Tofu?!

This was lunch today. Tokyo Joe’s. I really love their bowls so I decided to try one with tofu. Hmmm. Everything was super tasty except I just couldn’t quite make myself love the tofu chunks. They looked like chicken, but when you stab it on your fork it just feels like you’re stabbing firm banana pudding.

I think the key to this might be that I should add more foods that are crunchy. The water chestnuts were the only things with a real “bite” factor in this bowl. I felt like I was just eating mush and I found it a bit unsettling that avocado was much more firm than my tofu “chicken” chunks. (Okay, maybe more than a bit.)

I’m still not sold on the whole tofu thing. I think I’m gonna have to keep trying different dishes with this stuff. Does anyone have any tips on how to cook it where I might actually learn to love it?

Time for bed.
Bonne Nuit. 

Day 9.

It’s becoming a true effort to find full meals that are convenient. I just have to keep reminding myself that this is not a carbohydrate or junk food adventure. These things are only making the heart disease worse. I have GOT to be more disciplined and start cooking dinner at home. If you have any amazing vegan recipes you’d like to share with me, please do so!

I haven’t had a meat craving since last week! That’s pretty exciting, right? (Although watching my husband put some sausage biscuits in the microwave this weekend just about broke me… *Drool*)

If nothing else has come from these past 8 days, I can say I’m at least trying new food! I’ve never been the bold & adventurous type when it comes to trying new cuisines, but here lately I’m really enjoying Thai food! I never would have thought I would have liked it, but by changing the way I eat, I am sometimes forced to try new things when there aren’t any other selections available. It’s opened my taste buds to a whole new genre of flavors. I even tried the flaky fish food cheese substitute powder! Yeah, that still grosses me out to think about. I put it on my popcorn for a small little morning snack and guess what? IT WAS ACTUALLY REALLY GOOD! Nutritional yeast for the win!

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I challenge everyone reading this to try something new today. Step outside of your comfort zone. You’ll be surprised at what all is out there!

It still astounds me to see all the support I’m getting from people I would have never thought would be standing by my side during this. It also never ceases to amaze me when people who should be supporting me send rude comments or texts about how terrible vegans are. Again, I am not a vegan. If you missed that part, please read my previous post by clicking here

I’ve sent my husband out to acquire some Beyond Meat. I’m hoping he finds some today so that I can start making some healthy dinners as well. I can’t wait to try it.

I’m going to be doing a quick blog post tonight about some of my new favorite vegan snacks so be sure to check back later!

Duty calls.

I am not a vegan.

I am not a vegan.

I’ll never be a vegan. I want to make it clear that I am only practicing the vegan diet. The only reason I chose a vegan diet over the other whole food options was due to the research I have been doing on heart disease. I’m not ever going to turn into one of those enthusiasts who won’t own leather or has to order special soaps and makeup due to the animal products in the ordinary brands. I’ll never own a “Vegan Certified” automobile. It’s not about the hippie lifestyle. It’s not about the animals rights or how #everylifematters. It’s about my health, my mind, and my life.

I never want to be a vegan.

With that being said, my vegan diet has been pretty on point this week. I could have replaced a few of my junkie snacks for some fresh veggies, but you know – Baby steps. I have noticed that my energy levels are a bit out of whack lately. We could blame all sorts of things for that though, so let’s not assume that it’s because I’m not getting enough protein. Please.

I’ll be hanging out with some friends tomorrow so I’ll be away from the comfort of my own home. I’m planning to take some snacks out with me. It’s much easier to bring my own than to try to figure out what I can have at Joe’s Pizza, Pasta, & Subs… I’m adjusting very well to this diet change so far. I would go into details, however, I’m not sure you guys want to hear about it. It’s a total over share.

Alright guys, it’s time again for me to unplug and get some much-needed rest.
Good night. 

Temptations. 

Days 3 & 4 were all about temptations.

Cheese! Oh god, the cheese…

If you’ve known me for more than 35 minutes, then you know I love my cheese. It’s kinda my life line, really. I’m fairly certain there’s some black wax cheddar running through my veins.

A dear co-worker of mine kept telling me about this yeasty flakey thing that was supposed to taste like cheese. Something about sprinkling yeast in the form of fish food flakes just wasn’t doing it for me. So after a few days of her really trying to sell me on this stuff and me turning my nose up every time, she brought me some to try. I still haven’t tried it yet, I’m waiting for a popcorn craving to hit first! I’ll keep you guys posted on the first fish food taste! It’s called nutritional yeast, for those of you who would like to know more information.

My husband went to the store yesterday. He tried his hardest to get me some things that I could snack on but as I was putting away the groceries all I could focus on was the cheddar flavored chips, sour cream, deli meat, cheese, pizzas, and other stuff that I am choosing not to eat at the moment. Hey, he tried, we’ll give him credit! (After all, he DID bring home a pretty tasty dinner.) I was proud to say that I had made it through day 3 successfully!

This morning I found myself full of energy and ready to tackle the day. First thing this morning another dear coworker of mine brought me some Larabars to try! DELICIOUS! Things were going well until someone had to go and remind me that today was the “July Festival” at the office. You know what that means, right? Burgers. Hotdogs. All the things that go along with the burgers and the hotdogs.

“Okay Meighan, this is easy. Just stay in your office, turn the music up and ignore anyone who knocks on the door. You got this.” Good plan, so I thought. I had failed to calculate the amount of water I had guzzled about an hour prior to what I called the “Lunchtime Lockdown.” My bladder won and I was forced to leave the safety of my hole in the wall. Just as I started waddling to the bathroom as fast as I could, a group of about 5 people walked through the door with ALL THE THINGS!

It smelled so good. They were so happy. There was REAL CHEESE. “NO! Meighan, focus. Just go pee and get back to your hole!”


No matter how much you try to imagine the rice cakes as hamburgers, they still taste like styrofoam and sand. Damn, that was hard.

Thank you all so much for the support, you really don’t know how much it means. Right now my bed is tempting me and I must give in. Can’t win em all, right?

Good night,