Vegan for a day: part 1Posted: October 5, 2011
Happy hump day! I have to start out by sharing this for my coconut-loving friends:
Have you had this yet? I finally was able to find it after weeks of searching, and it lived up to my expectations!! I could drink this with every meal, every day. But at $5 for a pack of 4, that will absolutely not be happening.
Let me start off by saying that I have no intention of becoming a full-time vegan and giving up meat, eggs and dairy for good. But, I am really intrigued by the idea of flirting with veganism (thanks, Alicia Silverstone for that term) and giving up eating any animal products for a few weeks. I really started thinking about it more last night and pulled some of my books off the shelf to do some research. I bought The Kind Diet a while ago and made some great recipes from it, but there are a lot that I’m not too crazy about. Alicia Silverstone is really into a lot of Japanese flavors, and that’s just something that doesn’t excite my palette too often.
A friend lent me this book about 2 years ago, and I have yet to read it.
The author is speaking at the Take Back Your Health conference that I’m attending this month, and I am trying to read it before seeing him speak. I’ve thumbed through it, and he outlines a “6 week plan” that is supposed to make you lose weight and change your life. Don’t you just love claims like that? I’m definitely not a big fan of anything that says “Drop 20 lbs with this diet” or gives you a time-frame (promise) for guaranteed weight loss. But, after skimming through his book, I am definitely intrigued by some of Dr. Fuhrman’s ideas. They are very simple, but involve eliminating any kind of animal product from your diet for 6 weeks (although he does say- if you must eat animal, keep it to one serving of fish or egg whites per week). So, after 6 weeks you are supposed to feel amazing and refreshed and notice a difference in your skin, energy and of course, amount of body fat.
I don’t know if I can (or am interested in) do this 6- week plan. Maybe. But for now, I’m just focusing on eating a vegan diet today.
Breakfast was overnight oats with yesterday’s “cottage cheese”
I topped it with fruit, peanut flour sauce and a protein muffin that I made with silken tofu instead of egg whites. I know there are much better vegan alternatives to eggs, but I was just going with what I had on hand.
Lunch was more tofu (I can think of many vegan proteins that I like better than tofu- but again- going with what I had and was easy to make quickly last night). I made tofu salad and put it in an Ezekiel wrap with lettuce, avocado and tomato- salad on the side.
All wrapped up:
I LOVE Ezekiel sprouted grain wraps- so flavorful- much better than a plain boring tortilla!
I have to say, one MAJOR benefit of eating vegan is the amount of money I would save on groceries. I spend so much on dairy and meat. My favorite source of vegan protein is legumes, and I buy them in bulk (dry). They are incredibly cheap- and really, tofu isn’t that expensive either. The money saving part is tempting. I am definitely curious to see if I would feel different after 6 weeks of 100% vegan eating. The question is, do I want to? I’m NOT a fan of any diet that tells you that anything is completely off-limits (my beloved greek yogurt and egg whites being #1). Lots more thinking to do….
I brought my yoga mat and favorite DVD with me to work today, because I plan on just doing yoga in my classroom after the kiddos leave. It’s really quiet and peaceful here after hours, and I am lucky to have huge classroom with a ton of space (if you just move some tables aside). I tested my set-up when the kids were at lunch, and hopefully it will all work out!
Looks like a peaceful little sanctuary, right? I like doing yoga on my own, as opposed to taking a class because I like to be able to work around my own schedule. I get off work earlier than most people, and the majority of classes are offered later in the evening. I find it best to do yoga right after work, before I do anything else at home. The only problem is, home has many distractions, so maybe my classroom will be better? We will see.
Stay tuned for part #2 of my Vegan day- I’m going out to one of my favorite restaurants with my friend Brie. It’s 100% vegan, so it will be easy to choose anything off the menu!