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  • fruit-smoothi-mustacheThis is my update for the McDougall Diet, week three.  If you want to learn more about the McDougall diet, click here.

    I usually share with you what I had for each day, but I will not do that in this post.  These  are the foods I ate during week three of following the McDougall diet:

    Pasta (Jerusalem Artichoke Flour)
    100% Wheat Bread

    Sweet Potatoes
    Mustard Greens
    Romaine Lettuce
    Tomatoes (technically a fruit)
    Red Onion
    Olives (technically a fruit)

    Split Pea and Barley Soup
    Black Bean and Lime Soup
    Kidney Beans
    Garbanzo Beans


    Soy Milk

    Chia Seeds
    Hemp Seeds

    Nutritional Yeast
    100% Wheat Bread
    Real Salt
    Agave Nectar
    Organic Kelp with Cayenne Seasonings
    Onion Powder
    Garlic Powder
    Chipotle Chile Pepper
    Black Pepper
    Pasta Sauce
    Tamari (low sodium)

    Synder’s of Hanover Sourdough Nibblers/Snaps

    Vitamin B-12

    My Fast Food Experience

    I started the McDougall Diet on August 1, 2013 and since then I have not eaten out at any restaurants.  I cook my own food and enjoy it.

    Dr. McDougall does not recommend eating out, especially while following the diet, but I ran errands one day and needed something to eat.  I stopped by a fast food joint, that I used to frequent.  I always order the veggie burrito.  The burrito has black beans, rice, corn, avocado, lettuce, and their secret sauce.

    The first bite I took of the burrito tasted awful.  I could not believe that I used to eat this and think that it was the healthier choice on the menu.  There was a bad aftertaste that I had never noticed before, but I continued eating, because I was hungry.

    I learned that after you give up fast food for a while and start eating whole foods that you prepare and cook yourself, that your taste buds change.  I do not have any desire to eat at that fast food joint any time soon.

    fruit-smoothie-cinnamonBest Tasting Smoothie, Ever

    I got tired of eating oatmeal and decided to make a breakfast smoothie. I made a smoothie that blew my taste buds away.  I had no idea the smoothie would be a success and I had to share it with you.  Below is the recipe for my quick breakfast smoothie:

    Banana Strawberry Smoothie with an Oats and Cinnamon Twist

    Makes one serving.

    1 Frozen Banana
    1/2 Cup Fresh Strawberries
    1 Cup Organic Soy Milk (or any milk of your choice)
    1/2 Cup Oats
    1-3 Dashes of Ground Cinnamon (to taste)

    Blend until creamy and enjoy.

    *If you want to make more than one serving, double the recipe.

    Final Words

    Overall, I am still going strong following this diet.  I have started walking on my treadmill and doing a little strength training.

    I really like the McDougall Diet, because it is not hard for me to follow.  It is very filling as well as economical.

    Well, I guess that’s it.

    Until next time…

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    Evelyn Parham

    Evelyn Parham shares healthy living tips and inspiration for your mind, body and spirit.  Learn more about Evelyn by visiting the About page.  Get blog post updates and news delivered straight to your inbox by signing up here. 

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  • Comments


    Hi Evelyn, That smoothie seems delicious. Did you put raw oats in your smoothie, or did you cook them? I have never thought to add oats to a smoothie. Thanks for sharing your recipe!


    Hey Trinity, It is. :) Yes, I use uncooked oats.


    Hi Evelyn, Sounds like the McDougal plan is working for you so far. That's great. I saw the book today while at a bookstore and thought of you :) Look forward to future updates. Take Care. Miss seeing your videos.


    Hey Tam, So glad you stopped by. Okay, that's cool. :) Funny you'd mention something about videos. I'm contemplating doing a hair video about why I cut my hair. This is probably confirmation that I should probably do it. ;) I'll do a video up date about the McDougall plan, around the first week in September. I hope you are doing well and thanks for commenting!