Where I try to remain humble and fail

My lovely hubby has always been a relaxed person. In fact, that’s one of the things that first attracted me to him. He was a big guy with a heart to match and an easy going smile.

So, it makes sense that when I thought of starting our vegan diet, he’d be more easy going about the entire thing than I was. While I cut out everything remotely related to animals, he would sneak in the occasional cheeseburger and call himself a ‘relaxed vegan’. I must truly be smitten with the guy because I really couldn’t get mad at him. Being vegan is not something I’d push on anyone.

However, relaxed vegan just went to the doctor’s to find out the results of his blood analysis…And guess who’s cholesterol is down to normal range now?

Weekend Coffee Share

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If we were having coffee, I’d be on my second cup. We had people over last night and I’m still recovering from the trauma (introvert much?). I have a headache–probably from the fire, not the people–and feel exhausted.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I’m having trouble ditching my vegan diet. It’s a very odd thing. I’ll get a plate of something with cheese and go to eat it and think of what that cheese will turn into and I just can’t eat it. I’m not even talking meat or chicken! My ever-helpful hubby has decided that it’s sink or swim time for me and he has this planned for lunch…

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that the weather is nuts and we’re literally under a heat wave now. It includes both heat and humidity so our humidex factor is something obscenely high–as in you’d better morph into a camel hot. So, once more, we Canadians go from boots to sandals.

If we were having coffee, not too long would pass before I’d start rambling on about my doggies and how cute they were last night…until River sat too close to the fire and an ember landed on his fur…and I freaked out and dowsed him with the emergency water bucket…well…I’ve never seen him run that fast. But, in my defence, dog fur is incredibly flammable.

The Weekend Coffee Share was created by Part Time Monster and is now hosted by Nerd in the Brain.

My pros and cons of a plant-based diet

Almost 6 months into the plant-based diet, I have put together a little list of my pros and cons. I had some questions going in, like would it be more expensive? Would I have trouble adjusting? Can i still eat out? So, here’s what I found out, good and bad.

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The Good Stuff:

  • It feels super healthy and good to eat this way. Every time I take a bite, I’m putting good stuff in my body and it feels like a pat on the back. Just goodness for my body over and over.

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  • I feel better. My body feels better and I know my stomach and insides feel better too. That’s a huge bonus because I used to feel slightly sick or super full after meals. I don’t anymore.

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  • My taste buds have changed. It’s true. A silly green apple tastes like an incredible treat. I have no idea why or how but I love eating things that before were consumed only because they were good for me.

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The Bad Stuff:

  • I can’t eat out. My hubby has been hounding me trying to get me to go out to restaurants but the truth is the only things that are vegan there are salads that contain two sad little ingredients. That’s not a meal and helping him by peeling large amounts of crab legs at a buffet is not my idea of a good time. We have managed to find ethnic restaurants that do cater more towards vegans but it’s still tough.

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  • It’s more work. I used to eat whatever there was around the house not really giving what I put in my body any thought. Now Sunday I strategize the meals for the week and research what we’re going to eat in everything from breakfast to snacks. It’s work.

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  • I do miss some things, like cheese and butter. It’s hard to have toast without butter and nothing vegan is close to melted cheese. Those things are tough to replace.

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Overall:

I haven’t found it more expensive to eat this way. I thought it would be, but I forgot just how expensive meat and fish can be. So, financially, this hasn’t been a struggle.

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As much as I love furry creatures, I didn’t do this for them. I did it because I thought it’d be better for my health. As it turns out, you can be a good, healthy vegan or an unhealthy one (fries and chips can be vegan friendly), so that’s not a great reason to continue.

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So, will I continue? I go to have some blood work done this week and that will pretty much determine if I continue or not. If I find I’m deficient in some vitamins or supplements, I will change for my own health. But, right now, I’m still sticking with it.

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Where hubby has a fit

After our switch to a plant-based diet, I decided to go to a dietitian and make sure we weren’t missing anything vital for our health. I should add that my lovely hubby, in his wisdom, has taken a much more relaxed approach to the entire plant-based idea…(His version includes the odd cheese burger).

The dietitian looked to be about 15, super cheerful and typed at the speed of light. She inspected everything in my 3-day food journal and declared I was off to a good start. However…she did make some recommendations.

Some were easy, like adding ground flax seeds to meals to get Omega 2 and 3. Some were not so easy and some were…well tough. Namely, she said we shouldn’t drink coffee or tea before or after a meal. 1 to 2 hours before or after a meal (apparently those drinks stop the absorption of nutrients from your body).

When lovely hubby heard that particular recommendation, he nearly had a heart attack. Being British, tea is akin to having a heartbeat for him and he flat our refused to do it. He quoted his elderly mother who drinks at least 8 cups of the stuff a day and is alive and kicking today, he then said tea is actually good for your health and where did she get her information and what credentials did she have and where did she do her research and he’d like to talk to her supervisor….Everything in moderation, he added before saying he had to protect an entire nation of tea drinkers as it’s their national drink…ahem.

Instead of tea, the dietitian had suggested drinking warm water with lemon. So, I tried it…and it was disgusting. Well, not completely disgusting but more like a medical cure than a drink to enjoy after dinner. It smelled and tasted like NeoCitran…I almost felt sick at the end of it. Certainly nothing like a lovely cup of tea or coffee.

The very next day I had a cup of coffee in protest…it was delicious.

However, I did go online and found that the very young dietitian was right, at least about the lemon water. Here and here and here…and the list could easily continue. Apparently, warm lemon water is the best thing for you. Sigh.

 

What I eat in a day…

Before I started eating vegan, I wondered how people did it. What do they eat for breakfast? How do you think of what to eat for lunch? What about dinner? Now, after a couple of months of doing this, it’s becoming pretty regular and routine for me.

I thought I’d share what I eat in a day. Please keep in mind, I’m very new at this and certainly no dietary genius. I like it, it’s easy to make and it’s vegan. Those are my requirements. We’re not talking Martha Stewart here.

Breakfast

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This is my breakfast. Oatmeal with almond milk, with hemp hearts, walnuts, blueberries and a dash of maple syrup. Yum!

Coffee is the best part of breakfast!

Coffee is the best part of breakfast!

Of course, there’s a large cup of coffee in there as well. 🙂

 

Lunch

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This is going to look a bit odd because I added nutritional yeast before taking the picture but there are roasted peppers in there, with roasted chickpeas, roasted portobello mushrooms, corn, spinach and rice…oh and a banana for desert!

 

Supper

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This one is my fruit smoothie and it’s so yummy, it’s like a treat.

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This is my rapini soup. It’s super healthy and really tastes awesome…if you like rapini.

 

That’s what I ate today. If you want any of these concoctions, let me know and I’ll share my recipes!

It was a calm and quiet morning…

Sunday morning, the dogs are sleeping at my feet. I have a fruit smoothie at my side (we’re doing this vegan thing) and I’m checking out the internet. All is good, all is calm. I love quiet mornings like this.

The week can wait, nothing has to be done today but to rest and relax and maybe kiss the dogs one more time. Isn’t it lovely to have weekends?

Of course, there’s also this…