Ani Phyo for 15-Days

The July 4th holiday has come and gone and, after a week of celebration, I desperately feel the need to reboot! With Independence Day falling on a Wednesday this year, it seemed as though I had an abundance of party options, and I took advantage of them all! I didn’t eat terribly, but I certainly ate and drank much too much.

A few weeks ago, I bought Ani Phyo’s latest book, Ani’s 15-Day Fat Blast: The Kick-Ass Plan to Get Lighter, Tighter, and Sexier . . . Super Fast.  The 15-Day plan is divided into three phases, Shake It Up, Melt Down, and Blast Off.  The recipes look easy, with most of them requiring only a blender.  All the ingredients are fresh, whole, raw, and vegan. The idea is to speed up the fat burning process and weight loss by eating all natural ingredients.  Sounds good to me!  I lost 18 pounds in the first 7 weeks I went raw, nearly two and half years ago now.  I don’t know if 15 lbs. in 15 days is very realistic (the book says “up to 15 lbs.”) and I only want to get back on the straight and narrow, but I’ll keep track of my weight loss as well.

Since I need to get back on the wagon anyway, I’ll start the plan and see how far I get.  I eased in today by making my favorite green smoothie (kale, mango, and banana with a shot of E3Live hemp protein powder with maca powder) for breakfast.  For lunch I decided to try the Kreamy Tomato Gazpacho soup on page 144.  It isn’t a Phase I recipe, but since I’m not “officially” starting until tomorrow and I had tomatoes on the counter that are ripe, I decided to jump ahead.

It may be called soup, but I put it in glass and drank it like a smoothie.  The recipe makes about 2 cups, and adding in fresh jalapeño or cayenne powder is an option (I went with jalapeño, since I had one in stock).  The flavor of the soup was great, but I thought it needed salt (even though there is miso paste) so I added about a quarter teaspoon.  I would also cut down on the coconut oil, because coconut oil has a strong flavor to me.  Other people may not notice it or think its too strong, just a personal preference.

I’ll keep you updated as the week progresses.  Happy July 4th!

Jennifer

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