Today is day 6 of going vegetarian and it’s getting much easier as each day passes. I never realized just how much chicken and turkey I was eating until I cut it out. I feel awesome! I have been limiting dairy and so far have switched over my ranch dressing to vegan (Daiya) and almost my coffee creamer, I am using Silk Caramel Almond creamer but saw there was sugar in it… so I plan to pick up the pecan caramel almond creamer by Califia this week to try, which I saw was vegan.
Slowly transitioning has been very stress free for me so far. Last time I tried to go vegan I became very overwhelmed and panicked as I went vegan overnight and was not prepared at all to change. I literally ate rice for two days straight, I kid you not!
Cravings… I really don’t have any cravings for chicken/turkey at all right now. I have been off red meat and pork for several years now and those cravings have been gone for a long time, in fact both meats gross me out now. I have caught myself a few times thinking ahead into the future and started to worry about “what if I want this, I can’t have it anymore… or I’m going to miss this item…” but quickly stopped myself. Why borrow trouble and worry now when it’s not in front of me?
I keep telling myself that I’m not “giving stuff up” but instead I’m simply “changing things up”. Will I want sour cream or real cheese in the future, absolutely! Am I going to worry about how to deal with it right now? No, why stir up trouble right now.
This adventure has taught me two things so far:
- Live in the moment – don’t worry about what is to come or what passed
- Food is fuel – I am a food addict, this has been eye opening!
I’m excited to see what this week brings me and what things I learn! I started reading The 30-Day Vegan Challenge book last night and I love it! So much info and I love how it is written, will be picking up more books by this author in the future!