Monthly Archives: February 2016

No Added Sugar Challenge days 9 and 10

Day 9 was pretty uneventful. Except for the fact that I was craving sugar like mad. Last night I went to a party at a friend’s house. In the past when going to their parties I always ended up eating way too many of their snacks: pita chips with hummus, chocolates, and cheese and crackers. Now that I’m vegan I knew the chocolate and cheese were going to be out but I was worried I would mindlessly eat tortilla and pita chips.

I had a satisfying dinner before going of pasta and tomato-mushroom sauce and a salad. Being full when getting there definitely helped. Despite that, as soon as I arrived I saw they had a plate of red grapes instead of their usual assortment of chocolate. I almost ate one, I even touched it but I had a glass of water instead. I don’t really drink alcohol anymore unless it’s a really special occasion (wedding anniversary, milestone birthdays, etc). I just stayed away from the snack table, hanging around in conversation on the other side of the room. As the party was dying down however it became a little difficult to stay far from the snack table because all of the people who were left were hovering around it. I managed though. I had brushed my teeth before I went and I just thought about how I had brushed my teeth before going there and if I ate something I’d have to brush again. That was enough for me not to eat anything.

So I survived my first party with snacks galore. I’m 1/3 of the way through 30 days. I was doing some reading the other day, because I am still eating carbs like crazy, and I’ve decided to cut down on the carbs a little. Not a completely low carb diet, because I always have way too little energy on those kinds of diet, but less carbs than I have been eating. That should help with my cravings a bit.

Tonight I have a dinner party to go to. I just have to pace myself when eating, and not get seconds immediately.

No Added Sugar Challenge days 7 and 8

Have not updated in the last two days because I’ve been pretty busy. I’ve been spending a lot of time in the last few days at the animal shelter volunteering.

If you have enough volunteer hours you can take a dog home for a sleepover which is what I did on Tuesday night. He was a small shy chihuahua. Very cute and very sweet but very afraid of the shelter environment. I really feel for those little dogs that are just so scared to be there.

Too bad we aren’t in a position to adopt more dogs. I think we’d end up with like 5 dogs though. 🙂

Anyway, back to the no added sugar challenge. Still going strong! Definitely had some intense cravings. I got my period two days ago too and I was relieved. Now I can go back to eating a more normal amount of food. I am happy I’ve made it to day 9 so far. You can do anything for 30 days! I think after 30 days I may incorporate one cheat day per week. We’ll see.

 

Casa de Luz – Walnut Lemon Dill Dressing

There is a place here in Austin, TX called Casa de Luz. It is a non-profit community center. It has a school, you can take classes like yoga, nutrition, and dog training to name a few. It also has a restaurant where you can get a plant based vegan and gluten free meal. It’s pretty awesome. If you want to feel healthy, I definitely recommend going to Casa de Luz. I’m actually a big fan of the place. Here is a picture of a meal I had there one time:

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That day they were serving tamales. My husband and I are big fans of their sauces and we had been gifted a Casa de Luz gift card so we bought their cookbook with it. Yesterday I finally tried out their walnut lemon dill dressing recipe, which according to the book is a house favorite. I love their salads and salad dressings.

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These are the ingredients, although I forgot to include the garlic and salt.

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You end up blending.

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It looks like that after blending. More on the thick side. salad6.jpg

And added to my salad! The recipe made enough for a few days worth of salad, which is great! I’ve been meaning to eat more salads in my life and now I definitely will. I love this recipe. I’m excited to try their almond dressing too soon.

If anyone is reading this and lives in Austin I recommend checking Casa de Luz out. It’s not everyone’s thing, I know that. I have some friends who think it’s bland and others who think it’s amazing. Definitely, worth a shot though.

No Added Sugar Challenge Day 6

Nearly a week down. Today I finally didn’t overdo it with calories but it’s probably mostly because I kept myself so busy all day long. I forgot to take pictures of all my meals so I will try again tomorrow. I ate like a normal human being today though. I went grocery shopping and while at the store I definitely did crave some sweet stuff. There were some chocolate samples out but I didn’t take any.

So the key seems to be: stay busy! Which is good, because it’s good to be productive.

No Added Sugar Challenge Day 5

Today was really hard. I know what my trigger is. BOREDOM.

So, I need to do a much better job of keeping myself occupied. I can’t see eating as an activity. Eating while watching a TV show is a habit I need to break. I didn’t have any sugar/added sugar today but once again I was way over calories. This is like 4 days out of 5 where I’ve done that and it needs to stop or I will start putting on weight.

I think I’m going to start posting pictures of my meals. I think that will help keep me accountable.

I need to do groceries tomorrow so I need to do a bit of meal planning for the next few days. I think I’m going to try and make the lentil chili recipe from the instant pot recipe booklet and also buy a bag of salad mix and make some dressing to go with it. I will be blogging about that tomorrow.

Other than that, I got a decent amount of exercise today. Obviously not enough to undo the amount I ate. Can’t outrun a bad diet as they say.

No Added Sugar Challenge Day 4

Another day down. Yay!

Kind of had a lot of calories today again. Not a full on binge or anything, just large portions at my meals. At least I’m sticking to the no added sugar thing.

Today I ate: oatmeal with fruit, 2 slices of toast, lentil soup, biscuits with vegan butter (a lot of them), and a little but of apple sauce. It doesn’t sound like a lot but it was.

Well, that’s all I have to say for today I guess.

Lentil Soup – The Joy of Cooking

The very first cookbook my husband and I bought together was the Joy of Cooking, pictured below.

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This is our actual book. We’ve had it for about 7 years now. It’s moved with us to three different cities (soon four), and two countries. Despite that, I wasn’t much of a cook before we went vegan. I have only made a handful of the recipes in this book. A lot of the recipes are not vegan, but some of them can be made vegan. Of the recipes we have tried all of them have been excellent.

Today I made lentil soup, since we ran out of black bean soup and we had some dry lentils in the cupboard.

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Ingredients! Mostly fresh ingredients. Greek yogurt tub has lentils in it.

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I love the smell of carrot, onion, celery and garlic cooking in olive oil.

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I was a little short on lentils.

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Has to simmer for 35-45 minutes. I let it simmer for 40 minutes.

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After simmering, the final steps include adding spinach and some seasoning.

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And that was my lunch today! Normally the soup is a little heartier than pictured but I did not have enough lentils. It was still really tasty though.

Lentils are a really great source of protein and are also REALLY cheap. This meal is cheap y’all. Great winter staple. Going vegan does not have to be expensive.

Recipe source:

Joy of Cooking