95% Plant Powered

It is my goal for my diet to be 95% plant based. The last time I changed to a plant based diet I was focused on eliminating animal protein. This time I want to focus on what I am eating. I like to read/watch Chris Wark occasionally. And something he said stuck in my brain. Totally paraphrasing “If you are eating 10-15 servings of fruit and veggies everyday, you don’t have room for junk.” So, instead of trying to find vegan substitutes for meat, I am going to enjoy eating fresh fruits and vegetables. At every meal I want to have 3 to 5 servings of fruit and veggies. Green smoothies for breakfast. Salads for lunch. What have I been eating for dinner? Seriously, I should think about that.  Okay, Monday I made burgers, used a Minimalist Baker recipe (here), Tuesday I made chili, and Wednesday we had leftovers. Last week I made my husband halibut cakes and I had zucchini patties. I also did a mixed grill over the weekend. Chicken, shrimp and sausages for the meat eaters and zucchini, bell peppers, onions and beets for me. I ate those veggies on top of couscous. Writing about all this food is making me hungry! My green smoothies is wearing thin. I better think about a salad for lunch.

Yummy Salad

2 cups leaf lettuce
1 cup baby greens
1/4 cup shredded red cabbage
1/4 cup leftover brown rice
1 leftover grilled beet (pickled works too!)
1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons almonds roughly chopped (pick a flavor for more fun! I like smoked almonds)

I really hope I can keep this up. So, 95% means I’m going to focus on plant based foods, but occasionally I will eat fish, eggs, maybe some chicken. I will have turkey on Thanksgiving. Can I do this until Thanksgiving? Yes! Good attitude! Eating salad can get old after awhile, but so can being unhealthy and feeling miserable.

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Guilty Pleasures

Guilty pleasures…that sounds way more scandalous than anything I’ll be writing about. Although, I do feel a little bit guilty about my love of artificial scents.
I know that summer is over because I’m out of my Bath and Body Works Coconut Cove soap. And I am looking forward to getting Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte hand soap. I am usually a crunchy, D-I-Y kinda girl, but I love, LOVE stuff that smells good. Don’t judge, I also love Scentsy. I know there are so many wonderful natural scents I could have (I own a diffuser), but when my house smells like Vanilla Bean Buttercream, I am happy.
I am so excited about Fall flavors and scents! I love apple cider. I know everyone has been pumpkin crazy for years, but to me, apple cider means Fall is here. I will have a pan on the back burner with cider, cinnamon sticks and cloves simmering away. I will also have a Cider Mill Scentsy going.

What are your favorite scents? Do you like essential oils or do you sometimes crave candy-sweet fragrances?