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P90X Week 2: getting into a routine

January 16, 2011

Matt and I have reached the 2-week mark in our P90X odyssey, so I have another week’s worth of meals to share with you. (By the way, if you’re starting a home workout program of your own soon, here are some Finishline promo codes to help you save on some new fitness gear!)

We started every day, as always, with a fruit-greens-protein smoothie (RAW; see here for more details on that). Here’s what else I ate.

Breakfast: Leftover tofu-cauliflower frittata
Lunch: Gardenburger; Salty Pepper Somersault Snacks (above; these things are insanely addicting! Whole grains, seeds, and protein, YUM.)
Dinner: Kidney bean-corn-TVP chili (below); caramel-fudge brownie (RAW)
Snacks: Apple with PB2; coconut yogurt (RAW); Kardea Nutrition bar

Breakfast: TVP oatmeal (above; awesome discovery! Just cook TVP in almond milk the same way you’d cook quick oats, then add cinnamon sugar.)
Lunch: Gardenburger; kale chips (RAW)
Dinner: Shirataki noodles with tempeh bolognese (below); caramel-fudge brownie (RAW)
Snacks: Apple with PB2; Hail Merry orange-cranberry grawnola (RAW)

Breakfast: Santa Fe Salsa Somersault Snacks (below; I’m not kidding you, they’re like crack!)
Lunch: Baked tofu with salsa
Dinner: Leftover TVP chili (see above)
Snacks: Kale chips (RAW); caramel-fudge brownie (RAW)

Breakfast: Another smoothie (RAW)
Lunch: Baked tofu with salsa
Dinner: Leftover shirataki noodles with tempeh bolognese (see above)
Snacks: Garden of Life RAW Meal shake, caramel-fudge brownie (RAW)

Breakfast: TVP oatmeal (see above)
Lunch: Gardenburger; kale chips (RAW)
Dinner: Italian seitan with navy beans; roasted Brussels sprouts and asparagus (below)
Snacks: Homemade strawberry-lime kombucha (RAW, above); caramel-fudge brownie (RAW); Amazing Meal shake (RAW)

Breakfast: Blueberries with coconut yogurt (RAW)
Lunch: PureFit protein bar (above)
Dinner: Enchilada-sauced seitan; navy beans; 1.5 glasses red wine
Snacks: Hail Merry seasoned pecans (RAW); Garden of Life RAW Meal shake

Breakfast: Veg sausage patties; roasted potatoes (above)
Lunch: 1/2 PureFit protein bar (see above); banana with PB2
Dinner: Italian-seasoned navy beans; tons of steamed veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, carrot, and red pepper) with sriracha (below)
Snacks: Vega vanilla-chai protein shake

Lessons I’ve learned this week:
– Despite the super-healthy eating and the grueling workouts, I am not losing weight. I think I need to cut back on my portion sizes.
– I ate too many raw caramel-fudge brownies. (Why did I make so many to begin with? I do have a good reason; you’ll find out soon.) I mean, I built them into my daily meal plans and all, but I still think I should’ve eaten fewer.
– No matter how disciplined I try to be, I absolutely cannot shake the urge to make desserts, especially raw ones. (See note above about the brownies.)

Yesterday, I winged a raw almond-butter-cookie crust, onto which I poured the exact same raw pumpkin cheesecake filling seen here. I scored the recipe from Kelly Dennis herself, the head chef at Bliss CafΓ© in Dallas (and former pastry chef at 105degrees). Β Thanks again, Kelly! Actually, I better hurry up and post this, because it’s about time Matt and I dug into this bad boy.

I hope you all had a great week and weekend! Did you make or eat anything especially awesome?

72 Comments leave one →
  1. January 16, 2011 8:01 pm

    I’ve had the sea salt sommersaults before and, i agree, they are SO addicting and delicious!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 17, 2011 9:46 am

      Totally! You’ve got to try the Salty Pepper kind sometime; they’re my favorite.

  2. January 16, 2011 9:08 pm

    I hope you had a great week too! Funny, as you were mentioning that the somersaults (sweet name!) were ‘like crack,’ I was thinking that your caramel brownies were probably neck and neck with them in the mentions!

