Monday, August 22, 2011

vegan.

Sorry I've been MIA. Last week was teacher in-service and the kids came back today. It's been a whirlwind getting ready and I'm getting back into the swing of things. But something happened with blogger and reader and my last post on running didn't seem to update. In case you didn't see it, check out my half marathon training update.

This weekend I was talking to someone that was explaining the benefits of veganism. I read Skinny B*tch a few months ago, and I already made a few lifestyle changes because of what was in the book. I decided yesterday that this was as good of a week as any to dive in head first and see the positive benefits myself.

I mentioned to Tim that I wanted to do this, and after a few minutes of talking and convincing, he decided he would give it a shot too.

The first step for me was talking to him about what we would eat this week and what he would snack on during the work day. He's a big yogurt eater, so that was one of the hardest parts. 

Here is our menu for the week:

Monday: Vegan Enchiladas with Cilantro Avocado Cream

Tuesday: Homemade Black Bean Burgers

Wednesday: Tacos using Tofu Crumble to replace ground beef (apparently it cooks and seasons just like meat)

Thursday: Veggie Stir Fry over Brown Rice

Friday: I'm out...

Saturday: Hummus and Grilled Vegetable Pizza

I want to do this to cleanse my body and lose weight.

Breakfast will include Barbara's cereal, Van's waffles, fruit, and almond milk
Snacks consist of fruit with peanut butter, edamame, and peanuts
I didn't buy dessert items, but I'm headed to Whole Foods tomorrow to check out their selection...

For all your vegans out there, what else can I snack on, eat for breakfast, and make for dinner? Also, what tips do you have on supplements for a vegan diet?
 Tim is sick of vegetables and I felt badly for the grocery checker as he exercised his memory thinking of all of the numbers for the produce I purchased.
For everyone else, have you ever tried a vegetarian, vegan, or gluten free diet? When did it go from hard work to becoming a lifestyle?
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12 comments:

Kayla said...

Let me know how this goes! I have thought about it for a long time but never taken the plunge. I float in and out of a vegetarian diet just without thinking. Meat has never really been something that important to me and I don't really eat processed food so I think vegan diet could work for me. Send me your secrets!

jillian :: cornflake dreams. said...

all those recipes look great! good luck!!
xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

Rachel McPhillips said...

I would love to be a full on pescatarian- someone who eats fish. I can't give fish up. I have tried the began lifestyle, but living in Alabama, it's not exactly vegan friendly, or even vegetarian friendly. When C was little, she had a milk protein allergy and I ended up having to give up dairy, and it was hard but amazing for the benefits- I lost 10 lbs in 2 weeks, doing that. And now I'm not a huge dairy eater, minus cheese dip. Giving up dairy was hard.. it's in EVERYTHING.

Amber said...

I saw you posting these on Pinterest, and wondered ;) Good for you! I've heard it's an excellent way to cleanse your body, I don't think that I could do it though. I can't wait to hear more about what you think!

April Westerhold said...

I agree with Rachel, I'm not a huge dairy eater but the hard part is that it is in everything. What kind of crust are you using for the pizza? You'll have to post how these recipes turned out.

Emily said...

I've reduced the amount of red meat I eat, but still do fish and chicken quite often. I eat healthy but still keep meats strong since I like getting the protein out of it.

My friend only eats GF and she has the best recipes for food.
Best to you on the cleanse. Hope you and Tim feel better. :)

Emily w/Amazing Grapes

Katie said...

very proud of you for doingt this! As far as your question, about after a month it was much less work and became a lifestyle. I'm at just over 6 mos and it is SO easy now. I don't think TWICE about anything.

Calley said...

When B is gone I eat very little meat, and when he is home we have meat free days at least twice a week. That is about as close as we could get though. I like sushi, steak and cheese too much!

Allison said...

I thought about going vegetarian but I felt like a hypocrite when I carried my leather purse. I wasn't ready to go vegan (I have now given up cows milk) I like meat (mostly chicken, I rarely eat red meat), but I didn't like the kinds of meat I was buying. I have been organic for over a year now and have been much happier with my food choices. Ever heard of Michael Pollan? LOVE his books, he really opened my eyes about food!

Kelly said...

Whole Foods has a wealth of vegan desserts. I just made my first vegan dessert - chocolate whoopie pies with vanilla frosting. Super easy (and healthy?)

Katie said...

Good for you! Vegan would be crazy difficult. I don't think I could do it, although I've definitely thought about doing gluten free.

anonperfectgirl said...

I always think about going vegan... but the thing is... I've heard so many people about getting healthproblems because of veganism that it scared me away... I already suffer from fatigue etc. every now and then just from being a vegetarian...