Yes, it’s tofu!

Day 16 of 31

So, I’m more than halfway through this journey. My posts haven’t been as frequent as they were at the start. It’s hard to keep up with this and worry about everything else in life. Plus, not much has really changed to report about.

Yesterday, I had to run a few errands before our shift got too crazy. During that time of course, I was famished so I decided to go for a food run as well. I asked my workers if they wanted anything and they declined. I approached another friend and asked if he wanted food as well. The first thing he was asked if I was going for healthy or otherwise. I wasn’t sure if he was aware of my current diet so I told him healthy, since I’m trying to be vegan for now. He thought about it and said, “Ok! Get me whatever you get, I’ll try something vegan.”

It’s really hard to find filling fast food that’s vegan. I was on the phone with another worker and he was eating with my brother at Chipotle, so I remembered that they can cater to vegans. I made 2 orders of the exact same thing and made my way back to work. We can get pretty busy there, so I dropped off the food and made my way back to the truck. About 30 minutes later, I get this text:

Is that tofu? That’s really good.

Yes my dear, that was tofu and I’m glad you liked it! I love it when people are open to new and different things to them, you’ll be surprised at what you will discover!

Kinda Over It

Day 14 of 31

I haven’t really been blogging my experiences lately. Honestly, it’s not as exciting to me anymore and I’m kinda getting over it. I just get tired of cooking, meal planning and starving. It’s really is hard to be hungover as a vegan, all I want is a bacon cheeseburger and fries.

Lately there have been 2 things coming up for me.

  1. This lifestyle and the people in it are way too judgmental. I know there are extremes in every group, but it feels as if there are more extremes in this lifestyle. I mean I get it. I understand why people chose this way of life, but damn, just because people don’t feel the same as you doesn’t make them any less than you are.
    • I recently posted in my “Vegan for Beginners” group on facebook. I simply explained that I wanted to incorporate vegan options for the Sticky’s restaurant. I quickly got reprimanded and this person said, “If you’re truly trying to understand the vegan mind it’s probably best to not refer to it as a diet.”
      • FIRST OF ALL: RELAX and get off your high horse. You restrict from eating certain things…. that’s a diet. Diet defined – (1) the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats. (2) a special course of food to which one restricts oneself, either to lose weight or for medical reasons.
      • SECOND OF ALL: You’re lucky someone is taking into consideration your way of eating so that you don’t walk into a restaurant and just order fries because that’s the only non-animal product on he menu.
      • THIRD OF ALL: Not EVERYONE is vegan because they love animals, some have no choice because of health reasons.
    • Reading through people’s postings via reddit or my Facebook group, instead of embracing curious individuals, the hard core people totally judge and chastise others for either not understanding or believing what this lifestyle is about. I mean I get it, animals are creatures too and should not be treated cruelly, but damn humans are people and you shouldn’t make them feel bad for not knowing what you know.
    • Catholics, as strict as this kind of lifestyle Catholicism is, at least they’re a little more embracing and compassionate towards others, especially to those who are genuinely trying.
  2. No one really cares about vegan diets. I’ve been eating at restaurants lately because I’m tired of cooking or I don’t have time. – My options have been crappy.
    • This is what I ate at a Mexican restaurant because I basically didn’t have better choices: chips, salsa, Mexican rice and veggies. I mean I guess I could have had beans.
    • My worker ordered a “vegetarian gyro” from another food truck and this is what she was given: pita bread stuffed with nothing but cheap French fries, a sloppily cut tomatoes, red onions, smothered in whatever white sauce. – YUCK. I mean, is it too hard to throw in a falafel? Sheesh…
    • I ate at a vegan buffet yesterday and it’s so expensive! I paid almost $30 for 2 people vs. I can go to an unhealthy Chinese buffet and pay $20 for 2 people, drinks included! Come on man, you can buy a huge bag of salad at Restaurant Depot for $10 and it’s good enough to feed 5 people, but a buffet filled with nothing but fruits and vegetables – let’s raise the prices! Meat is so much more expensive to cultivate and harvest, but cheaper for the consumer? I just don’t get it.