    You’re only two weeks into the program, so I’m wondering whether you haven’t lost weight because you’re building muscle? Muscle being heavier than fat and all… Just saying. I know how frustrating it can be (am in a funk about similar issues myself right now) but I also know that cutting food when you’re exercising strenuously can be majorly counterproductive (I’ve done it too many times, so know of what I speak)

    I enjoyed some navy beans recently too-fun to see them on your plate. TVP is soy-based, isn’t it? Cool that you’re being so creative with it.

    I just prewrote a blog about our tapas party recently, for which I made a bunch of goodies, including a couple inspired by Matthew Kenney’s books. We’re traveling for the next couple of days and it’s scheduled to publish tomorrow probably early afternoon your time. It’s so much fun to have a party as an excuse to make stuff. But you’ve got a great excuse right there with your project.

    I’m getting fairly obsessed with this ‘low-sugar dessert’ thing. Really, with xylitol, stevia and the ‘texturers’ I’ve been working with, you can end up with a sweet dessert, that’s rich because of all the fat, but doesn’t give you the fat-sugar coma and, more strikingly even, doesn’t hurt your teeth.


    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 17, 2011 9:54 am

      Haha, yes, I did go a bit overboard on the brownies…

      I’d love to believe I’m building muscle, but with my personal training background whispering in my ear, I just don’t think that’s the case. A body can only be in EITHER a catabolic OR an anabolic state at any given time – either there’s a calorie deficit, and weight is being lost, or there’s a calorie surplus and weight (including muscle) is being gained. I’ve always read and learned that it’s metabolically impossible to gain muscle and lose fat simultaneously. So I may be leaning/toning/strengthening the muscle I already have, but it’s still buried underneath layers of fat. Basically, I need to just go back to being obsessive about calorie intake. As unappealing as it is, I know deep down it’s the only way I’ve ever been truly successful. I know Matt Stone would have a few things to say about that πŸ˜‰ but clearly the “intuitive eating” I’ve been doing for the last year and a half has turned out very poorly for me, so I’m going to try and listen to my own dieting intuition now instead.

      Can’t wait to read about your tapas party! That IS a great excuse to make bunches of goodies. So often I crave the relaxation that comes from making food or (especially) desserts, but then when I’m done I’m left with, well, food that needs to be eaten. Parties are great for that, especially if you’re serving small plates/bites like tapas.

      I’ve been increasingly fascinated by your low-sugar dessert creations. I came thisclose to buying a tub of xylitol yesterday, but I didn’t =/ Maybe next time I go to the store, I should. I also need to make some of your chia-sweet and try that. πŸ™‚

      • January 19, 2011 12:22 pm

        I understand what you’re saying about anabolis/catabolis. Maybe it’s perfect, then, because the more muscle you have, the more calories you’ll burn, so it’s easier to lose weight. So, if you build muscle the first couple weeks, and then make a calorie deficit, maybe it’ll work out great.

        Another thing: it always happens slowly and over the long-term. Most of those studies that show that people lost massive amounts of weight doing x are only looking at a snapshot of the picture: bodies are really much more homeostatic than that! And so, if you’re building muscle and giving your eating habits an overhaul, longterm the results must be going to be good.

        One more thought: I think I saw you mention on Bitt’s blog that you have some low thyroid tendencies: it seems like you’re eating a lot of unfermented soy, and I think that the link between unfermented soy and hypothyroid is fairly solid. I know that my own thyroid issues (which are ironically a result of being way too thin for too many years) make it harder for me to lose weight or build muscle, and I definitely feel worse hormonally in all kinds of ways if I eat much of any soy. (I have celiac too, though, and there’s a big ‘link’ there.) I hesitated to say this, because it looks like soy is really helping you out with the protein requirements, but that would be my concern. I love pea protein powder (Now foods is flavorless and so you can use it wherever)–superhigh in protein and doesn’t upset my tummy!

        Xylitol–don’t know about where you live, it’s probably easier to find it at a decent price than in AK, but for me, it’s way cheaper to order it than to buy at a store. I think nutsonline has the best price that I’ve found. I prefer stevia to xylitol for the most part, but for others, xylitol is more neutral. Chia-sweet: I’m having some wonderful ideas involving irish moss and stevia as a no-sugar dessert sweetener. Darn, I stole my own thunder here! But watch this space, I’ll share more soon.

      • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
        January 19, 2011 4:24 pm

        You may be right about my muscular changes. Let’s hope so!

