Friday, January 6, 2012
Watch Out World, We're Going Vegan
The hubby and I have had an addiction to food-related documentaries on Netflix for quite some time now and they have always managed to inspire one or two lifestyle changes for us. Well, I have been toying with the idea of giving up on this low-carb "crap" to control my hypoglycemia and instead trying to heal my body from the inside out by eating a plant-strong diet. So, hubby, being the financially savvy one in the relationship, has enlisted one rule: we have to eat what we currently have in the fridge. So we had one night of turkey burgers with cheese and honestly, I felt sick. After making the decision, and stock piling educational materials on why meat and dairy products are so horrible for the human body, it was a dinner (an old favorite none-the-less) that was hard to swallow. I have been having so much fun at Whole Foods attending their "Health Starts Here" classes and learning about new recipes and their HSH products are awesome. It makes it so easy to shop for healthy food choices. ALSO, the food is amazing. I never realized how wonderful fruits, veggies and grains were (and I REALLY MISSED the grains & fruits eating low carb). My favorite new discovery, although I realize I am way behind the times here, is adding kale and spinach to my morning smoothies and shakes. It is absolutely delicious and I feel so great getting all those leafy greens in first thing in the morning! If you add vanilla bean plant fusion protein powder it is like a shake and if you don't it's like a smoothie. Either way, delicious! 3-5 oz fresh baby spinach, 1 branch kale leaves, 1 c frozen strawberries (or fresh, just add in a few ice cubes in that case), 1 c frozen blueberries, 1 banana 8 oz almond milk, 1-2 T ground flaxseed. Yum, yum yum!!! I suddenly can't wait for breakfast, there are SO many amazing vegan breakfasts out there. Tomorrow night I am attempting not only my first vegan lasagna, but my first EVER lasagna, so, fingers crossed. I am so excited to start this journey!