Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Veganomics Project Goes Raw

A few weeks ago I purchased raw, vegan chef Ani Phyo's new book, Ani's 15-Day Fat Blast: The Super Fast Plan to Get Lighter, Tighter, and Sexier Super Fast. I had high expectations given her previously published recipe books, which I gave rave reviews for a Portland-based newspaper a few years ago.

Her creativity, energy and inspiration continue in this new book. Though it deviates from her previous works in that it has more information about the health benefits of a raw food lifestyle than actual recipes, it provides something her earlier works--at least the ones I have read--do not: a menu with shopping lists. That made my job at the grocery store today inordinately easier than it would have been otherwise. I suspect it will make following a raw food diet easier as well.

Tomorrow I begin the first phase of the diet in which raw smoothies and soups are the only foods consumed for three days. I'm a little nervous about the phase, but if I get hungry or just can't handle it anymore, I'll have a handful or nuts or one of my homemade just-like-Lara bars.

Another aspect of the book I love is that it is teaching me about new ingredients. I think I am the last vegan on earth to learn what nutritional yeast is. But wow, the stuff is amazing! I purchased a container of it a few days ago and was amazed how much energy it gave me. Don't take my word for it though, try it yourself. By the way--and Ani explains this well in the book--nutritional yeast is nothing like brewer's yeast or active dry yeast for baking. The former has nutritional properties the latter two do not, plus it is not alive, meaning you're not going to get a big frothy mess if you put it into your smoothie. It looks like fish food flakes, but it tastes mildly savory, with a nutty almost Parmesan flavor. I'm hooked.

So how did all of the new foods add up at the grocery store? It's tough to tell because I purchased pantry staples for the whole two weeks including all of the nuts and a huge tin of olive oil that will last well beyond the diet. Moreover, I am not requiring the men in my life to follow me on the diet, so I didn't purchase foods for the whole family, though they will enjoy some of it as I doubt I can eat an entire head of Napa cabbage all by myself. That said, I spent about $100.

I'll keep you posted how the 15 days go. For now check out Ani's book here: 

Ani's 15-Day Fat Blast; The Kick-Ass Plan to get Lighter, Tighter, and Sexier... Super Fast
by Ani Phyo
Hardover, 272 pages
DeCapo Lifelong Books
May 2012


  1. I'm excited to hear your results from the diet and how you are feeling physically through the 15 days.

  2. Thanks for your comment, Heather. I'm excited too! Actually, I'm just cracking open the book to see what's for breakfast tomorrow morning. Blueberry Blast smoothie. Yum! I'll keep you posted about actual physical results too.

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