The Vegan Experiment: Day 7


Day 7

Breakfast: Morningstar Veggie Sausage with a slice of vegan cheese
Lunch: Crackers and hummus, Pineapple
Snack: Popcorn
Dinner: Pasta Primavera with Gardein Chick’n Scallopini

I only work 3 days week which lends some time to peruse daytime tv. I saw something interesting and disturbing the other day on the Dr. Oz show. Apparently, gastric lap band surgery is only allowed for people meeting very specific criteria. The FDA has modified that criteria to include more people. The old criteria included people with a BMI of 40 and higher or someone with a BMI of 35 and an obesity-related disease such as diabetes. The FDA has lowered that BMI requirement down to 30 with an obesity-related disease. Just a note that obesity-related diseases also included hypertension and sleep apnea.

If you’re like me, those BMI numbers don’t mean much to you. I was still picturing significantly overweight people. Dr. Oz had 2 women on the show who were both now eligible for the surgery and were considering it. One weighed 200 pounds and the other one weighed 194 pounds. I was floored. Yes, these women were overweight but not nearly to a point where they couldn’t manage their own weight loss with diet and exercise. Both claimed that excessive overeating is the primary cause for their situation. Anybody that has spent any time watching Oprah knows that surgery isn’t the answer, but finding the emotional cause of the overeating is.

One of the women said that she had serious problems controlling food cravings and that she had tried every diet out there. She certainly hadn’t tried every diet out there because a vegan diet will eliminate all those food cravings. It was sad to see that these women were willing to undergo surgery and a lifetime of pitiful eating to lose weight and gain control of their eating when there are many different options out there.

Pasta Primavera

½ box of whole grain pasta
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
½ red pepper, chopped
½ yellow pepper, chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped
1 tbs olive oil

1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions.
2. While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat.
3. Add the vegetables and cook until tender. Add in the can of tomatoes and heat through.
4. Drain the pasta and add to the sauce.
5. Optional: If you want to add the Chick’n Scallopini to this dish, just add the pieces to the sauce with the tomatoes. It should take about 4 minutes to heat through.

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