Things have been pretty busy around here so I feel like a week has passed in just the blink of an eye. Last week was filled with germs!! Kayla got sick with a nasty cold last weekend and passed it to her sister during the week. Last week included lots of missed school, a visit to the pediatrician, and antibiotics! We are on the upswing now and the girls are both back to their normal, happy selves!
I was battling these germs solo for most of the week as Kyle was out of town from Thursday until Sunday. He was enjoying fun in the sun at a golf tournament while I was stuck inside with rainy weather and sick kids. I won’t say that it was all bad, I was very productive with my time, I managed to spend a good deal of it cooking.
I took this weekend as an opportunity to try a few recipes that I new Kyle would never be interested in trying! I also did some baking and loaded us up with Christmas cookies.
- Butter cookies (unpictured)
- Snicker doodle cookies
- Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
- Chocolate Chip cookies
- Vegan Quinoa and Sweet Potato Chili
- Butternut Squash Creamy Pasta
All the recipes were a success! The chili and pasta dishes were both delicious and the recipes made enough for me to have leftovers for several days!
During Kyle’s trip I took advantage of full control over the remote control and watched Forks Over Knives on Netflix. I had heard great things about this documentary discussing the benefits of a plant-based diet so I was excited to see what it was all about.
The movie really gave me a lot to think about and as soon as it was over I grabbed my computer and started reading and researching the vegan lifestyle. If you ever wanted to learn more about the numerous health benefits of a plant-based diet then I highly recommend Forks Over Knives!
I was so inspired by the movie that Sunday I made a trip to Barnes and Noble and picked up some books about a vegan diet. I started reading Main Street Vegan on Sunday night and I love it!
The book elaborates more on many of the points from the movie and even though I’m not even halfway through the book I know it will be a great resource for me. I plan on doing a full review of the book once I’m finished!
I have been so inspired by the movie and the book that I have made the decision to adopt a vegan lifestyle. For me, the best approach to becoming a vegan is to slowly transition myself. Right now I’m cutting out the meat and dairy from my diet but I’m continuing to eat eggs.
I know that eliminating the meat will be easy for me and the dairy shouldn’t be too hard either. I will definitely miss a few things like my beloved Greek Yogurt and cheese but it’s probably for the best. Dairy doesn’t sit well with my stomach so I usually pay the price when I eat dairy.
I’m anxious to see how my body feels after eliminating the meat and dairy and incorporating many more vegetables into my diet. I know the health benefits are numerous and I’m looking forward to feeling those positive effects. Living a vegan lifestyle is going to take some work on my part but I’m confident it will be worth it!
Question: Have you ever thought of adopting a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle?