Sunday, November 15, 2009

Not Eating Dairy: FAIL! FAIL!

Yeah, double FAIL. I contemplated giving the rest of my dairy products to my neighbor today, and now I think I will. I didn't already because it's hard for me to let go. I really love milk and cheese and not eating them is really gonna suck for a while. But this morning the first thing I did was eat some cereal with the remaining milk in my fridge: FAIL!

However, I did make a new, healthy, vegan light lunch: Spinach with sunflower seeds, almond slivers, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. And a baked potato with garlic. Easy and yummy:



Did I just say "yummy"? Wow. Anyway, my next FAIL is something I think I'm going to run into a lot. I was at Cafe 50's (a diner) with a friend, and nearly everything on the menu was made with meat. And everything else had cheese. I panicked. I didn't know what to order. I was hungry. I didn't want to complain or seem weird by ordering a sandwich with nothing on it. So, I ordered a breakfast burrito with eggs and cheese (held the bacon). FAIL! I could have ordered a veggie burger, but I didn't. I need a plan for these sorts of situations or I'm sure to buckle under the pressure in the future. And I need to get over my embarrassment and do what I need to do and order what I need to order, regardless. This is harder than I thought.

Also on their menu were insanely awesome looking shakes:

 

And I was thinking to myself, "Oh shit, Wow. I can't even have shakes anymore. That really sucks." (For the record, I got this photo from Yelp. I didn't order one. But I wanted to.) On the good side, no FAIL on the meat side of things. And still no cravings for it.

6 comments:

  1. Dude, do you live in LA? If so, you CAN totally have the worlds best vegan milkshake at Millions of Milkshakes in West Hollywood.

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  2. (saw you on the "Eating Animals" forum and will be following in solidarity!)

    I can relate- I decided to go vegan this week after 7 years as a vegetarian and find it much easier to make good, conscious choices when I'm doing the cooking myself. I was doing very well until a friend offered a slice of homemade pumpkin pie on a buttery crust. I think I have to learn how to adjust the way I socialize with food, since so many activities revolve around eating and sharing meals. Alas, tomorrow is another day.

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  3. Soy milk.

    Hang in there - you are doing great!!

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  4. Joanne- Thanks, I'm definitely gonna try Millions of Milkshakes. It's near my neighborhood.

    j.c.- Thanks for the support. This Thanksgiving will be a struggle I'm sure, because I think I'll be the only vegetarian in the house. Every challenge is an opportunity, though!

    Sharon- Thanks cuz! Just had soy yogurt for breakfast.

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  5. Good luck and have fun! We've been vegan for about a year and once you get a few things out it is a breeze.

    I still make milkshakes too - fresh strawberries and coconut milk Purely Decadent ice cream (better than dairy ice cream if you ask me). Give it a shot, you won't be missing a thing. At least only the bad stuff!

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  6. I've been a vegan for 2 years. Here's some timely advice.

    Buy the following cookbooks. There's a lot of CRAP out there. But I have discovered some of the best books that will make this transition way better for you.

    1. Candle Cafe Cookbook. ( recipes from an awesome restaurant in NYC )

    2. Vegan Italiano - Anne Klien

    3. Vegan Soul Kitchen by Bryant Terry

    4. Millinieum Cafe Cookbook from the restaurant in SF

    5. Refresh by Ruth Tal from a restaurant in Toronto

    Get these books and start cooking. They are the bomb!

    Good luck.

    Love and Peace

    Oliver

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