Saturday, January 20, 2007

Well, I am just finishing up my third week of this vegan thing. There isn't really much to blog about, kind of the same thing every day. I am getting to the point where I almost gave up this week because I am CRAVING cream with my coffee. The soy creamer is just not doing it for me! I am really not missing the cheese, mostly because my face is so clear and, since that is the only thing that has drastically changed, it must have been the reason for my breakouts.

I am mostly proud of myself for setting a goal and I am so close to achieving it. I rarely follow through on things so this is huge for me! Just facing a challenge and sticking with it has done so much for me. I won't be continuing to eat vegan for a lifetime but I have changed a lot of bad eating habits and am better for it.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Humming along....

Well, I've almost finished week 2. I was very excited this week to discover Earth Balance, a great substitute for butter but it is not hydrogenated and tastes better than margarine. It makes my toast so much more enjoyable! I also got some soy creamer which is a little thicker than just soy milk and that has made my coffee much more enjoyable. So, all in all I am doing pretty good on this vegan thing.

I pulled some new recipes off the internet that I am going to try this week so that will make my diet a little more exciting. I seem to be eating the same things over and over again, reminds me of when I first became vegetarian. So many of my own recipes have dairy so time to branch out a bit. Calista wanted potato salad for dinner last night so I made her some. I didn't think it was going to effect me but I was salivating! I love potato salad! It made me realize that I really don't think I can live vegan for life but it certainly has changed a lot of old habits. Instead of grabbing cheese when I need a snack I've been grabbing the nuts, seeds, apples with almond butter, and hummus; certainly healthier than cheese. I've dropped a total of 5 lbs and still seem to be climbing down. I also know that I can't do soy lattes for good either, I just enjoy them with regular cream far too much! Maybe I will end up with a milking cow some day :)

Kev gave up. He just decided that he loves his cheese too much. He says "I'm half vegan", with a funny grin on his face. He's gotten turned on to Health Valley products, lots of vegetable soup, lentil soup, and chili so he is still eating a little healthier, although he has always been my child that is interested in health and nutrition and does a lot of reading up on things and eats very good. He loves all my "weird" foods too like the soy products, soy milk, almond milk, hummus, pesto, and lots of vegetables.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Finished week 1

Well, that week went by fast! I'm getting pretty used to this vegan thing. I have dropped three pounds so that is definitely a side benefit. My face is completely clear so I now know that it possibly had more to do with the high fat in my diet than it did the coffee. Time will tell if my face stays clear or not.

Kevin gave up for a day and then went right back to vegan. Don't know if he will make it through the rest of the month or not. He finds it very easy to do at home, where there is lots of available vegan food, but not so easy to do when he is with friends. I'm feeling better and shedding these last ten lbs is worth it for me and makes me not miss the dairy as much. I am missing the butter on my toast in the morning more than anything else. I feel so much "lighter" and am eating much less bulk and feeling so much more satisfied all the time. Pretty much everything I put in my mouth has nutritional value, which is probably why I feel so satisfied. I am not eating "empty calories".

Had homemade guacomole and salsa tonight, mmmmmmmm! I joined a couple vegan lists on yahoo groups and hope to pull some new recipes off of them tomorrow. I tend to get stuck in a rut with the same ol' recipes and need to spice it up a bit.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Day 5

Well, we are into the 5th day now. Things aren't as easy as we thought they would be. I thought Kevin was more gung ho than me but he is ready to go back to his normal lacto-ova vegetarian self. He is waiting for me to cheat so he can throw his hands up but I'm not budging. I'm not finding it as easy as I thought I would but it is not terribly bad. The things I am missing the most are the butter on my toast in the morning, the feta on my salads and certain things that have egg in them, including my soy meat products.

Probably the thing I am having the toughest time dealing with is my decision to give up my coffee. At this point I am not sure whether I am willing to give that up permanently. It is not just the constant throb in my head this week but it is the ritual. Somehow it is just not the same with tea, can't quite put my finger on it. My jaw pain is actually worse, can't explain that one. My face has certainly cleared up but it may have more to do with the cheese. I have lost 2 lbs this week, which I was expecting since I have virtually gotten rid of almost all fat and sugar in my diet.

So....................I got interrupted while blogging and I broke down and made myself a soy latte. Aaahhhhhhhhh, that's all I can say!! Funny thing is that while I was making that Kev called me. He is with a friend and they stopped by Subway. I pick up the phone and he says, "Moooommmm, I can't eat anything", in this very pathetic voice. I gave him some suggestions, such as no cheese and instead of mayo put oil and vinegar on it. That didn't sound good to him because he LOVES Subway and he likes it the way he likes it, ya know! I asked him if he was giving up on me and he says, "Ya, I'm getting close." I told him it is more important to enjoy your food and just live a healthy lifestyle. I'm thinking he is going to have that sandwich :) I think he is doing this to be supportive of his mommy. He believes in the lifestyle but sometimes it is much easier said than done. He has been hackling me about my coffee and telling me how unhealthy it is so I guess we are even :)

Well, I am going to get through this month. It is a good challenge for me, especially in the art of discipline, something I am not very good at. As to what I am eating.............lots of soups and salad (with oil and vinegar), nuts and seeds, dried fruit, beans. It is a lot easier for me to get all my veggies when I make soup and it is VERY cold here this week so it warms up my bones! I love hummus, pepperoncini's and the sort so I have been eating a bit of that. I like to snack on organic chips and salsa. Kev has been juicing quite a bit, with carrots, apples, and oranges. He LOVES beans and rice so I have made that a couple of times for him. He also likes mashed black beans with strips of tortillas or pita.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Day 1

Well, we made it through our first day. It wasn't quite as easy as I had anticipated but we will make it. I wasn't stalked up on the appropriate groceries yesterday, which is why it was a little more difficult. We went to the store last night and got a few things to make it a little easier.

Yesterday I had toast in the morning; pita, hummus, olive tapenade, and bell peppers for lunch; chips and salsa for a snack, and tofu with peanut sauce and vegetable soup for dinner. I didn't have my coffee in the morning but had green tea instead. I was doing well all day, with no headache until early in the evening. The headache lasted through the night and is still throbbing a little. I broke down and took some Tylenol, as it makes me a little nauseous to have a headache. It freaks me out a little that an addiction to caffeine can make you have withdrawals like this. Makes me not want to touch the stuff again but I just enjoy it so much. We will see how I feel about it in a couple of weeks when it is cleaned out of my system.

I started this morning with organic multi-grain pancakes with peanut butter and syrup, an orange, and green tea. I made the pancakes with egg replacer, which is basically potato starch and cellulose gum. It replaces the egg in a recipe. I also used almond milk instead of regular milk. I could have used soy milk also but I am out. I could hardly tell the change except for a very slight difference in texture due to the egg replacer. I need to buy some more almond butter also because the peanut butter that my husband likes is full of hydrogenated oils and I know that peanuts have high levels of pesticides. Almond butter is more flavorfull anyway.

I am surprised at how well Kevin is doing also. He has been doing quite a bit of research on the vegan lifestyle and is starting to get quite passionate about it. He was preaching to his Dad about it last night.............too funny! This lifestyle may stick for him. I may feel differently about it after a few weeks, but at this point I am prone to say that I will be drastically changing my eating habits but I think I will still have a little egg and cheese on occasion. What this is doing for me is that when I am getting ready to eat I am thinking about what my healthiest options are v. what tastes the best. Not that I don't want my food to taste good but I am more concerned with getting the proper nutrition that I need.