Thursday, May 21, 2015

Vegan Week 1.5 -- Struggle Street.

So the other day I posted about going vegan to lose some weight.  I had just finished up a week of veggie only meals and was feeling fabulous! It was all rainbows and sunshine and veggie patches! not so much.

I'm struggling you guys -- big time -- and I don't know whether it's all in my head or if my body is actually weak.

At first I thought maybe my body is lacking in iron. I used to eat a lot of red meat, so it was a pretty easy assumption to make. But then I found out that spinach, whole grains, tofu and beans all contain iron, which are foods I've been eating plenty of all week!

Then I thought maybe it's the lack of sugar in my diet? But I've been having stevia in my coffee and breakfast yogurt every morning.  Full disclosure -- greek yogurt isn't vegan. I've been having it for brekkie every morning. I forgot to mention that caveat in my last post! woops.

Or could it be that maybe I'm just feeling sleepy and I need a little caffeine to pep me up? Nope, drank some green tea and even had a coffee and both did absolutely nothing for me.

I'm at a loss you guys. I have no idea why I feel like I'm in a perpetual state of lala land today.

Fingers crossed it goes away soon.


Monday, May 18, 2015

Veganism: week 1

A couple weeks back I was challenged, by my mother no less, to go veggie for a full month. She spun a tale about needing a partner to eat healthy with, and wanting to lose some extra weight, and would i pleeeease join her for one month of vegetable hell?!

Before she even finished her spiel I was already shaking my head vigorously. Why on earth would I want to diet when I felt that I was already doing a decent job of eating healthily? Diets are not my thing. Food is.  

But then our lunch date went on, and we got to talking about health and weight loss and goals, and slowly I found must getting convinced. By the end of the lunch we were diving into rules, boundaries and timelines. My mother is quite the convincing woman. 

The rules were set: 1 month living the vegan lifestyle minus the carbs and sugar. There would be no meat, no bread and no glorious chocolate. We set the start date for the day after Mother's Day, so I had some time to adjust to the challenge and do some research. 

Immediately I felt like the food options available to me had drastically decreased. I knew that if wanted to be successful I wouldn't eat out. I would have to cook all the food myself. This actually worked in my favour because I wanted to disappear from the social scene in May so that I could save some money. It worked against me because I had no idea what to cook, and it was scary to not have any fast food back up plans in case my cooking turned out terrible. But I had no choice. 

On the eve of the challenge I Pintresseted some options and landed on the ever popular Oh She Glows website. Finding her was like finding the Vegan messiah. Every recipe posted was vegan, looked filling and most importantly wasn't a recipe for a cold salad. (It's winter here, and nothing is turning me off atm more than a cold salad. yuck!) I found pages and pages of interesting recipes, and I decided on my first week of meals: veggie chilli, green tacos and tomato and lentil soup

Veggie Chili 

I went to the grocery, purchased things I've never purchased before like lentils and came home to make the first meal of the menu: veggie chilli.  The verdict? Amazingly delicious and incredibly filling! A couple nights later I made the tacos which called for some weird lentil/walnut "meat" mixture. I was skeptical, but it too was amazing. Tonight I made the tomato and lentil soup and again, I have nothing but good things to say!

Green Taco
1 week in and my body is feeling fantastic. I don't think I've lost any weight per se, but I do feel lighter if that's a thing. I don't get nearly as bloated as I used to and oddly enough, I'm not missing meat. Don't get me wrong, I'm craving French fries and ice cream every day and I can never get dessert out of my head after I finish a meal, but I'm finding substitutes for these cravings. 

(half eaten) Tomato & Lentil Soup 

I'm excited to see how week two goes and whether or not I'll be in such high spirits this time next week. 

What do you guys think? Am I crazy? Would love to hear. 


*I took these pics in haste hence the weird angles/blurry lines etc. I actually wasn't planning to write this post and include these pics! I'll try harder next time...