I’m honestly over this lifestyle. I would never call myself a “vegan.” The people behind this concept/lifestyle might be compassionate towards animals, but they are not compassionate towards others. The negative people behind this movement is enough to cause me to stay away from this lifestyle. They shove information down others throats and make others feel bad for choosing a different lifestyle. Even the current Pope is now accepting of Gays & Lesbians, but vegans consider folks who eat meat as the devil. One girl in the facebook group simply asked how a vegan diet has improved other’s mental health because she has a history of mental health issues. Another vegan, instead of being supportive basically lectured her on how because she was a meat eater, that’s why she had mental health issues to begin with. — WHAT IN THE FUCK.

At the end of the day, I’m over it. September 1st couldn’t come any faster.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still compassionate towards people who choose to eat this way. I don’t think it’s fair to go out to eat with your friends and you have to choose another place because of one’s diet. I feel like everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy food, vegan or not. Vegans should be able to happily eat at an omni restaurant as well as an omni should be able to enjoy vegan food. I dunno… maybe trying to merge different eaters together is too big of a daunting task.

Positive Vibes

Day 8 of 31

Yesterday was probably the best “vegan day” I’ve had. I’m starting to notice the positivity I’ve been getting from people around me. I didn’t announce it, but I do have an IG page that showcases some of my vegan meals as well as a pictorial account of my experience. I  do post some of my vegan meals on my IG stories, but never really announced that I was going vegan for a month.

When I first started this, I really didn’t know what to expect. I honestly kept it to myself because I thought people would judge me or think I’m just trying to join another diet fad. I really just wanted to lose a little weight, eat cleaner and open my eyes to a vegan menu for our up and coming restaurant. Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of messages from friends via IG either asking or checking in on this venture. I’ve had at least 4 people who have told me they’ve been wanting to try vegan a diet, but didn’t know how to start. My mom even has been texting me that her and my dad are eating better. I just received a text from her with pictures of all the meatless things she just purchased. I love inspiring people, but I had no idea I would be able to via my personal journey!

Yesterday I made one of the most filling vegan meals ever! I was literally stuffed after I ate my vegan bowl. Then later on, a friend and I went to eat at an Indian restaurant and it was cool to see a lot of vegan options on the menu. This was my first time since I’ve started this to go to a restaurant as a vegan.

All the encouragement and positive vibes I’ve been getting recently has truly kept me going!

It Gets Easier

Day 8 of 31

Yesterday was a pretty decent day. Snacks on hand really help out. I was hungry when I needed to be and I had something to eat to help keep me satisfied. My fave protein bar and easy go to snack right now is Clif Bar – Crunchy Peanut Butter.

I don’t think I’ve ever really eaten this much in my life. I’m so hungry all the time and I have so much food in my fridge. I guess this is how a cow feels constantly grazing.

Quick & Easy is a Must

Day 7 of 31

Yesterday wasn’t a tough day for eating. I spent half my day on my back getting my lashes done. I completely forgot I had a lash appointment, so I rushed over to it on an empty stomach. My lash lady was offering free lashes to anyone who would be interested in colored lashes. I’ve always wanted to try it, so I volunteered myself and got picked! My lashes are currently blue.

So by the time we were done, it was already way past lunch time and I was a starving. In my mind I was going through what I had in the fridge and what I can quickly put together. I thought about a salad, but when I got home and didn’t like any of my salad dressing options, I dug into my freezer. I love to buy Trader Joe’s frozen stuff because you can easily heat it up and make a complete meal out of it. I had cauliflower “rice stir fry” and falafel so I quickly prepared that and scarfed it down.

Later that day, we went grocery shopping. I really didn’t feel like I needed anything because I have so much vegetables in the fridge, I just need to come up with how I want to cook them…. but I did need snacks! I bought a few things and our last stop was at Walmart. I looked to see if they had any Gardein products and they did! To my excitement, this brand makes vegan pizza pockets! When we got home, I quickly made myself one before work. I was so disappointed to see that it was the size of a hockey puck, BUT it was delicious none the less.

