Tag: vegan

I’ve skipped over a few days, mainly because I stayed in a remote place for a few days. I did stick to the diet but I didn’t write much down.

Today is Friday the 13th and the kids are at homeschool enrichment. I had 2 cups of coffee with unsweetened soy creamer and 2 tangerines for breakfast.

Sleep: 8 hours 10 minutes

Steps:

Still pretty easy to follow, enjoying not having the “always hungry” feeling. I had no idea how much sugar is in food and how much the added sugar has been contributing to my hunger. I’m taking the kids 4 wheeling on Sunday (Rachel’s Deathiversary) with Colorado Jeep Girls and I need to plan ahead for lunch. Headed to Anna’s that night and will probably bring vegan chili for tacos. Breakfast was coffee and later on I had celery with peanut butter. This was lunch:

I picked these beauties up from Walmart today. I can’t eat an occasional soy dog without ketchup and I need protein and peanut butter on celery is good for that!

Sleep: 5 hours 54 minutes

Weight: 7 pounds lost

Steps: 17,515

The only thing I will say is now that I’ve gotten past the sugar withdrawal stage is this is pretty easy until you are starving and have to come up with something healthy, quickly. Will power is no joke.

Breakfast was a half of a bagel, made in a real bagel shop and soft cream cheese. A couple of mandarin oranges and 2 cups of coffee.

Lunch was a half of a can of corn (it was leftover from nachos yesterday), corn tortilla chips and plain hummus (Hope brand) with a giant squirt of sriracha.

Cucumber for afternoon snack.

Oh. And youngest got his braces today.

This was him before. He was a bit nervous but I loaded him up with Tylenol before the appointment to take the edge off. ❤️

This is his obligatory embarrasing picture. I gave him $20 to spend at Target after he had them put on so don’t feel too embarrased for him. He sold out. Hahaha.

This is one of those pictures that makes a Mother’s heart swell ridiculously. A snapshot in time. They asked him to empty his pockets for an x-ray and this is what he had on him.

This was dinner:

Sleep: 6 hours 28 minutes

Weight: I didn’t weigh again. I’ll weigh Saturday.

Steps: 18,285

I think I had a peanut butter wrap and some clementines in the morning. The peanut butter was organic with no added sugar. Mind you, I have learned that most peanut butter contains sugar. I might have had a glass of wine with lunch and coffee with breakfast. My diet sounds pretty piss poor but keep in mind I was away from home and I had a ton of water to drink.

On the drive home from my friend’s house I took the kids to Taco Bell and had a couple of vegan tacos. For an evening snack we had popcorn. They had an Apple pie but I did not. I wasn’t even tempted. No need for afternoon naps and I’m not grumpy anymore.

Sleep: 7 hours 17 minutes

Weight: I didn’t weigh again

Steps: 6,524 (not my best work but I was in the car for 3 hours and I didn’t go to work at night)

Breakfast was a cup of coffee.  Lunch another cup of coffee and 5 mandarin oranges.  I need to be better prepared with food, our bananas aren’t ripe enough to eat. I had some leftover 5 Guys French Fries for dinner (they were free, that is my only excuse).  I felt terrible at work last night after the fries.  My stomach hurt, I felt nausea and I had to push myself to not be sluggish.  I won’t be eating those fries again. Lesson learned.  🙁

Sleep: 7 hours and 28 minutes

Weight: Down 1 pound

Steps: 15,081

Breakfast is another boring cup of coffee with plain, soy creamer. I forgot to eat my banana.

I forgot to mention that I’m not following any specific sugar free book or website. I’m simply reading labels and not eating anything with added sugar. Foods with natural fructose (fruit) are allowed and I can eat as many fruits and vegetables as I want. I’m also attempting gluten free. I don’t eat a lot of tortilla chips but when I do I make sure they’re corn chips. Julie has a friend who is gluten free so I did some extra label reading when she first started coming over. No bread or pasta. Potatoes are fine.

Today my second child turns 14 but I’m abstaining from cake. I’m going to Make Believe Bakery here in Denver and will buy her some cupcakes. It’s an amazing, all vegan bakery that has the best cakes in the city.

Another important point to mention is the supplements I am taking. No, not a plug for a MLM business (but those work for some people)… I am taking: 1100 of Omega 3 (including 660mg of DHA and 330mg of EPA, 2,000iu of Vitamin D, 500mg Magnesium, 2500mcg of B12 and a “complete” Multivitamin (which has another 1,000iu of Vitamin D). I spent a good 20 minutes reading the ingredients of each to make sure they did not contain any animal products.

12:23pm. It happened. I felt actual hunger. Stomach growling, true hunger. I was able to satiate my hunger an hour later with this chick pea salad.

These are the vegan cupcakes I picked up for my kids. The were allowed 1 with lunch and 1 with dinner. To be honest, I felt guilty feeding them that much sugar but this is a process. It starts with me, much like veganism. I went vegan 2 years ago in May and they will celebrate their 2 years in July.

I had a black bean quinoa pre packaged meal for dinner with 3 mandarin oranges (they’re tiny). The quinoa seemed much less salty. Bring on day 5!

Sleep: 7 hours and 28 minutes

Weight: Down 2 pounds

Steps: 16,042

Day 3 was a bit easier. Boston had an orthodontist appointment on the other side of the city so I was distracted from my morning hunger. I had a banana and coffee for breakfast. After he was done with his appointment we went to Safeway where they had pints of strawberries 3 for $5. We went to target afterwards to pickup a few more things for Julie’s birthday (3/29). I had quinoa (and strawberries) for lunch which tasted unbelievably salty. I have had this particular quinoa many times since going vegan nearly 2 years ago but it never tasted that salty. I think I might have been dehydrated despite chugging water. Part of the detoxification process, maybe? I was really tired before going to amazon so I took a nap.

