November 1st, 2008


McDougall Program Day 1

As I mentioned a couple weeks back, boyziggy and I are following the 12 Day McDougall Program, a very lowfat vegan diet, beginning today. I will document our daily meals and exercise here. I don't expect to lose much weight in only a 12 day period; we're undertaking this more as a cleanse for both of us, and a way for me to transition from my day job by having a goal: not only sticking to the diet, but also doing lots of healthy cooking. After the 12 days we'll decide how much of the diet to stick to; I hope to remain vegan, but will probably add back some higher-fat plant products, and occasional caffeine and alcohol.

Breakfast for me: Oatmeal with mashed banana and almond milk*, vanilla rooibos tea with almond milk and sugar.

Breakfast for Ziggy: Earl Grey tea** with almond milk and sugar, 1 small soy mocha, 1/2 whole-wheat bagel.

Lunch for me: Bean and corn soup (refried beans, corn, vegetable broth, salsa), 1 slice whole-wheat toast with cornmeal spread.

Lunch for Ziggy: Kale-cucumber-lemon juice with wheatgrass, kale salad, quinoa, sprouts and veggies with tahini sauce.***

Snack for me: Hot chocolate (fat- and caffeine-free Wonderslim cocoa, almond milk, sugar), 1 slice whole-wheat bread with cornmeal spread.

Dinner for me: Pinto beans and brown rice with salsa, broccoli with lemon juice and nutritional yeast, 1/2 of a reduced-sugar orange soda, rooibos chai tea with almond milk and sugar.

Dinner for Ziggy: Leftover lunch, another green juice, bean and corn soup, 2 cups Earl Grey tea with soymilk.

Exercise for me: 3.5 miles roundtrip walking to/from bass lesson (approximately 1 hour 15 minutes).

Starting weights: Me, 145 pounds, Ziggy, 194 pounds. I'd like to lose about 20 pounds total; Ziggy would like to get down to 170 or so. Obviously we aren't going to lose anywhere near that much in the 12 days; 1-2 pounds a week is a reasonable amount.

Feelings: I feel pretty good today, though I had a dip in energy mid-afternoon and took a long nap. Ziggy got little sleep as he couldn't get a cab after a party last night and had to walk home from the Mission in the rain at 2:30 in the morning, poor guy, and he's working 9 a.m. - 11 p.m. today, so he's feeling like crap.

Tomorrow I plan to go shopping and buy more rice, potatoes, yams, and other things. It feels good to be cooking again...

* Nuts are not actually allowed on the 12 day diet, but see this forum thread for my rationale on using almond milk anyway.

** Ziggy's not quite ready to cut out caffeine yet, and had very little sleep last night.

*** Tahini isn't allowed on the diet either as it contains high-fat sesame seeds; Ziggy's easing into this program as he's working very long hours and I haven't had a chance to do a lot of cooking for us yet.