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.
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.
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!
It is amazing how much blogging I have done over the last 6 weeks but lately I am getting a bit lazy adding blogs to this site. . My 7th week is almost over. I am still keeping to the program. I made lentil stew tonight with squash and vegetables. The meal was a bit boring, but did taste very good. I feel a bit lonely doing the blogging all by myself. I have not heard from my son or daughter over the past week. I hope they are doing Ok. The thing that kept me going this long was the sharing of ideas and committing myself to a healthy lifestyle and doing this as a family. I think this happens with a lot of people. They start a diet with good intentions and then slowly go back to their old habits. At first they try one forbidden item and then another. Soon they are back to eating the way they have always eaten. They don’t talk about the subject of health, they don’t continue with their exercise program and just forget that at one point their body was hurting and they felt lousy. Soon the vicious cycle begins again. I guess I don’t want to go back to the way it was. I am going to keep it up. Off to make some of my new tea.
Yesterday, after careful consideration and researching the pros and cons of eating fish, I decided to have fish so I can get my B12 and Omega 3’s. I have researched the topic and found that Alaskan salmon and Pacific sockeye salmon are the least polluted salmon that one can eat. Mackerel provides the most vitamin B-12 with 19μg per 100g serving (317% DV), followed by Herring (312% DV), Salmon (302%), Tuna (181%), Cod (167%), Sardines (149%), Trout (130%), and Bluefish (104%) found on www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/foods-high-in-vitamin-B12.php. This heathaliciousness website lists the top foods that have the best vitamin ingredients. Also, farm raised fish should not be eaten since there are so many pollutants in the water that the fish eat, so I will not eat farm raised fish. If I do eat fish once in a while then I can afford to have wild salmon.
I did make the fish yesterday and had it with a salad. I am not sure how often I will add fish to my diet but I do not want to take any pills to get all of the required daily minerals and vitamins.
So, the ingredients that I am beginning to slowly add to my food plan lifestyle is fish and eggs. Over the past 6 weeks, I have not had one item of junk food or beef, chicken, pork, processed meats, cheese, etc.
I have a backlog of recipes that I haven’t yet posted. My brain is beginning to strategize the new cooking website I plan on launching, so I am visiting my family’s site less often. I am still making yummy new mostly vegan suppers, but also remaking some of the old ones. I must say it is handy having my recipes all in one place.
Here is a delicious lentil loaf I made a few days ago. Years ago, I bought my first vegan cookbooks by Dreena Burton. Her recipes are excellent and very family friendly. This recipe that I got from FatFreeVegan‘s blog is from Dreena’s new book. The loaf was so good, that I may have to buy her book. My 2 and 4 year olds LOVED it!
I had a delicious veggie burger tonight. They are made by Dr. Praeger. I put the burger on my George Forman grill and cooked it until it was brown on both sides. Then I had it with a whole wheat bun with tomatoes, cucumber, lettuce and mustard. I put a bit of humus on the bottom of the bun and on the top of the bun put a bit of avocado. One of the best non meat burgers that I have ever ate. Of course my husband had his meat burger but I did not mind since my burger was just as good and much lighter.