Monthly Archives: September 2010

Vegan Out: Day 3

Have you ever been so busy during your day that you literally don’t have time to eat? That has happened today. I’m beginning this post at 2:46 pm and all I’ve had to eat is an emergency bag of almonds I had stashed in my desk and a Luna bar. Obviously I didn’t photo those. Since I’m likely to be eating leftover pizza for dinner tonight, this might shape up to be the most uninteresting post ever.  Lo siento homebodies.

Fast Forward: “Lunch” didn’t arrive until I got home at 5pm, and was leftovers + another shiny apple

Hunger headache aside, I headed to the front porch for the mail and found a lovely surprise:  A package from my dear girl Mack who lives in San Fran.  I couldn’t wait to see what delights were in store.

I opened it and found all sorts of wonderful treats

It contained local (San Francisco) coffee and a cool contraption for making it.

It also contained some Vegan cookies which I couldn’t wait to try!

Thanks Mackenzie Lulu for my wonderful treats.  I just love getting things in the mail, it’s pretty much the best thing ever!

After some pizza consumption and package opening, I walked down to yoga for an advanced class.  After a pretty challenging hour, I found myself tearing up in final Savasana.  I felt so exhausted which made me feel so alive and then so grateful.  I considered all of the stories I’d encountered lately about life – I watched a documentary about Terry Fox before class, and feel deeply saddened about the suicide of Tyler Clementi, a freshman at Rutgers who jumped to his death from the George Washington bridge after his roommate broadcast a video of him during an intimate moment.   Terry Fox was diagnosed with cancer at just 19 and had his leg amputated shortly thereafter.  Instead of feeling sorry for himself, Terry was a man possessed – he decided he would run across Canada to raise money for cancer research despite only having one leg.  Unfortunately, Terry succumbed to cancer and was unable to finish his Marathon for Hope.  On the flip side, Tyler Clementi, a kind and talented musician, was unable to see past a horrendously invasive act by an uncaring peer.  So my thoughts were with Terry, who would probably have given anything to keep on living, and Tyler, who had the opportunity to live and simply couldn’t see past his current situation.  My thoughts came full circle and I cried on my yoga mat.

That’s the end of Day 3.

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Vegan Out: Day 2

Tuesday began in a rather normal fashion, with a drowsy shower followed by a cup of coffee with almond milk. Well, with a teensy bit of what’s left of the almond milk.  Love that mug!

Breakfast was the shiniest Apple I’ve ever seen, and a Kashi Almond Bar. Here brings up the debate about honey – most Vegans do not eat honey but some do. Why not eat honey? Well, as one website puts it, “Veganism is a way of living which excludes all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, the animal kingdom, and includes a reverence for life” and goes on to explain further that honeybees are without a doubt animals, because they are from the phylum Arthropoda – the same as lobsters and crabs.

Had enough science for the day? Long story short, I have granola bars and cereal in my house that are Vegan with the exception of honey, and because I’m unwilling to throw out the food that’s already been purchased, I’ll be eating them. Hope that’s fine with you fine folks!

I had a meeting for work this morning, which began with a morning session of panelists from my industry and ended with a lunch. When registering for this event, I requested a vegetarian meal, and got a “we’ll see if we can do that” response, so I realistically prepared myself to only eat the salad that’s typically served as an appetizer and then pick at my side dishes.

Lunch Menu: Duck Salad and Beef Tenderloin

Aaaaand strike three, Bella’s out! I left early and hit 16th Street mall to find some greenery.

Honestly, I was a little bummed that after a bit of googling and walking, a salad was my only downtown Vegan option. I ended up at local salad chain, Mad Greens.

I had the King Tut salad, which was made up of baby greens, couscous, garbanzo beans, tomatoes, currants, apricots and sunflower seeds. I topped all that madness off with some low fat balsalmic. Honestly, if it weren’t for the sunflower seeds this salad would have bored me to death.

Going

Going

Gone

I demolished the whole thing and was still hungry. Lame. Headed back to my office for a date with a Clif Bar.

After work, I met my friend Kellie for a Hot Power Fusion Yoga class and then we headed to local Veg-Vegan joint City o’ City. Turns out even Vegans can’t stay away from junk food. 

Appetizer: Onion Rings.  I had 1 or 4

Meet the Urban Cowgirl: Chipolte Marinara, Pineapple, Green Peppers, Vegan Mozzarella and Onion Rings. Yes, more Onion Rings. (Although next time I’ll probably order it without – I think I would have liked it better that way)

This pizza dominated me. I have been known to put down an entire City o’ City pie and I could only get down two pieces of this bad girl. 

 As far as the Vegan Cheese goes, it was a bit lacking but I’m sure I could get used to it. The consistency was baby food-ish, and I would have liked to taste a bit sharper and saltier.

All in all, it was a great day! I was super productive at work, I got my butt kicked in yoga, then enjoyed a beer and a few slices with a dear pal. I could get used to this Vegan thing – I’m feeling totally satisfied and guilt free!

