Thursday, November 19, 2009

My Thoughts on Vegan 4 a Day

by Meghann on November 19, 2009

I was in a bit of a rush for dinner this evening.

I had to drop Maddie off at my sister’s for the weekend and only had about 20 minutes to prepare and eat my dinner. In typical Meghann fashion when in a rush simply pull all edible elements from the fridge, combine, and enjoy!

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From the fridge I pulled onion, canned pears, artichoke hearts, cherry tomatoes, acorn squash, and brussel sprouts. I heated it all up on the stove top and served it on top of a bed of wilted spinach and drizzled a balsamic reduction on top.

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Served with Kashi Crackers

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Yes, this meal was vegan, but it was also something I would have happily prepared and ate whether I was trying to be vegan for a day or not. ๐Ÿ™‚

Dessert was a bit disheartening.

My favorite frozen yogurt place just happens to be on my sister’s side of town and I don’t have the opportunity to drive by it very often. I was very tempted to pull over and grab a treat, but in the spirit of being vegan for a day and the Thanksgiving Challenge I waited until I made it home and had a Brown Rice Cake with Almond Butter and Vegan Dark Chocolate Chips. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Earlier I had a serving of Quaker Oatmeal Squares as my afternoon snack.

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My Thoughts on Vegan for a Day…

I have to admit eating vegan for the day was quite a challenge. However, the challenge wasn’t in finding vegan friendly meals & snacks or feeling satisfied after those meals or snacks. The challenge stemmed from the fact I wasn’t 100% mentally committed to being vegan. In order to be completely satisfied as a vegan one has to be totally committed to that state of mind and I am not ready for that nor do I think I ever will be.

For me it drills down to the simple fact that dairy does not bother my stomach and I find organic dairy and locally raised meat to be humane alternatives to factory farming. I am a foodie at heart. I also love to try new foods that will on occasion contain meat or dairy. Living under the assumption I could not enjoy my favorite treats only makes me want them more. If someone told me to give up carbs for the day or week I would have the same reaction.

I believe the vegan diet is a healthy, obtainable one, but its not for me. Everyone needs to find what works for them and eating organic dairy and meat in moderation works for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

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