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Veganuary Day 1

So I heard about Veganuary on December 30th. Basically it is a website (www.veganuary.com ) that asks you to take a pledge to go Vegan for the month of January. To help you do this the website gives you recipes, a guide to help you order at restaurants, a list of accidentally vegan items, and much more. With all of this help I figured why not try it.

I was vegan for about a year but then I slipped back into eating there standard American diet. I didn’t feel good eating the standard American diet so I then went to cutting out the meat but still eating dairy and eggs. Now this would sound great to some people that I was going vegetarian, and this would be great if I was not lactose intolerant. So when I saw the Veganuary videos on YouTube I thought why not give it another chance. I am more educated now and I have some good recipes that are easy to fix.

That brings us to today January 1, 2018, Day 1 of Veganuary. I woke up this morning and I was not very hungry so I decided to have some hot water with lemon, take the dog out, watch YouTube, take a shower, clean the kitchen, and then at this point I was starving. We went to the grocery store yesterday and stocked the fridge so I was looking forward to making my first tofu scramble, but the tofu was expired 😞

The bacon and eggs are my husbands. He is a carnivore and hates vegetables, but we are working on it!

Anyway back to the story……

Well, by this time I was to hungry so….. I had left overs from last night. The left overs were vegan. I had tater tots (that I reheated in the microwave) with a vegan In and Out sauce on them that I made for a veggie burger on New Years Eve. Let me know if you want the recipe. I figured that I can’t have just potatoes so I had an orange to go with it. This filled me up so much and was so tasty!!

I know, I know it’s a lot of brown!

I did better at lunch. I made a small salad with romaine lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, avacado, cucumbers and bell peppers. To go with the salad I made taquitos filled with vegetarian refried beans and chao cheese. I placed he taquitos in the convection oven and they turned out pretty good. It’s nothing to write home about and I will need to tweak the  recipe some before I share it. This was a very filling lunch and I may have it again tomorrow.

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Around 4:30 in the afternoon I was wanting a snack. I was really wanting Ben and Jerry’s non dairy icecream but I went with the healthy option of veggies and hummus. Really nothing to explain on this one I just cut veggies and had it with hummus. Lol!

 

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Due to my later lunch my dinner didn’t take place until 8pm. I made a Beyond Burger patty with Chao cheese, Benevolent Bacon and the vegan In and Out sauce on sourdough bread that was toasted and a side of  tater tots. Now coming from someone that had a burger a week a go, the Beyond Burger is really good and once you place all of the toppings on the burger patty it really did taste like an honest to goodness meat burger. This was so yummy and completed my day so I could sleep.

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This is going to be an interesting journey but I am excited to make it happen. I’m already planning on going to Vegfeast in Austin, Texas in April when I go to see my sister.

Are you trying Veganuary? If so please let me know how it’s going! 😊

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Posted by on January 2, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Lena cup update

So I got my Lena cup on the last day of my period in December so I am waiting until my January period to give a full review. One thing I will say is that is take practice. Full update coming in January!! 😊

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Tragic events…..

Ok yall, for those that do not know me I am a very OCD person. I must have my day planned out and if anything changes I freak out. WELL, on Thursday  after my amazing math conference my planner broke! The spiral will not stay spiraled and the pages are falling out. This horrible tragic event has thrown me in a tizzy the last few days, so today I thought I would remedy this and find me a new planner.  I looked in every store I could think of and I still did not find my perfect planner. I am really wanting to get a Filofax  because they are customizable and don’t have a spiral. But I have fallen in love with the Erin Condren life planners. I did decide to go with the Erin Condren life planner, but I am thinking that in a few months I may take the coil out and put the planner in a Filofax. I will give the coil until the end on January to prove it’s worthiness! I placed my order today to get my platinum  life planner for $70, so I should get it the week of Veterans Day. This seems like a long time to wait on a planner and a lot of money. But the company is here in America and nothing is outsourced which is important to me and evey planner is 100% unique because you can put your name and pictures on it.

Here is a link to the planner I am getting. https://www.erincondren.com/life-planner-platinum-edition-turquoise

I am so excited to get this planner I have already started thinking about the dashboards and inserts I want to make each month 🙂 For those that have not seen an Erin Condren planner I will post a box unveiling when it arrives.  For those that would like to get a planner you can get the regular planners for $50 (I added and upgraded mine). You can also use the reference link below to get $10 off of your planner, so your price would only be $40. That is a great  deal because the planner that fell apart on me was $35 from Office Depot. I liked that planner a lot until it broke. 😦
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I can’t want to show you my new planner in a few weeks!

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Pay off

Well so far my blog is keeping me pretty much true to my word. Last week I lost 8 pounds on paleo so hopefully this weekend i will lose another one or two pounds I don’t expect big weight loss because last weekend  I lost so much. I’m still enjoying the food but I really want some pork chops hopefully I’ll get some this weekend and some weight loss news on Sunday for weigh in day. Work is stressful, grad school is stressful but I’m really enjoying my apples in my almonds they make me smile at the end of the day. Fingers crossed I didn’t gain any weight this week.

 
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Posted by on September 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

What a Friday of yumminess

Ok I admit it I may have a fruity pebble problem that I’m not ready to give up yet. Yes I had it for breakfast again. And really if cereal is the one bad thing I eat it will be ok. Lol

Lunch was great though I had left overs from last night.  I chopped a hamburger up and added broccoli sprouts,  edamame,  cilantro,  and lettuce.  I also took half an avacado it it was amazing!!!!

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I did pack to much with the apple, carrots and melon.  But that’s ok maybe I will try something new and eat them for breakfast instead of cereal lol…..

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Yes I took a picture of the bottom of the salad so you can see how pretty real food is. 🙂

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Just a note keep the seed with the avacado to keep it from turning brown. 

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I will say I went a little over board for dinner.  I made a shrimp boil with corn and potatoes and paleo sausage.  Again yes I know corn is not paleo but I have an over stock of fresh corn from the season so I have to use it.

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It was nice to have a little bit of a fancy meal. Lol. Oh I almost forgot I put old bay in the boil.

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How can you not like that.  The steam made it a little blurry,  sorry. 

I know people don’t care about what I eat for dinner but I am using this to hold myself accountable.  When I weigh in on Sunday I guess it will show if its working or not.  Happy Friday Everyone!!!!

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Good day part 2

So some how I forgot about dinner in the other post. I had a burger with no bun. Then I decided to fill out my dinner with all the fixings. I had lettuce,  tomatoes, broccoli sprouts, avacado, edamame and grilled onion. It was very tasty and very light so Im not going to bed on a full stomach.  I think I have a new love affair with broccoli sprouts lol. 

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And another angle lol. …

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Posted by on September 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Good day

I started today a little slow with a migraine that never went away. No I didn’t start the day out great with my bowl of fruity pebbles but I turned it around with lunch and snacks. 

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For lunch I had a salad with bibb lettuce,  broccoli sprouts,  corn (left over from yesterday), tomatoes and edamame. So yummy! 

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For snacks I had grapes that I ended up eating with lunch. My morning snack was raw almonds, dried cranberries and raw coca covered acai berries (I didn’t eat it all). I even packed an apple in case I needed a little more something sweet since I was taking those doughnuts to my class today. (So excited I resisted the temptation to eat one.)

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Oh yeah I also packed carrots that I didn’t eat. They were suppose to go with lunch.

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I’m feeling stronger and less depressed since going back paleo. Maybe this time since I can tell the difference in the way I feel I will be able to make it a perminate change. 🙂

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2014 in Uncategorized