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February 19, 2014

The Dr. Oz Diet (combined with a little of this and a little of that)

by jem614
Berry Cobbler

Berry Cobbler Sweetened with Dates and Nut Crust

Let’s face it, I’m not meant to starve.  Not only do I love food but I am also still nursing my young toddler and need all the calories I can get just to make it through the day.   My mom is here for a while and she jumped on board with me when I said I wanted to try the Dr. Oz diet!

The diet itself is free online and can be found here:  It is easy to stick to as it’s basically mapped out for you.  There are some missing details that I’ve found though it might be more clear if you read through his blog and watch the videos he posted.

We took the liberty of adding “raw vegan” foods to our diet because we figured clean eating would be fine.  As long as we didn’t stray outside the boundaries he created (such as eating high GI foods).  We are also having decaf almond milk coffee sweetened with dates.  Dates are such a fantastic way of sweetening things, I might just keep it up.  I would love to find a really good date paste so I don’t have to emulsify dates every time I want to eat something.

Also, I hesitate to call this a diet because you could probably continue on like this (with some tweaks) on a regular basis.

Here are some tweaks that have probably slowed the “diet” process for us but have still produced weight loss while keeping us satiated:

1. Dates for sweetners
2. We have been eating the whole cleansing soup and not throwing away the veggies- waste not, want not
3. We have been having the “Mary’s Gone Crackers” with our Hummus to make it more tasty
4. We have had decaf coffee with almond milk but it is the only way I can keep myself from being tempted to go for my cafe con leche in the morning
5. Lots of nuts (he says a few handfuls and you should probably stick to this but we’re still learning) because we’re making desserts and dressings with nuts
6. We went to a raw vegan cafe (Greenwave Cafe, Plantation) and ate whatever we wanted on the menu as long as it was not High Glycemic veggie or had agave
7. We have been using some recipes from Ani Phyo’s raw cook book such as the raw flax pancakes that are delicious
8. Dr. Oz doesn’t really give too many vegetarian examples for protein for dinner but I have been using sprouted tofu “organic”
9. We have been using coconut oil instead of butter

It seems we have strayed a lot but really we haven’t and it’s only so we can make this long term and not just a short term fix.  I believe in life changes and I hope that I can change my eating habits.  This diet allows for protein and because I am not vegan, I will probably add in eggs after the 2 weeks is up.  Take of it what you will, I used the Dr. Oz diet as a launching point because I’ve been trying to change my eating since my son was born and just didn’t have the willpower.  This was easy enough while not being too depriving.

The good thing is that my cravings are finally going away, I am not craving my tostada as much today!  Victory.

January 6, 2012

2012 Vegan Bodybuilding Challenge

by ashley

We are doing a Vegan Bodybuilding Challenge for 2012! See more about our program here:

We will be posting regular updates, recipes and exercise ideas throughout the coming months.

Scroll down to see our most recent updates!

December 29, 2011

New Year Resolutions: Vegan Weight Loss/Muscle Gaining Regimen

by ashley

by Ashley Morgan

While it sounds incredibly kitschy, Jessica and I have decided to do the most cliché thing I can think of this time of year: take a New Year resolution that we have every intention of keeping. We are going to lose weight and gain lean muscle, all on a completely vegan diet. Jessica has me hooked on all of the success stories has for women. There are literally dozens of stories coming from women of all ages, sizes and ethnicities, complete with their full diet and exercise programs used to come to these results.

The thing we noticed while looking at all of these stories was that they use tons of supplements and almost no vegetarian/vegan protein options. Jessica being the huge fan of Brendan Brazier that she is, we are fully aware that it is absolutely possible to build lean muscle without consuming animal protein. We haven’t started yet (don’t want to set ourselves up for failure on New Year’s Eve), but I am going to start eating better between now and Monday. We will begin the full plan on January 02nd, so if you want to do it with us, by all means please do. And if you do choose to join in, please send us a quick message or comment, we’d love to hear from you to help keep us motivated.

(These are rough ideas of a plan that we haven’t yet started. These may and probably will be changed as we begin, but we will let you know of any changes made throughout the plan.)

The Diet Plan

Breakfast –

½ cup plain oatmeal

1 cup spinach, banana and strawberry smoothie, with one scoop vegan protein powder

Snack #1 –

½ cup hummus with raw celery


Vegan protein bar

Lunch –

Lean vegan protein, such as tofu, tempeh or beans


Whole grain or seeds, such as quinoa, barley, brown rice or millet

Snack #2 –

1 cup almond milk with scoop of vegan protein powder

Vegan protein bar

Dinner –

Lean vegan protein, such as tofu, tempeh or beans


Whole grain or seeds, such as quinoa, barley, brown rice or millet

OPTIONAL Snack #3 –

If you absolutely need another snack after working out, try an apple, ½ cup oatmeal or a vegan protein bar.

The Workout Plan*

(*this workout plan is taken 100% from Rebecca Bargeloh’s success story on

Day 1: 30-45 minutes cardio (130+ heart rate)

Day 2: Upper Body

Dumbbell Bicep Curl, 3 sets of 15 reps

Side Lateral Rise, 3 sets of 15 reps

Front Dumbbell Raise, 3 sets of 15 reps

Wide-Grip Lat Pulldown, 3 sets of 15 reps

Day 3: 30-45 minutes cardio (130+ heart rate)

Day 4: Lower Body

Barbell Squat, 3 sets of 15 reps

Dumbbell Lunges, 3 sets of 15 reps

Seated Leg Curl, 3 sets of 15 reps

Standing Calf Raises, 3 sets of 15 reps

Day 5: 30-45 minutes cardio (130+ heart rate)

Day 6: Full Body

Pushups, 3 sets of 15 reps

Dumbbell Bench Press, 3 sets of 15 reps

Triceps Pushdown, 3 sets of 15 reps

Side Lateral Raise, 3 sets of 15 reps

Barbell Deadlift, 3 sets of 15 reps

Dumbbell Lunges, 3 sets of 15 reps

Barbell Squat, 3 sets of 15 reps

Day 7: Active rest day (clean the house, go for a walk on the beach)

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