Engine 2 – Day 12 Update

Boo!  I hope everyone had a great and safe Halloween!  I had so much fun – it’s always just a great excuse to walk around with a glass of wine and say hi to the neighbors!  I happen to have the greatest neighbors in the world, so it was a blast! :)  Zane (5) was a ninja and Allen (14) was just an afro dude.  I guess that’s what you are when you are 14.  An afro dude…one who sprays “fart spray” in front of trick-or-treaters…there was definitely more trickery than treating with the 14 year old, or so I heard! :)  It’s probably safe to say there are parties in the Halloween future for Allen, and that he has outgrown trick or treating!

My Engine 2 Challenge has been…a challenge! Surprisingly, I’m not really having a hard time with the Vegan part. And, I feel that if I am Vegan for 28 days, minus my little salmon slip-up right when I started, then it’s a pretty big success for me. However, avoiding oil has been harder, really just because we are usually so totally out and about on the weekends, so I’m in much less control of what I eat.  For example tonight was the championship football game for Allen, so we grabbed something to eat at Z Tejas afterward.  I asked the waiter if he had a simple green sauce instead of mole cream sauce he could put on the mushroom enchiladas.  He said “oh, are you a VEGAN”?  I was kind of like, “uh..ya” and he slipped away to ask the chef if he could do that.  They did, and when the food came to me, he announced loudly, “Here is your VEGAN enchilada plate”.  He was kind of an arrrrss about it? My point is that my vegan enchiladas could have had oil in them, but if they did, I’m still really proud of the fact that it was so easy for me to create/find something vegan in a restaurant full of cheese and cream.

I could hear people around me as they finished their food with that “cheese cough”.  Does anyone know what I am talking about?  My husband looked at me like I had 13 eyeballs on my face when I asked him if he could hear all of the “cheese coughs” around me.  Gross, I know.  But it’s true, people who eat lots of cheese get this phlemy cough afterward, from the mucus build up.  It’s almost inevitable, I think.  And gross.  Oh and I watched “Got the facts on Milk” last week.  Highly recommended! In fact, I won the documentary when I met Natala at the Counter Culture, just before I began my challenge. I’d like to “pay it forward”, so I’ll include it in my next awesome giveaway! :)

My favorite part of the challenge has been the Engine 2 Greenling meals.  Last night’s was my least favorite (nachos), but still good…and the best part is that everything is so easy to put together.  The food is delivered, packaged by day, pre-chopped, comes with directions -etc. Love it!  I had today’s dinner for lunch, knowing we were going out to eat tonight.  Mashed rosemary/garlic mashed potatoes, marinated portabella mushrooms, and mixed veggies.  So good!

Last week, my favorite was a bean burrito – yum, yum, yum!  I’ll find the recipe to this and will post it in the very near future!

And, I’m happy to say my cravings for sweets is totally gone. The thought literally just makes me sick. I used to eat candy? How fake, and how yucky! The only thing I really want now is Nada Moo Chocolate Ice Cream (made from coconut milk) – and only a small bite if I have one at all!

I’m not really struggling with avoiding meat, and especially no dairy, although I do still dream of the day I can have sushi again. And I’m ready to drop a couple of lbs.  I haven’t gotten on the scale in a few days, but I can usually just tell and it doesn’t seem like I am down in my weight.  Not that I need to lose much. And, I am guessing that my body is still getting used to all of this! I know that vegan does not have to equal losing weight, but I just expected that by totally cutting out meat and dairy, that I would lose a few.

So, friends, that is my quick update for today.  I’ll try to post another on Thursday – along with the recipe for those awesome burritos!  Words of encouragement are still needed – I absolutely need it and love hearing from you!

Have a great week – and happy almost hump day! :)




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About Kim

I am the mother of two wonderful kiddos, Allen and Zane - and happily married to Lance (HealthyDaddy). :) I love learning about healthy eating and my journey led me to finding a way to keep all of this truly exciting information in one place. I found that I was forgetting recipes that I loved a year ago - or misplacing them. This website is a way to keep it together, while sharing with the world (Or the 5 people who will read this!) what I have learned. I'm trying to change the world...or at least our eating habits...one meal at a time. :)


  1. Katie Stewart says:

    Is your husband doing the challenge as well?

    • Kim says:

      HI Katie – no it’s me on a boat by myself!! :) Actually, it’s not bad. He eats whatever I eat at home – but when we go out, it’s fish all the way! Noo worries though, I’m doing fine so far!! :)

  2. Kim!

    I wish you had time to post everyday. You are doing fantastic. I am SO impressed with what you did at the Mexican restaurant. I was just telling my hubby the other day that I guess I have to stop eating out at Mexican restaurants because I don’t know how to order vegan there.

    And YES! The “cheese cough!” I know exactly what you are talking about. My husband gets it REALLY bad after he eats cheese or a high fat meal.

    I’ve been thinking about going vegan and have tried but haven’t been 100% successful, but
    you’re journey is really inspiring me.

    I hadn’t even heard of the “Got the Facts of Milk” documentary. Just watched the trailer. Wow! It sparked a riot in Korea. Definitely throwing my hat in the ring when you do that giveaway.

    Looking forward to your post on Thursday.

    • Kim says:

      Hi Christy! I wish I had time to post every day too!! :) I’ll try to update more often!! So glad people know what I mean about that cough! :) You should try the E2 “Challenge” too – even if only the vegan part. To challenge yourself for 28 days is long enough that I feel I will change a lot of old habits, but not so long that it feels like it’s out of my reach!

      Re: the mexican restaurants – they are like a 2nd home for us, so I’ve had to figure out what to order!! Most of them have veggie (but usually with cheese) enchiladas, and one tip I have learned is to ask them to replace the cheese in the enchilada with chopped avocados. Gives it that creamy texture that makes it have a little more “oomph!” :) Then, have them top it with a vegan green sauce. Black beans and rice on the side…and you are set! :)


  3. Cathy says:

    You go Kim! You are doing a great job changing the way you eat while being a wife and Mom. What a good idea to ask for avocado in place of cheese. I’ve been following the E2 way of eating for a year and a half and I’ve asked for no cheese plenty of times, but I never thought to ask for something in its place. Thank you!

  4. Melissa says:

    I LOVE afro dude and your little ninja!! :) And, you are rockin the E2 challenge…keep up the good work! You’d think here in Austin, of all places, you wouldn’t have many problems ordering vegan…that waiter would have gotten the stink eye from me for sure! ;)

  5. Meridith says:

    Congrats – you’re doing awesome! I’m glad that you are finding ways to figure out how to avoid oil even when eating out. It’s not about being perfect, it’s about doing the best you can each and every day.

    I can totally relate on the sweets situation. I used to be addicted to candy, but now I just see it for what it is: sugary food dye….not something I really want to put in my body any more. And instead of it feeling restrictive, it’s actually liberating to be free of all that junk that was hurting me.

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