Newly vegetarian, soon to be vegan?


Hello again! I’ve been away but I’ve been itching to talk about my newest undertaking. It all started on January 2, but it’s been a long time coming.

I have been trying to eat healthier for years. Before I moved the St. Croix, I ate pretty well by S.A.D (standard American diet) standards but I exercised so I stayed fit and curvy. Once I met my then-boyfriend, we started eating out more and he introduced me to fine dining and foods I had never tasted before. So the pounds started to pile on, but I was in love and having fun so I didn’t mind it so much. Once me moved, the food was more fun to eat because of the company we were keeping, and how could I resist fresh seafood with savory sauces?! Then I became pregnant and food was my everything. Upon moving back to Ohio, I would eat cheese steaks like it was my job and my exercise consisted of moving from couch to chair. I gained pregnancy weight and only lost half of it with each pregnancy. Now, I know this may sound normal, but it made me feel sluggish and uncomfortable.

I wear my extra pounds pretty well (so I’ve been told), but I just don’t feel right. So I started my health improvement journey 2 years ago. I’ll talk more about it in future posts. Here’s where I am now:

I’m still not where I want to be weight-wise or dietary-wise. I had been feeling kinda gross (just plain icky) over the holidays and it only got worse on New Year’s Day when I ate WAY TOO MUCH MEAT. Feeling horrid and worn out, I decided on January 2 not to eat anymore meat. Which meant I had to figure out what I could eat. So I started doing research online, watched a few awesome documentaries, and read some good books. Lo and behold, I have been vegetarian ever since! Yaay!

I’ve been eating faux-meats, veggies, grains, seeds, nuts and legumes. But I’ve also been eating cheese (I’m lactose-intolerant & addicted to creamy cheese) and far too many fats to have seen any real improvement in my weight. But I do feel a little better.

So what’s my next step? Veganism. Yes, I know that true vegans prescribe to a life void of animal cruelty and animal products/by-products. And while I don’t wear fur or condone any kind of animal cruelty, I do wear leather boats and crochet with wool yarn, so I will NOT call myself a vegan. No. Instead I’m “embracing a vegan diet.”

So, no diary. No honey. No eggs. No, no, no. But yes to more veggies and more fruits, and all the cool things you can make with them. I have a newfound love for raw nuts and seeds and I’ve been making my own coconut milk lately. I have even given up caffeine! I’ve been making more of my food, though I admit I need to do better at preparation and having things on hand for me to eat. There have been too many times when I’ve been hungry and on my way to work and I’ve picked a vegetarian meal that is lacking of anything healthy. Tisk.

My plan for the future is to use my upcoming 10k walk training to push through the cravings and I want to eat more raw foods come spring and summer.

Today’s challenge was to eat after having partied the night before. I have to say that I didn’t do very well. But I got back on track later in the day when I had regained my senses. This evening I’m making baked tofu and I’m trying my hand at making seitan. Hopefully these staples will keep me and my family for the week.


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