18 Sep

I’ve mentioned before that I found it difficult to find much information about being vegan on Weight Watchers while deciding if I wanted to join.  So, here are some resources that I found, and some that you gain access to once you sign up.

The best source of information that I found was, subtitled A Neurotic Glamour Girl’s Weight Watchers Experience and Fitness Adventures.  She wrote about her journey with WW while she was going through it (including information from and reflections on the meetings), and she has since met her goal weight and even been featured as a WW Success Story of the Week.  I read practically all of her archives related to Weight Watchers, and it was a major influence in my decision to join.

A more recently started blog is veganloser.  Brittany said that she was inspired by my blog to start her own, which was totally flattering!  There are plenty of other Weight Watchers blogs out there of varying quality, but I haven’t found any others which focus on vegan food.  Leave a comment if you know of any others I should check out.

LaaLoosh is a blog which lists Weight Watchers friendly recipes.  They’re not all vegan, but you can go straight to a listing of the vegan recipes here.  I haven’t tried any of the recipes yet, but some of them look pretty good.

An offline resource which I have actually owned for a long while is Weight Watchers Versatile Vegetarian cookbook.  I think I’ve actually had this book since I lost weight as a vegetarian, back in 2003-04.  While the book is vegetarian, many recipes are vegan by nature and most of the rest could be easily veganized.  The recipes are fairly basic and I’ve only made a few; one standout is the White Bean-Pesto Dip, which is really easy to make and a great party appetizer.

Of course, there are plenty of vegan blogs and cookbooks which list recipes that are or can be made Weight Watchers friendly.  A few that come to mind are Fatfree Vegan, Choosing Raw and Appetite for Reduction.

Once you sign up for Weight Watchers online, there are a bunch more resources to be found – recipes, guides to eating out, fitness articles, exercises, a science library, success stories, blogs and message boards.  There is a vegetarian message board which is fun to peruse; I’ve found the members who post to be generally knowledgeable, welcoming and supportive.

I made a rather resourceful dinner Thursday night.  I was practically out of fresh food and at a loss for dinner, and Dave suggested the taqueria down the road.  In the past my taqueria go-to was a 17 point burrito.  This time I bought a side of rice and a side of beans, added what I could find in the fridge and split it into two meals.

I topped the rice and beans with a bit of Food for Lovers queso, picante sauce and green onion.  On the side I made a little salad of shredded carrot and celery, lime juice, chili powder and cilantro.    This was more healthy and a much more reasonable amount of points than a burrito!

Thursday, 9/15/11

breakfast – Vega Chocolate Whole Foods Energy Bar
AM snack – banana, 6 almonds, coffee with coconut creamer
lunch – salad (lettuce, balsamic-herb baked eggplant, squash, soy curls and tomatoes, radishes, green onion, 1 Tbs hemp seeds, 1 1/2 Tbs goddess dressing)
PM snack – plain coconut yogurt with mashed banana, stevia and vanilla extract
dinner – rice and pinto beans with vegan queso and picante sauce, carrot-celery salad with chili & lime, 6 oz red wine

Exercise –  Couch to 5K Week 8 Day 2 (28 minutes running, 10 minutes walking)

daily points used:  29
weekly points used:  4
activity points earned:  6

Friday, 9/16/11

breakfast – grits with coconut drink and nutritional yeast
AM snack – banana, coffee with coconut creamer
lunch – rice and pinto beans with vegan queso and picante sauce, carrot-celery salad with chili & lime
PM snack – 1/4 cup wasabi wow snack mix
dinner – 2 bowls minestrone, 1/2 serving capellini pomodoro, 12 oz light beer, 14 oz red wine

Exercise – 30 minutes walking

daily points used:  29
weekly points used:  21
activity points earned:  2

Saturday, 9/17/11

breakfast – 3/4 cup multigrain cereal squares, coconut drink, sliced banana, 1 Tbs raisins
lunch (at a baseball tailgate) – veggie burger on a wheat bun with ketchup, mustard, grilled onion, mushrooms and roasted red peppers, 1.5 oz salt & pepper Popchips, an apple, 24 oz MGD 64, 12 oz light beer
PM snack (at the baseball game) – 1.5 oz salt & pepper Popchips, an apple, 16 oz light beer
dinner – 1/2 serving capellini pomodoro, 2 tostada shells, 12 oz red wine

daily points used:  29
weekly points used:  24
activity points used:  5


One Response to “Resources”

  1. wordywort September 18, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

    Sheryl Yvette’s blog and yours were two that led me to sign up for WW at the beginning of Sept. Your rice and beans idea is an excellent Mexican restaurant survival tip. Great thinking!

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