30 Days Later

30 Days After Going VeganIt’s hard to believe it’s been a month! It’s now been thirty days on our new diet and I think we’re now at the point where this is just how it is, and this is our new normal. Switching to a Whole Food Plant Based Diet for us was pretty darn easy. It was roughly two years ago when we stopped eating sugar and processed foods, and went to a Whole Food diet so this time the swap was relatively easy – at least after the first few days! Once we figured out how to combine food better to avoid blood sugar swings and stave off feelings of starvation it’s been pretty simple.

5 years ago I felt forced into giving up my Vegetarian identity. Really, at the time, it had been ten years for me as a Vegetarian, and it felt like a part of my soul was shattering. I didn’t agree with it, I just felt like I had to – and the story and reasons why are way too long to write here. Let’s just say that now 5 years later, if I knew then what I know now, I wouldn’t have had to do that. I’m now better equipped to deal with Gastroparesis as a Vegan, but I sure didn’t have the tools or resources back then. But, life is all about life-long learning and new experiences and I know more now, and I can’t let myself feel bad about what I thought I needed to do. That was then, this is now.

At this point, our household is now Vegan-friendly, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Our health will be better for it, and on top of everything, I can really and truly feel good about the food choices we are making. When researching diet and health, especially when learning about a Plant Based Diet, you can’t help but also learn more about conventional factory farming methods, and the materials that come from that world that end up on clothing racks (such as leather, wool, and other animal-sourced products).

When I became a Vegetarian in my early twenties, I continued purchasing animal-sourced products because I wasn’t too fond of the alternatives at the time. I did often consider my purchases and weigh decisions more heavily if what I was purchasing had come from an animal. At this point in my life, that is too far of a mental disconnect for my mind to make, and there are so many alternatives to products I would previously have considered purchasing that it’s a very easy decision.

This last month has been very full. I didn’t pick up my camera the entire time, which is the longest stretch I’ve gone in years. It felt like it was finally time to share some of what’s been on my mind…

By the way, there’s another reason I picked up my camera today. I wanted a photo documentation of some of the changes that I’ve noticed, such as… my complexion. The photo at the top of this post is me – without any makeup. Of course, if you know me, you know I rarely wear makeup anyway… but I often add a tiny bit if I know I’m going to be photographed. I’ve been harassed my entire life about how pale I am, but people who know me, care about me, and strangers. It seems everyone has an opinion and they’re never shy to share it! Well you know what? I’m less pale now! About two weeks after making the switch to a Vegan diet, I did a double take one day as I passed a mirror. I’m not as pale anymore! No, it’s not like I look tan or anything, I just look… healthier! I had heard that could happen, but I didn’t believe it. So there ‘ya go. A #nofilter view of me 🙂

Best Dinner Ever. Seriously.

Sometimes dinner is pretty darn good, and sometimes it’s “knocked it out of the park, hit a home run, 5-star meal good”. In other words, our dinner tonight was the best meal I’ve had in ages.
Black Bean and Yam SaladI’m not the cook in our house, but I’m usually around when the cooking is happening, so I can comment about meals and say if it was quick and easy, or, not-so-quick but definitely worth it. You know, I creatively interpret the chef’s grumbles into workable explanations.

Tonight however, Dave made dinner while I napped on the couch. Yes, I admit to it. Frodo curled up with me and I fell asleep, and napped while Dave slaved away in the kitchen. I do know this recipe took quite awhile to make, but oh. My. It. Was. Amazing.

Pictured above is a Black Bean & Yam Salad That is to Die For. Only you won’t die, because it’s very good for you. Dave followed the recipe from this site and only made minor adjustments to our taste. For example, he substituted the cilantro and used parsley instead. Also, he used half quinoa and half wild rice instead of all quinoa. Really pretty minor adjustments.

For the “taco-style seasoning” he used:

  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 3/4 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Chipotle Chile Powder
  • 1/8th tsp Black Pepper
  • 3/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder

The magical forces worked in my favor, and while I slept… Dave not only made dinner, he noted the adjustments he made to the recipe so we have them for the future (thank you Dave!). A miracle occurred here tonight!

And, we have tons and tons and tons of left overs. Tons. We are going to eat well this week!