I’m in experiment mode. This experiment subject: MY DIET. Now I’m not going on a crazy diet or doing a super exclusive cleanse.
I have decided that four days out of the week I will eat Vegan. The best part of this new adventure……drum roll…..the meals, snacks, and smoothies are all prepared for me!! I have the opportunity to eat super healthy pre-prepared vegan food because Kirsten Barrows, a local yoga instructor and Vegan, offers this incredible service.
On Monday’s she delivers the yummy food that she makes to a local pilates studio. I pick it up and BAM! Super healthy Vegan food for four days. The food program includes:
- Four green smoothies…this week the smoothies are made with fresh veggies, fruit, and Vega Whole Body optimzer, a vegan fitness supplement that give you 100% RDA vitamins and minerals and 50% fiber.
- Four salads…my salad today had what appeared to be a mix of dark green leafy veggies, walnuts, dried cherries, and Green Goddess dressing. The salad I can’t wait to eat tomorrow is a Sprouted Bean Salad which has a mesquite smoked olive oil and red wine vinegar dressing.
- Four main dishes…today I had the Cajun Beans and Brown rice, supplemented with hemp protein. Spicy and filling! In fact, the portion was large enough that I brought half of it to a client so that she could experience the dish. In this weeks bag there was also Pecan and Sunflower seed pate wrapped in collards, Split Pea Soup, and Squash and Quinoa.
So what does VEGAN mean?
Good question! Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or poultry. Vegans, in addition to being vegetarian, do not use other animal products and by-products such as eggs, dairy products, honey, leather, fur, silk, wool, cosmetics, and soaps derived from animal products. People choose to be vegan for health, environmental, and/or ethical reasons. For example, some vegans feel that one promotes the meat industry by consuming eggs and dairy products.
I have an interesting take on this because I basically grew up on my grandparents farm where they raised cattle for meat production. I grew up eating beef and I still enjoy a good steak. What I have noticed as I have become more observant of my body, is that after a meal where I’ve consumed a lot of animal protein I often feel sluggish and bloated for a few days. And because I love a good science experiment, I have played with the vegetarian diet to observe the changes in my body/mind. Here is what I have found: a mostly plant based diet seems to agree with my body the best. I tend to feel lighter, quicker, and full of energy when my body isn’t expending so much energy on digesting animal proteins. When I am missing the animal protein from my diet, I add in a side of steak or eat a fillet of fish. It’s simple. I do what my body likes.
If you are interested in trying the Vegan Weekly Meals, send me a quick message and I will connect you with Kirsten. If you have any questions, please let me know and either I or Kirsten will get back with you.
From my open heart to yours,