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My First Month As A Vegan

For one month now I have been eating vegan.  I wasn’t necessarily intentionally vegan but I have some auto-immune struggles and I have tried several ways of eating to make my life easier, my health better etc… My failures led me to vegan.  I tried to tell myself vegetarian was “enough” but then I realized I still wasn’t feeling as good as I knew I should so I switched to vegan.  I feel much better than I have in a very long time.  My next step would be to eliminate nightshade vegetables but so far I haven’t felt the need to do so and boy do I love them.

I will start by saying I don’t really do anything special for breakfast or lunch.  Honestly for those meals I eat something really quick like an apple and chocolate hummus or tomatoes and salt and pepper.  But supper – I truly look forward to supper all day long no matter what it is.

Here are some of the foods I have been trying…

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Veggie/Bean Salad
Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Veggie/Bean Salad
Coconut BLT with Vegan Cheese, Sweet Potato and Cucumber
Coconut BLT with Vegan Cheese, Sweet Potato and Cucumber
Tomato, Lettuce and Vegan Cheese Sandwich with Veggie/Bean Salad
Tomato, Lettuce and Vegan Cheese Sandwich with Veggie/Bean Salad
Bean and Corn Salad With Red Wine Vinegar and Cumin
Bean and Corn Salad With Red Wine Vinegar and Cumin
Corn Off The Cob, Baked Potato, Grilled Watermelon
Corn Off The Cob, Baked Potato, Grilled Watermelon
Strawberries and Raspberries Sprinkled With Truvia
Strawberries and Raspberries Sprinkled With Truvia
Apple and Chocolate Hummus
Apple and Chocolate Hummus
Grilled Onions and Peppers, Baked Potato, Corn Off The Cob
Grilled Onions and Peppers, Baked Potato, Corn Off The Cob
Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries With Drizzled Nutiva
Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries With Drizzled Nutiva
Coconut Bacon, Avocado, Spinach, Red Onions, Tomato, Coran, Lettuce Salad
Coconut Bacon, Avocado, Spinach, Red Onions, Tomato, Coran, Lettuce Salad
Avocado, Lettuce, Corn, Black Beans, Vegan Taco "Meat", Vegan Mexican Shredded Cheese, Tomato Salad
Avocado, Lettuce, Corn, Black Beans, Vegan Taco “Meat”, Vegan Mexican Shredded Cheese, Tomato Salad
Various Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber, Red Onion With Lite Vinaigrette
Various Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber, Red Onion With Lite Vinaigrette
Bean/Corn Salad, Guacamole, Salsa, Grilled Zucchini, Grilled Eggplant
Bean/Corn Salad, Guacamole, Salsa, Grilled Zucchini, Grilled Eggplant
Grilled Onion and Pepper (Assorted Kinds) Cabobs
Grilled Onion and Pepper (Assorted Kinds) Cabobs
Leftover Grilled Vegetables With Salsa
Leftover Grilled Vegetables With Salsa
Asian Assorted Veggies With White Rice
Asian Assorted Veggies With White Rice
Cherry Tomatoes, Kale, Spinach, Romaine, Vinaigrette
Cherry Tomatoes, Kale, Spinach, Romaine, Vinaigrette

I find that I almost never eat fast food anymore – after all what would I eat?  Salad?  I can get plenty of that at home and custom to my desires and healthier because I can add in spinach and kale to the greens.  I have had veggie burgers at fast food restaurants but there was something about them that literally made me feel sick three days straight.  Perfection would not define my journey – there were setbacks but every single time I felt physically uncomfortable immediately so lately I would much rather have what I want and purposely bought for myself.

What makes it difficult?  No one else in my house is interested in a vegan lifestyle.  That doesn’t mean I am tempted by their choices – because I am not.  It does mean however that there are different meals that need to be made all the time.

Choices?  I am eating some things that I never imagined I would because I am trying just about anything I can think of.  When I first started I overbought big time because I wanted to try everything.  Now I try one thing new each week and if I don’t like it – I won’t buy it again.  For example – eggplant; nope can’t do it.  Mushrooms however I have always disliked but I am determined to find a way that makes me want them.  Avocados and onions? I seriously could eat them all day every day.

Since switching to vegan I am losing weight without any real effort; my blood pressure which was never high has dropped significantly and 100/69 is more the “norm” now.  I am also not diabetic but since I get my blood checked once every six weeks I do expect those numbers to be even better with my next blood test in two weeks.

Fortunately we have two fridges in our house and I have taken over one for all my vegan foods.  Not that I care if anyone eats them but they don’t want them in the way of what they are trying to eat.  Fine by me… I have my own space.

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