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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!!
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    I am with WARRIORSUE---In saying, What the Hell is wrong with people anymore?" … And WHO do they think they are to mock or laugh at someone for their smile or anything else? … That is just plain mean---and I do not think you are too sensitive. However, I find the person who did this to be catty and downright rude!!
    148 days ago
    Check out the Medeterranean Diet. (sp) I think this is very easy to follow and has been named the healthiest diet around. You can go mostly vegetarian or otherwise. I have been having health problems and very anemic, need more protein so am giving it a try. I don't eat red meat or chicken, but do eat fish and other sea food. I feel a lot more energetic and satisfied. Good luck on your quest for the perfect diet for you. emoticon
    149 days ago
    Keep on being you my friend! emoticon
    You will conquer the recipes and menus! emoticon
    emoticon emoticon When stress
    sets in remember to breathe! emoticon
    149 days ago
    Every darn version of WFPBNO is the same for me. I can't quit using oil.

    Have you read or heard about Blue Zones? Finding the healthiest, most long-lived people on the planet and noting the commonalities? I like their perspective, including all aspects of the lives of people beyond diet and activities. I like the flexibility that shows one can absolutely be a strong, healthy vegan or vegetarian but that some also do well with a little fish or small amount of meat.

    You know, and the oil. :)

    I wish you every happiness on your continued journey and hope to read more about your experiences.
    149 days ago
  • LINDA!
    It isn't easy to diet. I have done WW in the past which I like. When I was going to their meetings I liked the fact that I could eat ANYTHING as long as I counted my points. I know that it has changed in recent years, from the point system. But it was easier for me to just eat ordinary food and count the points. Losing weight is not easy.
    149 days ago

    I'm just shaking my head. What the hell is wrong with people who have a problem with someone SMILING?

    Don't stop doing that, LOL.
    149 days ago
    emoticon I love reading about your "adventures" in the recipe game.
    150 days ago
    Good for you Sue; food has to taste good as well as look good and some dishes require a small amount of oil in order to be successful (stir fry for one, I use a 1/2tsp of coconut oil so season my wok and get the garlic, ginger and onions cooking, later I add very small amounts of veggie broth). In the scheme of things that wee bit of oil, once or twice a week, is not going to affect my overall health or yours either.
    I feel for you on the work issues but know that maintaining healthy eating habits will help you to cope with the nonsense and stress. emoticon
    150 days ago
    Hmmmmm . . . I sorta solved the food complaining w/DH by having him help me on the weekends to cook at least 2 meals that will be ready for the week or put together a meal kit. Either way, seems like when he's put some of his time into meal prep, he's more on board.

    HUGS and keep smiling. It really does keep people wondering what you're up to. It's too bad people find such ridiculous things to complain about or mock. They are very insecure!!
    150 days ago
    You are very busy!
    150 days ago
    Best wishes! I never heard of Engine 2 and now, I don't plan to look it up.

    I usually create my own recipes, anyway, always have. Now just without meat or dairy.
    150 days ago
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