Before I get into the “meat” of this post, I want to give a big THANK YOU to everyone who has read the blog. I started the blog as a diary of sorts, a way to keep myself honest, and to document my cooking adventures and recipes. I’m so excited that Christie and Brent are sharing their recipes and stories as well. Finally, I am pleasantly surprised and so grateful for all the encouragement and support that I have been getting from friends and strangers. THANK YOU!
One of the challenges of being vegetarian or vegan is ensuring that you get enough nutrients. Allow me to make a callback to my post on Twizzlers: there are a lot of yummy vegan options out there, and I could probably go a day eating nothing but Twizzlers, but it’s not good for me and I’m likely to pass out.
I use an app called MyFitnessPal (introduced to me by Christie, natch!) and I love it because you can track with your iPhone, iPod Touch, or online at http://www.myfitnesspal.com. As long as I stay honest, the app helps a LOT in keeping track of not only total calorie intake per day, but carbs, fat, and protein as well. I have found it really useful since changing up my diet. Mainly, I try and make sure I meet my protein quota. Small changes such as replacing white rice with brown rice or quinoa have helped a lot in that regard. As a bonus, it’s reduced my carb intake, which used to make up most of my daily diet.
There are still challenges, though. I realized today that I have only eaten breakfast once in the several days. Now, allow me to make a confession here: I have had a horrible week of turning veganese. In the past few days, I have had a hot dog, chicken, pork, pizza, cheese, and bacon. My reason or excuse is that I have been so busy with work and life this past week and haven’t had time to cook. I am generally able to have healthy snacks throughout the day; that didn’t happen this week. I needed and craved meals that were hot, fast, and convenient.
I clearly need a strategy for making sure I eat well and eat vegan no matter what the situation is. What staples should I have on hand? What are quick, easy, and single serving meals I can cook? What frozen or pre-packaged meals/snacks are good to keep at work when I don’t have time to get away from my desk? How can I change up my breakfast options? How should I change my grocery shopping habits? These are just some of the things I will need to figure out if I’m going to be successfully vegan.
The next few days will be really fun for me: I’ll be on vacation for five days. I expect that half my meals will be bought at a restaurant and the other half I will be able to cook. Will I be vegan throughout the vacation? I have no idea. I’m going to try! And I’m looking forward to sharing my dining and cooking experiences with you.
Veganism is not for the faint of heart. It’s also for people who are thoughtful. You’re a brave and wise soul, m’Lady. You will do just fine.