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I love learning!

30 Jun

The past few days have just flown by! I have been really diligent with eating gluten-free. No slip ups and I feel really good. The real test will be when I re-introduce gluten into my diet. Only 1 and 1/2 weeks to go! I am a little nervous…I have decided my first meal containing gluten will be a toasted bagel with cheese. Yummy! And then a bowl of pasta! Or maybe pizza…?

Not much to report except for the fact that I have been focusing a lot of my time on studying. I have really gotten into it! Last week, I mailed off my first exam. Crossing my fingers that I pass! You need over 80%! Pretty high if you ask me, then again, it is important to know your stuff. The course I am working on now is Nutritional Symptomatology. I have changed the way I cover the material and it seems to work much better. This course is supposed to take around 4 weeks to complete. I have been working on it for about a week now and I would have to say I am almost half done! Yeah! I would really like to get through this in less than 4 weeks to make up for all the time that I spent doing nothing!

I am enjoying this course. It is interesting so that makes easy to go through the material. It basically covers nutrition and nutritional recommendations for the general life stages (ie. childhood, adulthood) and for common situations/conditions (pregnancy, menopause, heart health, immune support). I was happy to learn that sulfur containing cruciferous vegetables have anti-cancer properties! Broccoli is one of them and we had it on our menu twice this week! Theories that I read in The China Study were also reinforced, such as diets high in protein (mainly animal protein) are taxing on the kidneys and “contribute to toxic metabolic products in the colon and body” (Staying Healthy with Nutrition, 21st Century Edition, by Elson M. Haas, MD). This was one of the reasons I had decided to try out veganism. But, if you remember my experiment, I had no energy, my mind was cloudy and I became, well, um, constipated. It wasn’t for me. Once I introduced more protein, beginning with dairy and eggs, following with meat, poultry and fish, I began to feel much better! But this is where I get confused. How do you find a balance between enough protein to give you energy and stabilize your blood sugar levels and too much protein? Perhaps the answer is in consuming a variety of proteins, including vegetable protein. I am sure as I continue to study, I will find my answer.

I have also recently discovered a blog I really like, Carrots ‘n’ Cake.  She has a lot of great things to say, plus, her blog is “dedicated to healthy balance”. I could definitely use some advice on that subject!

On another note, here are a few pics showing what else I have been up to!

slowing down…

23 Feb

I have been binging on cow’s milk ice cream and cereal with cow’s milk. Despite getting a very adequate amount of sleep, I feel sluggish and sleepy. The past few days have not been my best. I am torn between the world of perfect veganism and the imperfect world of lacto-vegetarianism. When I am not eating and drinking cow’s milk products, I feel good. When I do eat those products, even if it begins in small amounts, somehow it snowballs into cravings and more indulgence. Is there really an addictive compound in cow’s milk products? How can I find a happy medium? I want to allow myself the occasional product containing cow’s milk without it snowballing into a daily habit. I feel the need to return to veganism because I did enjoy the experience and my body felt great. But, on the other hand I don’t want to return because the thought of not being allowed to consume cow’s milk products feels constricting. It’s a true catch-22 and I have not found a solution.

On another note, I received my materials from the AMCC and I did not like what I saw. The material was boring and not well supported. It was simply a binded collection of their notes on the subject of the first course that I registered for. There was quite a bit of info, but not many references to actual textbooks, articles or research studies. I felt as though I could not trust the info without the proper references. So, I have requested a refund and move on to the next school offereing a similar program; Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. They have sent me quite a bit of info by email. I have seen their book list, and among the provided books are actual textbooks. The program is longer, almost twice as long, but I think I will be much happier. It appears to be more academic and scientific, but it is from a holistic perspective.

what energy!

8 Feb

I have had such incredible energy all weekend! It feels wonderful. I was pretty much 100% vegan all weekend, although I did eat my best friend’s apple crisp which contained butter. She made a wonderful effort in making a vegan dinner by preparing a chickpea curry for me, and a chickpea & chicken curry for herself and my husband. I also enjoyed my mother’s sweet potato casserole on friday evening. It was her attempt to support my veganism. How sweet! Due to my new found energy, I spent the weekend cleaning the house top to bottom. It was lots of fun! No, seriously, I really enjoy cleaning.

I am getting used to eating vegan/vegetarian…so I am beginning to ask myself, “what’s the next step?” Since I have all this energy, I am thinking of incorporating yoga or pilates into my routine. I’d love to jog outside, but it’s so cold. I think it will feel nice to move again.

I don’t want to be a fat vegetarian

1 Feb

I am beginning to feel like a fat vegetarian. I don’t understand why. I feel as though I am eating good foods (at least 80% of the time!)I am not eating any meat at all and I have only had a small amount of cheese a few times. Hmmmmmm? Maybe it was that pastry I had yesterday? Or the cheesecake I had saturday night? Or the oatmeal chocolate chip cookies I had friday night? Ok, ok…..I have my answer. It’s desserts. That is what my problem is. And maybe a lack of exercise. So to tackle the desserts issue, I have to cut down! That’s it, it’s that simple. No more treats. Well, maybe a little. But definitely a lot less. Or maybe I should consider a sugar-free challenge like this one:

sugar-free challenge

Maybe I need to go cold turkey. Ever since I had heard about a sugar-free challenge, I’ve been wanting to participate. But I figured one thing at a time. First, veganism/vegetarianism…..next step, sugar-free!

3 weeks and counting

26 Jan

A new year, a new job (well, a return to a previous held job), a new me. In the spirit of new things, I have decided to try veganism. Anyone who knows me, knows that I am always willing to try something new. I have changed programs at school several times. After completing my BA, I tried 3 (that’s right, 3) different continuing education programs. I am even considering trying a 4th. Anyway, back to veganism. My new obsession. It all started with my son, Sasha, not liking to eat meat. My solution was to make more meals which consisted of beans or lentils. I did some researching on the Internet and it just snowballed from there. I have been vegan for 3 weeks now and I am not missing meat at all. I just started reading “The China Study” by T.Colin Campbell and I read this and wanted to share it:

“Change in dietary practices will only occur and be maintained when people believe the evidence and experience the benefits.” p21

I certainly know it’s true for me. I have just begun on my journey but I can already feel my motivation for remaining completely vegan waning. I am beginning to consider eating some dairy products, such as cheese and yogurt. The solution, keep reading the evidence. Hopefully I will soon believe it or begin to feel the benefits.