        All the women in my family have hypothyroidism, and though my levels routinely test “normal” (whatever that means) and I’m not on any meds, I’m certain there’s something “off” with my metabolism. For me to eat this much soy is very unusual (which you picked up on), so in a month or two when I’m back to eating very little added protein, we’ll see if I’m feeling any different/better.

        Hm, the xylitol I saw was a 2 lb tub for (I think) $7.99. Is that high?

        Can’t wait to read about your latest alternative sweetener adventures!

        • January 20, 2011 4:36 pm

          $7.99 for a 2lb tub is a good price! I can’t get close to that in AK, but I think that that might be as well as you could do ordering from online. I hope you have fun with it if you do try.

          I’ll be curious (although sorry if this is too nosy/tmi) if having much more soy than usual affects your ‘cycle’ stuff at all. The one time I had soy on a regular basis, it had an awful effect on mine, and it was the obvious culprit (and things instantly got better when I realized and quit soy). That can be a fairly good indicator on the hormonal level anyway.

          I hope that your muscles are liking it, and I guess if there’s something ‘off” metabolically, the most important message, annoying though it is, is patience…

        • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
          January 20, 2011 5:12 pm

          Good to know about xylitol prices!

          I don’t mind giving a little TMI here and there, haha. On one hand, soy has never messed with my cycle, even during times like this where I’m eating it fairly heavily. That said, I am on the pill, so it’s pretty hard for ANYTHING to mess up my cycle, ya know? I guess all I can say about soy, for now, is that I’ve never felt bad eating it, physically or otherwise. I will definitely stay tuned in to the soy-health connection, though.

          • January 22, 2011 12:39 am

            Thanks for sharing this: I always try to keep in mind that because something didn’t work for me doesn’t mean it won’t work for someone else (and the contrary too). But it’s always good to share information too.

            I probably shouldn’t even go there, but depending on what birth control pill you’re taking, that might affect your ease of weight change too. Again, what happened for me may not happen for you, but I took the regular bc pill for nine months _years_ ago, put on some weight, quit taking it and took the ‘progestogen only pill’ (which you have to remember to take at the same time each day) for a couple years and lost weight so instantly that it was alarming for people (even people who knew my tendencies!)

          • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
            January 22, 2011 9:54 am

            You know, I HAVE wondered that about my birth control…but then again, I’ve been on it since I was 16 (almost a decade now), and I’ve had plenty of ups and downs in weight during that time, so I’ve never noticed a direct correlation. Still, it’ll be interesting to see, someday when I’m ready to have kids and I go off the pill, if it has an effect on my weight. A little pre-pregnancy weight loss would sure take the sting out of gaining 25-35 lbs, eh? πŸ™‚

  3. January 16, 2011 9:11 pm

    Oh myholy bucket, I think I just started to hyperventilate about the TVP porridge. I’ve always wanted to buy TVP but am scared it’ll just sit in my pantry forever – you’ve just given me the go ahead to get it into my life and mah belly πŸ˜‰ Cinnamon sugar? I’m thinking cinnamon sugar and sunflower seed butter…

    It’s also very mean of you to keep talking about the raw caramel-fudge brownies without sharing the recipe. *sticks out tongue*

    Now, onto slightly more serious-ish stuff – I’m no expert at all, but it’s only been two weeks – wouldn’t your body still be adjusting to the new routine? I wouldn’t think you’d need to be stressing about not having lost weight yet, particularly as I’m sure you’re gaining muscle.

    Oh, and the insatiable urge to make raw desserts? I am *so* getting there too. Made Rob’s key lime tart yesterday, and have already eaten one of the three mini tarts. And I really want to finish it so I can try the next thing πŸ˜‰

    Lastly… xoxoxo!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 17, 2011 9:59 am

      TVP has been criticized a lot recently (because it’s “processed soy”), but in moderation, it’s been a big help in adding protein to my diet. Ooh, if only I could spare the calories to add nut butter to my TVP oatmeal!

      The brownie recipe will be shared. Soon. Mark my words…

      I figured that my body was adjusting during the first week, but by now, the beginning of the third week, I should be seeing/feeling something different. Perhaps most troubling is that usually, when it comes to weight loss, the most noticeable changes happen at the beginning of a program/routine. Back to calorie-counting I go…

      Ah, I hope you’re going to post about the tarts! πŸ˜€

      • January 17, 2011 6:16 pm

        Brilliant idea! How about you eat the nut butter but give the calories to me? πŸ˜‰ That’s the kind of friend I am…

        Most importantly out of all of this, Amber, is please don’t get down on yourself if this isn’t working exactly how you want straight away. Nothing will change the wonderful person you are. Ever. Calorie-counting or not!

