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Vegan Challenge: the two-week mark

I can’t believe it has been two weeks already. I’m feeling and doing great. This lifestyle has really grown on me. I don’t like labeling myself, because then you put pressure on yourself to act a certain way. For instance, people will judge you for wearing a leather jacket if you say you are a vegan. 

The other thing that REALLY annoys me is that everyone turns into a nutrition expert as soon as they hear of my diet. ‘How do you get your protein?’ ‘How do you get your amino acids?’ ‘How do you get your -insert random nutrient-?’

I just can not imagine that people think that omnivores who eat a sugary cereal for breakfast, a nutella/cheese sandwich for lunch and a frozen pizza for dinner GET ALL THEIR NUTRITION??? Most people even eat more protein than they need which ‘increases their risk of death from cancer or diabetes, and almost doubles the risk of dying from any cause over an 18-year period’ as quoted from The Guardian article. While I eat a SHITLOAD of fruit, vegetables, grains and healthy fats, they assume I am the unhealthy one. YEAH RIGHT!

Having said that, I wouldn’t mind staying vegan after this challenge. I just feel so much better in general. More alert, less tired. I know I’ve said this several times, but it’s the truth. I really recommend this to everyone.

I have to admit that today I didn’t eat only plant-based foods. I had a get together with my family because my uncle (who was my godparent) who passed away 5 years ago, would have turned 58 today. Like all family parties in Belgium, we had some cake. And I really couldn’t refuse, because I didn’t want to make a big deal out of it and it would be kind of rude to not eat anything. 

I will have to find a balance. When is it ok to push through my discomfort to eat my way or just go with it? I guess only time will tell. 

People have asked me to put more pictures online of what I eat. Here you go, but I’m so sorry for the crappy Iphone pictures ;)image

Terriyaki tofu with brown rice, spinach, tomato, carrot, spring onion

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Red beetroot burgers (red beetroot, oatmeal, garlic, onion, olive oil & grilled on my grilling machine), sweet potato fries, guacamole & alfalfa 

I’ll try to make some better pics next time. Before I forget, a lot of people have been really supportive, which I really appreciate! Thanks!

Lot’s of vegan love,

Isabelle

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April 14th- The day Mulder woke up in Scully’s bed wearing nothing but his underwear.

#this day in history

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Vegan Challenge: the one-week mark

I passed the one-week mark today of eating only plant-based foods.

Mentally, I’m doing quite well. I don’t have a hard time making up my mind about what i’m going to eat. Meat rarely pops into my mind. It is actually really easy to do grocery shopping as a vegan, you can skip three quarters of the store. So one could say I have grown a vegan mindset. 

Physically I think I’m the best I’ve ever been. Bare in mind that I’ve been regularly exercising for almost 2 years now (running and going to the gym) and living quite healthy (I never eat potato chips, candy or chocolat and don’t drink soda). But I never felt as light, clean and lean as now.

Normally, at least once a week, I would fall asleep during the day, because I felt tired after a meal (yes i’m serious, I would take afternoon naps like a baby). I haven’t felt the need to take a nap once this week. Also simple stuff, like getting out of my couch after a meal, is easier now. I’m being pretty honest now, but very often after I ate my dinner I couldn’t get myself out of the couch to do the dishes or something. That kind of laziness is gone now. I would recommend everyone to live at least one week as a vegan, because you feel the difference right away.

Finally, I’ve heard the phrase ‘Wow, I could never do that’ time after time this week. But as long as you don’t give it a shot , you will never know what you are capable of.. 

Some fun and interesting vegan stuff 

The Vegan Zombie: this guy makes ‘how to’ videos on vegan cooking, which is set in an apocalyptic zombie invasion. Really entertaining to watch.

https://www.youtube.com/user/ZombieGate

So what does a vegan eat? Check out the Garden of Vegan website and start drooling! Easy, delicious recipes for everyday.

http://garden-of-vegan.tumblr.com

Freelee the Banana Girl: I guess this one is maybe a bit extreme for some, but this girl from down under is on a raw ‘till 4, high carb, vegan diet. I’m not planning on starting this diet, but I like her motivational and awareness videos on the dairy industry, toxic fish, etc.  

https://www.youtube.com/user/Freelea

Vegan Challenge: day 5: going strong

It has been 5 days since I went vegan and i’m well and going strong. Yesterday I had a bit of hard time. Suddenly I had a craving for greasy, cheesy food, but I didn’t cave in. I just miss that damn cheese so much. I’m thinking about trying the vegan alternatives, but I rather don’t eat it at all than eating some chewy substance.. 

Today I went out for lunch with my awesome mom. We stumbled upon this cute new little bio-bistro in Antwerp called Native. The interior is lovely and there’s a relaxed vibe. They serve meat and vegetarian dishes but also vegan meals. All the ingredients come from local farms in Antwerp. I had a lovely red beetroot salad with fennel and a horseradish dressing. 

