Monday, March 29, 2010
Sadly another weekend has come to an end. Thankfully we were able to eat some wonderful foods that perked us up to enjoy the day - even through the cloudy, cold, rainy weather. Okay, so maybe I don't feel different but looking back to it, I do have some more energy in the mornings after starting the vegan diet. But then again who knows... haha
Breakfast: This morning I had planned a delightful old favorite - quiche! Only difference is that we used no eggs or cream! Yes, a vegan shi*take and dill frittata /quiche! Yummy! This is made from tofu and really does hit the spot. The recipe is from Isa Chandra Moskowitz. Vegan Brunch Cookbook!
It was a really good recipe and especially since I got to use my favorite dill that I dried last year in our garden!
Lunch: Leftovers from last night
Snack Time: I have been dying for some low calorie vegan cookies but then I found this lovely little yummy cookie. It is from the cookbook Vegan Lunch Box, I believe, I have to double check which one it was from...oops... It is Banana Oatmeal Cookies. Basically it just has banana, oatmeal, baking soda, and some sunflower seeds. I loved the basic ones but then my husband asked for chocolate chips in them so I added some just for him. Along with some Japanese traditional sushi grade green tea, it was a perfect little snack.
Dinner: Since we had a smaller lunch, we decided that the perfect vegan meal to devour would be the lovely green vegan noodles that we purchased from our Chinese grocery store. These noodles, as did the other Chinese noodles from the other day, have no animal or animal by-products. Yum! I highly suggest checking our your local Asian store for some yummy vegan items! The products might not say vegan but just double check the ingredients. We love to make our own noodles in our household however we don't have the pasta maker..... *sighs*
Monday, March 29, 2010
Sadly, we finished our 21 Day Challenge. Yes, you read that correctly, "sadly" because we really loved eating the meals and felt good about our bodies and the animal lives we were saving during the 21 days. We were rather good about eating 100% vegan for the first 3 weeks but near the last few days we ate some Easter chocolate that seemed to slip into our household thanks to my girlfriend from Australia. haha
As for results, we didn't really see any results. It seems like I have a permanent residency card on my plateau right now so that didn't change one bit. I was hoping by subtracting all the processed foods and flour out of my diet that I would lose at least a pound during the 21 day challenge but no such luck. My husband did not see a change either in weight gain.
Our spirits are up however I am not sure if that is due to the weather or due to the vegan food. I have noticed that my husband has a clearer mind when he comes home from work at night. He has a slightly stressful job and he normally would come home and not feel the energy enough to run outdoors for 10K. Thankfully though he was able to get out there with me and have fun doing it too. We love exercising and feeling better while on the vegan diet. I say "feeling better" when I mean that we are not drug down as much by the white flours, eggs and heavy meats. We have a slight bit more spring to our step but nothing drastic.
All in all though, we loved the food! It was nice to look down on the plate each day and see more colors than normal and not have a slice of dead animal. It is a learning curve to eat vegan, especially when dining out, but it is an adventure. Plus, it is easier to eat more than ever while still getting in the same amount of calories on a SAD (standard American diet). I highly suggest everyone to try the challenge at least once! Even if you are a meat and potato eater, you might be surprised at how much you love the food - you will not miss the food. In fact, my husband is one of these people that grew up with eating SAD and found that he didn't enjoy his steak one night out to eat. Amazing!
Go ahead and try it for yourself! As for now, we are going to stick vegan and see how much better we feel in another month of two!
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