I am learning so much about this plant-based lifestyle and my own ability to resist temptation (it’s not easy but I am doing it). The most important lesson that I have learned is that I need a new method or grocery store because I thought this new eating style would be cheaper and it hasn’t been. I spent $240 on groceries and it will only last me and the kids for two weeks. There has to be a better way and when I find it, I will share. Another hurdle is trying to recreate recipes that I have found on Pinterest. So far, I have made Garlic, Mushroom, Bok Choy Soup, Jamaican Corn Soup, Mango Avocado Salsa, Peanut Butter/Banana/Honey roll-ups, smoothies, and tostones. The soups were super involved and required a boat-load of ingredients and time. So, I have come up with some fairly simple recipes using the same ingredients that I have already purchased.
The positives are that the soups lasted me multiple days and the Jamaican Corn Soup was the best. My favorite soup by far is lentil and I cannot wait to make that sometime this week. The kids liked everything except the soups so I had to make alternate meals (more work).
Now for some transparency. In my effort to eliminate meat, I have binged on junk food (candy) quite a few times. So, my new goal besides eating plant-based is to cut the junk food. I’ll let you know how that goes. Please send positive energy and/or prayers my way. This is super hard and a two-fold goal (plant-based eating and discipline).
So, I have decided to try a plant-based diet for the month of February. I have no idea what I am doing, so of course, I went on Pinterest and pinned all sorts of vegan recipes and then went back and drafted a grocery list of the ingredients. Now, $236.00 later, I better see this through (because that was the price for just the next seven days). I told you that I had no idea what I am doing. I ordered for the first time via Instacart (so, in fact, I am trying two new things in the month of February). What I have learned so far, is that I love a challenge. Second, I am now broke although I just got paid. Third, Instacart is about to be my new best friend. Four, I don’t have a fourth but I felt as if I was on a roll.
While grocery shopping online, I realized that sour cream and parmesan cheese are dairies and not part of the vegan diet so I may have to make some substitutions or not be hard on myself since that only comprises two recipes out of the entire 28 days. How do you think I will do on this diet? Well, after watching “What the Health,” I better feel more energetic and sleep better through the night in about two and a half weeks. If not, I’m going to my Primary Care Physician to complain since he originally planted this seed in my head.
I realized that I do not appreciate outside restraints on my time. I am a creative and only want to do things that fuel that energy and allow me to release it.
So, I have started a new ‘Personal Growth’ 25 question exercise. As I journey through a question a day, I will share some of my findings (not all) and let you know if I feel that I have grown as a person, mother, friend, teacher, etc. I usually just pin these things and never review but, I feel that 2017 is getting stagnant and something needs to be done. There is some action required on my part.
The first question was “What does your ideal day look like?” Of course, the answer started off with waking up refreshed and energized. As a person who is always tired and always busy, I have been focusing more on how to save my energy and live a more minimalistic lifestyle. From the waking up part, most of my day consisted of just doing things on my “own time”. There were some things that I am required to do as a responsible parent but for the most part, my day was made up of writing, creating, meditating, reading, and smoothies (and of course a coffee). There was very little to no house cleaning, although I do want a very clean house but in my ideal world my kids are at school most of the day, I am working from the nearest coffeehouse, and on the weekends we are out exploring the world–so no messy house.
What did I realize? I realized that I do not appreciate outside restraints on my time. I am a creative and only want to do things that fuel that energy and allow me to release it. I also realized that most of my ‘ideal’ tasks were solitary and that makes me very happy and the only time that I did not want to spend solitary time was when I was with my kids. I guess this makes me an introvert in a way.
The cruel reality is that my daily life looks nothing like this which is why I may be so tired, stressed, and irritable. This can sometimes seep into my interactions with my children for which I am not proud. I am only human but, the wisdom that has come from this exercise, is that taking care of self and living your most authentic life is good for everyone involved.
Day one of the (25) Question A Day Personal Growth Challenge done!!