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Me posing awkwardly with my delicious salad.

The staff were so nice to me. The waitress mentioned that they used a bit of egg white in the batter of a vegetable pie. Afterwards we had some coffee and they even had soy milk for me. The vegan restaurants are  scarce in Antwerp, so i’m pretty excited to have this one in the neighborhood. 

That’s all for today folks! 

Vegan challenge: day 3

What I ate today

Breakfast

Oatmeal with soy milk, chia seeds, goji berries, a banana, raspberries

Snack

Jonagold apple with peanut butter (unsweetened) 

Lunch

Baby spinach salad with an avocado, garlic hummus, tomato, cucumber, yellow peppers. + 2 pieces of toast 

Dinner

Thai green curry with coconut milk, sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, spring onion, lime, coriander and papadum on the side

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Vegan Challenge: day 2

I challenge myself to eat a vegan (plant-based) diet for a month. Besides the obvious health advantages, I take this challenge to reduce my impact on the environment and for the sake of animal welfare. As a ‘manual’ I use Neal Barnard’s book '21-day weight loss kickstart” . It explains everything you need to know to start this lifestyle. The book has a meal plan for 21 days and a list of well and lesser known ingredients. For some visual motivation I recommend the documentary Vegucated where 3 ordinary Americans adopt a vegan diet for six-weeks and discover the horrors of the animal food industry

Today I went out for a grocery haul at the local organic store. I found this really good vegan grocery list, which i’ve printed out and put in my purse. I discovered that besides eating fruit and vegetables, it is really important to eat beans and legume. This is something that I don’t eat often so I got loads of them. 

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Chorella powder, goji berries, tahin, dried chickpeas, chia seeds, peanut butter, a mix of dried beans lentils peas, coconut fat, whole wheat pita bread, pappadums, bulgur

In the afternoon I went to the Zoo of Antwerp with my friends. Instead of buying overpriced unhealthy snacks, I made a coconut water smoothie with banana, spinach and blueberries and that kept me going throughout the afternoon. My friends went to McDonalds afterwards to get a cheeseburger, but I really wasn’t tempted to get one. As long as you eat lots of food during the day and never feel hungry, you will not rush into the nearest burger place to stuff yourself with convenience food.

I also receive a lot of mixed reactions to my vegan diet. A lot of people are supporting me, but others think i’m crazy. They’re afraid I will get weak or sick. It is really funny to see how a HEALTHY diet causes so much controversy. I’m actually eating more than i used to. I guess it’s just ignorance.  

What I ate today

Breakfast 

Oatmeal with goji berries, a banana and coffee.

Lunch

Lentil salad with red, yellow and green peppers, cucumber, tomato, carrot spring onions and balsamic vinegar.

Snack

Coconut water smoothie with banana, spinach and blueberries.

Dinner

Whole wheat pita bread with fried zucchini, yellow and green peppers, carrot, shallot and home made hummus (chickpeas, garlic, coriander, a twist of lemon juice and tahini) .

Vegan challenge: day 1

I challenge myself to eat a vegan (plant-based) diet for a month. Besides the obvious health advantages, I take this challenge to reduce my impact on the environment and for the sake of animal welfare. As a ‘manual’ I use Neal Barnard’s book '21-day weight loss kickstart” . It explains everything you need to know to start this lifestyle. The book has a meal plan for 21 days and a list of well and lesser known ingredients. For some visual motivation I recommend the documentary Vegucated where 3 ordinary Americans adopt a vegan diet for six-weeks and discover the horrors of the animal food industry. 

Today I had my first real test. I went out for dinner with some friends. Even though the restaurant serves organic food, the vegetarian dishes contain egg-based sauces or cheese, which is not suitable for a vegan. When you live this lifestyle, you become aware how much animal products are used in our food. The waitress was really helpful and told me what the ingredients of the dish were. What struck me the most, is that I feel less bloated and tired after a vegan meal. I feel satisfied and fit. 

What I ate today:

Breakfast
Oatmeal (with soy milk) with raisins, blueberries, a banana and a cup of coffee 

Lunch
Wrap with vegan red pesto tofu salad, with shallot, tomato, green pepper and black olives 

Snack/drink
A liter of water with a teaspoon of cayenne pepper and a teaspoon of chlorella powder and lemon juice. 

Dinner
Vegan burger with french fries and tomato ketchup + 2 glasses of rosé wine

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Time to recap on the third season finale of Girls.

First of all: don’t any of these characters know when it is an appropriate time to break big news to someone? The egoistic and self-involved attitudes we’ve seen during this season got on a whole new level this episode. Dunham captured perfectly the self-important behavior this current ME ME ME/letmetakeaselfie/oversharing generation has. This Girls finale is really the best one so far.

Danny Archer: Why don’t we go back to your place, see what’s in the mini bar?
Maddy Bowen: I’m a print journalist… I drank it.

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