Only me. Ugh. Let me tell you. . .
I’ve been playing the idea of going vegan or plant based for a little over a year now. Probably longer, I kinda stopped counting. I have cookbooks, I’ve tried recipes… Well, this month I finally decided to try it. I’m going 100% vegan (though, I should and will say plant based, because I’m not going to be living a vegan lifestlyle, it’s just my diet at this point. And since it’s for health and not moral reasons, I probably won’t be eating the vegan ‘junk’ food as much. So really more plant based, but I’m getting off track… ) And if after a month, if I feel like I’m missing out, or if I feel like I’m not getting the energy/nutrients I need , then I’ll reevaluate. (And for the love of God, if one person comments on protein…. I knew even before making the transition protein isn’t an issue. So I’ll save you the trouble. Look up the RDA of protein for women. Got it? (Hint: 10-30% of your daily calories should come from protein!)
Now. Let’s look up some things. Beans. Tofu. Peanut butter. Whole wheat pasta. Oats (and by proxy, oat flour). Nutritional yeast (which is in a TON of vegan food. Dark greens. Mushrooms.. Potatoes….
Etc, etc, ad nauseum, and so on and so forth until the cows come home. Lots of protein sources that are eaten at many, if not all meals. So, we’re good. 🙂 Now, if we’re talking B12 and D3, then you have a valid argument, but I say to you : fortified nutritional yeast, and sunlight. 🙂
Moving on to the stupid part of my planning.
Today, is the first day of Lent.
I’ve never participated in Lent. Always assumed it a Catholic thing. (Which, is ridiculous now that I think about it. I’ve seen non Catholic friends with that ash mark before… Not sure why that didn’t click. But! It didn’t.
Tosca Lee, an author I read (and am blessed enough to chat with on occasion – such a sweet woman.) put out a Lent Study Guide, based around Iscariot and bible verses . I LOVE that book. And I haven’t done a study in a while, so I figured — why not? I talked to a few friends about it; and their thoughts on it… and I decided to give it a shot. I don’t have any strong feelings or convictions against it… and if I do it once, it’s not a contract that says I need to do it yearly. So I’ll do it, and see how it goes and how I come out of it.
Brilliant woman that I am, I decide that I’ll just use Lent to kick the animal product habit. To which my husband, (who isn’t observing Lent, but is a mad perfectionist!) quickly reacts negatively. I can’t do that – I’ll be cheating. I was thinking of giving them up anyway… so it doesn’t count.
Really hate to admit it, but if you look at it from the religious viewpoint, that would sort of be a cop out. After all, it’s more about drawing closer to God and worship than about giving something up. So, back to the drawing board.
I had a few half baked ideas, but nothing that seemed to work. Matt made some suggestions, but they weren’t quite right either.
What in the world do I have or do, that I don’t need, but that I love, and going 40 days without would be challenging?
And it hit me.
And I hated it.
I walked around for a day or two just shaking my head. No . Nope. Not happening. The stars aren’t aligned, Mercury either is or isn’t in retrograde – whatever would keep me from committing to this stupid, stupid idea.
Which, of course, tells me that I’m sadly, on the right track. THAT adverse reaction to the idea of going without for 40 days? (47 if you count Sundays… ) Yup. That’s the winner.
So, with a very sad heart, I’m waving goodbye to my sanity today. I am making it official. Not so I can brag, but so you all can call me on my crap, if I ‘forget’. I’m ditching the coffee for 40 days.
That hurt. That physically hurt to type, and I’m still wincing. This, this will certainly be a trip. Not only have I tossed dairy and meat… but we’re adding coffee to the mix. And… AND… Im closing at the stinking coffee shop for the rest of the week. I see soy hot chocolates in my future……
I should note. I cannot remember the last time I’ve gone more than a few days without coffee. This will either be miraculous, or disastrous.
But if I go down, I’m taking you all with me. You’ve had a fair warning….