My Transition to Veganism

Since coming off the master cleanse I have been following a vegan diet for the most part. I have dibble dabbled on a piece of chicken here and there but hey I said I’m transitioning.

As a vegan the obvious changes are eliminating animal products like meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, dairy.  Vegans also lose honey, fur, leather, wool, and silk (I’m still deciding on this part). Vegans also lose animal by-products like gelatin, lanolin, rennet, whey, casein, beeswax, isinglass, shellac. I haven’t heard of some of these and now I watch ingredients on things more closely.

I have a bit of jello left and I’m not wasting it. Some of my vitamins also contain gelatin like my Fish Oil and Calcium supplements. I will be switching to Flax Oil (omega 3’s) and Blackstrap Molasses(calcium).

Following the this lifestyle is actually pretty easy. One part I need to work on more is making sure I get my exercise in and drink enough water. Check out the food pyramid….maybe I’m a nerd but its so cute.

Some things vegans have to make sure to get in is B 12, omega 3’s, greens, calcium, vitamin D, iodine, beans, whole grains, exercise, and a good attitude. Some substitutions like milk and butter have been the hard part for me because I don’t like soy and tofu products and love butter. Thank God I never like cheese. I have found one milk sub in almond milk and I have heard of this spread called Earth Balance to replace butter. Other than that I think I have got it down.

I try and take one day at a time and most importantly stay creative. I am looking into more books for recipes because some days I have no clue what to eat. Currently my diet is pretty simple and tasty. It includes:

Breakfast:

(one of the following)

  • oatmeal and fruit
  • protein fruit smoothie
  • raisin bran or any high protein/fiber cereal with almond milk

AM Snack:

  • an apple or pear

Lunch:

  • Veggie Pack Salad with French or Kalamata Olives and a Vinaigrette Dressing

PM Snack:

  • carrots and hummus
  • or pita chips and hummus
  • almonds

Dinner:

(one of the following but not limited to)

  • Amy’s Organics Bean and and Rice Burrito
  • Vegan Fajitas
  • Red Beans and Rice and Cabbage (Jamaican Style)
  • Cuban Style Black Beans and Rice with Veggies
  • Vegan Chili
  • Red Beans and Rice with Sauteed Asparagus
  • Kashi Bean Bean Mango Frozen Meal
  • Pinto Beans and Rice with Veggies

Randos:

  • Tofutti’s Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • Orange Juice
  • 100 oz of water
  • my vita cocktail
  • ACV cocktail

Non-Vegan Weaknesses:

  • Flamin’ Hot Cheetoes
  • Kebler Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Jello
  • An occasional Chicken Wing

As you can see I’m not prefect.  Its even harder because I have a crazy sweet tooth and a cupcake biz. Like I said I am transitioning to vegan so stay tuned for updates.

BTYL,

Angelique

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