The McDougall Diet Update – Week 3 (August 15-21)

August 23, 2013

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…

Comments (4)

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  1. Tam says:

    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!
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  2. Trinity says:

    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!