So one of the things that I had challenged myself to do this year didn’t end up seeing fruition. I started January 2nd on a 21 day Kickstart vegan challenge and I choked around day 10… too bad. I started it not because I wanted to become a vegan and eschew meat or milk permanently, but my mom was doing it and I thought it would be fun and a good way to stop eating the junk that I was starting to eat with abandon over the Christmas holidays. I had also hoped it would train my body to start craving carrots over cookies. But I failed miserably. I made it 9 days fairly easily and did enjoy eating my rice and beans even while my family was chowing down on home-made mac and cheese But on the 10th day I started feeling discouraged probably because I didn’t really see any instant changes – I didn’t lose 5 lbs and my lingering cough was still lingering (I had hoped all the fruits and veggies would cure me) and somewhere in those previous 9 days the joy of making two meals every night diminished.
Now maybe someday if Jason would agree to do a vegan challenge with me (hahahahahahaha) it would be easier, but since he’s not there yet and I was doing it alone (my kids are great eaters but I didn’t want to throw them for a loop) I’ll just have to be content with what I did manage and go on from there.
But I certainly don’t count my 9 plant-based eating days all as loss… I learned a lot and will be making some changes to my diet and it’s nice to know that although I like meat I really could live without it. Actually if it was just me and I had all the time in the world, I would love to explore all the different and wonderful foods you can eat when you are only eating things that grew and didn’t moo.
And one interesting things I think I’ll share… contrary to popular belief you can get enough protein on a plant-based diet!! Yes you can! Think about it… lots of the world’s largest mammals just eat plants and some of these include elephants, zebras, giraffes… moose… they survive very well and are large and healthy all without eating meat or dairy. And you might point out that we all get hungry quicker without our major protein foods like meat and cheese, but then so what… eat some more vegetables and whole grains and you are set. It is very difficult to eat too many calories just eating vegetables, fruits, grains and legumes. Unless you are like me and snacked on nuts… alot… which is probably why I didn’t lose my 5 lbs. That and I learned how to make ‘vegan’ cookies and they were very very good – probably too good. Kinda like obeying the letter of the law but not the spirit… I think refined sugar is just as big of no-no. But just so you believe me on the protein thing, I just entered a days worth of plant based food in trusty Calorie Count and I easily reached my target protein amount without meat or dairy… cool huh? It can be done.
In other news here we are plugging along with the first week of school under our belts. Going back was a bit of a transition for the kids but we all made it, especially since we snunk in a day off – the kids all had dentist appointments Wednesday at the University and since it takes a bit longer there and I couldn’t get them back in time after lunch we just all stayed home. Plus poor Sarah wasn’t very comfortable recovering from her filling… it’s sad that she has my teeth and she’s not even 5 and has 3 cavaites already… sorry about your genes Sarah!
And I’m thankful to not have a case of the January blahs yet, probably because most of this month has actually seemed like March and now that there is snow it’s kinda nice. There is lots going on and lots to look forward too which also means lots to blog about so I guess I’m just looking forward in anticipation with what is coming next – even if that doesn’t include a vegan diet. 🙂