good morning everyone! the weekend is almost here!!
i have a post for you guys today that i did not expect to be writing…or at least not so soon. first, i’m going to show you my dinner from last night, and then i’ll explain.
when i decided to start my month-long vegan challenge, i did it with two things in mind. first, it’s on my 101 in 1001 list and it’s something i really want to accomplish. second, maybe i could lose a little weight before my wedding.
something i didn’t consider – eating a vegan diet is a major diet change from where i was starting and is very different from what the other two people living with me are eating. surely, this could cause some stress and maybe a little conflict.
it hasn’t been too bad with the conflict…a couple of times brad’s said, “oh just eat it” when i said i couldn’t have something that wasn’t vegan. and liz has definitely offered me bites of things that look awesome but aren’t vegan, just because she forgot that i was doing my challenge.
but the real problem has been that it’s been stressing me out. i haven’t had much time for meal planning lately, and so my lack of a plan, especially with a goal to eat vegan, left me eating lunches like this every day.
carrots, celery, hummus, apple, peanut butter.
yes that’s delicious, but eating it day after day feeling like i couldn’t eat anything else was not fun.
then, i’d feel stressed out because i didn’t know what i was going to have for dinner. then brad would ask me what was for dinner, and i’d feel like i had to come up with a non-vegan man meal for him too.
and let’s face it, there are much more important things for me to be stressed about right now, like:
and many unimportant things that stress me out as i go through my day:
- my iphone/itunes ganging up on me this morning and losing all the music/apps/podcasts i had on them
- keeping the apartment clean
- gas prices
i guess what i’m trying to say is, there are a lot of things in this world that stress me out, and i never want food to be one of them.
i love good food. i love good vegan food.
but what i was making wasn’t good vegan food.
it was boring, unexciting, and made me feel deprived.
so, i guess all of this is to say that i am calling it quits on my vegan challenge….for now. it’s staying on my 101 in 1001 list and i really want to accomplish it. just not right now!
and with that, let’s talk about my awesome dinner last night!
i made a gigantic bowl of deliciousness.
- a big handful of spinach on the bottom
- sauteed zucchini, squash, yellow pepper, red pepper, onion, mushrooms, and tomatoes
- delicious cheese/zucchini sauce (see liz’s blog today for details on that!)
- and a little cooked ham and a sprinkle of cheese on top
you know what? it was awesome and healthy and i didn’t feel a bit stressed out about it!
that’s much more like it…