Friday, October 12, 2012

31 Days, Day 12

Recap of Day 11:

Breakfast (4:50 a.m.): Whole wheat tortilla and peanut butter.
Mid morning snack (8:30 a.m.):  Banana
Lunch (12:00 p.m.): Tortilla soup with brown rice.
Dinner (4:30 p.m.): Tortilla soup with added picante and hominy.  Brown rice.  Whole wheat tortilla with avocado.

I must admit, one of my all time favorite sandwiches is a very plain and simple "totra de aguacate".  Avocado on a roll.  I fell in love with them when I lived in Brownsville, Texas.  There was a small chain shop there called "Betty's Tortas" and they served this as a simple menu option.  Sometimes I go "crazy" and add fresh slices tomatoes.  I get totally out of control.

I am even more excited to go on vacation.  I was talking with my (x)wife tonight, and she told me she plans on joining me in the plant-based diet while I am there to give it a try.  I look forward to cooking with her and trying things that 1) I am a bit too crunched for time with my current schedule to try right now, and 2) have ingredients more readily available in "civilization" which I can't easily acquire here in West Texas.

My (x)wife reminded me of the Hallelujah Acres Diet which was "prescribed" by Dr. George Malkmus years ago.  After a little reading, it is based on McDougall and several other plant-based diets (Campbell, Ornish, Klaper, Bragg...).  The web site has a bunch of interesting recipes on it as well.  We have been actively pursuing recipes (especially due to them heading out here for Thanksgiving. Going to get more interesting as we find things we enjoy and I hope to bring the kids in as well to plant-based, though not gonna force it-gonna let them find things they like and try it slow).

I know her momma and dad would not make this change, being southerners who fry pretty much everything (not judging, just stating fact).  I truly believe her mother could really benefit from it, since she suffers from Rheumatoid Arthritis.  Who knows though, maybe my (x)wife will stick with it and influence prior to she and I reuniting forever. (Happy Thoughts!!!)

Next year, I hope to be settled somewhere (even here if that is God's plan for me) and really want to grow a garden.  I have really never gardened, but know that growing my own vegetable to the greatest extent possible will be MUCH more economical; especially considering the exorbitant prices my local monopoly grocery store charges and the amount of gas I would burn to drive to the next location with a decent store (65 miles just to Wal-Mart, 150-170 to an H.E.B. and Albertson's).

Just want to grow enough to not have to shop all the time for produce:  lettuce, kale, spinach, carrots, onions, tomatoes, and summer squash and zucchini all over the place! That's my plan anyway.

Oh, and this is "Officially" my 100th post milestone (since July 15th). Over 7,200 page views (not that I am really tracking that).  I appreciate everyone who has joined me on the journey and look forward to the road less traveled and a little company along the way.  Thank you all.


  1. You keep rockin it, Donald! Good for you!

  2. Congrats Donald! Great milestone. I love your comment about going back to civilization altho I have some friends from West Texas that might disagree:)

    I'm all for plant based the idea of a garden but where I live the deer are a real challenge. So I get my produce from the grocery store...