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Meal Plan for the Week: Wholesome, Tasty, and Allergen-Free (Plus a weight-loss update)

August 25th, 2008 · 22 Comments

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Do you ever have moments when your brain is so mashed full of thoughts, ideas, and feelings that when you open your mouth to speak or pose your hands to type, you pause to collect your thoughts, and then can get little of use to come out?

That’s me today.  I’m sitting in a chair by an open bedroom window, listening to Hurricane Tropical Storm Depression Fay filter rain through the trees before it sloshes on down the street.  I’m sitting by my window at home at 3:30 p.m. because I’m in the last throes of a stomach . . . virus? illness of some sort . . . that I picked up just after my upper respiratory infection ended last week. When it’s affecting me, I can’t do much but succumb, but fortunately, it’s been an intermittent sort of illness (at least in its fading state), so that when I’m not having tummy troubles, I can at least read and write.  And, after all, that is much of what I live to do, so while I am tired of being sick, I cannot claim to be entirely unhappy.

But it’s hard, sometimes, to figure out what to say in a public sphere and what to keep to yourself, and trying to find that balance is a point where I have been for the last week.  I’m still parsing my thoughts on a few topics that I could (and maybe ‘should’) write about, and figuring out where to draw the line between public and private on those thoughts. (Even on a blog where I am very open, I can’t share it all; no one should, I think.) Nothing bad, mind you, is going on, just some complicated things.  In the meantime, I certainly can share my meal plan for the week–which I created thinking I’d be well by now, but which shouldn’t be too wrong if the worst of it really is over now.

My meal plan, as always, is mostly locavorist, with a focus on vegetables, whole grains, and, well, whole body health–with treats thrown in, of course.  As always, my meal plan is gluten-free, dairy/casein-free, egg-free, and soy-free.

I’ve updated my photo page with a photo from a recent set my husband took of me, so click on over there if you want to check out the transition.  I’ve been bouncing around 160-161 pounds since early July, and I’m happy to know I can maintain, but it’s time to nudge the scale down a bit more! 10 more pounds to my original goal–I’ll take it whenever it comes, but I’d love to be there by the end of fall.

Here’s this week’s plan, Stan:


Breakfast: Brown rice and turnip greens

Lunch: Millet flatbread with walnut hummus and arugula

Dinner: Heidi’s beans and greens (need ghee, greens)


Breakfast: Quinoa and kale

Lunch: Risotto leftovers

To Do: 1st work-out class of fall semester @ 5:30

Dinner: Simplicity meeting: South Carolina rice with stir-fried local veggies and pecans


Breakfast:  Millet and collard greens

Lunch: Big salad of greens, apples, dried currants, nuts, and avocado with yogurt (coconut milk yogurt) dressing

Dinner: Vegan Tomato Basil Cashew Cream Basil Pasta and side of steamed squash (Dan goes to beer club meeting at 7:30)


Breakfast: Brown rice and turnip greens

Lunch: Leftovers from dinner

To Do: Work-out class at 5:30

Dinner: Romaine lettuce wraps with Melissa’s walnut hummus


To Do: Dentist appt. in the afternoon

Breakfast: Quinoa and kale

Lunch: Leftover hummus and salad greens

Dinner: Use Karina’s vegan cheese sauce recipe to alter cheese- and nut-stuffed shells–with spinach added—and a side of acorn squash


Breakfast: Brown rice with turnip greens (Cook extra brown rice for dinner)

Lunch: Leftover shells and squash

To Do: Work-out class at 5:30

Dinner:  Asian Noodle Slaw made with gluten-free buckwheat noodles


(Dan leaves for Amsterdam.)

Breakfast: Quinoa with kale

Lunch: Curried carrot spread with vegetables and flatbread

Dinner: Go out to eat.

As always, I’ll be submitting this meal plan to the Gluten-Free Menu Swap, which is being hosted this week by Ginger at Fresh Ginger.

Tags: autumn · locavore · meal planning · running just as fast as we can · Uncategorized · vegetarian

22 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Hannah Celeste // Aug 25, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    Very inspiring. Maybe I should start posting my meal ideas on my journal so I have some kind of accountability. Hrmm.

    Hope you feel better soon!

  • 2 Cheryl // Aug 25, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    Hope you feel better. I hear you on the need for some privacy. Honestly, I’m always in awe of the way you’re able to be so open and generous with sharing your heart and soul.

    Your menu looks yummy, and your new pic is gorgeous!

    Have a great week.

  • 3 GeorgiaGirl // Aug 25, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    WOW! Look at you. You look awesome. Congrats with your weight loss and maintaining. That Tomato Basil Pasta looks yummy (and easy), I am going to try that out!

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  • 5 Andrew is getting fit // Aug 26, 2008 at 1:43 am

    Hope your stomach has settled.

