Thursday, 17 March 2011

Vegan month update

vegan packed lunch

I am now a third of the way through the "30 Day Vegan" workshop so time for an update. This workshop is excellent and the course materials are very well presented. Already I have lots of new recipes to try as well as nutritional information and ideas for taking care of yourself.

I don't eat meat often but still I am surprised at how easy it has been to stop eating both meat and dairy produce. I have also chosen to cut down on caffeine, replacing tea and coffee with Redbush tea. After ten days the main change I have noticed is that I seem to have more energy through the day and I don't have a slump in energy levels in the afternoon.

I have been eating mainly vegetables, grains and beans so far which might sound boring but with sauces and dressings everything tastes really good. I am cooking vegan just for me (couldn't persuade the rest of the family to join in) but I usually cook enough for two meals so I have something already prepared for lunch the next day. Many of the meals taste just as good cold so I have packed lunches for work all sorted the night before . Eating properly at lunchtime rather than just grabbing a snack may be the reason my energy levels seem to be more constant throughout the day.

I am looking forward to the next batch of recipes to try out this weekend.


Simply Authentic said...

That looks DELISH! Care to share what that is in the picture? Quinoa with avocado and seeds of some sort? Definitely sounds like it's been a great experience. I felt the same way about the energy levels when I was the strictest at adhering to the vegan diet---a lot more energy and my body just seemed to flow better altogether. Am glad to hear you are having a positive experience with it! Enjoy the upcoming weekend :)

willow said...

The grain I used is millet though quinoa would be good also. The millet was cooked with a few raisons, dried cranberries, some grated ginger root, a very little curry powder and some lemon juice. I ate it with beans in lemon sauce when it was hot and the next day added cooked beans, avocado and pumpkin seeds to it for my lunch.
I'm finding it very easy to make these meals and serve them with a vegetables or a green salad, and it is nice to have something good to look forward to at lunch time.