I planned on writing this post tomorrow, but then I saw a few things on twitter about "Meatout." Upon a little more investigation, I found the website meatout.org, a "grassroots diet education campaign." You can read more at their site, but this is what it's about:
What is Meatout?
On (or around) March 20, thousands of caring people in all 50 U.S. states and two dozen other countries get active to host educational events for Meatout- the world's largest grassroots diet education campaign. Activists distribute free food, educate their communities, and ask their friends, families, and neighbors to "kick the meat habit” and explore a wholesome, compassionate diet of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
The other reason for this post is that tomorrow I will be "officially" vegan for one year! I pretty much went "cold-turkey" from omnivore to vegan after watching Food, Inc. and reading "Skinny Bitch," but I started keeping a food journal on March 21st, so I'm considering that my jumping off point. The picture I've included in this post is my small collection of books that I've acquired in the last year. I've checked some others out from the library, borrowed some, but these are the books that have really helped me get to today. I could go on and on about everything I've read and the changes I've made, but I can honestly say that I feel great and I couldn't be happier with my life right now!
I thought it would also be fun to share a few pages from my journal on what I ate and thought the week:
Sunday, March 21
Granola and Soymilk
Apple Waffles with Maple Syrup
Mediterranean Quinoa with Naan
Shopped at Meijer today. I was surprised by the whole vegan "meat" selection that I never noticed before-- sausage, hot dogs, cheese and tofu. I'm coing to make chili with cornbread and lasagna this week. Also, bought almond milk to try.
Monday, March 22
Granola Bar, Soy Yogurt
Gnocchi with Pesto
Peanut Butter Cookies and Soy Milk
Tried soy yogurt today and it was really good! Baked cookies tonight-- long prep, but it was worth it. Had a glass of soy milk with my cookies, ugh! Definitely need to try some other brands or something new!
Thursday, March 25
Apple, Granola Bar
Oatmeal, Soy Yogurt, Banana
Chili, Spinach Salad, Cornbread
Peanut Butter Cookie
Yum! Made the best cornbread! It was so good with the chili. Very filling dinner and already looking forward to leftovers!
Friday, March 26
Apple, Soy Yogurt
Lasagna, French Bread, Red Wine
Made Kelly's old tofu lasagna recipe tonight.. yum! I used Follow Your Heart Vegan Mozz Cheese and it was better than I expected!