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Going Back for Seconds: Crave-Worthy Plant-Based Recipes Without All the Restrictions

Going Back for Seconds: Crave-Worthy Plant-Based Recipes Without All the Restrictions

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Going Back for Seconds: Crave-Worthy Plant-Based Recipes Without All the Restrictions

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Jul 1, 2014
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If you’re sick of dieting and sick of feeling like you should eat less and give up the foods you love, this cookbook is for you. Healthy lifestyle writer Laurel Moll offers fresh and colorful plant-based recipes that offer pleasure, comfort, and energy without calorie counting or strict diet rules.
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CHAPTER 1

Introduction

Growing Up On Rules

From as far back as I can remember, eating was something I knew I had to control. As the youngest in a family of five, I remember sitting at our dining room table, wondering if I could eat more cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning breakfast or less spinach at dinner without getting in trouble. At a very early age, I learned to watch what I eat. There were always rules to follow. Don’t take more than two cookies at a time. Eat all of your green beans before you get up from the table. No soda. No junk in the house, like fruit snacks or Twinkies. More this, less that.

Before I bum you out, let me say I was very lucky to have nutritious, fresh, home-cooked meals in my lunch and dinner every single day. Both of my parents enjoy cooking, and being around them helped me learn the basics and develop a solid appreciation for high-quality food. When I look back, I know that I really lucked out with a family who always had home-cooked food on the table.

But by the time I was a teenager, I had a solid obsession with food rules. I knew if I wanted to be accepted, I had to follow social standards to look my best, and that meant I spent a lot of time thinking about diets and restrictions. Whether I was at school, at home, or at dance class, I received the clear message that I should watch my weight and try to look pretty. Living in a Florida beach town just amplified these feelings, because the fear of spring and summer bathing-suit season haunted me all year long. All of the efforts of my family’s good home cooking couldn’t keep me from feeling pressure to be thin, to crave junk foods, and to eventually rebel against the very rules I followed.

In high school I went crazy with freedom, scarfing down fast food after school with friends. It was fun and freeing to drive to the corner store for sodas, chips, and candy (all of the things I couldn’t find in the cupboards at home). I remember feeling starved all the time, partially because I grew four inches in one summer, but more because I was drunk with the need to break some rules. One time I actually finished a burger in less time than it took to drive from one stoplight to the next (and believe me, our small-town streets were not very long), and I was still hungry. Before I knew it, I had packed on a few pounds, and my weight became a larger focus.

I continued dieting in college, where I reached my peak of food and body obsession. At one point I got so frustrated with yo-yo diets that I was barely eating. I tried the no-carb thing, the diet soda thing, the no food after 6pm thing, and the I’m broke thing, which meant my sister and I walked into a supermarket with $25 to buy a week’s worth of groceries. We bought ramen, sugar-free jelly and toast, diet soda, and cereal. I felt empty, and none of the diets worked in the long run. By the time I hit my mid-twenties, I had fully exhausted my efforts to be the perfect size and zapped all of my energy. Something had to give.

On a stroke of luck after college (or universal guidance as I like to call it), I came across information about a health coach training program in NYC. I signed up promptly with the hope that I would get healthy and get a handle on my relationship with food. In the program, I learned about the pros and cons of all the popular diets and studied with food experts in every genre. I started cooking more and learned how to break down my anxiety-ridden relationship with food. I figured out there is no perfect diet for everyone, because we all have different needs.

My biggest takeaway was learning how to really listen to my own body. This one skill completely changed my life. I found out that being healthy is not just about what you eat; it’s about getting regular exercise, reducing stress, finding happiness in your career and relationships, and most importantly, doing what’s best for YOU.

These days I’ve settled into a happier place with food and developed a healthy lifestyle that works for me. Funnily enough, I appreciate my downright painful past with diets, because it led me to truly appreciate the freedom and pleasure I now enjoy. Sometimes you have to mess up – a lot – before you can find your way.

Plant-Based Living

I like the term plant-based, because this lifestyle is not about rules. Instead, you simply build most of your meals around plants (fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, etc.), and leave space for freedom. You’re not counting calories, not stressing about eating a slice of cake for a friend’s birthday, and not suffering. Instead you’re fueling a delicious passion for the foods you eat, so you never feel like you’re missing out. I find that when I eat mostly plants, I don’t have to give too much attention to portion control. More kale salad? Yes, I think I will. Bigger cacao smoothie for dessert? Yep. Seconds of spicy corn chowder? Of course.

I think many people are turned off by vegetarian diets because they feel like they’re giving up everything forever. Sure, strict diets work for some people, but they’re not for me. Given my history of crazy, stressful diet rules that made me sick and tired, I know that I’m not looking for a strict lifestyle or to make a declaration of what I can or won’t do. At this point in my life, I like to eat mostly plants because it gives me the most energy, it’s a drastically better lifestyle choice for the health of our planet and animals, and I have the flexibility to indulge whenever I want.

In addition to a plant-based diet, I’m a big proponent of leading an active lifestyle. I exercise a ton and teach

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