Day 5 of no meat and day 4 of being vegan. I have a constant headache, grr. But I don’t care, they will go away. I was addicted to cheese and chocolate, and you’d be surprised at how little sugar is added to hummus, avocados, garden salads and beans. Which is a good thing! Let’s admit that. Luckily I have vanilla soy milk and and have found some sweetened vegan cheerios so now instead of pretending blueberries and raspberries were all I’d need to kill an ice cream craving, a bowl of those cheerios last night just made my day. So it’s easy to say that on night #3 I was seriously missing chocolate. So far, I have been eating whole foods rather than cooking recipes or making up dishes, other than brown rice and veggies and veggie burritos. Note: avocados and salsa are key to eating vegan Mexican food. I am low on cash (it’s the end of the month!) and so rather than researching recipes with a bunch of steps and smaller type ingredients I may not have and need to buy new, I’ve been feasting on beans, brown rice, tomatoes, carrots, spinach and artichoke hummus, saltines, avocados, pistachios, soy milk, oranges, flour tortillas, tabbouleh, raspberries, blueberries, cucumber, sweet potato chips and water, green tea and ginger ale - and wine! Of course. Me and my wine! So anyway, aside from the drinks and chips, all of those groceries - including the bottle of Funky Llama Pinot Grigio 2008 ($5?) was a total of $43.00 at Grocery Outlet on Capitol and Capitol, where the old Rick’s Uptown Market used to be. It’s a heckofalot nicer than ole Rick’s used to be and my estimated savings were $40.00. I realize that some people regard bargain groceries as ‘lesser than’ in quality or even nutritiousness, but such ignorance doesn’t live here. I know what the rest of the world eats. I know the value of the things I can see.
I hate breakfast, I almost never eat it unless it’s for dinner or at brunch, and I’m nursing a hangover. Otherwise, I like fluids in the morning, and then a big lunch and small dinner with room for snacks in the evening before bed. I know you’re not supposed to eat right before you eat, but I don’t care. I eat when I’m hungry, that’s the bottom line in my book. I also know that a nice glass of water is sometimes all your body is actually asking of you. I’d like to curb all eating by 10 pm, which is the earliest I get to sleep but it could be until midnight when I finally hit the sac, but who knows, this could all change in the future. I always ate late when I was an omnivore, maybe now that I am eating a plant only diet, my meal times will change. I think that would be healthier. We’ll see.
Alright, so day 4! On the menu today will be more vegan burritos for lunch, fruit for snack, not sure yet what’s for dinner (last night was whole wheat pasta and roasted garlic and onion spaghetti sauce) but later I’ll be having hummus and chips for a snack. Sabra makes the best hummus, I love all the specialty flavors like roasted garlic and roasted red pepper. SO GOOD! Anyway, I’ll post more later! Gotta go for now! TTYL, I love you!
Hello world. I am a new vegan.
My friend, Dean Haakenson, and his brother Aaron Haakenson are responsible for this transformation in me. Of course that is a concise realization born of many, many culminating arrangements up until this point, but still. I blame Willie. Dean and Aaron made a wonderful video that was meant to serve as a contest entry, a cover song contest that required entries to be in the form of a video. So Dean aaranged a cover of the song with his brother Aaron playing drums and they then filmed a video to go with it. In it featured a pet pig named Willie. In the video, Willie is danced with, held, kissed, relished and celebrated. Someone wrote in the comments a simple phrase: Dean is not a vegan. But he added, “Nice song guys!” To which Dean responded with: “ahhhh the fine line between kissing meat and eating it…Thanks!” It got me thinking. I wanted to kiss Willie! I love kissing my dogs! I love kissing animals! I have always, always, since I was a little girl up until now, always desired to kiss any little tiny cutie wittle tooties, and I think it got worse since I got pets, like my best friend Basil, my pet Chihuahua and my little new foster dog, little Louie… or any other little adorable sweetie that I see. So then it hit me: I can’t ever eat anything I would ever want to kiss. And then I started thinking about chicken, and fish…I would never want to eat them either! So never mind, my new mantra is: I can’t ever eat anything that I would like to kiss that is alive! Can’t eat even a tiny shrimpie because he had muscle and independent animated life. That’s what I mean, I can’t eat anything other than plants. Not sure exactly why, but I feel it. So, initially I had though I had become a vegetarian again. But then I read on wikipedia that cheese was made from rennet. Looked that up and was immediately turned of cheese, like a light. And so then I started thinking about the pains that diary cows face, and realizing what I think every vegan someday realizes..that it’s almost because that we live in America and in a situation of such plenty that we need to forgo participating in a process that perpetuates the unnecessary killing and suffering of beautiful loving animals, especially because of the degree to which it is unnecessary, horrible and undesirable in the way of treasuring the sacred gift of life. I realize(d), I need to be a vegan. And so I started to be one. Cold turkey. This is day 2 of being vegan for me and so I wanted to start a blog to document it. I will update this blog regularly to document my transition into a vegan diet. I want to post up the foods that I eat and the way that I feel. So far, it’s been bathroom breaks and headaches, rhetoric and poetry…but I’ll post more about all that later. Its unpleasantness is miniscule compared to to the benefits I already feel and can foresee. Please click this link to see the video featuring Willie the Pig and the song that started it all! Much love and excitement! Take care, I love you.