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I wanted to share about how it’s been going since I got my vegan cookbooks on my Birthday back on October 13.  I started eating vegan that Sunday for dinner, which was October 16, and since that night I’ve been eating 100% vegetarian, and 99% vegan food!  And I’ve really been enjoying it!

I made some sweet spice bread on Friday which had organic fat free vanilla yogurt in it (as opposed to soy yogurt), and therefore it was not vegan.  I’m opposed to going with soy things just for the sake of avoiding dairy or meat though because I don’t think it’s good do load up on soy, and I think a little dairy here and there won’t kill me.  Sunday morning Bryan made migas, and we agreed that he should use eggs rather than substitute in tofu because neither of us like tofu, and I also don’t think eggs are all that bad in moderation.  I also ate a small bag of skittles at the Halloween race thing we went to Sunday afternoon, and I ate 3 doughnut holes at school last week… and who knows what’s in either of those.  Nothing good, I’m sure.  But other than that, ALL VEGAN!

So far I think I’ve lost about 7 pounds.  I didn’t actually weigh myself at the start, but I had weighed myself several weeks before that, and then just weighed myself again yesterday, and I can also feel that my clothes are fitting looser, which confirms that I have lost a little weight.  I have not exercised in months, and eventually I’d like to do that as well, but right now I don’t have time.

Some of the things I’ve been eating:

  • A bowl of cereal for breakfast: a mix of museli, oats, grapenuts, and shredded wheat with sliced kiwi, sliced banana, and sliced grapefruit pieced mixed in (and grapefruit juice squeezed from the pieces into the bowl), topped off with unsweetened almond milk.  This was in my Engine 2 cookbook, and I like it.  It is good.
  • Lunch: I either have leftovers from dinner or an Amy’s vegan frozen meal (which I always LOVE so those are always a treat and I always ate those even before I went vegan).
  • Snacks: I made homemade hummus, and am going to make more.  I’ve eaten that with whole wheat pitas, triscuit crakcers, and cut up carrots and celery sticks.  I have also made large amounts of homemade salsa which is my favorite food in the world… in fact I think it deserves its own bullet point.
  • SALSA.  Fresh homemade salsa is like heaven on earth.  Doesn’t even compare to the crap in the jar at the grocery store.  This stuff is so good, I could sit and eat a bucket full.  Yesterday I made a double recipe of it (2.5 quart bowl was full), and today it is gone already.  We ate it with our migas for breakfast yesterday, we ate it with tacos for dinner last night, I ate it with chips for a snack last night, and I ate it with chips for a snack this afternoon, and now it is gone.  Time to make more! 🙂
Dinners I’ve made so far:
  • Pad Thai
  • Vegetable stir fry with brown rice
  • Melissa’s sweet potato black bean chili (which was good!!)
  • BBQ pizza (which I liked, but Bryan and Talan, not so much)
  • Black bean tacos
  • Jesi’s Indian Dal – delicious
  • french toast – not the best
  • Black beans and rice – AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS – Bryan and I were in heaven it was so good
  • Southwest style Veggie burgers
  • Sweet potato fries
  • Mashed maple sweet potatoes
  • Linguine with alfredo sauce – this was just ok.
  • Pasta primavera – I really liked it, Bryan thought it was good but not his favorite
  • I also made a vegan and oil-free salad dressing that is tasty
  • We’ve had salads with dinner most nights
This week I’m having pasta primavera tomorrow night again (Bryan won’t be home for dinner), and it makes a lot, so it will be good for me to bring into work for lunches as well.  Wednesday we’re having chalupas, and Friday we’re having potato burritos.
Preparing the food takes a long time – lots of cutting up of vegetables mostly.  But the pay-off is so great – eating healthy healthy healthy meals loaded with vegetables and whole grains.  I feel really good.  I don’t feel all sluggish and gross like I had been feeling.  And I haven’t been getting stomach aches like I got a lot when I was eating lots of rich unhealthy foods.
So far, so good!  Bryan’s only eating vegan during the meals when we’re together (which for him averages out to about 4-5 meals per week).  The rest of the time (breakfast, lunch, and a few dinners a week) he eats meat, cheese, whatever.  But at least he’s getting more healthy stuff in as well.  He is sad that he can’t grill out though.  So tonight he’s going to grill a steak for himself while I’m in class.  When I get home I’m having leftover pad thai for dinner.

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