Back On Track, But On A Different Path

March 14, 2011 at 6:18 pm 6 comments

Building a habit is such a funny thing.  I think that when beginning something new, your enthusiasm gets you started, and excitement keeps you going, but after a while, when things get a little tough, it can get harder to keep on track.

Such was the case with me.

When I started my journey in November, I was amazed at how well I adjusted to the new way of eating.  Then the Christmas holidays came, and unfortunately instead of moving forward in January, I came to a complete stop.  Oh, it didn’t get bad straight away, I was still reaching for healthy things most of the time, but then the ordering in started, and it spiralled from there. My preparation fell by the wayside, and because I wasn’t prepared, I started eating the wrong things.

As a distributor for a health and wellness company, and combined with the fact that I was starting school on March 21st to be a holistic nutritionist, I wasn’t really walking the walk any longer, and I needed to get back on track.

I’ve mentioned before about all of the research that I was doing.  The more I read, the more I kept being pointed to vegetarianism/veganism.  Shortly after my daughter came home from school in February, she announced that she wanted to look at that way of eating as well.

So, based on a recommendation from a blog friend, we went to Chapters, and bought The China StudySkinny Bitch, and The Vegan Planet Cookbook.

This past Saturday, off I went to Whole Foods, the Organic Garage and Bulk Barn, with my list of things I needed.  On Saturday I made my first vegan meal – pizza.

It doesn’t look too bad, does it? Homemade 12 grain pizza dough, and the rest is all vegan – pepperoni, sauce, and cheese. (I wouldn’t eat the cheese on it’s own, blech, but not too bad on the pizza, and it actually melts)

Right now, I’ll probably be using a lot of transitional foods (vegan cheese, vegan lunch meat), but hope that with practice and time, I will be able to ease away from these into a fully plant based diet. I’m not worried about missing the meats so much, but I think dairy is going to be a challenge for me, although I’ve found that rice milk and almond milk are quite yummy.

I’ve had a few interesting reactions from people when I state I have made the choice to be a vegan.  Many people are worried that I’m going to get sick.  I had one person tell me “that’s stupid”.  In each case, I have told everyone that this is my choice, and not one that I am going to push on anyone to do.  My son is not making this choice, and my daughter has decided on ovo lacto vegetarianism, while I am going full vegan.  Our meal plans are certainly going to be interesting and I’m sure challenging, but we all support each other fully, and will make it work.  My choosing veganism was purely health based, although I am starting to see the ethical side of it as well, but as I mentioned, this is my choice, and will talk about it, but will not push it on anyone.

Is veganism/vegetaranism something you’ve ever thought about it?  I’d be interested to know what made you choose it, and what challenges you have faced or are facing.

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  • 1. Michelle Friedman  |  March 18, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Good luck. We’ve all go to work with what’s right for each of us. Criticism usually comes from people who are not on the same journey you are. Smile politely and forge ahead.

  • 2. anna  |  March 26, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    I’ve been eating a vegetarian diet for over 20 years. I’ve dealt with it all and in the end, everyone (including my father) came around to the idea of it. Part of that is the fact that it’s more common. Still, when I visit my family in their small town, I usually stump the waitress when I tell them I don’t want any meat. 🙂

    Over the years I’ve moved to a diet that included some fish but 90% of the time it’s a vegetarian diet. I love it. So many great choices these days.

    Good luck!

  • 3. Flex Fitness LLC  |  March 30, 2011 at 12:57 am

    Congratulations for finding a way of eating that works for you! I am a fitness professional and over the years I have come to find that what works for one person does not work for all people. What are you doing in terms of strength training? This is an integral part of keeping your body healthy and feeling young! Please view my website for tips and tricks that might help.


  • 4. (@CarlaJGardiner)  |  September 26, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Good for you, finding a way of living that suits you perfectly. Although I am not a vegan eater, I do choose to eat according to a perfect plan for me. Prior to learning about our body’s glycemic level I rarely took time out of my day to eat at all. This caused me to gain over a 100 pounds in the course of 10 years…you know, 10 pounds per year that steadily mounts and then one day it’s like oh my gosh how did I get this fat? Now I use “grab and go” meals and eat every 2 – 3 hours then enjoy a great lean and green meal with family. I’ve lost 25 pounds and 4 sizes since June 2011 and am a fiery, sassy grandma of four. Stay the course and I’m looking forward to more of your journey.


  • 5. LosingWeight After 45 is a Bitch  |  December 21, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    I eat mostly vegan/vegetarian but decided against becoming a full-blown vegan/vegetarian for several reasons:

    1. I actually enjoy, meat, fish and dairy, and while I want to limit my intake, don’t really want to completely restrict myself.
    2. I have zero empathy for animals.
    3. I don’t want to be a food pain in the ass (or FPIA as I call them). I don’t want anyone to feel they have to cook special or do anything special for me. If I go to someone’s home and they serve pork, I smile and eat (but usually not enough.)
    4. I’m not sure where to end it. I.e., if I’m supposedly not so ethical then, does that mean I can’t wear leather shoes? What about Jello? Can I eat Jello? How about fur? I really can’t stand that fake stuff, which is bad for the environment in any event. To say I won’t eat animals for ethical reasons, seems to lead to the idea that I must then eshew ALL products that are animal based-not just those consumed. And, why should animals prevail over what’s best for the enviroment. After pondering this on, and on, and on, I usually just decide to keep eating an omnivore diet so that I don’t have to think about these things.

    • 6. Patricia Eales  |  December 26, 2012 at 10:04 am

      I think the key here is being able to distinguish when you’re making a good food choice or not. Being a vegan or a vegetarian isn’t for everyone, but healthy food choices are. I became mostly vegan for health reasons and for the environment, and with that, some of the moral issues have come along, but I still have a leather coat and shoes that I wear (too much $$ to replace it with a different coat right now)

      As a nutritionist, I counsel people in best choices for them, as not everyone can live a completely ethical vegan lifestyle. It would be utopic if they could though, wouldn’t it?


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