Sunday, August 25, 2013

Healthy Vegan Fall Challenge Part 1

It is time for another challenge and I am really going to try to step it up this time as I did not do too well last time. If you would like to join in leave a comment and I will get you an invite to the group over on Facebook.

So, these were my goals last time...

1. No animal products whatsoever. This means not eating something unless I KNOW it is not made with dairy and/or eggs (and other animal products, obviously). This is where I have been lacking in making the transition to becoming a full vegan (well, this and leather products).

2. 1 salad everyday, and fruit with every meal.

3. Limited oil, salt and sugar.

4. Exercise daily, increasing running distances or times.

5. Lose 10 pounds.

I did horribly with #1. This is something that I think is going to take a lot of time and practice and that is okay. I do really well with not eating any beef and usually no pork, chicken, and other poultry. However, when I was on my vacation I went to my cousin's house and she had lovingly prepared us a lunch of chicken salad, not knowing I was a vegetarian. I felt that in this instance it was better to go ahead and have some instead of offending her. I know that most people would not agree with me, but for me that was the right choice. I also do allow myself the occasional fish, usually when it is served as sushi, so I did have that as well, once. I also had a salmon salad the other day. I am working on giving fish up completely. Becoming a vegan is turning out to be a step by step process for me. I figure if I can master one thing at a time that is a victory. For now, it is not having had any beef. I also can't remember the last time I had eggs, though I have had food with eggs in them. I will talk about dairy in a bit.

I have not had a salad everyday or fruit with every meal, but I have found that I love juicing so I may be able to achieve that this time around!

I have done pretty good with limited oil and salt. Sugar, not so much!!

I have done a lot of exercise, but not daily. Have not increased my distances or decreased times. More on that in a bit.

I did not lose 10 pounds. I think I gained 10!

Okay, so for this challenge a lot is going to be the same.

1. No beef, chicken or other poultry. No eggs, except to try the falafel at a friend's new restaurant (he has not been able to find a recipe that does not use eggs that tastes good, but he does want to have a vegetarian offering on the menu.)

2. No dairy. I have been eating some dairy lately, as an experiment. A couple weeks ago I had an omelet at Ihop that used egg substitute. I also asked for no cheese on it, but did not realize it was in it. I went ahead and had some before realizing I could scrape it out. That evening I had some stomach issues. I began to wonder if I maybe had lactose intolerance (since my dad had it and I have had those stomach issues before). last Sunday I had dairy and was fine. Yesterday I had dairy and was also fine. I was hoping that if I had it it would make it easier to give up dairy!! Instead I have to remind myself that bay cows are being ripped away from their mothers to provide that dairy, most of it comes from factory farms, and it is a by-product of blood and really not that great for you.

3. No foods that use dairy products or eggs. Time to read labels!!

4. Limited oil, salt and sugar. I do not cook with oil normally, but may use it on salad as a dressing. Going to try not doing that. I also do not add salt to recipes normally or have it on a meal unless it really really needs it. As for sugar, I am trying to remember to bring dried fruit in my lunch bag for dessert so I am not tempted to get something out of the vending machine or go in search of chocolate (and believe me, I know who has it and where it is!!). Also, limit vegan sweets to evening only and not a lot!!

5. Fruit everyday!! Though I failed my juice fast it made me realize I love juicing!! So I am planning to have juice with breakfast and dinner.

6. Finish my large cup of water everyday.

7. Eat more salads. I plan to make a big one every Sunday and add to it as needed. If I do not take it for lunch, it becomes dinner.

8. Smoothie or granola or a fruit dish for breakfast :)

9. Regular exercise. It has been really hot and I have not felt like going to the gym. That is going to change. My gym routine will now consist of 1 mile each on bike, elliptical and treadmill. I am also trying to do one race a month to keep motivated. Mostly 5k's however I made a deal with a friend to do a 10k in March.

10. Lose 10 pounds. But I will be happy with 5!! I am currently at 169.

11. No soda with high fructose corn syrup. I have not had caffeine soda in a couple weeks so I am adding something else in!! This limits me to Sierra Mist at work and most restaurants and Izze at home.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Juice Fast Day 2 -- Epic Fail

Well, I guess it wasn't really epic since I did make it through 1 1/2 days!! But the hunger and haze and weakness finally got to me and I had to quit. Or I chose to quit. But I am proud I hug on as long as I did. I learned some more stuff as well...

