Friday, January 9, 2015

Almost Bulletproof Salad and a not so good alternative to Coffee

I have been eating a modified version of the Bulletproof diet for the past few days, modified because I did not quite have all of the supplies I needed to go fully Bulletproof. Now that I have everything I need to go fully Bulletproof, I am going to need to continue making modifications to suit my tastes.

First of all, I do not like coffee, never have. I prefer sweet over savory and definitely sweet over the bitter taste of coffee. While my collegues fuel up their mornings with coffee, I drink Mountain Dew. I figured with the butter and oil in the Bulletproof plan, Maybe, I could stomach the coffee, since it is a main staple of the diet. I even purchased the pure ground vanilla, thinking I could somehow modify the coffee and make it palatable for me. The first go around was yesterday, I made the coffee, added the butter, vanilla, butter and oil, but it didn't work for me, it just tasted like.... coffee.

Now, I didn't realize until dumping my coffee down the drain, but the vanilla was all bunched up in the bottom, perhaps I need to brew it with the coffee rather than just adding it to the final product. I love French Vanilla cappucino, but only from the gas station machines, lol, I cannot stand the way the baristas make it, it still tastes like coffee and not sugar. Anyway, I hadn't yet purchased my immersion blender, so it's possible, it might all taste better once I get it mixed up right. I will at least give it one more try.

This morning, I tried some green tea. I brewed it in the keurig instead of using the coffee. I added the butter, oil (1 Tbsp. each of Brain Octane and MCT oil), 1 Tbsp. of Collagen (Because I am female, over 40 and need to lose a lot of weight) and blended it all up with my handy immersion blender, threw it in a travel mug and drank it on the way to work. Or that was the plan anyway. I don't know if it was the collagen (Which is supposed to be tasteless) or what but I truly felt like I was trying to drink lard from the cup, I tasted oil (It reminded me of trying to induce labor once, at 42 weeks pregnant and a bottle of castor oil) YUCK! I could not get it down. I tried to swirl it around in my cup and take another sip, but, I gagged, almost heaved and forced it down my throat.

This is not working. I want to try the diet the right way, I have read the book and I feel like maybe it can work for me, but the coffee is a major component and Dave Asprey doesn't give many options if you are not a coffee drinker. I have got to find a suitable substitute if I am going to make this work!

I settled down for lunch a little while ago, with my big salad full of healthy vegetables and some grass-fed steak, left over from last night's dinner. Last night, I blended up the Bulletproof Ranch Dressing; put it in the fridge overnight. You know, it doesn't taste bad on the finger, for just a quick taste, but UGH, I poured it all over my salad and UGH, I can't stomach it. Now, I am trying to eat less processed food and follow the bulletproof diet, but I have to be able to stomach what I am eating to enjoy it, otherwise, I will not be sticking with it.

Because I work at a hospital, I was able to go to the cafeteria and grab some salad dressing off of the salad bar. I went with Olive oil and Balsamic Vinaigrette, it is definitely NOT part of the Bulletproof plan, but you know what? If I don't find ways of eating healthy that appeal to me, I will never stick to any plan. So, as I sit here eating my almost Bulletproof salad, I decided to look for some clean eating salad dressings. They may not be Bulletproof, but they are certainly going to be healthier than the processed salad dressings in the store aisles. I have yet to try them, but anything has got to be better than that crap I tried to eat today. I want to be bulletproof, I want to try the strict guidelines for at least 2 weeks, but so far, I am not having any luck here....

Clean Eating Honey Mustard Dressing by The Gracious Pantry
Creamy Garlic Salad Dressing by Shelly Heim
Tomato Basil Vinaigrette by A Proverbs 31 Wife
Avocado Dressing by Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice
Balsamic and Maple Dressing by Mother Thyme
Sesame Ginger Dressing by Little B Cooks
Vegan Green Goddess Dressing by Detoxinista
Italian Basil Vinaigrette by Savory Notes
Paleo Savory Ranch Dressing by Primal Kitchen
Greek Salad Dressing by Primal Palate
Mango Cumin Salad Dressing by Sweet Life Bake
Pumpkin Apple Salad Dressing by Healthy Mama Info
Creamy Coconut Milk Salad Dressing by The Yummy Life
Apple Pomegranate Salad Dressing by The Diva Dish
Blueberry Salad Dressing by My Food Style
Simple Balsamic Vinaigrette from Sparkpeople website
Clean Simple Vinaigrette from Sparkpeople website
Clean Ranch Dressing from Sparkpeople website
Awesome Balsamic Garlic Dressing from Sparkpeople website
Olive Oil and Lemon Salad Dressing from Sparkpeople website
italian vinaigrette salad dressing from Spark people website
Favorite Salad Dressing from Spark people website
Tangy Salad Dressing from Spark people website
DP CE Creamy Lemon Dressing from Spark people website
DP CE Honey and White Balsamic Vinaigrette from Spark people website
DP CE Orange Herb Dressing from Spark people website
DP CE Basil Walnut Vinaigrette from Spark people website
DP CE Rice Vinegar and Wasabi Dressing from Spark people website
CREAMY LIME-N-HONEY DRESSING from clean cuisine and more

So, there you have it. I cannot account for any of these just yet, but now I have several options to try when making my salads, these are all "Clean eating" salad dressings, which truthfully is what the Bulletproof diet is all about. While some of the ingredients may not be bulletproof, again, i stress (at least for myself) that the only way you can stick to a diet or change in lifestyle is to find something that works for you. every one of us is different. Maybe I won't be fully bulletproof after all, but eating a salad for lunch, with clean dressing is way better than what i was eating and is certainly a giant step in the right direction. Just because I am changing the plan to suit my own taste and my own needs, does not mean I am not going to be healthier, even if i am not bulletproof.


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