The truth is, I used to put butter on EVERYTHING… and I always have. Even in non-stick pans, I would put a pat of butter. Roll with dinner? Pat of butter. Sautéed veggies in oil? Add a pat of butter once they hit the plate. When I look back on it, I can’t even imagine how much butter I consumed per day but I bet it was hundreds of extra calories and animal clogging fat!!
So it has been about a week since I stopped using butter all together. And at first it felt impossible! I have been relying on using olive oil in its place, and I also purchased some vegan butter… but I am also trying to get away from oils as well so it has been a bit of a tough go.
Well this morning for breakfast, instead of a smoothie (more on that later) I decided I wanted an english muffin. But what was my normal go-to for english muffins? You guessed it… butter! Well I would not give in and ruin my streak today, so I used peanut butter and sliced banana and that’s it… and guess what???? IT WAS AMAZING!!! Way better than with all the extra butter. it’s funny how when you make a change you have been scared of for so long and then find out it was the better choice all along! lol Something for me to remember for future vegan choices, for sure.
I also joined a FB group called 10 weeks to vegan, which helps folks who have already made the choice to become vegan but now need that extra push to really get going. I only joined yesterday, so not much to say yet but I will keep you updated on how it goes.
And now, back to our war on smoothies. My love, Andrew, did his best yesterday to adjust the smoothie recipe to make it more palatable and drinkable, and he was successful!! YAY!! The thing is, the only way to make this particular protein powder drinkable is to only use half a scoop… which means half the protein… so not exactly loving that. But a half scoop with frozen fruit, chia seeds and cashew milk was quite yummy this time around so I will get through this container of protein powder and then I will do some research on the best vegan protein powders before buying next time! Happy to take recommendations 🙂
So the thing is, everyone talks about how great you’ll feel when you go vegan. I do not feel great. I feel tired, exhausted, fatigued! I have no idea if it has anything to do with switching to a vegan diet, but I am definitely not feeling that rush of energy everyone talks about!
And yes, I take my vitamins and I am taking my diabetes meds properly everyday, so I don’t think it’s a supplementation issue either.
When I really think about it, I haven’t felt well in months, and that part of why I decided to finally make the switch to vegan. But I have also let my exercise regimens lapse entirely these past few months. I used to do 30 mins of yoga/stretching every single morning and Andrew and I used to go for daily walks and since I started feeling so awful, I have stopped basically all exercise. Andrew thinks that might be part of the issue and why my energy levels are decreasing instead of increasing on this diet. So he made me a deal last night… if I get up and stretch first thing in the morning, he would help me craft my first ever vegan smoothie!! I really hate eating/making breakfast, so this sounded like an excellent deal to me!
So I got up, handled all my regular cat-related duties, and rolled out my extra comfy yoga mat! I did a great video on YouTube called Yoga for Bigger Bodies, which I highly recommend to anyone who is just starting or is interested in doing yoga poses without all the strain on the wrists! I completed the video, and was actually feeling pretty good!
So Andrew helped me measure out the chocolate vegan protein powder, the cashew milk, the frozen fruit and the chia seeds. It smelled delicious! We whizzed it up in our trusty blender thingy that Andrew uses daily….and voila, smoothie magic? A tasty healthy breakfast to start my day? No! It is so disgusting! lol Honestly, it is so hard to choke this thing down. It is chalky and powdery and the frozen fruit has formed clumps that make it hard to drink. In fact, it is so hard to drink that I am procrastinating drinking it by writing this blog post!! How bad is it when I am using writing as a procrastination technique?? lol And it isn’t Andrew’s fault, his normal protein powder formula works perfectly with those amounts… but I guess the vegan powder is very different!
Alas, I will not give up. I will choke this abomination down for breakfast and I will do it all over again tomorrow. Except tomorrow I will use half the powder and double the liquid!! Wish me luck!!