I’m grouping days 2 & 3 together because both are work days!
Let’s start with yesterday:
Monday went really well. I started my day with peanut butter toast, coffee and fruit. For lunch I brought a huge sushi bowl—which evidently was not enough food. I was really hungry within the hour because I made my bowl with more veggies and less rice. By 1pm I was ready for a snack so grabbed my coin bag and went to the vending machine… and then it hit me:
Shit. I can’t eat Cheez-its… Or pretzels… or any of this junk! Foiled!
And then I saw it: A Nature’s Valley granola bar. Okay, so they’re made with honey, and that’s not technically vegan. But even if I were to go vegan 100%, I would still eat honey, so I figured it was an okay bet. After buying the Oats ‘n Honey bar, I saw there was a Chocolate version! Gasp! Could it be dairy-free? I took the plunge, figuring that I could always save it if not.
I have never been so excited for a granola bar in my life. Not only was it vegan, but it was chocolate, and with shark week in full force, that’s exactly what I wanted.
After work my sister-in-law and I drove to Walnut Creek to buy our mothers birthday gifts (and do a little shopping ourselves…). By the time we got home it was 7 and we were starving.
For dinner (by my request) my mom made one of my favorite recipes from Giada’s Feel Good Food cookbook: mushroom pasta with swiss chard. The original recipe has mascarpone in it, but my mom of course made it sans-mascarpone and it was just as delicious. My dad couldn’t fathom that it was totally vegan. And of course, for dessert, we had another slice of the delicious raw, vegan banana cream pie I made yesterday!
Today, I started the day with a piece of peanut butter toast. I know guys, I’m sorry, I know it’s boring but I ain’t a morning person so most days I have 2 minutes to whip up a breakfast I can eat in the car. When I got to work I snacked on some fruit (blueberries, grapes, and raspberries) and some awesome vegan chickpea chips with hummus.
For lunch I had a PB and J sandwich on one slice of whole wheat bread, watermelon, carrots, and a nectarine. I’m trying to lay off simple carbs and fill up on eat more fruit and veggies. And too be honest, I’m seeing the fruits (pun intended) of that already. My clothes are fitting a little looser and I’m much more happy with the way I look in them too… But we’ll get to that later.
I felt really happy until my coworker Maggie said they refilled the candy jar and I jumped up so fast and then realized that I couldn’t eat anything in that jar! Even the dark chocolate had lactose in it! UGH! And these Kirkland PB Cups are soooo goood…
And finally, for dinner we went to an Italian place for family night with my boyfriend, his mom, and his brother. It was unexpected but fun. We had salad, pizza, and pasta. Carb overload. I kept it down to a big portion of salad, two small slices of thin crust pizza, and a couple bites of spaghetti.
Day 2/3 Thoughts:
I’m thinking of starting something new: Meat Mondays. Whereas most doctors recommend “Meatless Mondays” in order for Americans to eat no meat at least once day I week, I’m contemplating eating animal products only once a week and being vegan the rest of the time instead… But probably not on Mondays, I just like the alliteration. More than likely it would be a weekend since my favorite restaurants are all servers of high-quality, grass-fed, free-range meat (and cheeeeeese).
As I said in yesterday’s post, I’m not totally convinced that I feel so great from not eating meat, but from the much higher amount of fresh, unprocessed fruits, veggies, and foods that I’m eating.
This has also led to me looking better too. I just feel overall more confident, happy, and high energy! I think I’ll be able to tell by the end of the week whether or not I truly credit this change to being vegan, or to just being really healthy.
Hope you all are well. Thank you to those who keep reading, I love you please marry me.
Peace, love, and I do’s,