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Decisions, decisions

Happy National Hug a Vegetarian Day! If you have a veggie friend, give ’em a nice squeeze today and if you are a veggie, ask for them 🙂

I’m still feeling a bit under the weather today but not too bad. I’m taking the day off from exercise, staying hydrated and also drinking some really great herbal tea called Gypsy Cold Care from Traditional Medicinals. I swear that brand is the best stuff ever. It was what made me realize back in August of 2008 (the last time I was sick!) that I didn’t benefit from cold medicine at all (it actually makes me feel worse) and that lots of hot tea and vitamin C were what worked for me (for a cold anyway). So, I’m hoping if this is just a cold trying to come on, it will be true again.

So onto what this post is REALLY about.

Today I made an official decision…I am going to, officially, 100% start eating a vegan diet on October 1st. This is not going to be a one month challenge as September sort of has been. I’m hoping to keep it this way for good. I’ve been told by some that I “will never go back” once I really start and I can see how that would be true.

I mean, really…I don’t like meat and it makes me constipated and feeling run down. But I thought I had to eat it for protein. Dairy makes me bloated and gives me gas. But I thought I had to eat and drink it for calcium and Vitamin D. Eggs never fill me up when I eat them for breakfast which is rare anyway. So really, this is not a hard sacrifice to make. It makes so much sense, I can’t believe I never fully realized it before. Now that I have the knowledge and the tools, I can do this the right way.

I know many people make this decision based on animal cruelty and unethical practices of the various industries, and I totally appreciate that. While it is not my #1 motivation, I am glad that by choosing this diet, I’ll be aiding somehow in that fight as well.

What will be a challenge and a sacrifice is continuing to check labels and research products and restaurants to make sure they can accomodate me. I’m actually having dinner at Taco Bell tonight, which in the past would’ve sounded completely gross to me and I’ve turned my nose up at it to my husband several times (sorry honey). But, I recently read the “Food Facts” (under the Our Food tab) statements on the Taco Bell website and also found some options on this Vegan Eating Out website too.

I’ll also have to let my girls in on the news so we can plan our Wednesday night potlucks accordingly. I don’t expect everyone to change everything for me, so I know there may be times when I have to peel the cheese off or skip dessert and that is okay with me. I don’t want to inconvenience anyone. Luckily, our friend Margie is a vegetarian so our meals are always meat free 🙂

Anyway, this is my decision and I know why I am doing it. This way of eating is not for everyone. What matters is that you find what works best for you and not to settle for anything you think you “have” to do.

Happy Friday 🙂

Feeling green

I’m trying to remember what life was like before I discovered green monsters…having trouble…remembering.

I have found that these are an excellent way to start off the day. The way I made this one today, it gets me a dairy serving (1 cup 1% milk), fruit serving (2 really, it was a LARGE banana), some good Omega-3’s (flax) and a whole lotta veggies (several handfuls of spinach)!

The only thing that keeps me from not being able to drink these alone as breakfast is the protein lack. I’ve seen several other bloggers make their green smoothies with a scoop of protein powder, so I’m definitely going to have to try that.

Today I had mine with a slice of whole wheat bread with peanut butter.

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For those of you who dabble in green smoothies, or smoothies in general, what is your winning combination?

Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend 🙂

If you are interested…I found this really great website called I Am Second which features videos of musicians, athletes, actors, and also some people like you and me (not famous) who have been through struggles in their life and they all talk about how they came to know God. Its pretty awesome, you should check it out. So far I’ve watched Jason Castro, Brian Head Welch and Darrell Waltrip 😉

Have you seen Goop?

I just read an article on People.com about Gwyneth Paltrow receiving criticism for her website GOOP. They are only criticizing her because of who she is, not because of the website’s content. I checked it out for myself and I think its really neat, I’m even considering signing up for the weekly newsletter 🙂 Don’t her critics know that they are just going to help draw more people to the site?

Celebrity status aside, I love that Gwyneth loves food and her website includes recipes, restaurants to visit in big cities and some tips about life and living from her experience and from the wisdom of others. Her site is divided into different categories: Make (recipes, food ideas), Do (lifestyle/fitness/health), Get (fashion and gift ideas), Be (thoughts on life), See (book recommendations, art exhibits), and Go (things to do in NY, LA and London including restaurant suggestions).

Since this is food blog world, I really think you guys would like it, so give it a look!

Goop: Nourish the inner aspect by Gwyneth Paltrow

Happy almost Friday!