Last week I watched the documentary Forks Over Knives and found it to be really interesting and motivating. I had already given a lot of thought in this realm from reading Michael Pollan’s The Omnivores Dilemma, and In Defense of Food, and Mark Bittman’s Food Matters. A lot of what I read really resonates with me and I have to admit, I believe a lot of what they have to say. I’ve already been headed in this direction, by cutting out as many processed foods as possible (except for gum of course, but that’s not a food now is it?), and incorporating more vegetarian meals and less animal protein over all.
Hence the reason for declaring this week, a Week of Vegan eating. Sort of…
First, to be clear, Ben was not excited for, happy about, or even ever formally agreed to be a part of this week, so he will tell you that he is being held as a participant of the Week of Vegan Eating against his will. 🙂 Secondly, the week of Vegan eating does NOT apply for times where our friends are preparing meals this week, so don’t worry anyone that is providing a delicious meal for us, anything is welcome (well, except for peas and peanuts, Ben’s allergic). Just want to make sure that is clear as it would be kind of unfair to expect vegan meals, when we are not committed to the lifestyle.
Okay, with that said, I don’t think I could ever officially pursue being vegan or even vegetarian permanently. I just don’t want to completely limit myself in that way, just like I don’t want to cut out everything having to do with my insatiable sweet tooth, because it doesn’t work for me. That decision is totally up to each individual. BUT I do want a “diet” that is mostly plant-based, whole foods, with some room for other things in moderation. Specifically, there are some things that I’m just not willing to totally give up right now:
- Frozen Yogurt, obviously
- Eggs (more for what they are in, such as Chocolate Brioche)
- Thanksgiving Turkey
- And the occasional serving of prosciutto or bacon…
Let the week of Vegan eating begin!
My biggest dilemma was trying to come up with a lunch for Ben, especially since I didn’t have much time last night. I did come across this slow cooker recipe from Peas and Thank You that was quick and easy. Ben loves coconut and curry so I figured why not the Coconut Curry Kale Stew. I added some rice to make it a little heftier for his lunch.
For breakfast, I started my day with the usual iced coffee and vanilla soy milk, and some homemade Whole Wheat Flaxseed Bread with sunflower butter.
If you check out this picture, you might realize that it is truly a Monday. Sometimes you put your bread in the toaster, and while it’s toasting you are looking all around for the plate you thought you pulled out, and then when the toaster dings you realize you’ve also toasted the plate. Oopsie.
And as if I could forget, I owe you an update. As I feared, the pedicure incentive will not be awarded this week. I missed one too many alarm clocks.
- Mon – Rest Check
- Tues – Run 5m & Strength Ran 4m
- Wed – Run with Back on my Feet Snooze
- Thurs – 9×400 Speed Workout Snooze
- Fri – Run with Back on my Feet & Strength Yes on the run
- Sat – Run 3m Check
- Sun – Run 11m 9m, sort of
- Mon – Rest
- Tues – Run 5m
- Wed – Run with Back on my Feet
- Thurs – Strength
- Fri – Run with Back on my Feet
- Sat – Run 12m
- Sun – Rest & Stretching