Yep, it's that time of year again, that time you pump your fists in excitement for that grand ol' holiday....
This year I chose to be vegan, for many reasons, the number one of which being that it's way better for you and for the environment, and since I believe that, I should definitely be doing something about it, instead of blatantly pretending ignorance.
Since I believe that, I should probably be doing it forever.
The jury's still out on that one. I kind of like Pollin's theory, the "eat vegan until dinner" thing, but I am aware of its hypocriticisms (did I make that up? Do I care? And do I really think 'hypocrisies' could do the job here? No...?).
I've learned all sorts of interesting things about being vegan. Care to hear?
1. You can still be totally fat on a vegan diet. Even when you have been doing the P90X workout plan for 3 weeks now, you can not even lose 1 pound. OH, yes, you all thought I'd start looking like Scott, but actually there are all sorts of fun things you can make and eat and still be vegan, the not least of which are OREOS. That's right. You heard me.
1.a. Oreos don't taste as good if you don't have regular milk to dip them into.
1.b. Newman O's are waaaaaaay better. I recommend peanut butter flavor.
1.c. You can even make vegan poundcake. I think I've been baking more than ever.
2. Soy yogurt? DEESGUSTING. Except for baking with. That probably should have been 1.d.
3. You are more likely to randomly stick a piece of spam in your mouth if you are trying to be vegan that if you are not. Just ask the billions of omnivores that don't live in Hawaii how often they eat spam. This is especially true if you are making musubi for your non-vegan family.
4. That being said, I haven't really missed meat.
4.b. Gourmet Magazine is so not vegan friendly. And they are so mean to rub your face in it.
5. When you eat vegan, you almost never eat until you are disgustingly full. Satisfied is a term I am now familiar with.
6. If I had been Jesus in the desert for 40 days, I would most certainly have given in. Good thing for you I wasn't Jesus. Lent might have been a tad different.
6.a. Today I not accidentally ate 2 twirls from Amy's boxed macaroni and cheese.
6.b. Yesterday I not accidentally ate some sort of dip that had either mayonnaise or cream. (you can't eat fried green tomatoes DRY people!)
6.c. I have accidentally and not accidentally had animal products at least a handful (or several handfuls) of times over the last 30 days. And I am scheduled to eat normally for Jake's birthday (his request) as well. I maintain that I have pretty much been entirely vegan. I did not blatantly drink milk or eat cake or anything like that. Well, I did have a bite of one cake. Okay, so I did not eat any meat. Except that one time at Robin's. But only that ONCE! I don't think I had cheese.
7. You can eat a LOT of vegetables and not feel full.
8. There are almost no vegan convenience foods. Which is good and bad.
9. Agar agar powder is ridiculously expensive.
9.b. There are a lot of strange products for vegan cooking (mostly baking) that I now have a lot of.
9.c. Granulated cane sugar (regular sugar) is not vegan. Neither are nestle semi-sweet chocolate chips. I guess you can chalk those up to the not-accidental eating I've been doing. I've learned more about sugars than I ever thought necessary.
10. I'm cringing a little bit at the idea of going back to normal.