Alright, here I am, about 1/3 through my vegan-ism voyage. I mentioned before that meat/dairy isn't really a big part of my diet, but that doesn't take away from the fact that I am totally psyched to have gone without so much as a little 1/2 & 1/2 for the last 5 days. I could have easy given into a creamy latte tonight...not because I wanted it so badly, but because it was mistakenly made for me (I asked for a decaf espresso). The smooth, beautiful latte was set before me but I turned it down, no problem. I'm on a mission.
One thing that has been bothering me is that I am super bloated. This may be TMI, but its what's going on so I feel I need to report it. This isn't a new thing since going vegan 5 days ago, its an on going problem I have deal with forever. This bloat/improper digestion issue comes and goes and I have had a hard time tracking the source. I am starting to wonder if it has to do with too many whole grains in my diet....if you have been reading at all, you know how hard I have been hitting my beloved amaranth. I think a good idea would be to moderate the grains a little and see what happens (after all, everything in moderation, right?). I may want to experiment with that on another food journey.
Overall, it was a rad day. I worked a little, picked up a visiting friend from the bus station, and went out on the town: )
My friend and I went to the Reuben's Bistro, uh hum...a burger joint. I, of course, did not consume one of their delicious burgers sandwiched with a pretzel bun....I had a nice salad instead. Oh, and I may have enjoyed some sweet potato fries: ) No burger. No problem.
The next 2 days should be interesting, as I have company over the weekend. I always seem to eat out a lot more when friends are in town. At least I have a few yummy snacks like Kale chips, coconut caribbean oat bars and the amaranth crunch (of which I'm going to cut back on). Don't worry, I will stay my vegan course. I kind of hope that some enormous temptation comes along - I love a challenge!
Sayonara for now, I've blown my goal of getting to bed early tonight...oh well... there's always tomorrow: )
Decaf coffee with coconut creamer (no agave for the 2nd day in a row: )
2 Vegan Pumpkin Protein Pancakes (cold and delish) http://www.yumuniverse.com/2010/02/06/vegan-pumpkin-protein-pancakes/
Chopped Spinach leaves w/ red and orange bell pepers, quinoa and chopped pecans tossed with toasted sesame oil and coconut milk
2 squares of coconut caribbean oat bars http://www.yumuniverse.com/2010/01/14/carribean-coconut-oat-bars/
Popped amaranth cruch
Mixed green salad with almonds and mandarin oranges
sweet potato fries
2 hours massage
7 (Tomorrow, I am laying off the amaranth...I want to see if my stomach gets less bloated and I feel lighter)
7 (I definitely felt ready to get the day started this morning! Right now, I am definitely ready to go to sleep, but I have the energy to bust this out at 1:20am, so that says something!
Alright, I'm setting a couple intentions for tomorrow:
Lay off the Amaranth
Get a long bike ride in
Drink a ton of water
Do 10 vinyasas in the AM pre-anything else!
Cool, goodnight: ) Thanks for reading!
Beth McVay, CMT
American Massage Therapy Association member