From Baked Lays and Fat Free to Whole Grains and Veggies
Posted Sep 14 2009 9:00pm
Not too long ago snacks like Baked Lays (which have been called crack by more than a few people), Fiber One bars, sugary cereals, and other processed foods lined our cupboards. Of course, I kind of excused these unhealthy snacks, figuring that since I was eating a veggie and low dairy diet free of cow's milk, mayo, butter, etc., I was still eating pretty well. I was wrong and I am so glad that I finally woke up! Now, I don't believe in denying oneself of any type of food, especially if the denial is going to trigger guilt or excessive cravings. However, I think denying oneself unethical food such as veal is always a good idea. It's also a good idea to exercise some restraint when it comes to processed foods...restraint...NOT complete denial.
Here are a list of some of the changes I made. Some were gradual and some are still being incorporated into my daily eating habits.
1. I cut down on the number of eggs that I eat. I went from 12-14 per week to about 2-3 per week max and some weeks I don't even eat them. I still love eggs and I buy cage free whenever I can (and I know that there are still ethical problems with cage free) but I don't crave them the way I used to. I think it is because I included other forms of vegan protein into my diet.
2. I made the switch from eggs and toast or eggs and cereal to oats for breakfast. I find that I stay full longer and am more satisfied overall with the meal. For me eating oats also means that I am eating fruit and/or veggies since I almost never make them without pumpkin, banana, or blueberries. I use natural pb or ab and almond or soy milk.
3. I stopped drinking mixed drinks...except for maybe 1-2 a year. They are full of sugar and pack on the calories super fast! I'll have an occasional bloody mary but none of the super sickly sweet drinks that make you want to die the next morning.
4. I pretty much stopped eating all energy bars except for Clif. Clif bars are organic and they also make a smaller bar for kids which is only 130 cal and perfect for a quick snack that won't weigh me down.
5. I cut way back on bread. No more weekly trips to Great Harvest. I still think their baked goods and breads are wonderful. I just know that I have a weakness for carbs and once I start eating them, it is very hard to stop. Thus, they can't be in the house unless I have a lot of people to help me eat them.
6. Baby carrots (which I used to despise) have become a regular snack at home.
7. I switched from milk chocolate to dark (vegan/no milk products) chocolate and find that it satisfies me more.
8. Not the last, but one super helpful thing is that I do all the grocery shopping which means I can really control what is in the house. Also, Edward is very agreeable/adaptable to whatever I decide to buy/cook. As long as there are snacks for him, he's fine with them being healthy!
I'll touch on this topic more later. I should probably find some food soon as it's been 4 hours since my morning oats.