cabbage rolls

I made vegan cabbage rolls for supper yesterday. They were good. I needed a few ingredients so decided to walk to the store rather than drive. So i got a 40min walk as well. I find myself getting hungry around 8 or 9pm.  I am used to snacking. I have been just accepting the feelingthen heading to bed early. I have been sleeping great!

Week 1 is over

I had my friends over for dinner last night.  Maria brought dessert.  It was a fruit flan and I did eat one.  It was so sweet and I did not really enjoy it.  I am not going to beat myself for eating it.  I had a great dinner with a small piece of fish and lots of vegetables.   So, I did well overall. I have no scale here so don’t know how much I weigh.   But, I am doing this for the health benefits and not the weight.   I think the weight will come off regardless if one eats like we should eat.

My first weekend

I got through Friday night with no wine.  If Shawn had brought a bottle home, there is NO WAY I would have had the willpower to say no.  But, he had agreed not to and followed through so I was so thankful.  It was a rough night with the cravings for wine and junk food.  But I made it through and was so proud of myself.

Saturday was so productive with the kids.  What a difference no wine hangover makes.  We took the kids to the museum in the morning and a walk in the woods in the afternoon.  Shawn played games with them throughout the day and evening.  I commented to him, “What wonderful parents we are when we don’t drink and stay up late.”

Last night we had a beautiful vegan pizza – the leftover lentil tomato sauce for the night before’s past, on a pre-made Costco thin crust, then topped with:

spinach leaves, onions, red bell pepper, zucchini, tomatoes, and drizzled with lots of cashew sauce(raw cashews, orange juice, garlic, salt, ginger whipped in Blendtech).  I made it in ten minutes.  Simple and delicious.

Behind me this morning, Shawn is playing hide and seek with the kids.  We will take them all for a walk in the woods this afternoon.

So, I will continue to focus on the positive stuff that a healthy lifestyle brings, not what I am missing out on.

Back at it. Day 1

I agree with Johann, we have to find an eating plan that we can stick with. When I am at the cottage or making food for  your dad, meats are always around me and I can not make two different types of foods for every meal.    I made my curry and rice and ate just 6 slices of chicken.  It was delicious.  I had a yogurt and strawberries for desert. If I am really hungry, I take a few Brazilian nuts to chew on, just 10 pieces.   My achilles heal is sugar products and junk food.  If I can just get off those products, then I will be fine.  I think when I eat them they make me crave more and I can not stop.  So, that is what I will do.  I also agree with Johann, let’s keep watching those films about food.  I am reading those books that Lisa sent me on different nutritional eating programs. So, I think we have to keep our focus on the reasons why we need to eat well.   Johann, I also think that you should make a plan for the week and then go and  buy your products.  Then make your meals on the weekend.  They do not take long.   I made my chicken curry in 10 minutes.  If you make enough then you have it for a few days.   I watched that movie today and it really helped me stay focused.  

So, my supper was 

1 can of Amy’s medium curry

1 sweat potato

1 zucchini 

1/2 cup of vegetable stock

put in a pot and heat until the vegetables are tender

1 cup of boiled rice.  I use one cup of rice, two cups of vegetable stock, a small piece of ginger sliced and salt and pepper.  

My chicken breast I sliced in thin slices, took a bit of oil and put in frying pan, fried the chicken until it was cooked.  I added the chicken to my curry and rice.  

 

Getting back on

I fell off the plant strong lifestyle in August – a week into vacation in NS.  I had been off meat, wheat, sugar, and alcohol for almost 6 months and I felt amazing.  Since then it has been back to the usual bad eating and I feel gross and out of control.  I want to feel healthy again and I know what I need to do.  I’ve known for months and haven’t been able to push myself to take control of my life.  Now I am ready to get out of denial.

Here is what I need to stop – the things that I know sabotage me: alcohol; too much time on the internet in the form of netflix tv series; refined sugar; sitting (as in I want to start walking again).

Well, today is day 1.  I know tonight is gonna be HARD.  Real hard.  I am already making veggie burgers, so supper is taken care of.  It is the evening that is so difficult though.

Back in Canada

Took five days to drive back from Sacramento.  The food buying each day on the road was terrible. We ate Subway sandwiches for 4 days. I had the vegetable sandwich and one day the tuna. It was very bland. No place to buy any good vegetarian dishes. When I got back I had to fight my mother’s insistence to eat her cookies. She believes that I am crazy eating the type of foods that I eat. Anyway, I just ignored her rants. I lost another three pounds. I am wearing clothes that I could not get into so feel happy that they fit. I also feel so good that I have stuck to this vegetarian lifestyle and have had no junk food, sugar products, meat, and cheese products since March the 25th.

When I got back I went over to Costco to buy my food staples so now have my fridge filled with good foods.   So, when I am here I will be OK.   Now, the hard part begins. Cottage season is upon me and family will be visiting. Two birthday parties are approaching. This will be interesting to see how I do over the next two months. Going to my daughter’s house tonight and she is having Indian vegetarian so all will be well.

Still here

Hi there!  I am still at it in full-force.  Made an awesome carrot squash soup yesterday for lunch.  Beet balls with mashed potatoes and mushroom “gravy” for supper.  Husband and I are still 90% vegan, diary, sugar and wheat free.  I have eaten fish a few times in the last 2 weeks, and am taking a fish oil supplement for my eye health.  I am also walking hard about an hour a day 4-5 times a week.  I bought new smaller pants less than an week ago, and they are already too loose on me!  I am only losing ounces on the scale though, so I must be gaining muscle from all the walking.  I have 2 sick babies at home and am busy getting my other website up and running.  I’ll let you know once I do my first post over there!