This morning has pretty much started off in shambles. Baby Beez was setting records for monster behavior last night, which carried over to this morning. In addition to screaming, flailing, and yelling “NO! NEVER!” she has also taken to screaming “I DON’T WANT YOU IN THIS FAMILY!” or “I DON’T WANT TO BE IN THIS FAMILY.” The way things are going with you kid, the feeling is mutual.
Also, it is springtime. Which means our normally-grouchy parrot is instead grouchy and nesty and broody and wanting to destroy everything in her path. She snarled and lunged and bit at me this morning when I went to take her out of the cage. I’ve contemplated just getting her a boyfriend, but Mr. Beez doesn’t think adding more parrots to the loud, crazy house is a very good idea. If you come over to our house in the next month or two, mind your toes. She likes to bite them.
This of course means that I came to work– as in the practice of law, as in litigation, as in people fighting with each other all day every day– and felt like it was a peaceful haven of tranquility.
This is all a very long prelude to the actual topic of my post. I hit a point during our vacation where I just realized I don’t like how I am feeling. I’ve put on weight, and I can feel it all over my body. I can feel it everywhere, and it makes it harder for me to move. I want to shed the weight, but more importantly, I want to shed this feeling. Other than “gross” I’m not sure how else to describe it. I’ve read about how a vegan diet has helped people like Bill Clinton, Cory Booker and even local veghacker Leah Lizarondo with their general health and wellness.
So on our last day of our vacation, I decided I’m ditching it and going vegan. I have been using the 21 Day Vegan Kickstart as a meal planning source. I was a vegetarian for many years before being pregnant with Baby Beez, so I’m already comfortable with meat-free cooking. The only real change that takes much thought is replacing eggs and milk in pasta and baked goods. (Butter is easy, see: Earth Balance).
With the exception of discovering a dozen macarons in the freezer that I just couldn’t bear to throw away, I’ve stuck to a vegan diet for the last week, and I have to say it’s been relatively uneventful. I do like that I’m eating far more whole fruits and vegetables, and just ignoring a lot of processed stuff I might have otherwise turned to for a quick snack. I knew eating vegan would require me to do more cooking, but I’ve been surprised how fast and easy the cooking has been. In addition to the Kickstart recipes, I’ve got The Garden of Vegan and The Veganomicon at home, so I’ve got plenty of recipes at my fingertips.
Over the last several months, I’ve gone through my cookbooks on the weekend, and picked 3 or 4 dinner recipes to make during the week, and then we eat those and their leftovers throughout the week. Eating things I cook is easy peasy. The biggest challenge is/will be restaurants, but I believe it will be easy enough to get places to make a salad full of vegetables, with oil & vinegar.
So that’s that.