Hi! My name is Michelle and I live, work and play in the greater Seattle area of the beautiful state of Washington. I love the Pacific Northwest!
Like most of us in our (gulp) 50’s, I am trying to atone for my lifetime of sin…cookies, couch potato shenanigans, buffets and the firm policy to avoid running unless someone was chasing me with a hatchet. And, like most of us in recovery, I spent a lot of my time in general neglect and abuse of my body, mind and spirit….self medication with substances and Angry? Drink. Sad? Use drugs. Happy? Drink AND use drugs. My weight and cholesterol are up, my energy is down, my knees are arthritic. Now all I need is to begin to pee a little when I sneeze. I’m in pain all the time which, I can tell you, is No Fun At All. In Caps. Yep, I went there.
Now clean and recovering, I am making lifestyle changes. I know, I know, I’ve said that before. This time instead of trying to change everything at once, which never ends well, I am taking baby steps. Baby steps toward the goal I’ve had for years…living a vegan lifestyle. I’ve already eliminated meat from my diet. It wasn’t that hard. I don’t like it much and I have ISSUES with the commercial meat industry and how they treat animals, forcing them to live a life of misery then ending their lives in a brutal manner so they can be sliced up and plopped on our dinner plates. The day I realized that when meat “spoils”, what is actually happening is that it is DECOMPOSING (think roadkill) was the day I longed to change my life so I no longer consume animal products. If you want to be a carnivore for life, NEVER listen to Howard Jones’ song “Assault and Battery” or watch a PETA video. But I could never get there. Now that I’m clean, I have a chance. I have choices.
OK, OK, that’s the last rant that you’ll hear from me.
So that was my first achievement. I’m still consuming some dairy. I loves me some moo-cows…such docile and sweet animals. But baby steps, baby steps. I make my own almond and coconut milk but have yet to find a good substitute for half and half in my coffee. Once I achieve my goal of getting off caffeine that will resolve itself.
I just realized I lied. I am gluten intolerant so my actual first achievement was to eliminate wheat products. That’s not part of veganism but for me its necessary. I have three autoimmune diseases and am in remission from a fourth…what I can I say: I’m an overachiever. Cuz, ya know, why have just one when you can have FOUR. (true addict thinking) Once my stomach issues and autoimmune diseases calmed down, I was hooked. Finally, a solution.
OH! Before I continue…since I’m not eating meat or wheat products…no bread, no pasta, limited sugar, limited dairy products…you might ask “what the heck DO you eat then?” The answer is….LOTS!!!!!! Nuts, seeds, coconut yogurt, beans, rice, sweet potatoes, veggies, fruit, curry curry and more curry…and the best part is that I can eat less food (speaking of volume) than when I was eating the Standard American Diet and NOT BE HUNGRY. Its amazing.
I have been spending Saturdays doing housework and laundry, etc and Sundays cooking ahead for the week. So….with that….here is my menu for this week:
Apple coconut curry, from PlantBasedOnABudget.com. I love curry. Its comfort food. This is one of my favorite recipes so far. I made it late last night and neglected to take a picture of the finished dish. I’ll add one later.
Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili, from EatingWell.com. You wont miss the meat. Same as the Apple Coconut Curry…picture to come later.
Today I’m making:
Mushroom and Leek Risotto from MinimalistBaker.com. I can’t wait. Nom.
Vegan Broccoli and Cheese Soup from OhSheGlows.com. OMG I made this last week. Its seriously delicious. I am going to make a second batch of the “cheese” to eat with gluten free tortilla chips…yes its THAT good. Its kind of spooky how good it is.
So…I’m off to start a-cookin. Pics to come!