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Arnt you happy! ūüôā I know I am. Oh how Ive missed blogging. And oh how you‚Äôve missed lots of fun times! I decided to take a little break during the holidays but now that things have returned back to normal I can dedicate more time into the blogworld. But don‚Äôt worry, I did NOT take a break from my veg eating habits! In fact I did quite the opposite.

During the month of December I decided to go vegan! For many different reasons, and some are a little too personal to share with the entire world, but yeah.. I went vegan for the month. I thought I would miss cheese the most. Actually that could not be further from the truth. Once I decided to stop eating it I was totally fine! Went out for Mexican- no cheese! Eating Italian- hold the parm. Making a sandwich- leave the cheese off. Its really not THAT hard considering I was already saying no to so many other animal products. Ive gotten good at saying NO. You’d be surprised at how much you could care less about cheese after going without it. The only time I really missed it was during Christmas dinner, my mom made mac and cheese and I was thiiiis close to grabbing a fork and But I didn’t! That was the only time I craved cheese (Ill make a blog post later about how to deal with cravings and weakness).

Truth be told, I wasn‚Äôt 100% successful in trying vegan for the month. I did slip up with chocolate and sushi. I was more like 85 or 90% vegan. Meh. Im definitely going to lean more towards vegan eating but I don‚Äôt want to use the label ‚Äúvegan‚ÄĚ. I feel like if I was going to be vegan then I would need to reevaluate so many other things then just my food choices. Theres more to being vegan then just what you put in your mouth; like what you will put on your body, what companies you will support by buying their products, what kind of items you consume‚Ķ So yeah. Im going ‚Äúplant base‚ÄĚ.

Plant Based Is Where Its At

Plant Based Is Where Its At

Unfortunately, I have to cut this blog entry short. My children need tending to; the child just broke his glasses and the baby keeps trying to climb into my lap and ‚Äútype‚ÄĚ on the keyboard (as in, bangs her little fingers on the keys). Tomorrow Ill post about how my working out is going!! Im most excited about this! WOOHOO! And Ive got some big workout news!

And btw, after taking 2 months off from my Wednesday Weigh Ins, I cant remember where I left off. AhHaha! I was counting from the weight I was at when I started my vegetarian diet and I cant remember that number either. Blah! To make it easier on myself, Im just going to start the weight loss count from my highest weight, when I delivered the baby. ūüėõ Im thiiiis close to being back to my prebaby weight. When I get there Im going to post pics and all my stats!!! Yikes! That‚Äôs right, youll know my numbers! So, stay tuned. Cuz Im sure that blog will be ‚Ķfun‚Ķ

Complete Loss: 39lbs


Are You Hungry? Roasted Fall Vegetables with Lentils

The other night I made Roasted Fall Vegetables and Lentils with a Honey Dijon Mustard Vinaigrette¬†… Get ready for the best veggie recipe ever! So good that the husband and child gobbled dinner down, all while praising me on the delish dish. Roasted veggies are so.good.¬†because their sweet flavor comes out from. Onions, sweet potatoes, and carrots are my fav. The veggies are healthy so I felt no guilt for stuffing my face with them. ūüėÄ Lentils are very nutritious and especially great for vegetarians/vegans because of their high fiber content and are¬†a good source of protein and iron.¬†So yeah, dinner was great! I also made mac n cheese (whole wheat noodles, of course) and bought an already-cooked roasted chicken for the husband and child (they had been pleading for some meat). For real, you’ve got to try this dish! Perfect fall comfort food. I think I liked it so much that Im¬†going to make it for Thanksgiving dinner at my grandmother-in-law’s house. Nom-nom!

Roasted Fall Vegetables and Lentils with a Honey Dijon Mustard Vinaigrette

Roasted Fall Vegetables and Lentils with a Honey Dijon Mustard Vinaigrette

I used the recipe but made these changes:

I hate celery, so I omitted that. I didnt have any red onions so I had to sub for yellow onions. I also used half a green bell pepper because I already had one chopped up. And last, I used double the vinaigrette to make it extra saucy.

Why Vegetarian?

Dont you hate¬†that moment when you rock your baby to sleep and you go to put them down? Its like a hold-your-breath moment. I sure do!¬†You try to put them down juuuust¬†right so that they wont notice that they are no longer in your arms.¬†Cuz if they wake up, theres very little chance you will get them back to sleep. One shot… thats all you get!
My Bethany is 9 months old and not such a great sleeper. Shes got this ninja-like ability to know the second that she is no longer being held.¬†I just put her down for her morning nap and was praying, “Please let her stay asleep. Please let her stay asleep. Please can I get 30 mins of a nap time. Ill be happy with just 30 mins. If¬†I get more, fantastic.. but all I really want is just 30 mins.” Its been 5 mins, so far so good! Now I can write my real first blog post! ūüôā Woot!

Hug A Vegetarian!

