Vegan cookies and P90X
Hello and happy new year, everyone!
Though I miss the 105degrees Academy already, it does feel good to be back home in good ol’ Kansas City.
(Matt ate a Mediterranean veggie flatbread sandwich with a cup of tomato bisque.)
I set aside all the packages I had waiting for me when I got home (boy, am I behind on reviews!), to be dealt with at a later date.
Well, except for one. When I saw I’d received a review copy of Kelly Peloza‘s new book The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur: Over 140 Simply Delicious Recipes That Treat the Eyes and Taste Buds, I couldn’t resist going on a Christmas cookie baking spree.
On Christmas Eve, I baked three big batches of cookies, including these jam-filled Vanilla Thumbprints (page 144)…
…iced Eggnog Cookies (page 18), which I think were my favorite!…
…and big, maple-sweetened Bakery-Style Chocolate Chip Cookies (page 208), though I used chocolate-caramel swirl chips.
I’d thought that Isa and Terry’s Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar was the vegan cookie bible, but it looks like I may have been wrong. Kelly’s Vegan Cookie Connoisseur might just take the cake! (Or cookie.)
I balanced out my high doses of sugar with meals like these Singapore Curry Noodles from Bo Ling’s, an excellent local restaurant.
And then…2011 hit. January 1st came and went. Now, I’m not the resolution-making type, but Matt and I had formulated and solidified a plan before I’d returned from Oklahoma City, and the fact that we aimed to start it the first week of January was just a coincidence. But hey, the overall “fresh start” approach can’t hurt, right?
See, here’s the thing. I haven’t been terribly happy with my body ever since returning from my crazy European adventure. That was quite awhile ago, but a nagging knee injury developed shortly thereafter which has left me unable to run to this day. I haven’t even been able to comfortably complete a 5k, let alone continue running marathons. Although I still work out daily, it’s hard, if not impossible, to match the calorie burn of running. Attending raw chef school, though it’s the best thing I’ve ever done for myself, and eating a higher-fat, higher-calorie diet for two months left me with a few more extra pounds (more about that in an upcoming post). All in all, I’m fed up (literally and figuratively), and ready for a change.
So what is it we’re doing? P90X!
I’m sure you’ve all seen the infomercials. I actually did about 6 weeks of P90X last winter, and I enjoyed it, but I took a break when Matt and I went to Los Angeles, and never resumed it. But when Matt expressed interest a couple months ago, I started pondering the idea of giving it another go, with the goal of completing the full cycle AND tweaking my diet accordingly—something I was unwilling to do last year. But when I heard that Tony Horton recently went vegan, and that Beach Body has now released a vegan-modified version of the P90X diet plan, I was in.
So Matt and I wrote out daily and monthly schedules. We brainstormed meal plans. We bought a weight set on Craigslist…
…aaand we pigged out the whole last week of December. I admit it.
Little-known fact about me: I used to be a personal trainer. For about a year after college, I worked at a 24-Hour Fitness, and it was the only time in my life that I’ve eaten a high-protein diet. Though I was not yet vegan at the time (I was “almost vegetarian”—more about my “food journey” in an upcoming post, too), I still only rarely ate meat, and it just so happens that that summer, I was at the lowest weight of my adult life.
Long story short, although I’m now leery of higher-protein diets (China Study, anyone?!), I agreed to try it, and to coordinate Matt’s and my meal plans according to the “official” vegan P90X diet guidelines. This means that for the next month, we’ll be getting 30-35% of our daily calories from protein (which is SO much better than the carnivorous version, which recommends eating a ridiculous 50% protein, mostly from animal sources—no way!). In month two, the protein percentage will drop a bit, and month three will take it down to a more reasonable 20%.
This is a huge change from my recent almost-all-raw diet. But so far, I feel good about it. Hooray for being a human guinea pig!
Not that I’m excluding raw food—certainly not. I’m a raw chef, for crying out loud! At the very least, I’m consuming green smoothies and raw fruit every single day. My nut intake is what I’m temporarily cracking (no pun intended) down on, though I still haven’t completely subverted my appetite for raw treats. In fact, this week I made raw mini cinnamon rolls (shown here ready to be cut) with vanilla icing, yum! Don’t fret, there is PLENTY more raw goodness to come on this blog.
QUESTION: What do you guys think of this vegan P90X stuff?
Does it interest you, or bore you? I’m trying to figure out how much to talk about it during these three months. Do any of you want to hear about my meal plans (which have taken a ton of work to plan and execute!), or how I’m progressing in the program, or anything like that?