Although at this point both of my children had bowed out of Vegan Week, I was determined to continue. I thought that it couldn’t be as bad as all that just to spend five days (an average work-week) eating foods that are so nutritional. What I didn’t contend though, was all of the twists and turns that were basically unforeseen. LIke last night’s dinner that was ruined but the back-up dinner was horrid too. Or the fact that my body would react so forcefully to forbidden foods (at least for the week).
I’d decided that today I would start off fresh and forget about everything else that had happened in the previous days and just focus on getting through my last two days. I ate my breakfast of fruit and oatmeal with nuts and a bit of agave nectar. I was so looking forward to trying the Veggie Burger for lunch and I’d taken to adding lime to all of my water and drinking more herbal tea to keep it interesting. Work went a lot smoother than yesterday but at this point my body was feeling this drastic decrease of calories. I couldn’t wait for lunch.
The veggie burger did not disappoint! It was even better that the turkey burgers that I buy occasionally! I know that I will buy these veggie burgers in future even after Vegan Week. Who knew soy protein could taste so good? I added mustard, roma tomatoes, sliced yellow onion, avocado slices, spinach and salt and pepper and it tasted better than some of the gourmet burgers I’ve had. Why hadn’t anyone told me about these before?!
Dinner consisted of a garden salad with lots of fresh veggies and a vinaigrette dressing and since both of the kiddos weren’t particularly doing vegan week anymore, I picked up a soup, salad and breadstick dinner at Olive Garden for them. I found particular satisfaction in seeing them savoring my favorite soup from there (Zuppa Tuscana). The way they chomped on the breadsticks gave me satisfaction. It’s weird, but even though I couldn’t (or wouldn’t) necessarily partake, I was content to watch them savor the dinner.
I guess my lesson here was not to let one really bad day hinder any remaining ones. Starting with a blank page for me made all the difference in the world. The veggie burger for lunch was the highlight of my day today. Even being visually satiated by the delicious (forbidden) dinner that my children ate was rewarding. Four days down, one more to go! Let’s see what tomorrow brings…