This weekend was good. I'm learning how much more difficult it is to make food decisions when you stop eating dairy! I've been doing some online reading about eating a plant based diet and there are some articles I'd like to share. The first is a perspective from Mark Bittman (amazing chef & NY Times food columnist titled "Got Milk? You Don't Need It" about dairy consumption and his personal experience with giving up dairy. I love reading his columns no matter what the subject, but this one obviously struck a chord. I haven't had any dairy for 5 days and I feel like I have more energy and I can breathe out of my nose better than I have been able to in awhile.
For those of you worried about certain nutrients lacking in a plant based diet, I read another excellent blog post titled "How to Convince Anyone to Go Vegan". I know that to a degree I'm drinking the vegan kool aid right now, but I love this post for providing information on the concerns people have about vegan diets in a concise and easy to read way. I'm looking forward to reading more about people who've adopted a vegan lifestyle. I read a post that's an interview with Rich Roll, a vegan endurance athlete. I get so inspired reading about people who are achieving amazing things on a vegan diet.
I'm trying to start making more interesting vegan meals. Last night for dinner we made a millet & 3 bean casserole and made a "cheese" sauce with nutritional yeast. It came out really well, and I'm excited to use things like nutritional yeast, flax meal, and miso paste to create new dishes.
|Millet Bean bake with "cheese" sauce|
Saturday night we went out to dinner and used a Groupon that we'd had for awhile. That was definitely eye opening and Carly and I had a long conversation about how my new food choices are going to impact our life. I definitely had to do some customization to get the meal I wanted, but I think using the V word scares restaurants into compliance! We split a tomato hummus & black bean dip plate to start, and I had vegan nachos for dinner. It was good and I didn't feel hungry or lacking in any way.
|Vegan nachos at Zada Jane's|
Exercise has been going well. The break I took on Thursday was good for recovery. I took a leisurely hike on Friday after work and tried a new trail that spurs off my normal trail. It didn't have any significant elevation gain/loss so I didn't get as intense of a workout, but it was nice to see new sights. Saturday after our usual morning farmer's market/errands I did my favorite yoga/Pilates workout to get a good stretch. Yesterday morning I did my Sunday morning weightlifting at the gym and was pleased with how I felt on the machines and with the free weights. I switched nights at work this week so I had time for a run this morning. I haven't run in weeks and I haven't felt like it much either. It has been stupid hot here but I've lacked the motivation in the morning recently. I was worried I'd be slower than usual but I did my first mile in a good time and was able to sprint for about 5 minutes total, jog for about 7 minutes total, and walk for the rest.
I'm going to end with some more pics of the pretty food I ate this weekend!
|Saturday leftovers lunch: focaccia, vegan chorizo w/edamame succotash, green tomatoes & carrots|
|Sunday leftovers lettuce wraps: each one had peppers, cucumber, carrots & vegan chorizo and each one had a different spread: tomato hummus, garlic hummus & black bean dip|