So Why Vegetarian? Why did I go from eating junk food, fast food, fried stuff, lots of red meats,¬†too-large portion sizes, cookies (oooh¬†chocolate cookies!), cheese on everything, and other naughty things. Well isnt¬†that apparent? can eat junk like that and be healthy. Its just¬†not possible. Of course I had come to that conclusion before but my¬†fix to the problem of the b-u-l-d-g-e was to go on crash diets or sprint exercising (you know! exercising for a few weeks and then quit). I would have small victories, I would win the war but never the battle. 10 pounds down here.. 20 pounds up there. I got tired of it. You know? Time for something drastic and long-lasting. Time for a new me! May 2012 I became a vegetarian. Its September and I feel fantastic. ūüôā Its amazing how¬†in this short amount of time Im¬†already feeling better. Ive¬†only lost 10 lbs, but thats¬†ok. Ive spent 25 years putting on weight, I have plenty of time to get it off. Slow and steady wins the marathon.

Veg-ism¬†means different things to different people. A short description of the main -ism’s: pescetarianism¬†(fish eaters), ovo vegetarianism (eggs but not dairy products), lacto vegetarianism (dairy products but not eggs), ovo-lacto vegetarianism¬†(includes animal/dairy products such as eggs, milk, and honey), veganism (no¬†animal¬†and animal products), raw veganism¬†(only fresh and uncooked foods). I just say, “Im¬†a vegetarian”. Some days I eat all vegan, some says Ill¬†have a little cheese or eggs, and I have had fish (a handful of times). Its hard, you spend your whole life eating one way, its hard to completely switch to a new way of eating. Its not¬†just food, its like a whole new way of thinking. My ‘goal’, Id like to get to the point where Im vegan.

You know what the stupid-est (is that a word? lol) thing about this whole new veg-lifestyle. Others. People love to spout off about topics that they have no real knowledge about. If somehow it comes out that Im¬†now a veg, some reactions have been shock :O People wernt interested in my diet before my veg eating, but now that I wont eat meat, now¬†they want to give their opinion. “Well, I heard….blah-blah-blah.” O.rly. Since when did you get your degree in Nutrition?! Lol. You are concerned for me?! Where was your concern when I was eating the junk food? When I was eating hamburgers, fries, cookies… ect. I didnt hear you ‘voice your concern’ when all that junk food was making me gain weight. But now that I want to be healthy and eat good-for-you food.. now you want to question my diet?! //rolls.eyes//¬†How funny! Some of the issues others have brought up:

  • ¬†Dont you miss eating ‘regular’ food?!¬†Well, the longer you go not eating a type of food, the more you start to forget what it tastes like. I use to love steak. I cant remember what it tastes like, and I dont¬†miss it. Hamburgers, on the other hand, I use to love them. I craved them when I was pregnant with Bethany. Ive¬†tried veg-burgers but they arnt¬†the same. It just made me miss a real burger, so for now Im¬†staying away¬†from veg-burgers. No temptation for me, lol. Plus you can get fake omni foods. Every type of dairy product comes in ‘veg-style’ aka: fake or soy. Soy milks, cheese, cream cheese, butter, mayo… They even have fake egg product! ūüėõ
  • I would never be able to do it!¬†You might be surprised!! Im in this FANTASTIC¬†group on facebook¬†of vegan mothers (not all in the group are vegans, like me). They are such a fantastic group of women. So welcoming. Always answering my (many) questions. Sharing new recipes. Encouraging with the difficulties us¬†veg-eaters face. If it wasnt for my support, I prob wouldnt be able to do it.
  • What DO you eat?!¬†I eat lots of yummy things! Almost every omni¬†dish can be turned veg. (In the veg world, meat-eaters are known as omni’s)¬†Tofu… its really¬†cool in that it tastes like whatever you want it to taste like. Whatever spices or sauces you use is what it will taste like. Once you get ust to the texture, its wonderful because the flavors are endless. Theres this thing called tempeh¬†thats protein, like tofu. I havent tried it , yet. Another protein, like tofu, that I have tried is called seitan. It was OK… but I didnt¬†cook it right. Ill have to try again. Whole grains, veggies, fruits, beans, nuts, lentils,¬†mushrooms.¬†¬†Over this summer I was on a tomato kick! Quinoa¬†and¬†chia seed¬†have become popular (thanks to pinterest).¬†Ive¬†had quinoa, its kinda funny.¬†Anyways, Im¬†not a nutritionist, but I have researched the veg diet. You can get all the nutrition you need in a well-rounded veg diet. Dont believe me? Research it yourself! ūüėõ Oh, and I have to give ‘props’ to pinterest. Ive¬†cooked so many new and fun dishes thanks to pinterest! (You can follow my veg board here)

I could go on and on, but I wont. Wooza! My first blog post ended up being longer then I expected. I was concerned when I started this blog because I thought I wouldnt¬†have enough to talk about. Looks like i was wrong!¬†ūüėÄ I promise, not all posts will be as long as this one. Hahaha. Oh and BIG plus, Bethany is STILL sleeping! Woot. All that talk about my new diet has me hungry!

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