Sunday, November 04, 2007

Well, I'm four weeks now eating almost entirely vegan. There have been a few instances where I have failed to read the label on something only to find out later that there was something non-vegan in the product and twice, over the last four weeks, I have enjoyed a bowl of popcorn with real butter on it. We have tried some wonderful new recipes that the entire family thoroughly enjoyed and asked me to make it again.

Something I have gotten very good at is reading labels! There are things in food that you would not suspect! Which is why we just shouldn't eat processed food to begin with. I'm learning more and more to prepare, prepare, prepare. It's the best way to eat whole foods, foods that haven't been processed away from their original state.

Something I have made a few times that the kids keep begging for is baked potatoes and yams. I cut up several potatoes into 1/2 inch chunks, along with one large yam. I dowse olive oil on it and liberally sprinkle oregano, basil, and garlic salt all over, then mix. I bake for about 45 minutes or so until browned. That yam just adds a nice flavor and of course, the extra nutrients. No matter how big a pan I make it is always entirely gone 10 minutes after coming out of the oven.

My friends have been quite supportive, in fact we are getting ready to go to dinner at some friends that are making us a vegan oriental meal. I've learned that when I go somewhere I almost always offer to bring something vegan so people don't have to feel put-out and at the same time we have something good to eat and share a meal with friends.

I think the thing I enjoy the most is how I feel. I feel lighter, no stomach aches, etc. I was having stomach pains quite often after eating cheese, usually in large doses such as pizza or something like that. My family loves the vegan pizza that Kev has made a couple of times so maybe here in the next week I will post the recipe.

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