Jazzy vs. Food

Recently, I stopped eating RED MEAT and PORK for about a month.  These are my lessons learned…

1. I love me some hot dogs!  Still my favorite food to date.

2. Barbecues happen during the summer.  Red meat is typically barbecued.  I couldn’t have any.

3. Grilled black bean burgers were surprisingly good.  However, they still don’t taste like real ones, no matter what they tell you.

4. It’s almost easier to be a full vegetarian instead of denying yourself certain meats.

5. Bacon IS in broccoli salad.  Don’t be bamboozled.

6. Only do this if you don’t mind losing your appetite for bacon.  Including bacon bits.  I don’t even order it anymore.

7. My bod stayed slim with little to no cardio.  But I gotta start weight training and lifting again.  (Let me know if you need tickets to the gun show)

Still smiling and full tummy during pool party.

8. I feel like my sodium level went up because I have to season the life into some turkey meat.

9. I would do it again.  Maybe go strictly veggie, and work back in chicken, fish, turkey.

10. Again, I love hot dogs.  My first cheat after a month was the Pretzel dogs from Dave and Busters.  MEATY beef hot dogs, gently browned pretzel with a delicate hint o garlic, with a spicy mustard that I have to dilute with heavenly tart yellow mustard.

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My first week at Veggie-ing

Actually I’m going to coin this term “vegging” pronounced ve-jing.

This week was about as challenging as expected.  I arrived back in Indy from my cruise on Monday and scooped up Cooli from my friend’s place.  They were already making dinner so I just opened a bag of the salad in a bag and threw on some ranch.  This was probably the worst food day because I just felt like the stereotypical veggie because I was really eating rabbit food!  Tuesday, I grabbed a footlong Tuna sub (toasted) from subway.  I always pile up the veggies <sans-tomato so I can eat it later without it being gross and soggy>.  I ate 6-inches at work and another 5.5 before going steppin that night.  It was a much needed stress reliever!

Wednesday, I had a lunch meeting at work where there were plenty of veggies on the menu.  We had steamed carrots and flat beans, mashed potatoes with chicken gravy, mashed sweet potatoes, salad, and apple cobbler.  I just left the pork in the tray, which wasn’t difficult.  Right after work, I went to the grocery store.  I had to be quick because I knew Cooli was waiting on me.  I invested in a few more boxes of 100 Calorie packs where apparently I can “Diet like a Diva“.  They have a lot of their cookies and chocolatey treats in portion sized packs, which are really great for after lunch or that 3:00 snack.  For the morning edibles, I bought apples, bananas, a cantaloupe, and yogurt for my 10am growlfest.  That night, I made Sloppy Joes [I was told that they can’t have that name without real meat].  So, below is a pic of my Messy Susans.

I first got the idea from my line sister Monique who has been vegging for a little while now and makes the best homemade biscuits (fyi).  It’s similar to her recipe, except I am much more lazy and not as intense about what I eat.  I bought Yves Meatless Ground.  It has the same main ingredient as her recipe, which is Textured Wheat and Soy Protein.  It comes frozen and already seasoned.  Instead of making the sauce from scratch… Manwich has never failed me!!  It ended up being really good after I got over the mental aspect of it all.  I also added some tortilla chips on the side with the salad.  Thursday for lunch, I ate the leftovers with a slice of cheese and scooped it out with the chips, yum!

Thursday night, I had pizza from Donatos.  It’s usually super delish, but they only had a couple people working.  And no one really watching the oven.  It was a big hot mess.  Although we ate there, it still took an hour from start to finish and it was NOT good.  Similar to the crazy street pizza in Baltimore, I got food poisoning again #fail.  I was nauseous all day at work Friday.  It ramped back up before eating dinner, and climaxed at the club when I fainted for like 30 seconds <Scary I know!!>  I’m going to get checked out this week.  I think I may be intolerant to something that both places put in their pizza.

Yesterday, was the toughest test when I was with friends for the Circle City Classic and they all wanted to eat Chik-Fil-A.  I kept going back and forth debating.  I was so ashamed when I broke down and got a fabulous #1.  Thinking back on it later, I remembered that I gave myself 1 day a week of freedom so I was still good!! Go me.  After all, I realized the best way to stick with vegging is to make my food myself.  If I depend on going out to lunch or the cafeteria at work, I’ll end up hungry!

Random Link of the Day: Veggies go way too hard!

Eat Pray Love –my way.

 

The day before leaving Hong Kong, my friend an I exchanged books that we had been reading.  I gave her my Wicked for her Eat Pray Love.  I have yet to read it and don’t even know where it is.  I plan to eventually see the movie too.  Anyway, I’m trying to make some major steps in my life over the next 6-12 months and I figure I have to be the change that I want to see I’m gonna change the game.

When I return from my cruise, I am starting a new eating plan.  It’s geared towards making me a healthier person on the inside.  1. I am going to become more strict with my Portion Control plan by eating amounts closer to the recommended portions.  2. I am going to work more towards being a vegetarian.  I’ve always wanted to try it, but never have.  The plan is to start by allowing myself 1 day per week to eat meat.  If this is too easy, then I’ll cut out the meat altogether.  I started to research the Blood Type Diet again, but I just love too many of the foods that it suggests that I shouldn’t eat.

Next, I’m going to set aside some God time everyday.  My plan involves spending my evenings researching and acting on “my bIg plan” <which hasn’t been announced to most>.  Before and after that research time will involve prayer for guidance and praise for whatever progress was done.  I was considering combining the prayer with my eating into some sort of fast.  Of course it’s not going to be something super intense or anything to make me lose weight.  I will still use many of the principles of fasting, but I compromised and decided the veggie thing was best for me and my lifestyle.  Instead of me continually praying for what I want, it will help to show me God’s will.

Regarding love, I’m taking this step the slowest of all.  I found love with my boyfriend, but we had to work on ourselves separately from each other.  Hopefully, love will find its way back to me and will slither in and align itself with “my bIg plan”.  I have started living the way I want to live and actively attempting to reach and succeed at my goals.  I know all of this will be difficult, but I am excited for the journey.

Quote of the day: “If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got.”