102 days into this journey. I started off strong but I have to be honest, it can be tough sometimes. I never miss meat. I haven’t cooked meat for my family in many, many years. With 4 people to please at every meal, it is not always easy to make strict dietary change. Life happens and you get busy and until I replace old recipes with new ones, it is still a challenge (mostly with dairy). I’m happy I started this blog. It has been so helpful to find recipes and to get support from people that are following me. Let’s see what happens in the next 263 days.
Wow, almost to 100 days!!! One of my favorite breakfasts is toast with peanut butter, bananas, agave and almonds (pictured below on blog). It just feels good to eat. I ordered a citrus juicer and can’t wait to start making fresh orange juice. I got it off of One Kings Lane, a great resource for lots of interior decorating things but they also have lots of kitchen stuff for great prices. Again, want to mention the Tuscan Bean and Kale soup. I’ve had a cold and it was great to reheat and full of vitamins.
It’s been so chilly that soup has just sounded good for breakfast. Been eating lots of cuties, love them. Trying new recipes, especially looking for things to make in my new blender. I need to find things that I can make ahead of time and reheat and are quick. Week days are busy and I want to make sure I’m feeding my family good healthy vegan meals. Working on changing old recipes by replacing with vegan alternatives. We love Parfait’s and I was so happy to find the coconut based yogurt. Really good.
Decided to start a food log to help see what is working and what isn’t. Writing down everything I eat in a day. I made guacamole yesterday which we love in my household. It’s so easy to make and very healthy. Also, I’m trying a new vegan tortilla soup recipe that I’m making in my Vitamix blender. Will let you know how it is.
One of the reasons I started this blog was to concentrate on eating better for my body, living a healthier and more kind lifestyle, and being a good wife and mother. As you get older you see more and more of the people you love age and sometimes it’s just not pretty. If a person has not taken care of themselves, physically, emotionally and spiritually the end can be very sad and full of pain and regret. I want to age gracefully and live my life to the fullest. I don’t want to fear aging but embrace everyday and every age. Taking care of my body allows me to live a much fuller life. I believe eating a vegan diet (or as close to it as possible) is the best possible thing to keep your body and mind as strong as possible.
Very excited that I got a Vitamix blender for Christmas. My husband saw I was struggling and wanted to be supportive and knew how much I wanted this blender. I really enjoy my smoothies every morning but I had blown out my other blender making them. I knew I needed a more high powered blender and was thrilled to get it for Christmas. I made my first smoothie with it this morning and what a difference it made! It only took a minute and the smoothie was so much better. It really got the dates and frozen strawberries to blend together so I didn’t have any yucky chunks. The recipe for the strawberry smoothie is on my recipe page. It’s really good.
I’m not happy to have to post this but I want to be very honest about this journey of health. I love eating a vegan diet, although the change can be difficult at times. The hardest part for me is giving up dairy. Eating vegetarian is easy, but giving up dairy for me means learning a lot of new recipes to feed, not just myself, but my whole family. What I didn’t see tripping this journey up was stress and how I deal with it. Like most people I have a busy lifestyle and it can be stressful. I was not yet in a place where eating vegan was natural and I didn’t have to think too much about it. I still hove to really think out my day and how I was going to feed myself and my family. So I’m fessing up, when life got busy and stressful I reverted back to some bad eating habits. I was so disappointed because I really felt I had turned a corner and would not have a problem sticking to it. I started this blog to not only help myself but hopefully to help others who were thinking about this. I wanted to share that big changes can take time and that you shouldn’t give up if you mess up. So here it is, I’m almost 80 days into this year long journey and it hasn’t always gone as smooth as I would have liked, but I’m not giving up. I really do love eating vegan and want to see the benefits to my health. For this next part of the journey I will have to be more aware of stress and learn other ways of dealing with it. I need to put my commitment to this first, and not forget that commitment, no matter what.
So I’ve come clean and now I’m recommitting. To anyone, on any journey to better themselves, keep it up. A journey is just that…a journey. Ups and downs are expected, but it’s not going to throw me off.