Okay, we’re doing it! Starting today, Saturday March 15, 2013, my lil’ family is going vegan. So what exactly is a vegan diet? A vegan diet is healthy, low fat, high in fiber, and rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It includes eating whole grains and we will be eating no processed foods (although some vegans still eat processed foods; Oreos are vegan).
Vegans avoid all animal proteins including meat, dairy produce, eggs,and animal derived products such as gelatin and honey. It’s a plant based diets consisting of grains, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, vegetables, and fruits. It is a varied diet, and is the healthiest option of all.
The book The 30-Day Vegan Challenge, by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is an amazing resource. Not only does her book contain recipes, but is is designed to make the transition period to becoming a vegan easier. It contains chapters on dining out, packing lunches, travelling, making your way around the grocery stores, reading labels, etc. Colleen suggests that by trying a 30-day challenge you break your old eating habits and form new, healthier and long lasting ones.
I’ve already planned out our meals for the week. Check em out!
- Vegan-Friendly Falafel with Cumin-Dusted Carrot Fries
- Vegan Gumbo
- Sweet Potato & Tofu Thai Curry Stew -Nutritionist in the Kitch; I love this blog!
- Roasted Acorn Squash with Wild Rice Stuffing with salad
- Portobello Mushroom Burgers with Kale Chips
- Spinach Alfredo Pizza
- Dinner at my favorite Sushi restaurant for my 33rd birthday
As a home chef I have to say that deciding to go vegan has actually reinvigorated my LOVE of cooking by finding new, and creative recipes to try. Food should taste good, always! I’m excited and, I’m also a planner. As a mom, and soon-to-be wife, I have always planned out all of our meals for the week. By making one shopping list with everything on it, we only take one trip to the grocery store a week. If you have yet to try this planning method I couldn’t recommend it more. You’d be AMAZED at how much time, and money, you will save during the week if you already know what recipes you’d like to cook, and know you already have the ingredients waiting for you at home.
Day 1, and I couldn’t feel any better than I already do to become a vegan. It feels right.