|Coffee = good. |
Coffee w/ fake cream and sugar substitute = bad.
The first few days were fun. I read lots of blogs, pinned tons of recipes on Pinterest, and got excited about the fact that quinoa is a complete protein. I bought tofu, dried beans, brown rice, almond milk, butternut squash, spinach, apples, ginger root, frozen berries, and anything else that was 1) not an animal product; 2) not processed; and 3) not sweetened with sugar, sucralose, aspartame, dextrose, xylitol, agave nectar, raw sugar, etc. (as in, no sweets).
But then I realized....I was on a unprocessed vegan fast.
Which meant no string cheese.
And no strawberry jam on my peanut butter sandwiches.
And no yogurt-covered raisins.
And no cheese sandwiches.
And no nonfat lattes from Mama Carmen's.
And no Chick-Fil-A.
And no community group chicken chili or sugar cookies.
And no Greek yogurt. :(
This was a hard reality check for me. And it continues to be as the days pass on, but I've finding some great alternatives. Did you know soy lattes are really good? And Thai restaurants serve a ton of vegan options? Though it's been challenging, I think it's for the best, as I am feeling tremendously better: my skin looks healthier, I feel more energized, I'm able to actually run outside without feeling like I'm going to die, and I am thinking much clearer.
What are my staples? Well, here are some of the things I've had over the last nine days:
- Breakfast - kamut brown rice cereal w/ almond milk and berries, fruit smoothies, pumpkin oatmeal, or whole wheat toast w peanut butter
- Lunch - lentil soup w/ rye crackers, black bean burgers w/ pita halves and carrots w/ hummus, or minestrone soup
- Dinner - brown rice and veggies, potatoes w/ vegan chili, or spaghetti w/ marinara
- Snacks - Clif bars (my only processed snack, because they are delicious and nutritious at the same time), fruit, nuts, or hummus on toasted pitas.
|Pita and hummus. Delightful.|
|Brown rice with garlic-roasted butternut squash, tofu, and broccoli.|
I don't know how much longer I'll continue eating vegan. I'll probably go to the two-week mark and add in some Greek yogurt and cheese. But I really like the idea of eating conscientiously, making specific choices about the foods I'm choosing to put into my body. It feels good, and I'm learning a lot about what I need.