Monday, June 3, 2013

5 week vegan challenge

Last week I watched a movie called Vegucated. It is a documentary that follows three people on a 6 week challenge to eating a completely vegan diet.  All three of these people formally ate and enjoyed meats and cheeses.  Just to be clear, a vegan diet is one that consists of no animal products.  No meat, cheese, eggs, milk, dairy of any kind.  The three people they followed had an interesting experience changing their diet and after the experiment was over they all stayed at least vegetarian (no meat, but go ahead and eat cheese, eggs and such).  The participants all lost weight, all lowered their cholesterol and blood pressure and all had better relationships with food after.  It was a very interesting movie.  If you have a free evening, watch it!  Its even on Netflix.
That gigantic lead up is all for this next sentence.  I have decided to go on a 5 week vegan challenge.  It isn't about weight loss, it is more just to feel good about food.  I hate the feeling you get after eating a greasy meal, you feel weighed down and your stomach hurts.  I don't want to feel that.  I want to be kind to my body and give it natural fuel it knows what to do with. That is my biggest motivation.
Why 5 weeks?  Well in 5 weeks Michael and I will be getting on a plane to visit Utah and I want to be able to eat at all my favorite places, my mother's kitchen is one of those favorite places.  So far the transition hasn't been too difficult.  We only ate meat about 2-3 times a week before.  The biggest thing for me is cheese.  I love cheese and dairy.  There is vegan cheese, but its just not the same.  Vegan ice creams is actually really good, when I found the ice cream I knew I could make it through.  I plan on keeping this up for longer than 5 weeks (excluding our vacation),  maybe not totally vegan but at least being more mindful about the food I eat.
Michael is not doing the challenge with me but he is being very supportive.  I will keep you updated on this challenge.  It is good to be accountable to someone, even if its just myself on this blog.  Wish me luck!

Catching up and a Yuma wedding

I am sorry I haven't blogged in so long.   A lot has happened since my last post.  I finished this semester with A's and am now enjoying summer.  Michael is back from training and we are both so happy he is home.  He has been working long hours, but that is no change from his normal routine.  
We are planning a trip to Utah this summer, in July.  We are still waiting to get approval from the military.  We are really excited to see friends and family!  Ok, now you are up to speed.  
So Yuma, AZ is the hottest place on earth.  That is a made up fact but when you are there in June and you feel like you are trapped in an oven it doesn't feel so made up.  Michael and I went to Yuma for a wedding.  One of the marines that Michael works with was getting married and we went to support.   The drive is a little less than 3 hours so it wasn't a huge deal.   We drove down Friday, went to dinner, saw the movie "After Earth" and got dessert.  Typical date night.  The movie was really good!  Lets be clear,  I think that every movie I see is good, I possibly thought Labyrinth was good when  I first saw it, so don't look into my critique too closely.  On Saturday we checked out of our hotel and had a few hours to kill before the wedding so we went to see another movie.  Honestly there isn't a whole lot to do in Yuma and when it is literally 108F outside the last thing you want to do is wander around window shopping or trying to kill time.  So we went to see "Now you see me"  that movie was also really good.  It was especially awesome because the theatre was air conditioned and it didn't feel like the sun was coming in for a landing on top of your head.  
The wedding was nice, we had dinner, watched the couple dance, had some cake, typical wedding reception stuff.  We drove home that night and were happy to be back in California.  Thank goodness for the ocean, keeping us cool!  It was a really fun, short vacation.   

Was not exaggerating about the 108F

These were our "try and not melt in the heat" activities