        I absolutely will post the tarts… but I *just* put up my raw brownie post! Yay!

      • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
        January 18, 2011 9:07 am

        That sounds like a win-win situation with the nut butter calories πŸ˜›

  4. January 16, 2011 9:42 pm

    I think in your lessons learned, #2 & #3 may be the reason for #1.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 17, 2011 10:02 am

      Wise woman πŸ˜‰ You may be right. Like I said, I did work the brownies into my daily meal plans, but I’m sure I’d be better off replacing those calories with more nutritious ones. I’m going to work on that this week.

  5. A Tablespoon of Liz permalink
    January 16, 2011 11:44 pm

    This all looks so amazing!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 17, 2011 10:02 am

      Hehe, thanks Liz!

  6. Spumoni permalink
    January 17, 2011 4:00 am

    Dear Amber,
    This past week I decided to make raw mushroom tamales with mole sauce from Raw Food, Real World. They were excellent! I also whipped up the baked mac and cheese from Matthew’s latest book, Everyday Raw plus the Chocolate Cherry smoothie from the same. My son and I both wanted more chocolate, so the next day I added more cacao nibs and coconut water and less banana, and viola! Our perfect non-green smoothie!
    Finally, I got around to making the Dark Chocolate Ganache Tart with Vanilla Cream from Raw Food, Real World. I have been wanting to make this from the first time I held the book at Barnes and Noble. That was almost 9 months ago!! Anyway, my family (who is not into this whole raw or vegan thing at all) declared this the best ever raw dessert yet. (And I have made some pretty amazing cheesecakes and pies).
    Overall, it was a great week for raw food making until I badly sliced my thumb on my brand new mandoline. I thought I was being careful, but have learned a new lesson about mandolines: you can’t be too careful and must always either use the food pusher or wear the cut resistant glove your hubby bought you πŸ™‚
    Your chili looks great what are your basic ingredients?

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 17, 2011 10:10 am

      Wow, what I wouldn’t give to be a guest at your house this week! πŸ˜› I’ve yet to make raw mole, but I’m dying to try. I’ve also heard great things about that mac & cheese. I don’t normally use recipes for smoothies, but I’ll have to take a second look at that chocolate cherry shake πŸ™‚

      Incidentally, the raw chocolate torte I showed here was actually the Everyday Raw version of that [fancier] tart in Raw Food/Real World! Isn’t it incredible? I haven’t tackled the fancy version yet, but now I may have to sometime.

      I’m so sorry to hear about your thumb! Mandolines give me trouble, too – that’s why I didn’t have one for so long. (And I’ve yet to break out the one I just got for X-mas…fear, maybe?) I didn’t write about this, but I cut my finger too on the first day of my P90X program. I was chopping an onion for the tofu scramble, with my new, extremely nice (and sharp) Santoku knife that Matt got me for X-mas, and I sliced off the corner of my index finger. There was quite a bit of blood. (Funny how I don’t cut myself during 9 full weeks of chef school, but then as soon as I’m back home…) I had to bandage it for awhile, but amazingly, after just 2-3 days, new skin had grown over the wound (which was about 1/8-inch diameter, by the way). I give credit to my diet for my seemingly-superhuman healing abilities πŸ™‚ Hope your thumb heals quickly as well!

      • Spumoni permalink
        January 19, 2011 2:28 am

        Oh my goodness! I can’t believe you got the tip of your finger! My oldest son (18) cut off the end of his thumb this last summer! I was not happy that the doctors would not sew it back on, but there’s nothing we can do about it.
        I believe you’re absolutely right that your diet/lifestyle promotes good healing.
        The outside of my thumb is almost healed, it’s the inside that’s the problem still. It has only been four days though. I think I hit some ligaments or tendons. 😦
        This weekend I’m hosting a raw potluck luncheon ( I usually host a dinner once a month). I plan to make raw chili from Everyday Raw, the tamales again (that’s why I had to make them last week to test them out), and Russell James’ Curried Cabbage Pillows. If time permits, I’ll throw in Brigadeiros from Everyday Raw Desserts. They look like chocolate truffles, how can you go wrong? πŸ™‚
        If you’re ever in So Cal, we would love to have you as a guest (Matt, too). Most of us do actually follow your blog now, not just me. It’s funny to hear my 14 year old son wondering when you’ll post again. lol.
        By the way, yes, my mandoline was a Christmas gift, too!
        Blessings to you both, I hope you have a great week.

      • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
        January 19, 2011 4:27 pm

        Your raw potluck sounds like it’ll be a wonderful feast! Wish I could attend πŸ˜› Everyone will LOVE those brigadeiros – they pretty much are just truffles. Can’t go wrong there.

        You absolutely made my day by telling me that most of you follow my blog. And your son may be my youngest reader! That really makes me feel great, almost like I’m becoming a “somebody” in the raw food world. That’s my goal, at least. Your offer of hosting me and Matt is really sweet and generous, too – I’d love to take you up on that someday!

  7. January 17, 2011 7:27 am

    Strawberry. Lime. Kombucha. Yum! Lot’s of great eats this week.

    My guess with everyone else is that you’ve gained some muscle, congrats! I think by the end of the month the report will be different.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 17, 2011 10:13 am

      The kombucha turned out pretty well for my first homemade batch. Not very fizzy at all, but I actually prefer it that way. πŸ™‚

      I sure hope so! I’m trying not to get too discouraged, and instead focus on my long-term results.

      • March 16, 2012 11:46 pm

        I started making some kombucha a few weeks ago, but nothing so ambitious as strawberry lime. I’d love to see how you made it!

  8. January 17, 2011 8:40 am

    Guess who’s still alive… :> I’ve missed reading about your adventures! So P90X?! Cool!! And I’m inspired by the raw food.!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 17, 2011 10:14 am

      Kati! So great to hear from you! I’m behind on your life as well -so I just went back and read everything I missed πŸ™‚ Karlyn is absolutely, completely, amazingly GORGEOUS! And how lucky she is to have an equally-amazing and -gorgeous mommy such as yourself πŸ˜€ Belated congratulations to you and Ryan! Hope the sailing keeps getting smoother.

  9. January 17, 2011 10:37 am

    that food has me drooling. especially the raw cake at the end. I HATE LOW GLYCEMIC THINGS! hahaha

    i got some springform pans for christmas and i think i’m going to whip up a phase 1.5 “key lime pie” in it. I’m glad to hear you guys are doing well with the p90x!

    Are you both feeling stronger? Have you gained weight? Lost it? Not to get all intrusive and weird. I was just wondering how you guys feel physically. (aside from insanely sore hahaha)

    thanks for sharing this!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 17, 2011 10:42 am

      Haha! Sorry to tempt you while you’re on your sugar-free diet =X Although you know, this cheesecake had only 1/2 cup agave in it for sweetener (unless you count carrots as a sweetener). I could probably have just left out the agave altogether, and used stevia (and a splash more water) instead. Hmm!

      You’re the second person who’s mentioned key lime pie to me this morning! Maybe I should make a low-sugar one of those soon. Lime juice, stevia, and avocado. Perhaps I won’t even make a crust, just a key lime mousse! I do have an avocado on hand…the trick will be keeping myself from making chocolate pudding with it!

      I do feel stronger, I’ll say that. I have not lost any weight whatsoever, so visually, my results are minimal at this point. I’m sticking with it, though (just starting to re-count calories, ugh). Luckily, we’re far enough in now that we’re not really getting sore after the workouts – we just feel worn out! πŸ™‚

  10. lily permalink
    January 17, 2011 12:31 pm

    The somersault snacks are probably addicting because they have MSG…
    Autolyzed yeast extract=msg

    Why are you even a raw chef if you eat things that are commonly known as unhealthy? (soy for example)

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 17, 2011 1:30 pm

      Good to know about the MSG. Thanks, Lily. I only eat packaged snacks on occasion anyway, so I’m not too worried about it.

      I’m not sure if you’re a first-time visitor to my blog or what, but my whole philosophy is one of flexibility. If I ingest MSG once in a blue moon, I don’t think my lifespan is going to shorten tremendously. As for soy being “commonly known as unhealthy,” I think some of that’s up for debate, but even so, I enjoy non-GMO soy products and I feel good eating them, so I’m not planning to stop. I also happen to be eating vastly more soy than usual this month due to my fitness plan, which I wrote about in the last few posts.

