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Thrive stands for Transformative Healthy Regenerative Inspired Vegan Eating. The diet is designed to recalibrate and detoxify the body by providing high quality nutrients. This blog entry details the menu provided for Day 1, in my 3-Day Thrive Light Package from Edgy Veggy, and most of the writing was done in real time (while I was actually eating the food). To know more about the hows and whys, frequently asked questions, and the results of my detoxification, I highly recommend you read Part 1: The Reluctant Vegan.
Day 1 (January 21, Monday):
On days I have to go to Makati, I wake up at 5am and eat breakfast 45 minutes later. Since I indicated that the Thrive meals be delivered to AVA.ph‘s office, I wouldn’t be getting to my official breakfast until around maybe 8 or 9 am. But I read through Edgy Veggie’s guidelines to the Thrive Diet and it says that if you’re not after weight loss, you can eat fruits, raw nuts and even drink soy milk. Luckily, I love soy milk and we always have them at home. So I ate a banana and drank a glassful of soy milk to tide me over until I got to the office.
Breakfast (8:45-9:00 am): Granola Cashew Cream
I thought at first it was small, but when I started eating, it was more filling than I thought it would be. There are fruits in it, which I think are apple and maybe pineapple? It’s also sweetened with coco sugar, which I do prefer over white sugar. I find it a bit sweeter than what I’m used to, though. I’m sure most people would disagree with me since I’m the girl who doesn’t like maple syrup on her pancakes (I use butter or peanut butter), drinks unsweetened soy milk and even eats unsweetened yogurt.
Nevertheless, I ended up drinking 2 cups of water to wash down the sweetness so I think I ended up fuller. Which is good–it really is advised to drink a lot of water with Thrive anyway.
Note: When doing Thrive, eat breakfast with whole fruits and whole grains. These are alkaline food that keeps the enzymes intact. Enzymes assist in digestion and this helps to keep your energy up throughout the day. Coco sugar has low glycemic index, so this was used to sweeten the granola.
Snacks (10:45 am): Flax with Hummus and Super Smoothie
Okay so I couldn’t wait to try the snacks. I know I should just graze throughout the day but I really loved the flax with hummus at first bite…so I nibbled about 1/5 of it this early in the game. I should buy a pack of nuts on my way home, as I’m the type of person who has to chew on something maybe every hour, if I’m working in an office or on my laptop (which isn’t everyday).
Anyway, the hummus has chickpeas, tahini, lemon and chili powder, according to Edgy Veggy’s classic menu.
As for the green smoothie, I was daunted at first sight. I do not like green, leafy vegetables—there are very few I can tolerate. But this wasn’t so bad, possibly because of the banana aftertaste. It would probably go well with some honey and ice. I have a cold right now, though, so I’m choosing to chug this without ice and it’s still fine. In fact, I have to stop myself or I won’t have anything left to snack on for the rest of the day.
Note: According to Edgy Veggy, flax “contains the highest level of omega-3, a fatty acid our body does not produce which is essential in metabolizing fat. It also contains anti-inflammatory properties (inflammation causes premature aging and sickness) and has healthy oils, nutrients, vitamins and minerals.”
The Super Smoothie contains 10 “super foods” in it that are low in oxalate to help you power through the day. These are Chlorella, Spirulina, Acai, Goji Berry, Chia Seeds, Bee pollen, Rooibos, Raw Cacao, Maca and Lecithin. Edgy Veggy calls Chlorella the closest thing to the ‘perfect food’, being an alkaline protein source. It contains a lot of chlorophyll and nucleic acids (RNA and DNA) as well as plenty of vitamins, minerals and enzymes. It also contains the elusive vitamin B12. It has 19 amino acids (including the 20 essential ones). Chlorella is highly detoxifying and can remove pollutants from the body, making it an especially important part of this diet program.
Lunch (12pm): Lentil Stew and Mixed Green Salad
I can live with lentils, especially if they’re in a tomato-based soup. This one was really good, and it smelled great after heating it in the microwave. I can already imagine eating this with heaps of rice—but alas, I want to stick to the diet.
You’d think the salad would be a pretty quick dish to eat, but I almost never order salad—except for that one time the day was so hot, I wanted to munch on something watery, crunchy and cold. I definitely wasn’t used to eating so much green in one sitting, but thankfully, the vegetables were deliciously crunchy. It was made up of fresh lettuce, carrots, cucumber and tomatoes and I must say the dressing was superb. It was zesty-salty, maybe olive oil with lemon. It was easier downing all that green with it.
Right now, I’m standing next to boxes of Krispy Kreme. They smell great but fortunately, I still feel a bit full.
Note: Lentils in Thrive are sprouted first to make them more alkaline as well as to reduce enzyme inhibitors that cause gas and inflammation. Lentils are high in soluble fiber, which helps reduce blood cholesterol plus protein and iron. Despite the fact that it is packed with minerals and a cupful can immediately make you feel full, lentils is low in calories and virtually has no fat.
Munching on the snacks again at 3-4pm. Finished another tumbler of soy milk.
Dinner (7:30 pm): Spiced Pumpkin Soup and Mushroom Burger
I was famished by the time I got home and couldn’t wait to dig in. I popped one burger patty and the soup into the microwave. I find out too late that it’s better to heat the burger in the oven toaster to make it crispier. Anyway, I love pumpkin and squash soup, and in fact, I have my own recipe for it with loads of garlic. I really miss not having rice, though. There were 2 patties in the set, but I saved one so I’d have something to munch on while waiting for breakfast to arrive at around 8 am tomorrow. When I first tasted the mushroom burger, I thought the flavor was too strong on its own that it needed rice or bread, but when I slathered on the sauce, it was just perfect. It has oyster and shiitake mushrooms with various herbs and spices.
There was also a bit of the green smoothie left, so I can take this with the remaining burger. Nowadays, it doesn’t happen a lot, but back then it was normal for me to wake up because I’d be hungry at 6-7am so I’m hoping these will tide me over.
Note: Mushrooms are rich in Vitamin D, and are probably the only food source for it. Studies show that mushrooms help strengthen the immune system by promoting the maturation of dendritic cells from bone marrow.Related posts: