Vegan Day 14
Sunday, January 27, 2013
So last week I lost 6 pounds and was pretty sure that it was water weight, but this week I lost another pound, so maybe it's permanent loss? That would be nice. I am almost back down to my pre-Christmas weight. That is, if you count the Christmas season as starting at Thanksgiving, because I went off the rails then and never really got back on them.
I actually had people over for dinner last night, including my department head, who grew up in the Midwest in the 1960s and thinks that chicken and dumplings on top of mashed potatoes is a good meal. (OK, it's actually a really good meal, just not a healthy one.) He was pretty much convinced that he was going to starve or die or something, but he was pleasantly surprised. I made a red sauce with lots of mushrooms in it, and served it over pasta. We had a big salad with arugula and tomatoes and cucumbers and spring onions, and homemade focaccia with sauted red onions, sundried tomatoes and black olives. Oh, and broccoli. And red wine. Yum.
I went over my calories for the day, but I've been under for most of the week, and I think it's probably fine. My rule for myself is that I can only eat to the low end of my calories today to make up for it. And my big binge was 182 calories over the high end of my range, so it's not like I really went overboard. That's one of the really nice things about doing this vegan thing. If I had had an extra serving of pasta with meat sauce, it would have been double that, and that is not even taking into account the cheese that would be involved.
Two more weeks of this. It's not bad. I couldn't see doing it for my whole life, but I could totally see eating vegan 18 out of 21 meals a week. Have the option of having fish a couple times, and then red meat once? I could totally live like that.