      I am a raw chef because I adore beautiful, colorful, healthy, vibrant food, and I want to spend my life making it and helping others make it. Eating non-raw food, and even some foods that aren’t the most shining example of a flawless nutritional profile, doesn’t make me any less of a raw chef. It just makes me human, and proves that it’s a priority to me to balance “enjoyment of life” with “perfection in health.” I am sorry my stance doesn’t resonate with you.

    • Matt permalink
      January 17, 2011 2:06 pm

      I may be wrong about your intent; but, your question appears accusatory in nature. Are you REALLY interested in learning why Amber is a raw chef? Or are you just interested in criticizing and bringing a negative attitude to someone who is clearly open-minded and positive about life.

      If you’re interested in having an honest, open dialogue that respects the integrity it takes Amber to consistently put herself out there and be true to who she is, then think about phrasing your questions a different way.

      Otherwise, I’m left to assume you are a person of low integrity who trolls blogs and forums just to tear people down. Assuming that’s true, I could guess that you experience a lot of negativity in your personal relationships. I recommend you think about how changing your approach could lead you to more fulfilling relationships and real meaning from your conversations. What good is knowing something that you want to share if no one likes talking to you about it?

      Good luck in life,

      • January 17, 2011 10:07 pm

        Well said Matt!~

        • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
          January 18, 2011 9:12 am


      • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
        January 18, 2011 9:11 am

        Thanks for coming to my defense, sweetness. Your comment made me feel a lot better. I love you very much.

  11. January 17, 2011 1:17 pm

    Your week of meals sound delicious! That first week or 2 or P90X can be a big change on your body and muscle mass. My mom just went through the first week and said she gained 1 lb I believe… It’s probably balance out. They are tough workouts and you’l get results for sure!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 17, 2011 1:32 pm

      Thanks for your input, Heather! It’s good to hear stories of other women, like your mom, doing P90X, and what body changes occurred with them. I’m keeping my chin up!

  12. January 17, 2011 1:34 pm

    i love seeing all this food you’ve been eating, and way impressed with all the raw stuff as well. wish i could do that! raw pumpkin cheesecake? hello yummy πŸ™‚

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 17, 2011 2:10 pm

      Thanks Rachel! I wish I could pass some of this pumpkin cheesecake on to you πŸ˜€

  13. January 17, 2011 6:11 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your daily menus with us–it’s great inspiration for healthy eating, and I love to see potential of a high-protein vegan diet! You’re not alone in the urge to make sweets–I find that no matter how healthy I’m eating, I still have to have something sweet each day. And I’ve decided there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that πŸ™‚ You know, it’s such much better to feed yourself a homemade almond butter cookie than a store-bought Oreo, so I still consider my baked treats a part of my healthy diet!

    I’d love to hear more about how the workouts are going, too!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 18, 2011 9:18 am

      Aw, thanks Kylie! I agree with you on sweets – in many ways, I’d rather build a dessert into my daily diet, even if those calories would be better spent elsewhere, just because it keeps me happier and more healthy mentally. I know it’s all my head, and that my body doesn’t NEED sugar, but when I’m making my own treats, I feel ok about occasional indulgences. πŸ™‚

  14. January 17, 2011 7:14 pm

    Hi! I just found your blog when I was searching for others blogging about P90X. I am on day 5 and so far loving the workouts. A lot of the blogs I have found were men, so it’s great to find a fellow woman and vegan doing P90X. The food looks delicious! It’s making me hungry and the one thing that has taken a bit of getting used to is the P90X diet plan. I felt like I was the only vegan doing it, so great to find others.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 18, 2011 9:21 am

      Hi Catherine! Glad you found me! I couldn’t find a lot about female, vegan P90X online either – that’s part of what prompted me to document this, instead of keeping it to myself. πŸ™‚ Best of luck with your program; keep me posted about your progress!

  15. January 17, 2011 8:54 pm

    Another great look into the life of a vegan p90xer. Lot of great food from the week…but I’m not really sold on the TVP oatmeal…

    The raw pumpkin cheesecake looks amazing!!!

