Vegan For a Day #1


Yesterday I spent the day as if I were vegan. I ate no foods containing animal products (meat, eggs, dairy, what have you) at all. I’ve teetered on the idea of veganism ever since deciding to become a vegetarian,as I have a hard time justifying why I won’t eat tortured animals, but I’ll eat products that contain their byproducts (unfortunately, almond mnm’s are not vegan. hmph.) So I thought I’d jump on board with the other bloggers who are taking up the challenge of going Vegan for a Week and Vegan for a Day.

So it goes…

As you know from yesterday’s post, it started out kinda shaky when I poured out my first cup of coffee I made with half and half. I have an excuse though! My brains don’t work until you insert coffee!!


While sipping on coffee and catching up with your lovely bloggies, I dug into my delicious (and favorite) breakfast cookie. So glad the fitnessista introduced these to my world! 😀

Before leaving for work, I organized my vegan snacks for the day:




Luckily, I was able to come home over lunch, because I saw that there was honey in my Clif bar! And while it was organic, supposedly honey is not vegan. Note: if I ever go vegan, honey will beee an exception. I don’t care for bees.

While home, I warmed up some of the chili from Monday night’s meal from ED & BV:


Chili is so good on its second day. So good, and so filling. On the side I had some almond butter and a nanner on Ezekiel. At first, I grabbed for the Naturally More Peanut butter, but then saw it contains egg whites (!) which is a little bit more blatantly non-vegan than the Clif Bar. So instead, I reached for the old’ faithful:



Pure, vegan, raw, goodness. And since I was home, I traded out my Clif Bar (which I will devour today, mind you ;-)) out for some veggies and hummus:



Ahh perfect combination. Not so perfect crunching noise in a quiet office, however. Regardless, I chomped away anyway.

Last night was my second to last night of personal training class, and I have to admit, I’m pretty darn sad about it 😦 I really like the group of people and the instructor in the class, and it’s just so fascinating to learn about the body and fitness in my opinion. I did, however, learn that the cost of the class covers the cost of the exam. Baller 🙂

Before class, I was able to sneak in a quick ab routine. I was torn on whether to play with Niko or workout, so I tried to compromise:



by bringing my stability ball from our workout room to the living room! As you can see, Clarabelle was intrigued, but all Niko did was growl. Apparently it threw off the feng shui for her or something in her dog land brain. Alas, I did my workout upstairs: ab roll out on ball, plank, side plank, crunches on ball.

Then I got to work on dinner:

Pumpkin Spice Roasted Veggies and Lemony Cashew Basil Pesto Pasta

Phew – that was a mouthfull. Anyway, first I chopped up a sweet potato and two large carrots, and tossed them with:

  • 1 T rice wine vinegar
  • 1 T apple cider
  • 2 T maple syrup
  • 1.5 T coconut oil
  • 1 t pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 t sea salt




And roasted at 350 º for about 35 minutes


   Meanwhile, I whipped up the pesto, which came from…you guessed it, ‘>Eat Drink and Be Vegan, and boiled some water for the pasta:


Seriously, can Dreena do no wrong?!IMG_2169 The veggies turned out gloriously as well.

IMG_2170 And some candy TJ’s dried mango for dessert:

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Class went swimmingly, and we gave our instructor a gift card to Target at the end for being such a kickass instructor! She really is awesome – energetic, fun, and very knowledgeable.

After class, I came home to dessert #2, which was a glass of vino, chocolate, and a side of the Hills.



Wow, now if that wasn’t a food post, I don’t know what is! All in all, I was surprised by the ease of eating all vegan foods for the day. I didn’t feel extremely limited or frustrated like I thought I would. The Vegan for a Day challenge is supposed to be on Thursday of this week. Originally, I was just going to try it out for today, as my Thursday is a little more hectic, but what the heck, I’ll just consider today a practice or warm up day for Thursday! :-D  I doubt I will become vegan anytime soon, however, today let me know there’s hope that is could eventually be a possibility for me!

Do you ever feel guilty for leaving your pet to workout? I do all the time! It’s hard to evade those sad puppy eyes 😦