Friday, March 4, 2011

Day 20 - almost done!

this is my last full day as a vegan.  I miss lean protein and look forward to getting back to chicken, fish and turkey.  Luckily I live in a town that caters to the sale of organic homegrown formerly live product.  I will keep the healthy habits I've grown used to - the raw fruit and veggies for snacking, the veganaise instead of mayo, and making my own lunches instead of spending outrageous amounts of money for substandard, who knows where it originated, 'food'.

and I want pizza.  yum.

Thanks to all who viewed this and either commented or left me messages.  I will periodically do a new blog about a new challenge and will let my facebook friends know.

Ciao Bellas!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Day 18!

Here I am at day 18.  I had blood work done for a routine doctor's visit coming up on Friday and found that my A1C has dropped a point since last quarter.  my cholesterol levels are still a bit elevated, I thought they'd be much lower.  Well, it only has been 2.5 weeks.

The bead of silicone I laid on the basement floor did not work.  It diverted the water to under the washer/dryer - not to the drain.  I'm looking into an internal sump pump system.  god only knows where I'll get the money - but I cannot live with the stress of a river running through it every time it rains.  send good thoughts for incoming $$!

Remember to write your senator and ask that poison centers are kept in the budget and open to all that use them.  Our emergency rooms would be filled with people who panic when junior eats something that may be dangerous.  Now it's a free phone call to triage the danger - saving taxpayers millions each year.  Ok, I'll jump off the soapbox now.

Talk to you all soon!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Day 14 and the oscars!

Day 14 - I had my friend Kathy over for the oscars.  we fast forwarded through all the commercials.  I love my DVR.

I made a bean vegetable soup that rocks.  Now I definitely have enough in my freezer to take me through the end of the 21 days.

My sore throat is completely gone - I was afraid that I had strep, glad I dodged that bullet.

I put down a bead of silicone caulk from the leak in the wall in the basement guiding water to the drain.  It's supposed to rain all week.  Fingers crossed that this will work.

Good night gentle readers.  see you tomorrow!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Day 13 and a little shaky

ok, I'm not shaky from lack of food or having a cold, but from eating some eggplant and pad thai from a vegan thai restaurant.

I was a bit too tired to cook, so I stopped and got take out from Bay Leaf on 47th and Division.  It is a veggie/vegan place here in portland.  About a half hour after eating, my heart started racing and I felt shaky.  I called the place and asked if they use MSG.  She said no.  I don't believe her.

I didn't even think about MSG when I got the food.  Interesting how my system reacted!  Pure food is good food and good for me!

Good night all!

Friday, February 25, 2011

day 12 and still home sick

much to Gizzi's delight, I am home again today - hunkered down in bed with a sore throat and aches.  She's been sleeping on me only to wake up to eat and bother me to take her out to potty.

I'm glad I bought these vegan boca burgers.  I have been crumbling them on spinach and sprouted wheat tortilla shells for a quick sandwich.

It's odd to be in bed on one of the handful of truly bright and beautiful days we get here in the NW in the winter.  Yesterday it was easier on my psych since it was gray all day.  today leaves me mildly depressed about it all.

Well, back to bed.  Hopefully I'll feel good enough to go to bridge tomorrow.

good night gentle readers,

Thursday, February 24, 2011

day 11 and home sick!

My incredibly sore throat doesn't keep me from blogging!  I can't talk, but I can type.  Being sick gives me a view into 'quick' vegan food.  luckily I've frozen the soups and stews I've concocted and I have enough fruit to blend into soy yogurt which goes down a sore throat smooth and cool.

I wonder tho if I'm not getting the right nutrition.  Can I be making myself sick?  I doubt it.  I'm sure my diabetes is the culprit in my compromised immune system.  and as my blood sugars drop, I'm sure I'll be healthier than usual.

But to ensure my health, I will meet with a nutritionist to go over my meal log and tweak it as needed.

Back to bed after walking Gizzi.  Even though I'm sick, she still needs to potty.

Good night gentle readers.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Day 10! Half way there

One of my friends asked me what I found to be the best (food) surprise.  I would have to say Vegenaise.  I won't go back to using regular mayonaise because this is so much better.  Great taste, much fluffier and of course, so much better for you.

I tried taking the bus this morning, but after waiting a half hour, I just went home and got my car.  Hey, I tried!  :)

more later . . .