Operation Vegan-ish

Hello there! Anyone else still stuffed from Thanksgiving? Holy cow (more on cows shortly). We had a LOVELY Thanksgiving with my family in Colorado Springs and were able to make it back to KC in time to rest and relax before school started again. My mom was here, too! So nice! Ugh, I hate goodbyes 😦

Now that Kevin and I are getting back into the groove of things, we’re actually trying something new right now. NO DAIRY and NO MEAT. Whoa. So, I actually did the whole vegan thing in my early 20’s after watching a documentary, and it was great, but I just started craving meat again…so, I started eating meat again. Also, at the time I was eating quite a bit of tofu and other soy products. My stomach was not on board. Yuck. The goal this time is to load up on allllllll the veggies (okay, not the ones I know I can’t tolerate).

Kevin had his students watch Food Choices and ended up pretty motivated to change by it. Then, he showed me. It’s the same type of documentary that sparked my journey last time. Animal cruelty makes me cry. Seriously so sad. They also talk a lot about how you don’t actually need as much protein as everyone says, and that meat is just NOT fueling our bodies the way we think it is.

Needless to say, I was moved by this documentary. I don’t like labeling diets, and restricting food groups. However, I really do believe my body would benefit from less meat and dairy and more veggies. Here’s the deal- I don’t know. I mean, obviously. I’m a 4th grade teacher, not a food scientist or nutritionist. Maybe food scientists and nutritionist don’t even know.

What I DO know is:

1. Veggies and fruit ARE good for you.

2. Kevin is definitely lactose intolerant and dairy definitely doesn’t make me feel great.

3. Whenever I eat a burger, it’s lettuce wrapped or over lettuce, and then my stomach hurts.

4. Most of the time, I’m grossed out by meat. But I love carnitas. And BBQ.

I have tried low FODMAPS, the Elimination Diet, Paleo, eating everything without restriction, etc. etc. ALL in search of a sustainable diet that makes me feel good. There is no consistency in what makes me feel great, or awful, so we’re going to give this a try.

With that being said, we’re going to be flexible. If we want it, we will not deny KC BBQ at a tailgate, or chocolate during a movie night, but we want to make most of our diet veggies, fruit, nuts/seeds and grains that I can tolerate (oats and rice).

So, in light of our new veggie and overall health goals, I wanted to share with you some fun vegetarian recipes and DOPE workouts that will make you sweat in no time.

Here are some recipes I want to try, or have already tried, this week:

Red Thai Curry: I subbed sweet potato noodles for zoodles, green beans for snow peas, and I eliminated cauliflower and broccoli (I love them but they KILL me). I threw in some leftover roasted sweet potato and spinach at the end of the cooking process. SO GOOD!

Vegan Alfredo: Going to pour this over zoodles tomorrow night and give Kevin some gluten free macaroni with it. Yum!

Veggie Pho: I love Kimberly Snyder! And I love Pho! So, this is on my to do list.

And now some workouts I’m digging this week:

TIU Kettle Booty: This one burns so, so, good. I did it today and added an ab circuit afterwards. I can feel it already.

TIU Insane Cardio: I’ll be doing this one tomorrow morning since it’s FREEZING and I’m too much of a wimp to run outside.

HIIT: I took a couple of screen shots of this workout and took it to the gym. I made a couple of tweaks to this thought. First, I jumped rope instead of jumping jacks. Second, I actually did this two times through with as little rest as possible between moves. It’s called HIIT for a reason!

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