Day 2

No bad side effects on second day like headaches, so that was good.

Morning: rooibos tea and smoothie

morning snack: three rice cakes with PB and apple slices

lunch: day 1 supper leftovers

supper: tofu mini quiches and salad

dessert: since I had no starch with supper, I had rice cakes with PB and apple.

Lots of water and sodium free sparkling water.

Day 1

By the end of today, I already felt lighter!  I did have a headache in the afternoon that lasted all evening.  Probably the coffee withdrawl.  But, I felt good that I made the plunge to recommit to this.

morning: water, rooibos tea

midmorning: spinach and kale smoothie

lunch: since I don’t yet have leftovers, I ate five rice crackers smeared with PB and apple slices.  Four would have been enough as they were filling.

Supper: I whipped up a cauliflower, chickpea, sweet potato, cabbage curry with raisins.  It was really good.

I remembered just how fast and easy vegan cooking is.  Throw together a bean with a starch and some veggies, add spices.  How easy us that?!

Feeling positive.

Been a looooong time, but I am back.

It’s been almost 3 years since family went vegan.  More than 2.5 years since family fell off the wagon and became junk food carnivores.  1.5 years since I quit drinking alcohol permenantly.  And, today, three years since starting this blog – I am ready to begin again.  I will be forty this year, and I want to finally commit to living a healthy, purposeful life.  I am always tired.  I am slowly gaining weight.  I have zero energy.  Enough is enough.

I am gonna go for the 21 day challenge again!  I got my smoothie stuff ready to blend in the morning!

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.