Last time I blogged I was in the middle of giving up sugar for Lent. Which I did and was successful with. But to answer the many who have asked in recent weeks, no, I have not continued with that same success since. However, I am ready to make more permanent changes. So, starting this past Monday - no sugar.
Zero. Zilch. Zip.
Sugar = Nada.
And truthfully, I don't miss it. I feel like crap when I am full of sugar. Like CRAP. No more!
Additionally, starting TODAY, I am meat free. Absolutely no meat. Yes, that's right - this raised in Texas, Winn Dixie "We're the Beef People" type, Angus-loving woman, is now eating no meat. The way my urologist puts it "if it walks, flies or swims - don't eat it." Over the next couple of months my goal is to also be off of eggs and dairy products. No wories - I can get protein and calcium in abundance from other plant-based sources and I definitely plan too. If you want to get down to it, absolutely zero animal protein is the goal.
Everyone's first question when they hear my goal is "How are you going to do that?" Step by step I suppose. I've done tons of online research. I've prayed about it - a lot. I've consulted my doctor - to make sure that he (and the three others who have also said "no animal protein") meant vegan when he said "vegan" (he did). And I'm beginning to stock up on obscure food items like: carrots, peppers, celery, bananas, watermelon, raspberry, sweet potatos, broccoli, brussel sprouts, snap peas, hummus, quinoa (ok - I'll give you that one - it really is new to me - but I have tried it and it was great in the recipe my friend Becky made). I've been a lifelong fan of beans - so no hesitant winces there. I'll be visiting Arden Gardens Saturday in Little Five to stock up on fresh pressed, unpasturized fruit and vegetable juices for the week. And I'll be avoiding restaurants, fast food and any meat still in my freezer like the plague!
Am I eating all organic? Um...
H. E. Double-hockeysticks NO! Have you seen the prices on organic produce? It's highway robbery! It ought to be outlawed I tell you! What I am doing is being choosy about my produce. I will buy from local growers, who sell their bounty at reasonable prices, as often as I can. I will also purchase some items organic - as they can be chemical/pesticide filled - for example: apples. The rest I will grab at my local Kroger.
Ok, I'm going vegan. So. So what? Why blog about it?
Because "putting it out there" helps me stick to my committments. I am then accountable not only to myself but to any of you who read it and expect me to do what I say I will do. (Accountability is important people! Do yourself a favor and get some - and DON'T get resentful when you're held too it - that just means you have people in your life who love you enough to want to see you grow. - A special thanks is in order to my friend Sydney who has sent gentle emails about my sugar problem. While I have tried to ignore that I wasn't being true to what I desire for myself, her sweet texts and emails were great reminders and part of what helped me re-find my determination to improve my health).
I am also blogging about it to keep a record of successes (and failures - even though I'm hoping there won't be many/any.) so that I can look back and be encouraged! I hope blogging about it will cause you to want to cheer me on from wherever you are sitting while reading about my journey to all vegan eating. I need the moral support! Any of you who know me, know this will be a drastic change to how I have eaten in the past - even when I've eaten "healthy" for a period of time. Seriously, your prayers and encouragement would mean the world to me.
Look forward to posts that talk about how good hot grilled veggies were for dinner - thanks to Sarah who is the grill-master of Doraville! Stay tuned y'all!