I love new beginnings simply because it means we can start over, try again or just move the heck on!
This diet is a new beginning for me and it’s a good one. I’ve been looking for something that can be more of a lifestyle change and not just a diet. I tried eating less calories and yes that worked for a short time, I tried eating no carbs and no sugar and while the weight fell off, it’s not a very realistic change for life, at least not for me. It was a good temporary “fix.”
Following a vegan diet is something that I’ve thought about doing before but I guess I wasn’t really ready or serious enough to get it started. Someone mentioned to me that it’s something you really truly have to be ready for and I can agree with that 100%.
My original plan was to do a 30 day trial starting August 1st, but I have actually been really excited about it and decided to start incorporating at least one or two vegan meals a day and then going at it full force on August 1st, so I wanted to share my experiences so far.
Last night I made a simple salad of lettuce, zucchini, corn, olives, tomatoes, avocado, flax seed oil and a Greek vinaigrette.
It was delicious! Full of flavor and I felt very light and satisfied after eating it. Normally I would add some kind of cheese and creamy dressing to my salads and then I’d feel so full and bloated afterward, which to me is an obvious sign that my body doesn’t handle dairy very well.
Today, I started my day with a wheat bagel thin with peanut butter and raspberry hot tea. I’m also trying to kick my caffeine habit, so that meant no coffee this morning AND I couldn’t have it anyways because I don’t like to drink coffee black and I don’t like dairy free creamers so I figured giving it up altogether isn’t a bad idea and it’s also something I’ve been wanting to do for quite some time.
And soda, well it’s just bad for you so no more for me!
For lunch, I had a veggie sandwich which consisted of multi-grain bread, hummus, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, avocado and sprouts. I toasted the bread for a little extra flavor and it was also very good and satisfying.
A quick little tip, if you check the ingredients label, it will tell you the allergens and that way it’s easy to spot if there is any dairy in a product that you are unsure about.
For dinner I plan on making a pineapple, strawberry, banana smoothie with almond milk and flax seed oil and maybe snacking on some carrots or cucumbers if I still feel hungry.
Overall, I felt pretty good all day, my brain is in a bit of a fog and it’s throbbing but that is the caffeine withdrawals I’m sure!