February 27, 2012

"Junk" Food Day 4 & I Do Not Want Them, Sam I Am. I Do Not Crave Eggs or Ham!

Update on the transition to a plant-based diet from Ann:

Okay, I never thought these words would ever come out of my mouth, but this has been the easiest lifestyle change I have ever attempted.

90% of my cravings have dissipated, albeit not the doughnut one.  I do not want meat, I do not want cheese, I do not want eggs. I do not want them, Sam I am!  I don't miss any of it at all. It's soooooo strange!  And for those of you who know me, you're probably shocked.....this is just so NOT ANN!  I know, I don't really believe it either.

People are always asking me how I feel after starting this.....I don't feel much different, except that I know somewhere inside me, my arteries are unclogging and the cancer isn't growing.  With each bite I take, I know I'm helping my health, not hurting it.

I can now take pride in my beautiful grocery cart full of color and health in the checkout lane.  And as for the added work at home preparing meals?   It's surprisingly been more fun than a burden.

Sure, the kids moan and grown occasionally, although a little less in the recent weeks.   I expect that to diminish even more over time.  Jeff seems as happy as a clam, but I also know he's sneaking cheese at work.  But my husband has been so supportive.  He bought me my food processor, measuring cups, measuring spoons, high heat utensils, and for valentine's day, he bought me plastic storage containers for leftovers!  Nothing says love like leftovers properly stored.

I'm also much more comfortable eating out.  The hard part was just changing my old favorite restaurants with the crap meals I used to have, and replacing them with new restaurants that have awesome vegan options.  Ali talked about changing habits and that's exactly what I had to do to finally feel like I could eat out comfortably.  Instead of frequenting China Cottage, where I used to get the Crab Rangoon and Chicken with Broccoli, I go to Noodles & Company and get their vegan Japanese Pan Noodles.  Which are, by the way, crazy good.  I joke quite frequently that I would eat anything if it were covered in those Japanese Pan Noodles.   Anything.

I also got my "VeganXpress" App on my phone which is now invaluable for my dilemma on what to eat when we do head out.  There are more options than I know what to do with....and I don't crave the other things.  Absurd!

I'm looking forward to Mondays, the menu planning, grocery shopping days.  I almost can't wait to get home and start cooking.   I will admit I hate washing all those dishes, but I learned that doubling the recipe makes good leftovers and less washing.  See, the vegan diet is making me smarter! (Okay, so maybe it's just my laziness).

So I'm going to continue the "Junk" Food week with my quick and easy go-to lunch for those picky kids... and as any busy mom knows, sometimes you just wanna get something in those mouths right away to shut them up!   Here's my solution (and they'll never know it's vegan):

Enter, The Grilled Cheese Sandwich.

  • 2 slices of whole grain bread
  • 1 tsp Earth Balance
  • 1-2 slices vegan cheese (I used Rice Vegan brand that I got at the Kroger in Centerville)
I would give you a description on how to make a grilled cheese sandwich here, but if you seriously don't know how, I'm sorry, you're screwed.

Love and Japanese Pan Noodles,
The vegan sliced cheese

Spread on a touch of Earth Balance

Vegan cheese really does melt.....

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