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!