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Vegan for a Week

It’s halfway through the week and I’m having a great hair day! What’s not to be happy about?

Today is also the third day I’ve been on a vegan diet. About a week ago, I mentioned that I’m doing The Amazing Liver & Gallbladder Flush and part of the preparation is a week of clean eating. For this particular cleanse, it means:

  • No animal products
  • No fried foods
  • No overeating
  • No cold food or drinks (I didn’t know this until I read the book, but cold food and drinks actually slow down your liver function!)

At the end of the prep week, you do a 16-24 hour flush, which I’ll spare you the details of, except to say that you’re supposed to pass stones consisting of years of toxic buildup in your liver and gallbladder. Afterwards, you feel cleaner, healthier, more energetic, and reap the immediate benefits of ridding your body of harmful waste. Sounds like a win to me!

The only part I’m having a hard time with so far is eating vegan. I LOVE veggies, so that’s easy, but avoiding animal products is trickier than I thought.

I wanted to eat some cereal with almond milk the other day, but one of the ingredients in the cereal was whey. Then I wanted to have some pinto beans at Chipotle, but they were made with bacon. Miso soup? Fish. Caesar salad? Anchovies. Clif bar? Dairy. AHH!

So most of my meals the last week have looked like this:

Sweet potato and sauteed veggie mush

And this:

Oatmeal, flax, and almond milk mush with fruit

I had just about given up on vegan cooking until I stumbled upon this awesome post from RawIsSexy.com for a creative way to make a vegan pizza using cauliflower and flax seed for the crust.

The recipe for this was deceivingly simple, so it gets its own post (soon) where I can rant about my mishaps and post all the pretty pictures of the process and end result. And the end result was oh-so-pretty! But a little mushy. Because apparently I’m not the vegan chef I thought I was and I’m destined to eat mush this week.

Although lunch today was actually pretty crunchy and delicious! Probably because I didn’t cook it.

I tried the black bean sandwich from Subway and was surprised at how much I liked it. I had it toasted on wheat bread and topped it with spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, green peppers, onions, sweet onion sauce, and spicy mustard.

Subway’s awesome and I really should eat there more often. It’s the closest, cheapest, and healthiest option near my office, and I have plenty of time to catch up on Fifty Shades of Gray on my break.

Now’s about the time I start racking my brain for ideas on what to cook for dinner tonight…

 

I’m wondering…

 

What are your favorite vegan dishes and recipes? Any suggestions you have for out-of-the-box vegan eating?

 

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I am a college student that is trying to stay physically fit and eat healthy. We all know how hard this is, so I am trying to post some tips, and get some discussions started so we can all learn from each other.

9 comments

  1. YAY for vegan eating – its an awesome way to eat 🙂
    I love a good curry made with coconut milk. Hope you enjoy your week 🙂

  2. vegan cooking just takes practice…keep at it! i recommend the cookbook veganomicon if you are interested in pursuing veganism on any level. best of luck and thanks for the great blog!

    • Thank you! I’m finally getting the hang of vegan cooking, and it’s not so bad. A lot of times it’s my go-to for quick and easy meals. I’m addicted to veggie stir fry.

  3. I eat a whole foods, plant based diet. Which means I’m vegan but I also don’t consumed anything refined, i.e. oils, sugar, flour etc. I get my sugar from fruit or raw sugar, my flour from whole or sprouted grains, and my oils from nuts, seeds, soy, avocado etc. I just eat everything in it’s “whole” form. Oh, haha and I’, also gluten intolerant… Anyway it made me sad to think that you were having a hard time with vegan recipes, So I wanted to post a few of my all time favorite cookbooks.

    This one is my “must have” cookbook for healthy vegan living:
    The Happy Herbivore
    http://www.amazon.com/The-Happy-Herbivore-Cookbook-Delicious/dp/1935618121/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355153701&sr=8-1&keywords=happy+herbivore

    These are a few of my other favorites:
    The Engine 2 Diet >> http://www.amazon.com/Engine-Diet-Firefighters-Save-Your-Life-Cholesterol/dp/0446506699/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1355154093&sr=1-1&keywords=engine+2+diet
    Students Go Vegan >> http://www.amazon.com/Students-Go-Vegan-Cookbook-Recipes/dp/0307336530/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1355154060&sr=1-1&keywords=college+students+go+vegan
    The Kind Diet >> http://www.amazon.com/Kind-Diet-Simple-Feeling-Losing/dp/1609611357/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1355154017&sr=1-1&keywords=kind+life

    • Hi Jessica, thanks so much for sharing these! Since I’ve been getting sick a lot, I’m starting to eat more vegan foods and it’ll be awesome to have new ideas. Chickpeas and lentils do get old eventually. 😉

  4. I’m not vegan but i reallly like sweet potato with tofu crumble cooked like mexican foood really spicy

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