I feel guilty napping when my kids are home but this challenge is being done for me AND for them.

I had chips and hummus for dinner with sriracha mixed in. It tasted a lot like the curry hummus which I really like but can’t often find in the area I live in. I should have had cucumber instead of chips, saving my last cucumber for Thursday’s lunch.

I drank a ton of water in both water and seltzer water form. I spent the best part of 4 hours picking up boxes and envelopes and lifting them into the sort slides at Amazon. I was sweating and my back was killing me at the end. Some of those boxes are super heavy so I got an exceptional workout today. I did not feel like my blood sugar was low at Amazon (no dizziness) and was less sluggish than on Tuesday.

Sleep: 6 hours 35 minutes

Weight: Down 2 pounds (my stomach seems to be less fat lol)

Steps: 19,009

Today is the day. I have decided to give up sugar for 30 days. Not fruit or natural sugar but sugar added into products unnecessarily like high fructose Corn syrup, corn syrup, fructose, sucrose and any other sugar. Fructose from fruit is okay on this adventure. Potatoes are cool. Bread is out since most bread has added sugar. Corn chips are okay.

During the first day I felt a bit grumpy but I didn’t; really feel any side affects. May have been a bit less hungry but nothing was a big deal.

I had a banana for breakfast with coffee and no sugar added creamer. Lunch was a bomb salad and dinner was some left over tofu that I had cooked with garlic, ginger and added some pickled cucumbers I made.

I am doing this challenge because I want a clean mind and a healthier body. Everyone who goes sugar free seems to lose weight and can focus better than before they started this. I hope it works. I am “on the wagon” for the next thirty days.

I started label reading and can’t believe how much sugar they add to nearly everything (including things like stuffing, ketchup, BBQ sauce is nearly entirely sugar, soda, tomato sauce, bread.

Sleep: 6 hours

Weight: Not telling but I’ll tell you how many pounds I’ve lost.

Steps: 13, 052

Day one is over. Bring on day 2.

Julie had been wanting to try making vegan cupcakes but hadn’t gotten around to it, mainly because she was waiting on me to buy the ingredients. I took a stab at the cake while they were in their homeschooling enrichment classes today and this is quite good. I doubled the recipe and bought frosting off the shelf. I made this into cupcakes, paper lined and baked each pan of 12 at 350 degrees for 23 minutes. Since we are a mile above sea level you may need to adjust the time.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (I added a few extra TBS to thicken the mixture up)

1 cup sugar (I used evaporated cane sugar)

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar

1 cup water

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease one 9×5 inch loaf pan.

Sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Add the oil, vanilla, vinegar and water. Mix together until smooth.

Pour into prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Hope the kids like them. I’m going to bring each child 2 cupcakes at pick-up. Letting them eat in the jeep is such a bad idea.

Rachel would have loved these so much.

Weeks before Boston’s 11th birthday I came across a picture from his third birthday party and decided I wanted to try and inexpensively recreate the picture.  I think I nailed it without spending a fortune.  The main difference, to me, was the cost of the cake.  Vegan cakes are much more expensive than an ole vanilla box cake by Betty Crocker.  This is the resulting picture.


This is the comparison picture between 2017 and 2009.


London turned 12 just 10 days later and I sprung for a full vegan cake for him.  It was INCREDIBLE!


A few days before his birthday we went to a party for Ruby who was turning 4 and Boston took this picture of his brother. I love when they take pictures on my phone, seeing the world through their eyes.

One of Rachel’s favorite movies. Rachel became a vegan before she died, perhaps you can try a vegan meal in her honor.

begin again after child dies

It has been ten weeks since Rachel died and it has been pretty rough. So easy to fall apart and just sit with the grief.  Living with the grief can easily kill a person.  It’s not just the fact that she is dead, I’m only now starting to deal with the disease and what it did to her.  The disease took away so much from her over 10 years and I was too busy being a Mom to process the disease.  Being a Mom without Rachel takes up way less time now so being sad and thinking about things, being left with my own thoughts, can bring me to the edge.

I’ve been struggling with good days and bad. I’ve stopped talking to just about everyone I know.  Left with my own thoughts.

The Colorado summer sun arrived and my ability to continue walking and get my steps in got really hard last week.  So… I joined Planet Fitness and have been going there everyday since.  I have tried tanning twice and my white parts are red.  I don’t think tanning is for me.

Last week I gave myself 14 days.  If I couldn’t make a noticeable improvement within myself, I would call a therapist.  I would rather LIVE my LIFE than have to talk to someone who just won’t get what I’ve been through.  So here I am, killing it. Mostly. #betterthanagriefgroup

The kids are keeping up with their fitbit steps and are starting to visit the library (solo) on a daily basis so I can get some work done.  Boston is in Boston for several days.  Next weekend London is spending his first weekend with his father and I am taking Julie camping so we can help our friends build their tiny home.

The featured picture in this post is to announce that the kids and I are saving up to fly to London this fall. Norwegian is drastically discounting Denver to Gatwick direct and we’re all working towards saving up.  London!!!! It is something Rachel wanted to do but wasn’t in the cards with finances, divorce, timing and her decline.