Thursday, May 31, 2012
In My Kitchen: 30 Day Vegan Cleanse
I suppose that today is a day of updates.
This is my second week participating in Beauty that Moves' 30 Day Vegan Challenge.
I decided to join the challenge to learn new ways to cook vegetables and how to make whole foods the center of my diet. I don't really intend to become vegan permanently, but feel that a plant-based diet is what is healthiest for myself and my family. It's been nearly four years since I became vegetarian and I'm still constantly seeking out new and wholesome foods. This challenge was also perfectly time as the garden will soon be in full bloom and our community supported agriculture (CSA) share through Angelic Organics will start up in June.
I haven't been completely vegan throughout these two weeks, but I've been proud of the progress I've made. The first two days were the hardest as I was detoxing from sugar (my god, I eat so much sugar). I was sick to my stomach with an intense headache and was sweating for most of that time. Around the third day those feelings passed and I've felt great since.
I've mainly been eating toast with peanut butter, almonds, and dried cranberries for breakfast, a meal I've been enjoying daily for a couple months now. For lunch, I usually have popcorn, a smoothie with almond milk (so delicious), or leftovers from the previous night's dinner. I've cooked dinner almost every single night from the plethora of recipes available to the workshop participants. Some of the recipes are thai based (with sesame and peanut butter) that haven't set too well with me, but most are extremely delicious.
Partnered with the 15-30 miles per week I've been riding my bike, I've experienced a lot more energy, better digestion, and feeling better overall -- my body feels better, not bloated, not achy.