I'm nervous about the 'rules.' Do vegans eat fish, and can I eat fish even if vegans don't? Am I allowed to lick the cheese off my fingers when I serve burritos to my kids for lunch? I pack up a littany of random foods (because the beans aren't done yet) and sleep on it.
For day 1, my answers become clear. Yes, I am going to allow myself some fish, at least this week (even though I've learned that strictly speaking, vegans don't). And no, I am not going to lick the cheese off my fingers. Here is what I learned my first day of vegan-until-six:
- Soy milk is a fine replacement for cow milk, except that it does break down in my coffee. This tastes the same but is unpleasant to look at. If I wanted tofu in my coffee I would have chunked it in there myself. Solution: change coffees, shake the milk really hard, or use a covered travel mug so I don't have to look at it. Still tastes great.
- Avocados are so awesome as to be their own reward. Score one for the vegans.
- Most of what I ate today was snacks, and not full meals. I never really felt satisfied. I need to come up with meals that are sustaining, and not piecemeal fruits and veg. There is more out there. For breakfast, I will consider oatmeal and toast with peanut butter.
- Bananas and walnuts go great together as a snack.
- No matter how many cucumber and carrot sticks I pack, I will eat none of them. I might as well be on the "starve until dinner" diet if I do that. I do enjoy a good celery stick with pb. Is this going to become the pb diet?
- It so happens that we were going for burgers tonight, so the change in daily diet didn't seem so big when I knew I could eat something meaty and special later. Mind you, we don't eat a huge amount of meat to begin with; beef is a treat. This is a metaphor, I think, for the whole idea. It's a paradigm shift: if I think of meat as a sometimes-thing, it opens up new ideas for other meals. But, by the time I got to that burger, I was ravenous. This isn't how it should be. It's going to take a while to strike this balance.
- I'm really looking forward to those beans. What's in store for tomorrow?