 

I did lose a little weight though. My weight has been fluctuating a lot lately, but I think since I haven’t eaten any type of meat, I really did lose at least 3 lbs. Hopefully I can keep it off or lose a little more. I’m really happy with this even if it’s only 3 lbs. I still haven’t been able to go to the gym because it’s still hard for me to grip things.

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The Withdrawals are REAL!!

Day 4, 5 & 6 of 31

This past weekend was extra busy for me. Not only did we have White Linen Night on Saturday, but it was also my Pearland HS c/o 98 20th year reunion. Gah, I felt so old. I was nervous that I wouldn’t remember many people or even worse, no one would remember me. At the end of the day, it was a really cool experience. Everyone was feeling the same anxiety and everything quickly turned into just a walk down memory lane filled with laughter and fond stories.

Saturday

There wasn’t really much for me to eat there, but thank God they had a vegetable tray. I wasn’t too sure of the ranch dressing that was there, so I didn’t really eat it. They had chips, and I opted for the bag of Sun Chips. I was on the verge of passing out from starvation by the time I got the truck to White Linen Nights. As soon as Burger Joint opened their window, I ordered a veggie burger. I know that even their bread is vegan, so that’s good news. I scarfed it down in seconds. The rest of the night was so busy, again it was easy to ignore the hunger because you kinda just forget about it.

Sunday

Some friends of ours just started a food truck and we went to McIntyre’s to go visit them. I knew I wouldn’t have any vegan options, so I just made a veggie burger real quick and ate that. It was so good! I used a hi-protien patty, I can’t remember what brand it is now, but it was delicious. It tastes almost like a real burger. When we got there, I felt bad because they were offering me food, but I explained my restrictions. They actually had a vegetarian option for me though… BUT once I bit into it, I realized there was cheese. I didn’t want to make a big deal about it, but I suggested they use vegan cheese and the item could be considered a true vegan option.

Monday

Today, I was so hungover and and I was starting to have meat withdrawals. I seriously thought I was making shit up, but there really is a thing as meat withdrawals. My body was just craving a big greasy burger. I thought the veggie ramen would hit the spot, but it didn’t. I came so close to giving in and eating something meat, but I stopped myself when my vegan friend msg’d me and ask how I was holding up. That was all the encouragement I needed to keep going.

This thing is hard. My body was really craving for meat. I wanted something solid and fulfilling. I don’t know if it was just because I was hungover, or what, but nothing today really satisfied my cravings. After work I did eat a frozen TV dinner, a vegetarian pad Thai, it kinda hit the spot, but it wasn’t enough. Hopefully this feeling subsides soon, it’s annoying.

Over all, still feeling great. I get a little anxious when I’m hungry and don’t have a snack on hand. Monday I woke up and weighed myself, I lost 3 lbs, Not sure if it was a real weight loss, or just the fact that I’ve been so busy I haven’t really sat down for a real meal. I did notice however, that water plays a big factor. Usually my yellow hydro flask is with me at all times, but lately I’ve been a little too lazy to fill it up. Not having water on hand at all times, I do notice a little bit of sluggishness. Also, not sure it’s because of the lack of natural vitamin B from eating meats (because I take a b-complex every day), I do notice that when I’m tired, I’m EXHAUSTED. Twice already I’ve slept so hard this past weekend. I guess I’m starting to see and feel the body changes from this diet right now.

Just Ignore It

Day 3 of 31

Again, most of my day… actually pretty much all of my day was spent at home. It was really nice to just be home, clean and catch up on computer work that I’ve been putting off.

I held off eating breakfast until later in the morning because I swear, the sooner I eat, the faster I get really hungry.

I kept breakfast simple and had coffee, then I ate my pizza. I got so involved with my computer work, that I kind of just ignored that I was even hungry at all and forgot to eat. Plus I was a little too lazy to try to make something. By the end of the day, I was surprised that I was able to just ignore that I was hungry. Well, maybe ignore isn’t the right word, more so distracted. I really do feel like I’m consuming more calories eating like this. I need to lose weight!!

Just like any weight loss diet or exercise, some of the people who get into this take it to the extreme. I feel like vegans are very similar to Keto / Whole 30 / CrossFit folks. Shuttup already!! This pretty much sums it up for me and I find it hilarious.