I set out to go vegan for breakfast and dinner 6 days a week. I did this for almost a week, then reverted to my old ways. I think PMS’ing definitely contributed, as I have had a tendency to have cravings the week before my period. I need to keep in mind WHY it is worth doing this. Vegan’ing it twice a day also keeps me in check to eat healthy for lunch, as the practice gets me in the general mindset of discipline and conscious eating. I hope to add more veggies and nutrients in general, to be healthy, happy, and energetic. I also envy the healthy glow some people have. LET’S DO THIS. So I can look and feel, which will help me BE, my best. 5 days ago
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So I talked to my mum today. We talked about Christmas in general and somehow the topic moved to food. This will be my second Christmas without the traditional Estonian Christmas food. I think Christmas is the only time I miss meat, well, not exactly meat, but the traditional blood sausages. I know, it sounds gross. I told my mum I wanted to make vegan food for Christmas. I really try to avoid animal products as much as I can and when I’m home alone, I mostly cook vegan.
I love being a vegetarian or a vegan wannabe as I sometimes like to call myself. I don’t get sick anymore, I used to be knocked out by all the seasonal viruses. I feel more energized and happy. I don’t feel the yucky heaviness after eating a huge meal. I can’t see myself eating meat, I find the concept disturbing. Sure, meat in summer barbecues smells incredible, but it looks disgusting and I’d rather have good karma. I have never told myself that I can’t eat this or that, so I don’t get cravings.
But now to the sucky part. I have been a vegetarian for about two years and my family still kinda hasn’t accepted this. Sure my mum buys me tofu and loads of vegetables when I’m around, but I always feel like my family is judging me for not eating meat. I grew up with gourmet food, literally. My family usually eats two or three course meals daily. Usually they consist of stuff like veal tenderloin with blue cheese sauce, lobster soup etc. Since giving up meat, I’ve heard it all. My mum tries hardest to accept that I don’t eat most of her food anymore, but other people in my family and especially extended family can be vicious. Offensive vegetarian joke with every bite and every meal? You got it. Trying to explain my views? Attention whore. Hey, here’s a fun new entertainment, let’s just wave some pieces of dead animal infront of the vegetarians face. Lovely. Thankfully my parents keep those jokes to a minimum, but I can’t say the same about my sister. I get where my parents come form, my mum told me that she just don’t know what to cook for me and I know she really tries when I’m around. I guess it’s just a parent thing. You know, feeding their offsprings. But sometimes I just hate that my family acts like cavemen. Do you really have to eat meat all day, every day? I told my mum, I’d appreciate it, if they could eat vegetarian once a week, maybe once a month. Well, she replied she eats fish and chicken and that it doesn’t really count as meat. Really, mum? Really? You wanna go with that? When she visited me, I made her a three course vegan dinner. She told me it was delicious and meant it. I asked if she was full. She told me yes, but added that she would’ve still liked to have some meat. So there you have it. I love my family, but they’re just such carnivores. I can’t prepare my family anything, because my stepdad won’t eat it out of principle, my sister just makes fun of me and tells me veggies are disgusting and then there’s my mum, who tries to eat “healthy” and eat loads of vegetables and fruit, but when I make her vegan food, she’s just like “yeah, it’s good, but I miss meat”. Sometimes when I go home, my parents ask me to cook, but the result is always the same, even if I make them food, which my non-vegetarian friend are craving for. So there you have it. I feel like I have to get it out of my system and what better place to let out my emotions than the Internet.
I’ve never been the kind of vegetarian, who whines when people eat meat around her or when people don’t consider my dietary choices. Whenever I visit friends, I always tell them not to worry. When someone makes me vegetarian food, I’m honestly so flattered, I could love them forever. And then there are people, who have endless problems with me not eating meat. Yeah, I get it, you like your sausages and bacon and whatever. But is the “You don’t eat meat? What’s wrong with you? Where do you get your protein? Being a vegetarian is really unhealthy. Is this like an attention thing? Look, I’m eating pork, look here. Why are you such a weirdo? Plants have feelings too” really necessary? Please, get off my back and respect my desicions.
And now back to the Christmas topic. When I told my mum I wanna make vegan food this Christmas, she was just like “Great. Why do you have to be so extreme? Why can’t you just be normal? You don’t have to eat meat, just eat dairy for Christmas.” Well, thanks mum. I guess I’m dietary choices are really abnormal. Oatmeal or a smoothie for breakfast? Soup, wrap or salad for lunch? Lentil loaf for dinner? I can feel the adrenaline rise. Really. It’s pulsing through my veins. Thankfully, I think I’ve gotten all my rage out. 3 weeks ago
My first nutrition challenge was not to have soda for 30 days. I did it! I love soda, so it was a bit of a challenge at first. But here I am a month later and I don’t even crave it.
Challenge 2: for 30 days, build up to eating 5 oz. of protein throughout the day.
Challenge 2a: in synonymous with challenge 2 I will alternate stretching and a foam roller every other day. 3 months ago