Last week I talked about the things I learned from doing my no-sugar challenge, and some of them were no-brainers. However, the one thing that the challenge made me realize was that:
10. I really want to become a vegan.
After reading delicious vegan blogs and lurking on The Kind Life forums and doing more reading and doing a lot of thinking, I know that living a vegan lifestyle is a goal that I want to attain. However, while I'm 75% there already, going the final step and cutting out all eggs, chicken, and turkey will be difficult, especially since I need to think of my two guys, their wants and needs, and my own time constraints with working full-time, going to graduate school, and spending time with my family. I don't have the time or resources to constantly be in the kitchen. So, instead of jumping right in and making this another "challenge," I've decided to do this gradually, which will allow for some experimentation and trial and error.
The first thing I'm doing is removing meat from my diet when I'm by myself. Meaning, when I'm at work, when I'm at school, when I'm home alone (okay, that never happens). That will cut my meat consumption down about 50%. The second thing I want to do is to introduce meatless meals to my two men at home (this is where the trial and error will come in). I'd love to find several meals that all three of us will enjoy that are vegan, or have easy non-vegan options (cheese on a salad for my husband, for example). Neither one of my guys are adventurous eaters, however, so it may take some sneakiness on my part. My husband reads my blog, so I will have to post in code or something.
Along with that second step, I'm going to continue trying new recipes and new foods to add to my diet. I was a vegetarian (still ate dairy and eggs) for a long time, but I wasn't a healthy vegetarian. I need to learn how to cook kale correctly, and incorporate more beans into my diet, and figure out what to do with that kombu I bought at Whole Foods last week. I need to research supplements, and probably get bloodwork done to make sure I'm not deficient in anything. (Okay, I left myself wide open there.)
I think this will give me a lesson in flexibility, as well as one in patience--two things I believe I still need to learn.
Oh, and frozen bananas + coconut milk + a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder = deliciousness in your blender!