Plan for Tomorrow

I have not been doing well in terms of keeping myself healthy. I have decided to just take it a day at a time. Tomorrow I will:

  • Take my lunch to work
  • Pack lots of healthy snacks for work
  • Stick to a low carb diet
  • Get some exercise
  • Go to bed at a decent hour

Looking at this list, it all seems pretty simple, right? I’ll come back tomorrow to update you on how my day went & come up with a plan for Friday.

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Part-Time Vegan

So I am declaring myself a part-time vegan. Some days I manage to eat vegan all day. Other days, just breakfast.

Breakfast is probably the easiest meal for me to eat vegan. I usually eat oatmeal with ground flax and cinnamon. Switching cow’s milk for almond milk is so easy. As is using soy creamer in place of cow’s milk in my coffee.  And on the days I do not have time to cook oatmeal I eat toasted Ezekiel bread. Now I’m just working on exchanging butter for coconut oil on my toast.

Since I can not seem to stick to vegan all day, every day, I am now going to commit to eating vegan for breakfast and lunch every day and dinner at least 3 days per week. Hopefully I can slowly phase my taste buds over to 100% vegan.

Today for lunch I made vegan burgers. Way cheaper than buying them! It did take an hour but it made 8 so I can freeze them for future use. My mom thought they were better than hers. Here’s the recipe I used: http://ohsheglows.com/2011/07/13/our-perfect-veggie-burger/ My only changes were I used carrot pulp from juicing instead of shredded carrots and used almond flour and sunflower seed flour instead of chopped nuts. Then I topped my burger with my favorite toppings: salsa and avocado!

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Still trying to get back on track

I have not done very well at getting back on track. I do not know what it is that is keeping me from eating better.

That said, today has been a good day. I managed to stick to eating vegan. One day at a time, right?

My mom has been very supportive of this and made black bean and quinoa burgers for dinner. I think I ate 5. Keep in mind they were very, very small. And I get very hungry when I go from eating poorly to eating good, nutritious food.

I am trying out green coffee bean extract. Per Dr. Oz it is supposed to help your liver flush out fat quicker and, therefore, you lose weight without changing your diet. I really, really need to see my weight going down in order to stick to eating healthy.

I want some chocolate but I do not need to eat any more today nor do I need chocolate.

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Getting Back on Track

I let myself totally go back to my old eating habits while on vacation for about 10 days. Then I came back for a day and had to leave for several days to dog sit.

Nearly 3 weeks of not eating vegan and I have had 4 migraines, my energy is lower and I am not sleeping as well. Today I finally restarted my vegan experiment!

I did have a coke. And while that is technically vegan, it is not healthy & not something I plan to have daily.

What was my favorite meal today? A Trader Joe’s Tofu Veggie Burger on a sandwich thin with their Eggplant Humus, tomatoes, cucumber & lettuce. It was delicious! And have you tried Trader Joe’s Lime Fruit Floes? They are delicious & a wonderful alternative to ice cream.

Thanks for all of the encouragement & I plan to update this blog more frequently now that I’m trying to get back on track.

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I made it more than week!

I haven’t posted the past 2 days because I have been so busy. Sundays tend to be busy with church in the morning, family lunch, a much needed nap and then my Life Group meets in the evening. My church & Life Group are on the other side of town but totally worth spending 2 hours in the car on Sundays.

Good news: I lost 3.6 pounds during my week long “experiment”. Now that’s a way to encourage a girl to keep up a diet change!

Sunday I beat my parents home from church by about 20 minutes. I was so hungry! By the time they got home, I was halfway through my meal. Going meatless results in much quicker meal preparation. I ended the day with fries from McDonald’s. Having been gluten free for a while, I know they use a dedicated fryer for their french fries. Certainly not a food choice I will be making every day! 

Monday I continued on with the Vegan diet. I had purchased some Boca Vegan burgers on Sunday and I was anxious to test them out. Looking at the long list of ingredients I couldn’t pronounce and being fairly certain they contain a form of MSG, I was nervous. They are 1/2 the price of the Sunshine Organic burgers. I definitely prefer the Sunshine Organic veggie burgers but the Boca burgers were not bad. Really I need to find easy homemade alternatives that I can freeze.

The other positive of Monday was I sat down & ate dinner with the family. It didn’t bother me that they were eating fish. My food was better! I had a Boca burger wrap on a whole wheat tortilla.

I blew it today. Getting up early to take my cousin to the airport resulted in a Starbucks run. I indulged in a Mocha Latte and a blueberry scone. And the rest of the day was shot. Tomorrow is a new day.

Honestly, I did want to see how I reacted to dairy & meat since there’s a good chance I’ll have to eat some while on vacation next week and want to make sure my body is prepared for it. Hopefully I’ll get to mostly stick to the Vegan diet. I’m riding with someone and need to find out if she has room for me to bring a small cooler & bag of food.

I’ve been mulling over some non food related posts. Maybe I’ll get to post more tomorrow. It is summer break after all!

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Vegan Diet, Day 6

I am almost to that week-long mark! Thus far, I have lost 3 pounds!

Normally on the weekends I relax by overindulging in some of my favorite junk foods so that is definitely a change for this sugar addicted girl! I have had some white sugar this week but a minimal amount compared to normal (in soy yogurt & popsicles).

Today the best thing I ate was So Delicious coconut milk yogurt in raspberry flavor. It was the best yogurt I’ve ever had! Of course, I am a coconut fan. I also enjoyed a Sunshine Southwest Burger on toasted sesame Ezekiel bread with tomatoes, lettuce, avocado & dijon mustard.

I noticed today that I have more energy. I got up earlier this morning & then spent 2 hours painting outside, in the heat.

I am seriously considering making this a permanent change.

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Vegan Diet, Day 5

I’ve made it through 5 days of my week long Vegan Diet! I’m so proud of myself. Just 2 more days to go.

Today might have been the toughest day because I went to my sister’s house for dinner. She made fish tacos & had key lime pie for dessert. Fortunately, she made beans as well so I was able to enjoy a bean & guacamole taco. Yummy!

I also enjoyed a whole wheat pita pocket with homemade hummus, lettuce, tomato & cucumber. Vegan food is so good!

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