1. I LOVE fresh made juice!! Seriously, you would think I would never want to drink juice again, but that wasn't the case. I even made juice for friends!

2. The Jack LaLanne Power Juicer does not like kale (it sends most of it to the pulp bin) and will sometimes spit back blueberries, the occasional apple wedge, carrot slices and plum pieces. And grapes.

3. The Jack LaLanne Power Juicer likes to spit juice at your white t-shirt.

I think to more successful at the juice fast next time I should prepare better, rather than just jump in after eating kind of poorly. And not go anywhere or do anything active at all. I gave up after a trip to the pool. I didn't even swim laps, just played around a bit. But for most of the fast I didn't feel like doing anything and felt like I was in some kind of food deprived haze. It was not a pleasant feeling.

This week the focus will be on healthy eating. Lots of salads and ETL recipes. And JUICE!!!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Juice Fast Day One

I have been eating really poorly in the past couple weeks so I decided to clean myself out and jumpstart a healthier eating plan by doing a juice fast. I am following the 3 day plan by Joe Cross of Fat Sick and Nearly Dead. After nearly a day of this I thought I would share the experience with you along with some tips.

1. You will PEE like a racehorse or a pregnant woman or anything else that pees a lot. You will be PEEING constantly. I have PEED more than 10 times and by the end of the day it will probably top 20. No joke.

2. Your pee will start to be clear so that is good lol.

3. The Jack La Lanne Power Juicer (which I bought pre-owned from a church friend)is really easy to use and very easy to clean. However, it gets tedious cleaning it after every juicing so you can wait until the end of the day to clean everything and then at the end of fasting put it in the dishwasher. (Actually, you probably should clean it after every use, but I am too tired and lazy to continue that).

4. You will be too tired and weak to go to Walmart, but not to go to an estate sale and the library. But between the estate sale and library you will realize you really are too weak and tired to do that as well.

5. You will crave real food. Blueberry muffins (vegan, of course) with Earth Balance "butter", pizza (without cheese of course, unless it is Daiya Cheese, which I keep forgetting I have to add to those cheeseless Papa Murphy's pizzas I love), cake, French fries. Then you will dream about having a small can of low sodium V-8 juice.

6. Headaches suck when you can't take anything for them. No non-prescription medication on the juice fast.

7. After 1 glass of juice you will feel like you can do this for 5 days!! After 3 you are thinking of doing it for only 2. Or 1. Or 3 glasses.

8. You will want to send your husband to Freddy's for a veggie burger and fries STAT!!

9. You will decide that instead of feeling hungry, maybe you feel nauseous instead. Which may very well be.

10. Don't give up.

I will have an update for you tomorrow as well. If I have the strength to type. And am not in the bathroom peeing.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Veggie Friendly Eating In California -- Taste Of India

On Sunday while Bonnie and I were at the LA Farmer's Market amongst all the ethnic food choices, I mentioned that I had never had Indian Food before. She said that before I left we would have Indian food!! Since I was leaving the next day it would have to be that night!!

So, after watching some TV we headed out for a late dinner at Taste of India. We ate at the Woodland Hills location.

For an appetizer I ordered Samosas which were potato and peas in a puff. For my entrée I had Bengan Bhartha, which was recommended to me by the waiter. I had it mildly spicy, but it wasn't really spicy at all! It is shredded zucchini with spices. So good. I also got a side of rice and na'an



(Bonnie's entrée is in the background)

The food was so good and it made me a fan of Indian food immediately.

What do you think of Indian food? What is your favorite vegetarian entrée?

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Veggie Friendly Eating at My Family Picnic

The reason for my trip to California was to attend a family picnic/reunion. It was held at Craig Park in Fullerton. Despite the main food being served was beef and chicken, I was able to eat a completely vegan meal!!

I brought 2 vegan salads from Whole Foods and there were other meat,egg and dairy free salads available. I had a full plate!! Then my cousin Phillip (on the right) grilled up slices of a giant zucchini he brought (and grew!!) so I had a zucchini burger!!!



And here are some pictures of the food tables!!


Obviously, no one left hungry lol