you! Homemade broths are so simple to make I would make your own and freeze it. Here is a great recipe substitute the water for oil 🙂
Hot lemon water with cayenne pepper
Ancient Grain oatmeal- I’m weird and like my oatmeal salty. I have no idea why but I’ve been like that since I was a kid. So I just put a sprinkle of himalayan pink salt or I’m sure you can add a teaspoon of local raw honey.
Green Berry Smoothie- Kale, almond milk, blueberries, Acai, spirulina.
Sprouted ezekiel bread with avocado
Stuffed Green Peppers– This recipe yielded for 6 but you can change it. I was just eating for one so I pre-made a cup of quinoa that way I could use some for the next day’s meal. You can buy Eden organic no salt black beans or you can soak and make them yourself. I also saved some black beans for the next night.
All you need is your quinoa, black beans and green pepper. And then season with cumin, dried oregano, garlic and chili powder. I went very very light on the tomato. I just added half of a Roma tomato for a little flavor because I don’t like tomatoes that much.
2 small manilla mangos or a cup of any fresh seasonal fruits 🙂
Breakfast- option of green smoothie, oatmeal or avocado toast.
Lunch– Time to use your leftovers! Yay!
Sprouted Tacos- You can find oil free engine 2 hummus at your local whole foods.
Spread hummus with quinoa and black beans. Sauté kale with vegetable broth, and top your taco off with your wanted condiments: tomato, onions, jalepeno, avocado! Tip: make these the night before with your green peppers and wrap them up for work/school the next day!
I found this amazing recipe! It is paleo so you will have to omit the bacon fat or lard obviously and switch out the oil for vegetable broth. It is delicious! I guarantee you won’t have any leftovers! Even better… you can eat plates of this pasta because it’s totally guilt-free.
Green juice + arugula salad with lemon and avocado for dressing
Sprouted almonds and a banana
Brown rice pasta with sweet potato sauce– This makes ALOT of sauce. I recommend cutting the recipe in half or 3/4 and using your red pepper and sweet potato for other things. Note: it was delicious but not that great for leftovers.
If you’re not a fan of sweet potato you could try the same sauce as the zucchini pasta but with the brown rice pasta.. it’s delicious as well!
plantbasedonabudget.com is a great idea reference and very simple.
I had a great experience for my first time doing this so much that I’m still going! I love knowing that I’m putting all natural things into my body I don’t have to limit myself so much. I hope you will consider it if you have not tried already. How was your experience while you did it? I would love to hear your experience and favorite recipes!