Here we are, Part Two. Breakfast has been nothing special. It was the same all week. Peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat with black coffee. I tended to be starving by lunch because I wasn’t paying attention to the time and there were very few snacks in my house that I could eat. You’ll recall that I was also challenging myself to not go out and buy a load of groceries.
I reinstituted some daily routines that I hadn’t executed consistently since Hurricane Irma blew me off course. Lemon water in the morning; cucumber water throughout the day.
The chili lasted for 3 days. The kids, newly foodies apparently, weren’t fooled by the vegan sausage that I cubed and added in. They couldn’t articulate what was the matter with it, but they were certain that it was weird and not in a good way. Though that portion of my plot was foiled by texture, they were perfectly happy with copious amounts of chili, so it was an overall win.
This photo shows a combination of brown rice, basmati rice and tri-colored quinoa. Eventually I ran out of brown rice, and as I’m saving money, I went to basmati and quinoa. Surprisingly, the cook times worked well together and it was delicious. To be honest, brown rice does not get my panties in a bunch, so I was glad for the luxury.
To prevent the build up of natural gases, I switched things up with veggie pasta, pasta sauce and vegan chicken strips. I figured that the sauciness of the sauce and the gumminess of the pasta would blend with the one vegan element, but alas, once again my kids remark that something just ain’t right. They start asking me if I’d like to eat their portions of “chicken”. Darn it again.
I wouldn’t have minded so much except I really wanted them to be fooled. What do parents love more than fooling their children? Oh, getting them to actually eat stuff knowingly and without a battle. The second reason I minded their not wanting the chicken is because the meal had no real other protein source from what I can tell.
My pasta tends to include mushroom, onion, bell pepper, asparagus… all things that my son would pretend to choke and die on. If you haven’t already realized it, I’m not one of those parents who raised their kids to love vegetables. I failed in that parenting department. My daughter will give things a try, my son will go into convulsions; fruit included.
I had almost forgotten that loading up on carbs for every meal doesn’t exactly fit into my fitness plan, so I moved back to my big trusty salads, minus the feta cheese I love so much.
I survived the 5 days, obviously. I wouldn’t say that I flourished, but that’s partly my fault for not buying more plant based ingredients in preparation. I’ve gotten a few comments on what a different world it will be if I actually prepare. One of my readers, fellow blogger and vegan herself Books,BooksAndMoreBooks recommended a great dessert: frozen banana and almond milk blended to make ice cream! I’ll definitely check it out, and I’ll search the web for other great recipes. Things are looking up.
What I’ve realized from 5 days on a vegan diet:
- It’s possible to survive without fainting.
- Even with limited resources, there is much that can be eaten.
- Most pastries of any kind are not vegan, and that stabbed me in the heart.
- There’s a lot of fruits and vegetables in the world and most of them get ignored.
- Doing this everyday of my life is too monumental a task for me at this stage in life.
- My going vegan at some stage in life is possible.
- I’ve been consuming a heck of a lot of animal products which aren’t beneficial for my own health or the environment.
- I had no idea that I knew more than 2 vegans before I posted this.
- I’m excited to eat a primarily vegan diet.
- I’m going to have to start cooking and planning more.
You might be expecting me to say that I ended the 5 days feeling invigorated and renewed. That’s the way I’ve always felt after going vegetarian. Alas, I’m going to need to go shopping. A week of chili, rice, pasta and salad did not leave me in the best spirits. But I am going to go ahead and say this: the kids had their weekly pizza on day six and I let that be my non-vegan meal. All I wanted for the rest of the day was to sleep. Like, don’t wake me for two days sleep. So I’m thinking that means something. I’m off to look for recipes and do some grocery shopping.
How about you? Have you tried or considered going vegan? Have you been at it for a while? Are there any websites or blogs that you’d like to recommend for recipes and lifestyle tips?
My name is Lyz-Stephanie and I’d like to encourage you to try new things!
I want to inspire you to live a more interesting, fulfilling and beautiful life. Think of me as your well-being and happiness guide. I know that things aren’t always easy. Life doesn’t drop dreams into our laps, but every day we can do something to make our lives happier and richer, make our minds more active and engaged. I’m on the journey. Will you join me?