  • 6 Kristen // Aug 26, 2008 at 6:24 am

    hope you are feeling better. how’s the grain/green breakfasts working for you?

  • 7 Kay // Aug 26, 2008 at 7:27 am

    You look great in the new photos!

    Thanks for sharing your not-so-great health moments. It’s how we can learn from each other.

    Hope you’re on the mend today!

  • 8 sea // Aug 26, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    Everything sounds great! I’ve been thinking I need to eat more brown rice- it’s such a lovely, soothing food and makes my tummy happy.

    What is South Carolina rice? It sounds enticing…


  • 9 christie i. // Aug 26, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    Just found your blog today and I can’t wait to catch up and read more!

    Your progress pictures are awesome, you have done a fabulous job!

  • 10 K Renee // Aug 27, 2008 at 6:44 am

    I’ve been loving your thoughtful posts lately.

    Your pics are great, and of course, I am greatly envious of your hair! 😉

  • 11 Kath // Aug 29, 2008 at 8:08 am

    Thanks for commenting on my BBQ post. I was so surprised when I came over to visit you to see what you have going on over here. I love it. September is always a new beginning for me and my husband just phoned me at work to say, “let’s go the nuts and berries route for a while”. We ate too much last night, delicious, but not necessary. Anyway, don’t mean to hijack your comments, just wanted to say that it is lovely to meet you.

  • 12 marky // Aug 29, 2008 at 9:56 am

    Hope you are feeling better soon. Thanks for the visit and comment on my blog! You have a nice place here, I plan to look around awhile! congrats on the fabulous healthy changes!

  • 13 Lilbet // Aug 29, 2008 at 1:43 pm


    Great meal plan, very inspirational. I noticed you eat lots of greens, which are very healthy, but as a registered nurse, the first thing I thought was, that’s where your stomach trouble is coming from. I hope that it’s merely something transitory and not diet related, but just a quick look at your diet, that is high in fiber and especially high in greens intake is probably the culprit.

    Feel better!

  • 14 KT // Aug 29, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    Hey Sally-
    thanks for the visit. I am a gluten free (singer), struggling with healthy diet too. Effexor caused me to gain a bunch of weight this year- I have had great success these last two weeks with 1300 cals/ day and 64 oz herbal tea (Ineeka organic white lemon). I brew it in mason jars (4 a day) and just drink a whole one when I am hungry. I was super protein cravy today- I am trying to fight the lust. You are a beautiful smiling girl though- remember too, that if there is a little extra where you don’t want it- doesn’t matter much.


  • 15 clumbsycookie // Aug 29, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    Wow sally! I was checking your pictures and my hat off to you! 55 pounds is it? Oh well girl you look great! Congratulations! You must have a lot of will power, well done! You must be really proud! Very nice meal plan too! Keep up the good work!

  • 16 Melissa // Aug 29, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Wow, you are doing an amazing job! I’ve recently gone gluten free and I’ve dropped 32 pounds.

    I’ve been the same as you, maintaining…now I just need to get back on it again and lose the last ten!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  • 17 Nazarina A. // Aug 29, 2008 at 8:47 pm


    Thank you for dropping by !

    What a transformation!!!!!! You look great and you definately have a will that matches your beauty. My best friend has Celiac D. so I am extremely careful with her dishes. Even I have come to love it and so does my alimentary canal LOL!

  • 18 rondabc // Aug 29, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    Thanks for your comment. It brought me here and I’ve been reading all sorts of good things on your blog. Very inspiring writing that I am really enjoying. (And there’s so many cool links to check out too – soy-free, dairy-free, sugar-free ice cream!?!, now that I’m definately gonna have to check out).

    Congrats on the weight loss and thanks for sharing. I find myself saying “uh-huh, I get it” to several of the posts I’ve read (especially your post about playing the ‘what-if’ scenarios in your head) .

    Thanks again.

  • 19 Kristin // Aug 29, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    Thanks for the comment on my travel blog, darling !! Funny thing is … I have a weight loss & fitness blog TOO … and never the twain shall meet … one is like a freaking secret life, whereas my travel blog is quite public. Anyway, you have free access to them both, to my double life ! Wow ! I will now spend some time exploring YOUR blog, and I will start my new blogroll on my fitness blog with you !

  • 20 Kat // Aug 30, 2008 at 6:15 am

    thanks for commenting on my blog the other day! I really admire your dedication to “getting healthy right”. Hmm… I may have to follow this more closely as I have many food lessons to learn.

  • 21 Patti // Sep 4, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    Sally, You won the painting in my giveaway!Congratulations! Send me an e-mail of where to mail your little mandala. peace. Patti

  • 22 Dad To Two // Sep 7, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    I can not believe how disciplined and organized you are with the things in you life. I am so envious. I totally lack that discipline and I spent four years in the Army. Keep up the good work.

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