    When you have such a clean, healthy diet it’s hard to loose weight. When you’re already a healthy weight, that makes it even harder. Cutting out the sweets would help..but that’s one of life’s pleasures isn’t it? Is it really worth giving up the sweet stuff? OK maybe most of us could live with a little less πŸ™‚

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 18, 2011 9:23 am

      Hehe, I’m certain the TVP oatmeal’s not for everyone πŸ˜›

      You are SO right about the diet stuff. When I lost weight years ago, by transitioning from a horrible diet to a great one, and from no exercise to daily exercise, it was (dare I say) a breeze, at least for the first 3 months. It’s amazing how much more challenging it is for a healthy person to lose 10 lbs than for an unfit person to lose 45 😦

  16. January 17, 2011 9:56 pm

    I was wondering if you had lost any weight with this yet! I cannot give up desserts either… It tells me that I am “done” with my meal though! That raw pumpkin cheesecake looks soooooo soooo sooo good!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 18, 2011 9:25 am

      Sadly, I can’t report any weight loss…yet… =/ Hopefully that will change soon!

      I do the same thing with desserts; even just having a bite of something sweet gets the savory taste of dinner out of my mouth. Surely that sends a signal to the brain in some functional way!

      Wish I could share some of the cheesecake with ya! πŸ˜€

  17. January 17, 2011 10:09 pm

    Thank you for your honesty Amber. I am also having trouble losing weight. I have lost the first 25 pounds but have been in a plateau the past 5 months. Yikes! My hubby wants me to start taking something to boost my metabolism more even though I have been working out and eating well. I am trying some of Garden of Life’s products so I will see how that goes. I do not care, but I can’t help eating desserts especially if they are natural. Why should I deprive myself? It is the portion control that is my problem!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 18, 2011 9:29 am

      It’s so nice to have someone to relate, Noelle! Plateaus are the WORST. I’m sure your husband has good intentions, but I don’t personally believe there’s anything out there you can TAKE to up your metabolism. Eating less and moving more seems to be (perhaps unfortunately) the only thing that truly works. I know how dedicated you are to healthy eating and working out, and I also know how frustrating it is to be so diligent and yet not be able to make the scale move!

      A little extra protein may have a thermogenic effect, so it’s good you’re trying the raw proteins. Do you drink tea? They say that can provide a slight metabolic boost…

      Portion control IS the problem! Having “just one bite” is very hard for me, especially when my appetite is telling me I’m still hungry…adjusting to a lower calorie intake is tough 😦

      Keep me updated on your progress!

  18. January 18, 2011 9:03 am

    Hey girlie!

    I am doing the p90 porgram and I am just starting week 3. I have not lost any weight (which is okay with me) but I AM seeing results in my legs and arms! I went dress shopping this past weekend and LOVED the way my arms looked in the dresses I tried on! I also lost 1/4″ from my thighs! So, while I haven;t lost ANY weight…the gains are there!! I also feel stronger, especially doing the push ups! I have read on the forums that people shouldn’t even weigh until after 30 days, 45 days, and then 90 days. Some people don’t start seeing gains until the 3 rd month! just hang in there!! You ARE working hard!! Don’t focus on the weight! That can be too frustrating!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 18, 2011 9:38 am

      Hi Erin! I had no idea you’re doing P90X too! And how cool that we’re on the exact same schedule – today was my week 3, day 2 πŸ˜€ Thanks so much for letting me know how your results are going so far. It’s really encouraging to me. I hope some semi-invisible physiological changes are taking place with me too, and that the number on the scale will soon follow. Congrats on your progress so far!

  19. January 18, 2011 9:48 am

    The TVP oatmeal is really good? hmmmm πŸ™‚
    Those little Somersaults look really good!
    I haven’t tried the Amazing Grass meal powder, but I have seen it. I just looked up the Garden of Life and Sun Warrior raw protein powder. I wonder if there is anywhere that I could buy a few samples of each? Have you ever tried pea protein powder?
    Looks like you are still doing a great job with your meals! I am desperated need of going to the grocery store. I’m trying to hold out till the weekend though. πŸ™‚

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 18, 2011 9:53 am

      Strangely, yes, it is πŸ˜‰

      That’s a good question about the protein powders. I’d shoot an email to each company and ask them. I know Sunwarrior has individual packets, cuz they sent me some, but I don’t know if or where they sell them.

      I do that with my grocery shopping too πŸ™‚ I just started getting a weekly produce box delivery though, which is turning out to be a big help!

      • January 18, 2011 3:14 pm

        I’ll check into emailing the companys about trial size packets…good idea!

