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The Beginning (you can find this segment of my post on the Vegan Challenge page at any time during the month of April)

So today started the Vegan Challenge and it wasn’t as hard as I thought it’d be. I guess it’s not as different as how I normally eat, just maybe less convenient. I can’t make a quick yogurt and granola snack (unless I choose soy yogurt), eat eggs for breakfast, or add cheese to any of my meals anymore. Other than that, I think this is a really great thing to do to gain some new perspective! Overall, I wasn’t very hungry all day. I’m not sure what the deal was with that but I tried to honor that and eat when I got hungry. This turned into a pretty simple day that ended with an amazing dinner from Veganomicon.

Breakfast: an Apple Pie Larabar

It was quite the effort to get myself to eat this, even a couple of hours after I woke up I was still finishing it! It tasted wonderful, I just wasn’t hungry at all.

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Lunch: An organic braeburn apple and an Ezekial 7-Sprouted Grains english muffin with almond butter.

I made two different kinds of almond butter today: The Hungry Yogini’s Maple Cinnamon AB (right) and my own plain, raw, organic almond butter with ground flax seed added (left). I’m saving about 50% by making my own organic AB. It costs me about $9 to make a pound of it on my own vs. $16-18 to buy it in the store! So awesome and so unbelievably easy.

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Dinner: Pineapple Cashew Quinoa Stir-fry (Veganomicon)

For my first day of the Vegan Challenge, I really wanted to try a dinner recipe from Veganomicon. I’ve seen this one all over the blog world and have been drooling over it since then! I couldn’t wait to make it and it definitely was worthy of all its ravings. I loved this meal! It wasn’t hard to make at all and although I forgot to buy the red bell pepper at the grocery store today, it was still wonderful. Evan came over to give it a try (he’s trying out vegan eating this month too) and said he could eat this every night of the week! I loved the cashews, pineapple, quinoa, ginger…everything. If you don’t own this book (I highly recommend it…it reads like a novel to me), a simple search for this recipe should yield it somewhere on the internet.

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Dessert: A small scoop of Mango sorbet and two pieces of Rapunzel Extra dark chocolate (no milk in the ingredients, btw)

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Overall thoughts: all vegan, but not a lot of food. My appetite wasn’t feeling it today (maybe I’m stressed, exhausted or both). Hopefully tomorrow I’ll be hungry for more veggies and fruits!!

Vegan Challenge Question of the Day: Where do vegans get their calcium?

Evan and I were looking at the nutritional information for fruits and veggies. It seems like you’d have to consume A LOT of these to get enough. Do you take supplements? If so, which kinds?

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In other news…

My swim lessons co-instructor, Baley (who just started reading the blog and loves it…Hi Baley!) invited me to run in a 5K this weekend that supports the pre-veterinarian society. It totally goes with my month of vegan eating and I’m really considering it since I didn’t get to race last weekend. I still haven’t decided. I really should do it, because I realized today that my exercise routine was the first thing to go after my cruise and during the 3 weeks of traveling/stress/exhaustion that followed. I know I could easily run the 3.1 miles, but I doubt I’d PR. Does that really matter anyway? Not really, I guess… I don’t know, I’ll let you know when I make a decision!

I think that’s all for tonight! See you tomorrow for Day 2 of the Vegan Challenge. If you haven’t gotten a response to your emails regarding the challenge, they’re coming this weekend! Thanks for your patience and I can’t wait to see how every is doing!

Night!

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