Greek Tempeh Wrap with Cashew Yogurt Tzatziki Sauce
Don’t Diet! Make a Lifestyle Change Instead.
Greek Tempeh Wrap with Cashew Yogurt Tzatziki Sauce.
Do you think of the word diet as a noun or a verb?
Is your diet a way of life or is it deprivation?
Each year, 45 million people go on a diet to lose weight: this is the verb form of the word. But the struggles are apparent. Sixty-five percent of Americans are overweight and more than 36% are obese.
Most diets fail because deprivation is never a long-term winning strategy.
If you’re looking to change your eating habits, lose weight, and feel better think lifestyle change instead.
If you really want to change your life: Cook!
Author and journalist, Michael Pollan, has devoted most of his career to exploring food, culture, and food production. In his book, “Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual”, Pollan condenses his approach to eating like this, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
That’s a lifestyle approach, not a diet.
Introduce more variety into your diet by substituting a vegetable, legume, or grain in place of a meat.
Here’s an example. Instead of a Greek Chicken Wrap for dinner, substitute tempeh for chicken. That’s, T-E-M-P-E-H.
Traditionally, tempeh is made with soy but I prefer the multigrain version which also includes bulgur wheat, barley, millet, brown rice, and oats. The grains are cultured and fermented and during this process they form a solid cake that can be cooked in a variety of ways.
Go plant-based all the way and serve it with a Greek tzatziki sauce made with a dairy substitute like cashew yogurt. All the benefits of the probiotics without the dairy.
Ask your grocer for these items if you don’t see them on the shelves.
And remember, the most important lifestyle change means sharing a meal at the table.