Happy Day Five!
Guess what, we are almost completed with week one! Isn’t that great? I have received so much support over the past few days, and I am overjoyed! I am happy to hear that so many people are looking for a happier and healthier lifestyle. I am willing to help in anyway that I can.
Today started with a wonderful yoga session. I was pretty sore over the past few days so I kept my practice short. Someone decided to join in any chance he could, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way!
I will admit, I was a little lazy with my shake today. I did two scoops of vanilla, one scoop of greens, one scoop fiber, a tablespoon of almond butter, and half of a banana. It still tasted amazing and it lasted me for the next five hours! I also, didn’t have my shake until about noon today, and I was able to bring it with me while I ran some errands. Now that’s what I call “Lunch, On The Go!”
Today was a bit exciting because I actually went OUT to eat.. At a restaurant! Can you believe it? And guess what, I ate food! I love how people have this misconception that once you’re vegan, all you eat is lettuce. Psh, this girl needs to eat!
We went to Buddy’s Bites and Brews and had amazing service! Their special of the day was actually a house made Vegan Tomato soup. Now, a little tip. I try to look at the menu online before I go to a restaurant. I like to prepare myself and know how I can play around with the menu if necessary. Usually it’s not complicated whatsoever. I will even search the restaurant name and “vegan” or “gluten free.” There are many websites that actually tell you all of the vegan items on a restaurants menu. This makes it super helpful when it comes to eating out.
I ordered the Fajita Salad, which comes with Portobello Caps (or grilled chicken), bell peppers and onions on a bed of greens with pico de gallo, black olives, and tortilla chips. The salad is also served with ranchero dressing, guacamole and sour cream on the side. I ordered it without the dressing and the sour cream of course. It was amazing. I love eating Portobello Mushrooms because their thickness provides some sustenance to a dish. Its bite tends to imitate the texture of meat. I also loved the fact that they were grilled; it provided smokiness very similar to that of fajitas. I was worried about eating a salad with no dressing, but I will say, the olives and pico de gallo provided a dressing of their own. This dish was great because not only was it filling, but also smoky yet refreshing at the same time. I was full right away; I didn’t even need to snack on the tortilla chips. Another tip during this lifestyle change, as you eat more veggies, you’ll find your portions to become smaller. My biggest issue a year ago was the fact that I couldn’t stop eating. I was never full and I mostly ate when I was bored as opposed to hungry. Once I changed to a vegan lifestyle, my portions naturally became smaller which was very helpful. I found my body needing those nutrients, and once I fed my body those nutrients, I was satisfied. Another bonus is you’ll find your taste buds begin to change. Food actually tastes better? Who could ask for a better gift? So although I didn’t cook tonight, I just wanted to write to let you know it’s okay to go out, just be mindful. There is hope!