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Sunday, November 22, 2015

MCS Goes Vegan: Update

Two weeks ago today, I began a journey to transition to Vegan.  Although, the idea was to "transition", I knew that I was going hard core.  So for the first 5 days, I was completely vegan with no slide backs.  Then my first downfall came when I stopped by Wegmans and passed their Deli.  I literally could smell the cold cuts which triggered an insane mental battle questioning whether one meal would 'really' ruin my journey.  I'm sharing this with you because I want to be entirely honest about this journey with you!  Yes, the days before I felt strong and determined but I also had not gone out to anywhere that had temptation.  So, I grabbed that sandwich from Wegmans and ate it... ALL!  Then I reasoned with myself that since I had 'ruined' the day with the sandwich, I might as well eat the leftover Popeyes in the fridge (my family is not transitioning with me).  That day was not the best day for me. At first I felt defeated and weak but then I realized and 'remembered' that this was a journey.  I needed to learn from these downfalls so that I could do better next time.  You see, when I was at Wegmans it was hours past my lunch time and I had no 'good' snacks to hold me over.  I was already in a very vulnerable state with no idea when I would be eating anything.  This was the lesson.  Prepare better.

I don't want to just share the downfalls because I've done quite well on many other days.  The Thug Kitchen Book (see previous post here) has helped me make some delicious meals and as always, Google has been a good friend.  I'm still not interested in making salads with 7 different greens or Acai Bowls that require cutting up 10 different fruits.  They're all appealing to me, but keeping things very basic has been super satisfying so far.  Breakfast is usually a Smoothie with Almond or Coconut Milk, a Banana, Spinach/Kale/or a Scoop of Amazing Grass.  Morning Snack is usually a half a bagel with Vegan Butter or Vanilla Almond Butter.  Lunch example would be Vegetable Fried Rice (Vegan Style) or a huge plate of raw cut up seasoned fruits/veggies .  Dinner is Vegan Chili with Tofu or Black Beans with Sauteed Kale.  Obviously these are just examples and I'm not literally eating these meals every single day.  Prior to going Vegan, this basic style of eating is actually how I ate anyways... very simple yet satisfying meals.

In my first week, I decided to make the decision to be Vegan 5 days out of the week.  Maybe it was the cravings, maybe I just wanted to set a more attainable goal for me right now.  Going hardcore wasn't as bad as I thought it would be but I sensed that I would give up soon if I didn't slow down a bit.  The best part is that this journey is personal, it's mine.  I started this journey towards a better lifestyle for the benefit of ME.  Since making the decision to slow down, things have been much smoother.  I may kick things into full gear again in the near future but for now, this is the plan.

Just wanted to check-in and let you guys know how I was doing.  I'm not perfect and I'm not aiming to showcase perfection but rather a REAL journey.  The ins and outs... ups and downs.  As always, if you have any helpful tips feel free to share below in the comments.  XOXOMCS


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