So much for the Engine2 diet...
Friday, May 24, 2019
After rhapsodizing (is that a word?) on end about the Engine2 diet, I'm here to report that I dropped out already. I made a couple of their recipes and they weren't good, in my opinion. I went to the Online Coaches who are supposed to be ready and available, and it took 3 hours and an additional prompt to get a response.
I made Kidney Bean Burgers and sweet potato fries entirely without oil. The burgers wouldn't hold together until I overcooked them. The fries, with some broth to moisten, never got soft. It ruined my evening.
So my smiling face is not smiling. I told my husband about the girl at work mimicking my smiling like it was over the top, and the maintenance guy at work called me "Smiley" yesterday. I've developing a serious complex, LOL. I woke up thinking, whether you are friendly or unfriendly, someone is always going to criticize you. My husband says I am too sensitive, and I know he's right, but it doesn't help. I walked downstairs this morning to him in the kitchen after I dressed, and I was singing, "Smile, when your heart is aching..." which got a laugh.
So now I am listening to chakra music as I work. My TMJ flared up again, and I have pain in the side of my head.
We have a night crew who does the same work as us, 2 women, and one is out on extended sick leave. The other just hurt her back and cannot work indefinitely. And we are short on day staff. They were interviewing but came up with nothing. No one who works here already wants to apply for the job. I feel incredibly stressed out. I went out after work yesterday and did food shopping so I won't have to go today before the long weekend: CHAOS will be reigning at all major food stores.
The thing is, I was trying to cut back on cooking and do some easier meals. My husband didn't like the food, so I went back to experimenting with recipes. I find it hard to find 2 minutes for myself. I come home, and am in kitchen for most of evening. When I finally sit down in living room, our cat whines and will scratch my husband's speakers if I don't lie down on the floor immediately and brush and pet her. Of course, I enjoy the cat and love her lots, but still!
I'm having issues dealing with stress, you could say. And I tell my husband I got veg burgers and hotdogs for the weekend, and he asks, "Did you get sauerkraut?" No, I did not. I got cabbage to make coleslaw. "Awwwwwww...I like sauerkraut." No comment from me.
Anyway, the Engine2 Diet is a good choice, but I found some of the rules too difficult. No oil to cook with. No shakes or bars. No vegan products, such as Daiya cheese. I'm still reeling from giving up hamburgers, cheese, and ice cream, a person can only take so much. So I cancelled the program.
I'm back to creating my own menus from my vegan cookbook collection. I will take some of the Engine2 principles with me, such as adding volume to my diet with low density caloric foods, and cutting way back on oils.
Thanks again, Sparkies, for your support!!