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.
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?!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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
1/2 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.