Tuesday, April 13, 2010

100% Vegan as of RIGHT NOW!

... and I feel great about it.

Last night I had an epiphany, and I just went with it. I didn't want to eat that lean cuisine pizza, and I never wanted to again. So I just did it. No more dairy! No more eggs! No more processed things full of strange and sugary ingredients. Of course, that last one isn't a forever thing as much as dairy and eggs are. I'm sure that I'll still eat some processed junk foods, but they will be vegan, and they will be limited.

I'm really looking forward to the changes that this lifestyle will bring to me. I already feel better, inside and out. I've been vegan for four days now, but TODAY is the first day I'm committed to it as a permanent lifestyle change.

Here's today's meal plan, just to give you an idea of how I eat:

breakfast: almonds and a banana
lunch: brown rice, bean trio, turnip greens, extra virgin olive oil
dinner: bean and rice burrito (frozen, Amy's), side salad
snacks: air-popped popcorn w/ extra virgin olive oil, raisins

The thing that I would love to "fix" is breakfast. I don't have time in the mornings, and need something to go. A piece of fruit and a handful of nuts or seeds is what I've done for a week now, and it's good and satisfying, but it's boring.

Over the weekend I ate oatmeal with fruit and peanut butter mixed in, which was delicious! But I can't eat that through the week because of time. Plus, I'm rarely hungry when I first wake up, I need an hour or so to feel hunger. I usually end up eating at my desk at work, which is frowned upon, so I have to have something that I can "sneak" and a banana and some nuts or seeds works pretty well for that. I'm hoping to find a recipe for vegan granola bars that I can make at home and take on the go. That would be great!

Anway, what else is there to tell? Oh, I did my first "hot body scrub" last night. I plan to continue to do this at night and see if it really helps. It definately felt nice! (For those who are curious, it's from the book, and is just scrubbing your whole body, head to toe, with a steaming hot washcloth). I'm also considering getting the ingredients for the umeboshi-daikon tea, that supposedly helps to speed up weight loss.

To me, that's not as important as eating right and exercising most days. It would be a great bonus if it worked, though, to lose a bit faster. Alicia says that if you follow all of the suggestions on "how to lose weight quicker" you will lose a couple of pounds a week. Sounds awesome, but really I'm fine with a rate of one pound a week. That will have me at my goal by some time in 2011, which is soon enough for me! Especially because this time, I'm staying there, because I know how to eat and how to treat my body.


Michelle said...

I found this idea for oatmeal breakfasts on the Filling Food boards. If you have a crock pot, it's great : ) I tried it last week, using ground cinnamon and frozen peaches. You could definitely do it without the fruit.

Crockpot: peach steel-cut oats

I have used various other frozen fruits in this recipe, always with good results. Use what you like. Again, this makes a ton; you may wish to cut it in half if you're the only one eating it. It does reheat well in the microwave or on the stove-top, and keeps for about a week in the refrigerator.

3 c steel-cut oats (or any combination of barley, wheat berries, oats)
8 c water
16 oz bag frozen peach slices
2 cinnamon sticks

Combine all in crockpot; cook on low overnight, 8-10 hours. Remove sticks and sweeten to taste.

Yields appx. 8 (1 cup) servings

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