        That is so neat that you get a produce box delivery. We don’t have anything like that where I live, at least I don’t think we do. I sure wish we did though. That would solve a lot of my problems. πŸ™‚

        Okay, I am going to try out your TVP oatmeal as soon as I buy some more TVP πŸ™‚

      • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
        January 18, 2011 3:38 pm

        That sucks you don’t have access to a food delivery service! 😦 I just got my box today, 20 total pieces of produce, all organic, for about $32. As long as it keeps saving time AND money, I think I’m going to continue ordering them.

        Let me know what you think of the TVP oatmeal! If it’s not your cup of tea, I won’t be offended πŸ˜›

  20. January 18, 2011 11:41 am

    those are some insanely good eats. I think I must try out the tempeh bolognese withthe shiratake noodles. Those are my favorite. Or kelp noodles!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 18, 2011 11:52 am

      Thanks Lindsay πŸ˜€ You should definitely try the bolognese! It’s one of my favorite tempeh recipes. I love shirataki and kelp noodles too!

  21. darcy767 permalink
    January 18, 2011 12:38 pm

    Well, I was pretty proud that we made an all-veggie, hearty lentil soup last week, but I just realized that one of the ingredients was chicken broth. But, but, it was homemade chicken broth that Lark made and the tomatoes were from my garden, so maybe that cancels out, karma-wise? πŸ™‚

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 18, 2011 12:41 pm

      Haha! I think your karma’s pretty safe for now πŸ˜‰ Your soup sounds delicious! I just made a curried lentil soup for breakfast/lunch this morning (yeah, I know, weird).

  22. January 18, 2011 4:17 pm

    Oh that chili (along with everything else!) looks soooo good!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 18, 2011 4:17 pm

      Thanks! πŸ™‚

  23. January 18, 2011 4:58 pm

    Oh lordy, lord. You win for most amazing food in a single blog post. I just ate and I’m hungry again…

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 18, 2011 5:05 pm

      Ohh, surely you jest. Don’t you remember the PB cookie post you just did? A single one of those babies beats this whole post any day πŸ˜›

  24. January 19, 2011 8:46 am

    those somersault snackies look SO YUMMY! i like that theyre really thick too! mmm and THAT CHILI!!!! nom nom nom πŸ™‚

    i applaud anyone who does PGX90. it seems quite hardcore which is also appealing too lol. ❀

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 19, 2011 4:29 pm

      The Somersaults are GREAT when you’re craving something crunchy πŸ™‚

      P90X is no walk in the park, that’s for sure!

  25. Gina permalink
    January 19, 2011 11:44 am

    So glad I found your blog. My husband (not vegan) and I are about a week behind you on the workouts. I’ve been trying to do Eat to Live with it, but I felt like I needed more structure. I just found the vegan nutrition guide for P90X, and I’m thrilled. I probably found it about two google hits before I found your post.
    It’s good to know there’s a fellow Kansas Citian doing the vegan P90X thing! So, in week 3, are you still as sore?

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 19, 2011 4:31 pm

      Hi Gina! I’m glad you found my blog, too πŸ™‚ I love hearing from fellow KC peeps, especially vegan ones, and now especially P90Xers! Too cool.

      Here in Week 3, we’re finally finding that we’re not very sore. There’s a little stiffness here and there, but the really uncomfortable sore feelings are pretty much in the past πŸ˜€

      Keep me updated on your progress!

  26. Monica Soto permalink
    January 19, 2011 7:05 pm

    Where can I get the recipe for the Kidney bean-corn-TVP chili? It looked so good I wanted to lick my computer screen. I held back.

    But it was tough.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 19, 2011 7:30 pm

      Hehe, really? Honestly, I didn’t use a recipe…I sautΓ©ed a diced onion, added a couple minced garlic cloves and some sliced bell peppers, dumped in an undrained can of petite diced tomatoes and about a cup and a half of TVP, added just enough water to reconstitute the TVP, seasoned it with chili powder, ground cumin, ground coriander, dried oregano, and salt to taste, then added kidney beans and corn and heated through. That’s it, more or less. πŸ™‚

  27. January 20, 2011 7:19 pm

    That all looks great! Those somersault things look great – I’m definitely not buying any πŸ˜€

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      January 20, 2011 7:22 pm

      Haha! I know exactly what you mean πŸ˜›

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