Thursday, May 31, 2012

First Steps

   " A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" - Lao-tzu

My goal within the next week or two is to get back to a completely plant-based diet. As of yesterday I have cut out all meat. This one was really easy because I don't eat much anyway. After going without it for 7 months, when I did give in and start eating meat again it just never tasted right. The flavors that I experience now are not the flavors in my memories. 

Getting the dairy out of my diet will be harder. Although I don't like the taste of cows milk, I don't mind it when it is in things. So I do have plenty in my pantry that lists milk as an ingredient. I will eat what I have but once that's gone there will be no more dairy for this girl. As long as I'm diligent with reading labels while shopping and not giving in to temptation when my husband brings things I shouldn't eat home, it should go smoothly.  

Breakfast- Meal replacement shake (has dairy in it)

Lunch- Leftovers from last night. Pasta with stir-fried peppers and onions.

Snack- Popcorn

Dinner tonight will be pasta leftovers (again) with a garden salad. 

The tragedy in life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.
-Benjamin Mays

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A New Journey, A New Blog


Today is all about new beginnings for me. Over the past few years I have put on a lot of weight and it's time for it to come off. There are a couple of reasons why this is so important to me right now. First, I want to look nice (for me and my husband). Second, I want to be healthy. Third and most important, my husband and I want to start a family.

Recently I have been playing around with eating a plant-based diet. I even managed to loose 20 pounds. But then I fell off the band wagon and gained it all back plus some. The thing that really kills me is how I was feeling compared to before and after. I felt really good not eating any animal products. I had lots of energy and my mind was very clear. When I eat meat and dairy I'm always tired, sluggish and I feel like I'm  walking around in a haze.

So here I am. Back on the band wagon. My goal with this new blog is to keep my focus and to share my journey. I hope to find like minded people to exchange tips, tricks and tasty recipes with!

The discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness of mankind than the discovery of a star.
Anthelme Brillat-Savarin