Summer and Being Green

Summer and Being GreenSometimes you are able to stick to what you believe in and sometimes you don’t. These last few weeks have not allowed me to stick to my vegan commitment or my workout commitment. I blame summer… ok maybe I should blame myself but really summer has not allowed me to stay committed.

When did it start? Vacation… where it starts for most people in the summer. I had a fantastic week off with my family and my husbands entire immediately family. Tons of little kids and great beach weather. You could argue I got excersize carrying children over hot sand dunes but the reality is I did not get the right amount of physical activity that I should have. I layer around as much as I humanly could which is more than I have since my daughter was born over 6 years ago. [Read more…]

Vegan Update… I Am Still Alive

Vegan UpdateI got an email from my mom after I posted that I was going vegan as close to 100% as I could feasibly do living with a family that probably will not do this with me. Her concern was a typical American concern… we seem to think protein is an issue for vegans. Some how the food pyramid has made us all think that meat is the best/main/key/only resource for us to get protein. It is not, and it is not hard to get enough protein.

She also worried that I would be tired or pale. I have to be honest with you I am a full-time working mom with two kids who LOVES writing in the evening so I am tired because of that not because I stopped eating animals (or was eating animals). But I will say I understand her general concern, diet changes can affect your energy level. I am happy to report that even with the baseline contrasts on my level of tiredness I do feel more energized eating vegan.

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Tips For Successfully Eating Vegan

Tips for successfully eating vegan

I thought it was time to let you know how my vegan adventure was going. As you may remember I am working to eat vegan 100 percent of the time for breakfast and lunch and as many dinners as I can with the goal of choosing vegetarian when not presented with an easy vegan option (i.e. eating out of the house).

I have found this to be easier in some situations and much harder than I thought in others. When I was in Iowa I early May for Climate Reality training my off site meals were virtually impossible to have vegan and very hard to be vegetarian. Being from NY I was surprised I thought they’d have one or two token veggie dishes at restaurants. Airports are also harder than I thought they would be especially the big ones like O’Hare!

I really want to tell you some of my tips on how to be successful in your transition… [Read more…]

Shh… Don’t Tell I Am Becoming A Vegan

VeganOk I am the title of this post may have been misleading I not becoming a full-time vegan, but I am committed to eating vegan at least two times a day and few nights a week. The impact on my health and the planet will be remarkable.

This decision is no small decision it will have an impact on how I eat all my lunches (my only meal where I am completely autonomous from my family. Breakfast will be tough because eggs have become a staple when I cut out bread and cereal. Dinner is the hardest because I eat with my family every night and it is already hard to meal plan with my crew. [Read more…]

Meatless Monday: Beans and Spinach Stuffed Acorn Squash

MM Acorn SquashMy sister-in-law is a border line vegan and I love the challenge of finding something yummy to make for her that I can get the rest of the family to eat as well. I took a recipe that was recommended to me and made some significant changes to it to meet my tastes. I want everyone to like it and I have to take into account what people like and do not like…for example olives are banned from my home and my kitchen I hate them, I also do not eat mushrooms so often I have to adapt a vegan recipe to address the fact these ingredients are not welcome in my recipes.

It is important to note that I am supporter of real food. The best way to make this recipe is with as many non-canned items as you can find. Make the beans from scratch and take your old bread and make bread crumbs out of it before it gets moldy. Some of the ingredients are harder to make fresh but if you need to purchase them try to avoid the BPA and get them in a glass container (and recycle or reuse the container).

I also understand that time to make a homemade meal is hard so if you need to use prepackaged ingredients this is still a very healthy recipe that can be made in a short period of time. [Read more…]