My vegan (and vegetarian) journey
Jan. 30, 2011 11:30 am
Updated: Feb. 1, 2011 11:23 am
Well, it's now a month into my plan to eat vegan and/or vegetarian. I also continue to do interval training on the treadmill.
There've been some hits and misses along the way. Fortunately, more of the former than the latter. I still can't develop a taste for soy milk or tofu, but I love edamame and tempeh. Go figure! I tried seitan for the first time in a stir fry ealier this
week. Not crazy about that, but I plan to make a homemade batch, and I think that will probably make a difference.
But truly, there's so much variety in vegetables, fruits, grains, beans,etc. that I really don't need to worry about a meat substitute most of the time. I haven't missed it much at all, although in the interest of fairness, I have eaten some. My birthday
was earlier this month, and the buffet at our favorite local Indian restaurant was the place to celebrate. I ate one bite of chicken from the Tikka Masala, and it was one bite too much. My favorite dish from the buffet....the curried turnips. They were
fabulous!! Between that and the vegetable korma, I was truly satisfied. And a b-day meal for my husbands's son at our favorite Japanese restaurant included spicy tuna rolls. I have eaten a small amount of seafood and fish this month, and while I haven't
enjoyed the meat, I do still enjoy the seafood for an occasional meal.
I'm having a much harder time with the dairy than with the meat. I love cheese and yogurt, and the vegan alternatives just aren't cutting it for me. So rather than just throw in the towel on all, I've come to the conclusion that it's better for me to strive
for a mostly vegan diet with some vegetarian days thrown in. I don't eat these every day, but when I make a dish that normally calls for cheese or yogurt, I am not satisfield with the results of replacing those.
So, the plans change some, but I still believe the habits are healthy even with some dairy and fish/seafood thrown in occasionally. I think as I continue to eat vegan/vegetarian, the cravings for meat will eventually cease altogether. I hope they do, anyway.
My hits are growing between the vegan and vegetarian options. Vegetarian chickpea sandwich filling is a winner. So are black bean burgers and nut burgers (been making the black bean burgers for about 2 years now). I love, love, love the greens and mole tamale
pie. So much that it's become a regular meal. I tried roasted beets for the first time recently (was NOT a beet fan) and quite enjoyed them. Great roasted with onions and served with the sauteed beet greens and red quinoa! My fridge is full of veggies
and fruits, and my sandwich fillings now consist of all manner of sliced and chopped veggies rather than meat. Sometimes, I thrown on some fresh mozzarella if I'm in a dairy mood. And a couple of months ago, I discovered smoked olive oil. OMG...this stuff
is food of the gods!! Between Veganomicon and Vegetarian Times's Everything Vegan, there are so many recipes to choose from. Throw in the dishes from Vegetarian Times, and my only problem is choosing what to try next.
Next on my list to is tempeh bacon. That's another hurdle to get over...I do crave the bacon sometimes.
All in all, I'm pleased with my efforts and the results so far. I've lost 2 inches from my waist, and I can tell in my face that I've lost a couple of pounds. I wore a pair of jeans yesterday that were comfortable instead of uncomfortably tight as they were
last time I tried them.
I'll continue to strive for a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle and will continue the exercise plan. My husband is joining me in the vegetarian plan, and our future will be filled with healthy foods, healthy bodies, and a healthy outlook on life!