Vegan Challenge | The First Four Days
Well, yesterday I spent the whole day shopping and getting mentally prepared for my new lifestyle change. I had set my alarm for 4:45 this morning to get up and go to the gym but 4:45 came and went but I did not get up. My lack of energy is one of things I’m hoping to help by changing what I put in my body. Despite having a lot going on in my life, I shouldn’t be this lethargic.
So, when I did finally get out of bed at 6:45, I, of course took the dog outside and my usual pre-breakfast routine. At this point, I would usually either skip breakfast and suffer until about 9 or 10 when I would be so hungry, that I would eat anything which usually ended up being fast food.
Instead, I headed into the kitchen, determined to start this off the right way.
I love my coffee and while searching for some fun vegan recipes this weekend (I do better when I have some fun recipes to look forward to), I found this superfood coffee elixir recipe from The Glowing Fridge. Her blog is super cute and everything looks so good – I’ve got plans to try out those smoothie bowls this week too! Anyway, I love my coffee and I normally just drink it black with 1 stevia but I figured why not make it more interesting to keep me entertained. And, this stuff is seriously good.
I had plans on making a smoothie bowl this morning but with less time to prepare than originally planned, I opted for the easier avocado toast. Nothing wrong with that though because avocado toast is delicious! Yes, I did still enjoy many of these things in my meat-eating days.
I stuck my bread in the toaster oven while I chopped up my baby cucumbers. I decided to top my toast with…
- 1/2 avocado (1/4 on each slice of bread)
- 2 baby cucumbers (1 on each slice)
- hemp hearts
- dried chili flakes
This combination is delicious. I’m so looking forward to experimenting with avocado toast more in the future. I even got a gluten free bread as I’m trying to watch that as well. While it was expensive as hell, it’s quite good.
Now, on to the next task – figuring out what to pack in my bag so I don’t stray while I’m gone from the house for the next 7 hours or so. Here’s the tough part considering I didn’t prep anything and I only have 15 minutes before I need to leave the house.
Well, it’s been almost 4 days since I wrote that last paragraph. I intended on finishing the post at the end of Monday after my first day of being a Vegan was complete. But, my life has been turned upside down since. I went to where my grandpa was at rehab like I do every day to spend the day with him. Things started out okay, but I immediately knew something was wrong. We ended up having him taken to the ER and after a very long night, he passed away Tuesday morning early.
Despite one of the most stressful 24 hours of my life – and the first time I’ve ever encountered the death of a loved one this close to me – I somehow stuck to my new lifestyle for the first 24 hours. I was at rehab and the hospital the whole time and I had some snacks to keep me going. I really didn’t eat much at all though.
At about 1:30am, I found out that the cafeteria was still open so I headed down. I was so tempted to eat something I knew I shouldn’t and I knew I wouldn’t even be upset with myself because of the circumstance but somehow I avoided temptation and ate two bags of veggie straws instead haha.
The only time in the whole first four days that I messed up was about an hour before grandpa passed. My aunt brought everyone some breakfast from McDonald’s and by this point I was very hungry and stressed and hadn’t slept in 24 hours and I just ate it. I immediately regretted it though.
After grandpa passed, I drove my grandma home, went home myself, took a shower and headed over to the funeral home to help with those details. Then I went over to rehab and picked up my grandpa’s belongings and checked on my Mom at her house.
I got home about 5:30, went to the store and bought some Vegan waffles and ate those for dinner. I wanted convenience and comfort food but still stuck with it. I think I also got some coconut ice cream. I then passed out around 8:00 and didn’t wake up once until 6:30 Wednesday morning.
Wednesday morning was the first morning I really got to experiment with some new recipes. I made my first ever smoothie bowl which I found out was magical. I want one every morning now. I found the recipe on The Glowing Fridge and it was delicious.
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I went out with my mom to check on her horses and spend some time with her and then we went by the church to go over the plans for the service. Afterwards, I came home and we decided to go over to my grandma’s to visit for a bit.
I knew there would be food there that people had sent over but I didn’t want to be tempted so I took the time to cook and make my very first Buddha bowl – also super delicious! Came home and passed out quickly again.
Today, I had plans to visit with my mom and her horses again. I had some avocado toast for breakfast again which I’ve realized will be a staple in my life from now on. We went by Whole Foods to pick up some snacks. We took boxes of pictures with us out to the pasture to look through while we let the horses graze. I found some pre-made Vegan chocolate chip cookies at Whole Foods that were actually really really good. I also tried Kombucha for the first time and really liked it.
I haven’t lost any weight but considering everything that’s going on in my life, the stress, the lack of sleep and the fact I haven’t worked out – I’m absolutely not surprised. I will say I feel like I have more energy – I don’t know if this is because of changes or because I want to step up and help my family as much as possible and some I’m running on pure adrenaline at this point. Who knows.
I do know that I haven’t been coughing since I started. I have this weird chronic cough I’ve had for months. It comes and goes but when I get started, it’s hard to stop coughing. Today, Kaleb said “I haven’t heard you cough in days” and I realized he was right. That’s huge for me.
I’m excited to see how this lifestyle works for me as life settles down a bit.