Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘vegan diet’

Today marks the 30th day of my vegan adventure. I’m actually surprised at how quickly the time has flown.

I’ve enjoyed exploring the world of vegan cuisine. When you are vegan, you need to cook a lot of your own food and bring it with you during the day. At first I found this tedious and time consuming. But after the first week I found my head was buzzing with vegan recipes and questions. Does blended tofu offer the same stabilization and binding properties eggs? Can I make decent gravy with miso and vegetable stock? Going vegan has reawakened my love of cooking. I am very adventurous in the kitchen, and I feel like I have only begun to explore the possibilities in vegan cuisine.

I have also dropped 4 lbs. without any effort. I exercise the same amount, and I eat the same amount as usual. The only difference is I am eating a lot more fresh fruit and vegetables, and eating no animal proteins.

I told myself before I started to go vegan that if I really wanted to eat something, I could have it. For each unvegan moment I had, I made sure to do it deliberately understand why I was doing it.

Unvegan Moments:

-Two bites of pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving: My mother guilt tripped me into eating dessert. Then when I realized the pie was bought from Cosco and not home baked with love, I stopped and chastised my mother for her trickery. This was total mother-induced-guilt eating.

-One bite of stuffing at Thanksgiving: My mother insisted on a taste test between her meat-filled stuffing and my vegan stuffing. I honestly prefer my vegan stuffing better. Again, mother-guilt-eating.

-One bite of steak at Joe Fortes: My partner had ordered the ribeye, one of my favourites. I made a deliberate choice to do this, as a test to see what I was missing. It was good, but not as amazing as I remember meat tasting before going vegan.

-Lobster oil at Joe Fortes: They serve lobster oil with the bread at Joe Fortes. I had this because I wanted to put another notch in my gourmet belt. Inner Gourmet:1 Inner Vegan: 0

-Milk in my coffee: I ordered a coffee and they didn’t have soy milk. So I had normal milk. I admit, this one was pure laziness. I now carry Soygo creamer in my purse.

-Miscellaneous alcohol: I’ve recently become aware that certain alcohol is produced using isinglass, gelatine, egg whites etc. in the filtering process. I haven’t avoided any type of alcohol because of this yet. Instead I give myself a mental high five if I drink from an approved producer, and a swallow of guilt if I’m drinking a potentially unvegan draft.

-Miscellaneous French fries: During the first week or so of eating vegan, I found myself out at a pub where there were no vegan options. So I opted to just have fries. After a while I found out that some restaurants cook their fries in beef tallow or hogfat. EW!

So, it’s onto the second month of what I imagine will be a lifelong lifestyle. I like being vegan. I like how it makes my body feel. And I like what I am doing for the animals. Every time I pet my dog, I think of her being butchered in China for food, I remind myself that it’s no different than slaughtering a pig. And it strengthens my resolve to be a better vegan.

*Courtesy of Jenny Duffy

~The Vegan Project

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

Cate and her husband, Steve. Excellent style.

Day 7 – Monday

Well I made it through my first full week as a Vegan (well I tried).  Monday morning, after a whirlwind weekend of parties and tempting food, I decided to stick with it for my final “blog” day.  My usual smoothie got me through the morning till work.  Once there, some green tea and some trail mix with fresh blueberries added for snacks.  I loaded a bag full of food with me this morning and for lunch prepared an organic wrap with Veganaise, tofurkey slices, tomato, hummus, spinach & cucumber.  Once I got home, I was craving some pasta, so I whipped up some oranic rotini with my basil pesto sauce (yummy) and threw in some sweet & spicy tofu – delish!!

After one week of no dairy and no meat (other than the salmon on Friday night) I’m feeling pretty good.  I’m definitely going to continue to eat Vegan for as long as I can. I still haven’t had a chance to have a meal at “Fine Foods” in Burlington and there are still lots of recipes I didn’t get to yet, so I’d like to give them a try.  I think just cutting out dairy has been good for me, for sure.  I must be feeling a bit more energetic too, because I actually did a couple of intense workouts this week along with long walks.  It’s definitely a way of life and it has made me so much more aware of what I’m eating and that can only be a good thing.

I want to thank Bridget and The Vegan Project for giving me this challenge, I’ve had a blast, learned a lot about Vegans and hopefully have been able to inspire others to give this a try.  Not only for your own health, but for the health of our planet and all the animals that we share it with.  And possibly to inspire someone to open up more Vegan friendly restaurants in Ontario!

Cheers!

~Cate Baldwin

Read Full Post »

Cate during her visit to beautiful BC.

Day 2 of veganism! Well, doing this challenge has really “challenged” me to stop and think about all of the foods that we consume regularly. It is virtually impossible to find good, healthy, unpreserved, chemical-free everyday food. I usually have always read the labels, but now I’m disecting them! I’m feeling really good about all of the organic, natural foods that I’ve been eating so far and I’m thinking this may be a whole new way of life for me, especially looking at all of the yummy vegan/vegitarian recipes out there.

So, today I enjoyed a wonderful almond milk, mixed-berry & banana smoothie with Vital Greens & flax oil for breakfast. I usually have a protien shake in the mornings, but this time, I eliminated the whey protien powder and it was still really tasty.  I must say that I am taking supplements to make sure nothing is missed.  After I made my sandwhich for lunch, packed it up and put it in the fridge at work, I couldn’t wait to eat it!  It was roasted tofurkey on my “Stonemill Bakehouse” sprouted grains bread with veganaise, spinach, avocado, tomatoes & salt /pepper.  It was really great and very filling.  Snacks consisted of almonds as well as celery with peanut butter – yum.

Dinner was a real treat – my friend came over and she brought with her a platter of fresh fruit, which was her “vegan dessert” I had asked for – perfect.  She also surprised me with a bag of HUGE zuchinni’s, small cucumbers & a few small green peppers – all grown in her own garden and she assured me there were no pesticides used and even the earth was from an organic farm! She gets many gold stars for this, God bless her.  We enjoyed our Tofurkey keilbasa dogs, sans buns (watching our weight) and because silly me forgot to buy potatoes, we had brown rice & a great salad.  She really enjoyed the whole thing and was saying how her husband is dying to go Vegan, so he may be the next Ontarian challenge!!  Oh, I purchased some Agave Nectar from the “Vitamin Store” today & used it in place of honey to make my salad dressing (which I usually put honey in) and now I’m hooked on that stuff.  I even used some of it in my tea tonight.

I have also been thinking about how much the world has changed with all of our fast food and “instant gratification” everything. Here in Ontario, we all seem to be doing 100 miles per hour (161 km/hr) and in order to accommodate that we have forgotten the simple things, like growing our own veggies and enjoying a home made meal. Looking at all of the foods I’m eating this week, it reminds me of when I was a kid and these were pretty much all of the items we had to eat, well maybe not the tofu, but certainly none of the pre-packaged, zap-it-in-the-microwave crap that we all eat now. It just makes sense to slow things down and get back to the way it should be.  You folks out in beautiful B.C. seem to have grasped this long ago, or maybe you just never sped up to this “mid-coast” speed – nor should you.

Day 3 – here I come!

~Cate Baldwin

Read Full Post »

%d bloggers like this: