So on Monday April 30th I started my 7 Day Vegan “Challenge”, and I figured out when you are eating vegan, you cook a lot! I cook often as it is, but eating vegan meant preparing breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner at home everyday, especially during the work week. Reading labels, I had no idea how many foods that I eat everyday contain milk, eggs, whey, casein, and a lot of other animal based products. Grabbing a quick bite for lunch is a lot more challenging, even veggie burgers at restaurants are not usually vegan, and avoiding the plethora of cookies, snacks and candy that are always in the office was a big temptation (see my post about the temptation of a butterfinger).
As I wrapped up yesterday evening I had imagined my first thought would be to eat a favorite food (cheese) or go out to lunch; but it wasn’t, actually I thought about how good I felt all week; I had lost 4 pounds, I felt a little less “bloated”, I had tried a few new ways of preparing food (collard wraps, using nutritional yeast), and so much more. So I have decided to continue trying to incorporate as many vegan dishes into my diet as I can.
I decided to take this on as a challenge to myself and for my health. After over 20 years of not eating meat, and only starting to eat seafood a few years ago, I knew this would be a different way to look at cooking and eating. I may still have a little seafood from time to time (which I know is the opposite end of the spectrum), but I am going to continue to look for more tasty vegan dishes, which I have learned after this past week, isn’t so hard.
During the past 7 days, I have made some tasty food (see here), including a spicy delicious Cinco de Mayo dinner.
|Black bean & tofu enchiladas with chili verde|
|lentil burger collard wrap|
Also, if you haven’t heard the South of the James Market is back at Forest Hill Park (and Lakeside Farmer’s Market is in full swing, along with Byrd House Market and a lot of others ). This weekend I headed out and picked up with strawberries and kale from Walnut Hill Farm and apple cinnamon peanut butter from Reginald’s Homemade, which became a delicious part of y Sunday morning wrap for breakfast with strawberries and bananas. They have quite a few flavors as well as “other butters” so I will be trying a few more.
|Farmers market loot from Saturday|