And since I am no exception to this rule, I will share my resolution in the form of a "Dear Blank, Please Blank" entry:
Dear McDonald's Checkout Girl,
Please disregard the Vegan Cookbook in the passenger seat.
Sincerely, That Starts Tomorrow
When you are done laughing at the thought of me giving up cheese, please allow me to explain.
As you may have read in my last post before Christmas, my dad has been diagnosed with stomach cancer. Unfortunately, I don't have the luxury of taking the news hard because I need to be strong for my family. So after allowing myself maybe 20 minutes to privately cry, I decided it is time to take what little control I have back.
My brother recommended that I watch Forks Over Knives, so I reluctantly carved out 90minutes of my life to dedicate to Netflix options other than 30 Rock, Skins, and Twin Peaks. (Sidenote: If you have never seen Twin Peaks...it is a must! I was too young to watch when it came out in 1989....but it is gloriously campy, suspenseful, and full of "before they were stars" actors!)
Long story short, Forks Over Knives directly links animal protein to cancer and heart disease. It focuses on the benefits of a plant based, whole food diet to prevent and reverse cancer. Because I have also read how hereditary stomach cancer can be, I decided that THIS can be my new crusade. So I am trying a new lifestyle/diet with 5% or less animal protein.
As you may recall- cheese is my love language, pizza is my vice, and I don't always make the best food decisions when drinking. SO, I am mentally preparing myself that this will not be an "All or Nothing" battle. I WILL eat Brie and Wine as my entire dinner meal sometimes. I WILL occasionally eat sushi - especially on first dates because it is way easier than explaining that I am faux vegan because my dad has cancer. I WILL indulge in a latte made with skim milk when the mood strikes. However - those treats will be very occasional.
So...wish me luck...and send me any and all vegan recipes or tips on ordering food at restaurants as you possibly can.
Happy New Year! What are your
future broken promises resolutions this year? ;)