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Ani Phyo’s 15-Day Fat-Blast Review: Phase 3, Day 7: Wow!

Sun-Brewed Green Tea

Sun-Brewed Green Tea

… in which we return to Ani’s program — Day 14 of 15 — today, tomorrow and we’re done!!

We had so much on our plate this week, it’s been crazy.  And stressful, which is how Ani introduces Day 14 — why stress matters and how it affects us, and how important it is that we take a moment to review the stressors in our lives:

“Do what you can to lessen the things that stress you. As we already know, stress increases production of that fat-promoting hormone, cortisol. When cortisol levels go up, we store belly fat, and that’s not good. We can’t avoid stress entirely in life, but how we frame and perceive our world affects whether we find it stressful or exciting. How will you look at your world? And when it’s overwhelming what do you do to combat that feeling? The best remedy I’ve found to combat stress is exercise—even taking a break from work and stretching for 5 or 10 minutes can really help me feel energized and refocused. What works for you?”

BREAKFAST:  Beauty Berry Shake

 

SNACK:  Beauty Berry Shake or Trail Mix Cookies:

Ani’s instructions:  “Combine almonds, cinnamon, and salt in food processor. Pulse into chunks. Add walnuts and pulse into chunks. Add dates, raisins [or goji berries], sunflower seeds, and maca, and pulse to mix well. If your batter is not sticking together, add a splash of water or another medjool date to help it bind together. Or, if it’s too sticky, add a bit more of the dry ingredients to get that perfect batter consistency. Scoop about 1½ to 2 tablespoons of dough onto a sheet tray lined with parchment paper. Flatten into cookies. Cookies will keep for several weeks or longer stored in an airtight container in the fridge, or even longer in freezer (thaw before eating).”

LUNCH:  Cumin Slaw with Coconut Miso Sauce

“Dressing will keep for many weeks in your fridge. The coconut oil will harden in the fridge, so warm the dressing to room temperature before using by placing in a bowl of hot water, or take it out and place on your counter an hour before using.”

SNACK:  Beauty Berry Shake

DINNER:  Mushroom Rolls with Root Rice

“Marinating mushrooms in tamari will help them wilt and “cook” down after about 10 minutes. This concentrates the flavor as it would if you were to sauté them while cooking.”

 

SNACK:  ½ avocado, or small handful of nuts

ANI SAYSWoohoo! One more day to go. How does that feel?  Tomorrow is the last day, and if nothing more important comes along, in the next couple of days we’ll add some final, sample bits and pieces of nutiritional information that Ani includes in her book.  There will be no more recipes but we’ll include some names of dishes that are in the book in our ongoing encouragement to get you to buy the book because folks, it’s worth it.

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4 comments on “Ani Phyo’s 15-Day Fat-Blast Review: Phase 3, Day 7: Wow!

  1. Erika
    2012/06/21

    The first three days were hell and I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me because everyone who had been doing this made no mention of being hungry (didn’t you all say that you couldn’t even eat everything?!) and I was starving! I’m 5″3, 123 pounds so it wasn’t about weight loss as much as about resetting my palate, but I lost 7 pounds in the first three days, which seems like too much. I was too exhausted to exercise, but now, the fourth day, I am full after every meal, loved the salad at lunch and have tons of energy. So I’ll keep going and I’m curious to see what you all thought about it overall now that you’re almost done.

    • nothingbutgoodstuff
      2012/06/22

      Hi Erika, so glad you chimed in! This is Dee, and I’m right around your height. When I drop below 130 (which hasn’t happened in over a decade), people comment that I look too thin… So it seems to me that losing seven pounds in three days can easily leave you feeling hungry and lacking in energy. What kept me full were any of the shakes that included a banana, these have always been my favorite, and the hemp protein powder made a difference in my levels of energy. On days when I only prepared two options, they were definitely banana-based shakes intensive. It took me a few times of starting over to get into a workable groove, and I’m still in three-peat mode. So that was my first line of defense. Two other tools I used: 1. I added a small avocado to the veggie shakes that felt too thin. Beside being much more filling, it really helped with elimination 😉 2. A heaping teaspoon of coconut manna was helpful with both the sugar cravings and the need to feel fuller. I happen to love coconut, so it was a real treat, and since most days included coconut oil, I used a portion of the recommended amount in the form of coconut manna. Whole Foods Market are actually really good about taking back a product if you don’t like it, so if you haven’t tried it yet there’s very little risk involved. There’s something about the fiber and the slight sweetness that naturally occurs in coconut that I find really satisfying. Beyond that — you’re doing awesome! We loved how you phrased it — “resetting your palate” — what a great goal, and what a boost to your health! I didn’t believe at first that the difference between eating a mostly vegetarian diet (lots of dairy, eggs, and wheat) and eating a raw vegan diet would be so remarkable, but it is. I was also inspired by Rosie’s comment and tasted kelp noodles the other day, and that’s definitely going to be a staple for me. Ani’s recipes have their distinct flavor profile, and I’m really looking forward to expanding my menu when we begin to cover Mimi Kirk’s cuisine. This is shaping up to be one truly transformative summer, so please write back and tell us how you’re coming along. Onward and upward! 🙂

  2. Those shakes sound super yummy!

    • nothingbutgoodstuff
      2012/09/02

      .
      Thank you, Larissa! Let us know if you’ve tried any! Will we see you on NaBloPoMo this September?

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