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.


  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.

  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.

  3. Soy milk.

    Hang in there - you are doing great!!

  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.

  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!

  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