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:(read the rest)

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(read the rest)

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(read the rest)

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(read the rest)

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(read the rest)

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