On the weekend I found this book at a thrift store in Davis for a dollar. Packed full of information which will be helpful in reassuring me I am getting all the vitamins and minerals and other important nutriants I need from the foods I am eating. The book authors cover everything from being "semi-vegetarian" while eating a little meat and fish to being vegetarian and eating eggs and milk (dairy) (ova) to being vegan or being macrobiotic. I think right now, so far I am leaning toward being vegan. (no meat, no dairy) But I leave an open door to add and subtract as I go, as this is a learning process for me.
It's nice to learn that I am in good company as some quotes in the book about vegetarianism are written by the likes of Leonardo da Vinci, Ben Franklin, Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Schweitzer and Albert Einstein. Not bad company at all!
My days have been starting the same for a few weeks now with either cooked STEEL OATS or ROLLED OATS. I usually add a sliced organic banana or half an apple, or blue berries, and dried figs cut up, with chopped almonds or walnuts and a sprinkle of cinnamon. I have cooked it in water and in Almond "Milk" which is a non-dairy product.
It's very filling and more than easily holds me till lunch time.
On Sunday we went to three different grocery stores in Davis, as they have a Whole Foods, a CO-OP and a Nugget there. I liked the Whole Foods store best. We have a Nugget here in town and I can get most of what I want here, but it was fun to see an even wider selection of produce and grains/legumes in bins at WF.
Since the weather was warm to hot this past week I ate a lot of salads!
And I eat a mix of vegetables and grains. The photo below is Quinioa and Edemame (shelled soy beans)
Tonight for dinner I stir fried half a yellow onion, cut up fresh ginger, a clove of garlic, in a little olive oil, added long thin slices of yellow and red bell peppers, a cup of red kidney beans I had previously cooked and frozen, frozen soy beans, some broccoli flowers (tops), and then added previously cooked brown rice. It was a perfection of proteins and vitamins. And it was very very good.
So the good news is so far I am enjoying every meal. And I have no cravings for the foods I am no longer eating.
Dessert might be a couple of organic dates or an orange, or maybe those fresh organic raspberries I bought on Sunday.
I am also trying to be faithful to my treadmill and small weights workouts. I know I get inspired to do so and am good for a while and then I slack off. I am hopeful I can just keep it going this time, as I remind myself how energized it makes me and how good I feel from doing so.