A Week of my [Nearly] Vegetable-Only Diet

A Week of my [Nearly] Vegetable-Only Diet

As promised, I have tracked my food for one week and am going to show you what my meals look like on my plant-based, no processed, mostly vegetable diet.

But first…

The Problem

Let me tell you a story.

Yesterday, I was in the Panera drive-thru ordering three chocolate chip cookies for my kids [it was flu shot day], and the employee tells me that it is cheaper to buy four cookies than it is to buy three. So, of course, I order four cookies.

The problem is, I only have three kids who are old enough to eat cookies. I’m not sure what I was expecting to happen to the fourth cookie…

But I definitely ate it, despite telling myself that it could just sit there uneaten all day.

That cookie was 440 calories!!!! That is more than a THIRD of my total caloric goal FOR THE DAY! ONE COOKIE!

No wonder so many of us have trouble managing our weight.

So that brings me to the veggie diet.

The [Nearly] Vegetable-Only Diet

Some things I need to mention:

1. I am not pretending to be a dietician or nutritionist.

2. I aim for between 1,100-1,200 calories per day, which is less than I need because I am trying to lose weight. But I always eat when I am hungry and never eat less than 1,000 calories. This is also a CARB HEAVY diet.

3. There are some foods I eat that I don’t track such as some raw vegetables that have very little caloric value and I don’t measure and track the olive oil I use for cooking. So my total calorie amount is higher than what my tracker shows. [I didn’t take pictures of my snacks which varied and usually made up about 300 calories each day.]

4. I exercise every day – usually twice, sometimes three times…so this helps me with weight loss. [Hence, the large amount of carbs I eat.]

5. This is baby weight.

Ok, so here we go:

Day 1

Brown rice, black beans, peppers and onions for dinner. 100% vegan and made from scratch. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Day 2

Eggs with sweet potato and black bean hash for dinner. Otherwise, vegan and made from scratch.

Day 3

Egg for lunch. Spaghetti squash with homemade tomato sauce for dinner. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Day 4

A random assortment of vegetables for dinner. 100% vegan and made from scratch. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Day 5

Grilled chicken with roasted Brussels sprouts, asparagus, and squash.

Day 6

Vegetable frittata for lunch [made by Brett!!], and homemade vegetable stew for dinner. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Day 7

Leftover sweet potato and black bean hash, with vegan Parmesan. 100% vegan whole foods made from scratch. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Before and After

I lost five pounds and I never went hungry.

As you can see, I like oatmeal for breakfast and salad for lunch. What can I say? I like routine.

One week postpartum and earlier today.

Here is our family photo a week after Nora was born:

And here is me with the kids tonight before going out trick-or-treating:

[By the way, how adorable are these kids?!?]

And the week is over just in time to enjoy Halloween!

Now, it’s time to go eat some candy!

Confession: I definitely fall into the 44% category!

Who is with me?

๐Ÿญ ๐Ÿญ ๐Ÿญ


16 thoughts on “A Week of my [Nearly] Vegetable-Only Diet

    1. Good! Iโ€™m not the only one!!!! ๐Ÿ˜† I donโ€™t know many other vegetable lovers, so itโ€™s nice to hear Iโ€™m not alone ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  1. Karis – I received your delivery today … you are so sweet! I have yet to try my Chocolonely bar yet because I might have (totally did) overdid it on the Halloween Candy today! Seems like you had a great week with your diet! I too like to have a routine with my daily eats because it makes it EASY to have things prepped! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. I ate too much candy too! ๐Ÿคฃ I am a total kid on Halloween! And I agree, a routine makes it easier to prep and prep makes it easier to eat well. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Enjoy the chocolate whenever you get around to it! ๐Ÿ˜Š


    1. Hi, Tereza! Welcome! Thank you for reading! Iโ€™m working on fixing the content organization and search features of my blog, but there currently isnโ€™t a way to search by topic. Iโ€™m so sorry! For now, you should be able to click one of the tags at the bottom of a post to show all others with the same tag – but I will try to provide a way to search by topic. Iโ€™m clearly not the savviest blogger ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ thanks for bringing it to my attention tho so I can fix it!

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    1. I had a bit of a set back during the holidays ๐Ÿ˜ but I did reach my pre-pregnancy weight. Hoping to go down another pant size (probably about 7 more pounds). I am planning to post about my fitness plan in the next โ€œmotherhoodโ€ post. I donโ€™t know if you are wanting advice, but i find it really helpful to track what Iโ€™m eating when I am trying to lose weight. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป 10-15 lbs in a year is a great goal because it is attainable and gradual. Let me know how it goes!

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      1. I workout 5 times a week so I got that down itโ€™s more the cleaning up of my diet . I just might have to track for a while. Are you still eating mostly plants ?

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      2. Yes, I only eat meat a few times a week. I rarely have dairy. I feel a lot better that way. If you donโ€™t already have a way to track your food, I recommend MyFitnessPal which is a free app. Sounds like you are really disciplined with the exercise so you can do it!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

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      3. I will look you up! My favorite way to eat vegan [besides the vegetable soup I posted about recently] is Mexican. We have a meatless Mexican meal about once a week. Also, Pinterest is a great place to find meatless meal ideas!

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