So, today officially marks my 1/4-of-the-way point with this vegan cleanse, and I'm feeling really great about it! As soon as I gave up the caffeine, I started falling asleep almost as soon as I went to bed, whereas, I used to have to lie awake for an hour, maybe two. It was affecting me way more than I thought. As a result, my energy is way up.
Food temptation is not at all what I thought it would be. In the grocery store, I really enjoy shopping for all the produce, and I have no problem skipping the "bad" aisles. I really only eat processed food once a day, and usually, that food is Cheerios, so I can't even feel too bad about that. To be honest, though, I miss cheese like crazy. It has always been my biggest weak spot, and it's one of the reasons I'm glad I decided to make this a "vegan" thing--otherwise, I would be justifying my need for cheese at this very moment. I love cheese on everything. I don't think there's such a thing as "too much" cheese. If I decide to add it back into my diet when this is over, I need to find a point of moderation.
The biggest thing I struggle with right now is the work. I put so much time into this! Finding new recipes, cooking from scratch, longer trips to the store because I'm being careful about the choices, more frequent trips because no matter how much I plan, never get everything I need in the "big trip." And the dishes. Dear Lord, the dishes are never ending! I feel like I'm always doing a chore. It's definitely not easy.
Which is what made last night so nice: I worked until 6, I knew we were in need of a grocery trip, and I kept trying throughout the day to get online and get an idea for dinner, but I wasn't getting the chance. I texted Erica in desperation for ideas, and she texted back with those four magic words: "I've got dinner covered." It not often that she start-to-finish handles a meal, but I was so happy just not to have to deal with it, I would have eaten anything.
Turns out she made us vegan burritos, a Tony Horton (of P90X) recipe, and they were amazing. See, we like to say we don't eat fast food, and for the most part, that is true: we don't do McDonald's or any of the various burger joints ever. But, but, we do occasionally indulge in Chipotle or Qdoba burritos because they are made by gods or something. We've been saying we should find a healthy recipe that mimics them and Erica really hit the jackpot. No cheese or sour cream, and brown rice instead of white, but otherwise, it was just like it! (Minus the food hangover, because we could also control our own portion sizes.) If you're interested in the recipe, she got it here.
Anyway, I was so proud of her. And she was so into it, it was fun to watch her cook. I hope this bug strikes her again sometime soon. *hint, hint*