Veggie Grill-Fast Food Friday

It’s Friday, and most of you are revving your engines up for either a happy hour or just an opportunity to leave your work behind you for a couple of days.  Either way, it’s Friday.  Friday should be a day of reflection.  So let’s put reflecting into practice:  What are the top 3 things you do this past week to help enhance your health?  List it now.  I’m waiting….Do it!  LOL!  Once you list those three things, I want for you to reflect on what it felt like to accomplish those things.  For example, you drank 1/2 your body weight in oz every day (Eg: A 200 lb person would need 100 oz of water in a day), you exercised 3x this past week and you went to work with all your meals, all of which were healthy and low glycemic (tool #68 in Breaking the Chains of Obesity, 107 Tools).  So, there are 3 solid achievements that one can have accomplished which is great, if that is the case.  What exactly did you do differently this week to accomplish what you did vs. the previous week?  Were there any barriers to making these things happen?  What were they if any, and how do you think you were successfully able to overcome these barriers?

Being lean is a lifestyle, you see.  It is being in any and all situations and just knowing what to do, and then just doing it.  If optimizing your health is your goal, and not necessarily striving to get a 6 pack abs, then follow the tools in all my blog posts along with the ones listed in Breaking the Chains of Obesity, 107 Tools. I am all about keeping the doctors away, even though I have friends who are docs.  Optimal nutrition and fitness are the foundation.  Married to those are good sleep and proper stress management.  Many of you reading might need coaching through some of this which is okay.  You may reach out to me directly to help you, or perhaps there is someone in your area who can help you.  Either way, take the first step by making these changes happen.  Start by choosing healthier meal options from menus, such as those I feature in my eating out category on this blog site.  My goal is to provide the public with healthy tools to survive the unhealthy messages that surround us 24/7.  It is up to you to shift in the direction of healthy living.  You have to do the work.  There is no magic pill.

This week’s Fast Food Friday choice is the Veggie Grill.  My beautiful friend Meg swears by the place because she did a Vegan challenge put out by Vegan Health and Fitness Magazine (great publication to read)  and successfully lost weight and feels great.  If you do it right, you can too.  Can everyone do the vegan thing?  If you do it right, sure.  Either way, one step at a time.  For now, here is a great menu selection for all of you vegans and non-vegans who want yet another healthy menu selection on this Fast Food Friday:


Steamin’ Kale

Entrees and Salads:

All Hail Kale with grilled Tempeh and dressing on the side


Bali Bliss with avocado and dressing on the side

I will be quite honest with you and say that I did not list any soy or wheat products on this list simply because wheat causes insulin spikes and there is too much speculation on the effects that soy has on hormones and body chemistry.  Although there are only 3 choices on this menu that I support, they are still good to go.  The side of kale can be in addition to the other two meals, but it is highly unlikely that you will need that side dish because their meals are very filling.  Remember, when you eat vegan, your protein intake may be less than when you eat animal sources, however, the ingredients used in the above meals are nutrient dense which is why they have the JZ stamp of approval.  Bon apetit! xo JZ