(Writers note:  I was up with a stomach ache all last night and so was Kellie, so no more Onion Rings for us!)

Big Guy, I know you’re thinking, “Well Duh!”

Vegan Out: Day 1

It’s 2:32 pm on Day 1 and my stomach hurts. I’m super hungry, and it’s completely my fault. I’m not sure where I went wrong, but my lunch (sweet potato with walnuts and a side of green beans) was a total bust. The potato is so dry I can barely get into it, and the green beans look like Madonna’s creepy old lady hands. Not appetizing at all.

Good thing I brought snacks!

Since going Veg, I pretty much always have snacks.  It prevents me from making huge food mistakes!

Celery & PB – classic Kindergarten snack and still one of my favorites

I had two Clif bars as well, as an apple and celery do not a lunch make.  After work, I had a soccer game.  Not much to report there, we lost 4-0 and I received a swift kick to the shin by an overzealous man, resulting in a rather large egg-looking wound on my leg.  Injury to insult?

Would you believe that I felt like having some Mexican food for dinner?

I cooked up a “Taco Salad” with Polenta

Ingredients: Red Leaf Lettuce, Jalapeno Black Beans, Red Bell Peppers, Tomatoes, Avocados & Polenta

For Dressing, I used my favorite spicy (and local!) salsa

After assemblage, I decided to crumble up a handful of Multi-Grain crunchies in there

Mixed Up.  Then devoured…Hunger Pains be gone!

On an ending note, I have been laughing for a few days about a comedy bit I heard on the radio, so I thought I’d share!

Where’s your flute, Greg?

Vegan for 21 Days

Inspired by a recent article in the Men’s Journal entitled “The Rise of the Power Vegan” featuring the amazing Scott Jurek, I’ve decided to go vegan for 21 days. According to the article, 3 weeks is how long it takes for your body to adjust and really feel the effects of the eating change. That being said, I’m already 99% vegetarian, only eating fish occasionally, and can’t imagine that I will feel as much of a drastic change as those giving up meats and all other animal products cold turkey. (No pun intended!)

Side Note: I love cheese and bread.

Second More Serious Side Note: Bread + Cheese + Me = Shakespeare can’t touch that type of love

Third and Final Side Note: I also contemplated giving up beers for these upcoming weeks, but naaahhh…what’s the point? There are plenty of good vegan beers and wines out there!

I know there are vegan-friendly breads, so part of this experiment will be learning how to read ingredients to make sure I’m really making the right choices.

So, to cut to the chase, here’s my commitment: I’m going to eat Vegan for three weeks and document the journey daily. I hope to share how I’m feeling and what I’m thinking in the most honest way possible, and come out with a realistic view of what living as a vegan is truly like.

Because I’m a cheese hound, and Sunday was my last day of indulgence, I went out with a bang:

That would be my hand, to show you the size of my  jalapeno & pineapple slice.  See cold Modelo with lime, upper left…

Yes, I put parmesan cheese on top.  Duh.

Pizza bliss.  It’s one of my favorite things.

So there’s my final farewell to cheese for three weeks.  Hope you enjoy the journey!

Lovely Saturday

Had a bagel and latte al fresco, with some exciting literary company

Enjoyed the weather & my quirky neighborhood – Lamps in trees and on roofs

Then hopped on my sassy Lily bike for the ride home

I headed home and cleaned up my casa, did some laundry, and organized a bit.  Isn’t it amazing how much better you feel coming home to a clean house?

My lovely Big Guy left me some Tofu upon his return to Boston, so I decided to cook it up for dinner.

I love that I can buy locally produced Tofu!

I’ll spare you the boring smoosh and pan fry cooking demo, and instead show you what I smothered it with

I love BBQ, and I love spicy stuff!  Check out that label: XXX  and For Adults Only!  It’s BBQ Porn!

I mixed up the Spicy Tofu with an Avocado.  The Tofu set my mouth on fire and the Avocado served as a nice balance.

I then hopped on my bike and rode down to my local soccer bar to watch some Saturday Night MLS games.  I indulged in 1..2…3…4 Hoegaardens, and also had some crispy and spicy Samosas.  Not the healthiest of choices, but I certainly enjoyed myself!

Lovely Saturday indeed!

 

So Colorado

Crepes in Breckenridge

Local Beers in Vail

Beautiful drive to Aspen with a beautiful friend

Tailgating at Red Rocks before a concert

Wine on a Denver Rooftop

Camping with my favorite guy

Keeping Fat Tire cool in the river

Acting completely ridiculous because no one else is around

Reading in the park on a lazy Sunday

Feaux-Dog

The one thing I’ve consistently missed since going veg is the hot dog. Strange choice, I know. I stopped in today for a Tofu Dog from Mustards Last Stand, and while I enjoyed all the Chicago Style toppings (Mustard, Tomato, Kraut, Pickle, Hot Peppers) the dog lacked the necessary bark. The fries though…delish!