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Monday, November 15, 2010

Vegetarian week 2 in review

How shocking that I haven't kept up with my posting schedule about my vegetarian experiment! But I did want to share a few things that I've learned this past week.

First, I have not had success in cutting out dairy and eggs, although I have definitely cut back by about 1/2, which I think is good!

Next, I'm trying not to think of my diet as a restricted one. Instead, I try to think off all the things I can eat and try (nutritional yeast, anyone?). I made a date/fig quick bread, which wasn't too awesome. But I tried it.

Whenever I start drooling over the thought of meat, I know that I'm hungry. So I eat something, and the cravings cease.

DH is completely supportive. To the point that he is mean to me whenever I ask him if I should put chicken into the white bean soup, or when I beg him to stop on his way home and pick up a ham sandwich. Perhaps mean is too strong a word. He just thinks I need to try this for a month to really perceive any health benefits.

I really don't know if I will make this long term or not. We shall see. Here is what I do know:
1. I plan on eating 8-10 servings of fruits/vegetables a day. Two at each meal, and at least 2 snacks a day.
2. Processed foods don't belong in my diet. That includes junk food, mixes, etc. Doesn't include canned beans or fruits.
3. Continue to limit sweets/refined sugars and flours, and fats (especially hydrogenated fats.)
4. Lots of whole grains (breads, pastas, rice, etc...)
5. Try at least 1 new recipe a week.

I'm still not sure if I'll eat turkey on Thanksgiving. At first I was planning to, but now I'm not so sure. The Thanksgiving we're going to is going to have a deep-fried turkey, and I'm just not down with that. However, I'm thinking I'll do a vegan fast the first week of December. (You know, going a week with absolutely no animal products. I might miss butter the most...)


Melanie said...

Sounds like you're trying some great things! I made the "crazy" decision to forgo turkey for Thanksgiving this year. My whole family knows now that I'm going vegan, so I'm sure people will be watching what I eat. :-p Should make for some interesting conversations. haha. Also, I wanted to say on missing the butter....I've discovered that there are vegan substitutes for a lot of things! Try looking for a vegan butter called Earth Balance. Instead of coming from milk, it is just plant-based oils. It has been nice to try that on toast, french toast, waffles, etc! They have a soy-free version now too.

Elisa said...

I had the healthy yeast on popcorn one time and it was so delicious...have you ever heard of Bountiful Baskets food co-op? That may be a good way to get all the fruits and veggies you want to eat. If you're interested go to to find your closest locations. I think it's a pretty good deal.