Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year, 2012!

It's that time again, time for broken promises we make to ourselves each and every year.  Overcrowded gyms, extra long checkout lines at Whole Foods, and picked over racks of workout apparel at Target.  All of our best intentions share more similarities with the lies we tell ourselves to sleep at night...

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 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? ;)


  1. Last year I found out I was allergic to wheat and that it was hereditary and most likely responsible for the colon cancer that likes to gnaw away at the people on my mom's side of the family.

    Turns out, wheat is in everything. Well, everything that I used to eat.

    It was a huge pain in the butt to make the lifestyle change, and I was grouchy/always hungry for about two months before I learned how to eat around wheat. Now, a year later, I can't imagine going back to eating wheat and feel so much healthier.

    Good luck missy! It will be hard at first, but you will do it.

    And I'm sorry to hear about your dad. = (


  2. I was vegan for just over two years before my body freaked out - unrelated to my veganism btw.  You can have pizza while being vegan - Amy's makes a really good cheese free pizza. As for eating out - sushi is on of the better options - Agedashi tofu, miso soup and a veggie roll and your date will never know.  Check out if you need recipes and help.  You can do it - I know that there are always foods we love but sometimes the things we love need to be parted with. I know that sounds a little trite but like MSP I have celiac - so trust me I know the giving up part of things.

  3. I had a vegan roommate from Lebanon and she never seemed to feel deprived, because everything she ate was so flavorful and delicious. Those Mediterranean salads are pretty simple to make too, once you get a few key ingredients like bulghur and tahini and zaatar and sumac.

    Plenty of easy Indian curries are vegan too, or can be. Coconut milk is your friend.

    Good luck!

  4. Thank you for the support.  I know that giving up gluten has to be way worse - you are so strong!  Hopefully I can get a bit of that strength. :)

  5. Thank you so much for the website and food recos!  I need all the help I can get.  And I truly am in awe of anyone living with celiac - cheating is never an option and you have to be so strong.  Thank you for sharing support!!

  6. Nice tip! I found a coconut milk coffee creamer AND confirmed that my fave Indian restaurant uses it in their curries! Phew!    Thanks for the luck wish!

  7. So sorry to hear about your dad :( A lot of my family are vegan and although it's difficult 1)the ice cream is absolutely gorgeous and 2) you never see a fat vegan!! Good luck x



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