Learning to be Vegan
Saturday, July 27, 2013
I went to Half Price Books the other day and found so many Vegan/Vegetarian cook books. I ended up buying three of them and realized that most of what I had already been eating was vegan/vegetarian. I just have to make a couple modifications to my diet. Some have been extremely easy; like no meat. I was never much of a meat eater anyway, with the exception of chicken and occasionally fish. But that's in the past now. Other things have been harder to give up....eggs, milk, cheese, yogurt....I know that all of those things can be found or made using vegan products and I'm working on it. Some I've found suitable substitutions for and others I'm still looking. For instance, no cheese tastes as good as real cheese. I can tolerate soy yogurt and I love almond milk. But my eggs....oh my eggs. I miss them.
I'm a planner so I've been using those amazing cook books to plan my meals for the week today. It's so much easier to make it to the grocery store and buy what's needed so produce won't go bad in the refrigerator throughout the week. It helps that my husband is on board and will eat whatever I cook. He'll also grab fruit and raw veggies to snack on. We juice most mornings as well, which can be expensive but so rewarding. It fills me up during my morning hours just like I'd had a meal and I'm not deprived at all.
I do wish Spark Nutrition was a little more vegan friendly, however. It's so difficult whenever I have to add a recipe and then I have to add each individual ingredient as well as the recipe. Then, before I know it, I've been sitting on Spark, logging my meals for 5 hours and I'm only halfway through. Maybe once I've added the ingredients I use on a normal basis, it won't be so difficult.