Vegan Challenge: Day 2 – Welcome to my Fantasy

So far, eating vegan is not terribly difficult. I am kinda wanting cheese today, but I’ll get over myself. Not eating cheese is not as bad as not drinking coke was when I first started cutting back on it. Speaking of coke, I’ve had 8 this week. Making progress! Not really worried about the speed of things at this point.

This morning I was still to lazy to juice. I promised myself I would do it on Monday (and I will). But today, I had a sugar bar for breakfast. Excuse me. I mean protein bar.

I got hooked on these NuGo mint chocolate chip bars about a month ago. They are vegan, and the wrapper touts that it has 10 grams of protein in it. Guess how many grams of sugar it has? Fourteen. Yep. More sugar than protein. How healthy can that be? After I figured out the sugar to protein ratio in my bar, I made the decision to review “protein” bars at Whole Foods. They have a lot of protein bars at Whole Foods. However, I cannot find one that has more protein than sugar, and yes, I even picked up ones I wasn’t interested in eating just for the sake of looking at the label.

But I do have some of these bars laying around the house, and this morning I had one for breakfast. Then it was off to class!

Class was fine. I am really trying to work on leg breaking posture from the advanced series. I have to stay after class to do it because you have to be super warmed up to get into it. My left side is much farther along than my right (no surprise there). I can get my left toes almost hooked under my ribs. I am thisclose. You ever been so close to something that it’s annoying you can’t do it? That’s me with my left leg in leg breaking.

But, the good news is that I’ve only practiced this about three times in the last week. So If I’m that close right out of the gate then what do I have to complain about? Pretty much nothing.

Later on, things got tough. I realized, as I was eating carrots and hummus, that I did not want to eat carrots and hummus for a snack for the next 30 days. So I sey out to Whole Foods to find a suitable snack. It didn’t work out well. I got grumpy.

First, I got more hummus anyways so I could finish off the carrots I had already bought. I went ahead and picked up more sugar/protein bars just in case. I also found a bar that has more protein than sugar (Think Thin), but the ones I looked at were not vegan. AGH! I did later look at their site and see that the Crunch, Fruit, and Nut versions are vegan.

I then wandered down the snack aisle only to find a bunch of stuff I didn’t want to eat. I am not interested in eating chips. Things that looked relatively interesting were not vegan. I ran into a neighbor who declared she could not go vegan at all for any amount of time. She tried to help me find a vegan snack, and nothing panned out. Then I remembered how much I used to enjoy one of the Kashi cereals. Guess what? Not vegan. Maybe they have products that are vegan, but at this point I was tired of coming up with ideas and discovering they were not vegan. I was tired of reading labels and getting shot down left and right.

At some point an employee offered his assistance and I wailed, “I have no idea what I want!” He noted that would make it hard to help me. He was smart to walk away.

Totally fed up, and desparately wanting chocolate, I bought some vegan chocolate chip cookies from the Whole Foods bakery and called it a day.

But wait – there’s more!

For dinner tonight we had a sweet potato burger with a side salad. Mark made them.

Sweet Potato Burger. Needs cheese.

Sweet Potato Burger. Needs cheese.

When I got my grumpy self home, my response to the burgers was that they smelled delicious. I was very hopeful. They looked very pretty too. As you can see from the picture, I did not use a bun. Buns are pretty just a waste of space in my stomach. Well, the burger was fine, but hardly worth the effort. Mark thought it needed a little something, and he was right. I am convinced this burger could be greatly enhanced by adding some blue cheese crumbles on top OR a lovely homemade blue cheese dressing. Mark suggested goat cheese which I think would also liven up the meal.

We were having cheese fantasies. My fantasies are so boring.

Today’s Vegan Verdict: Needs Cheese

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. bitchingaboutbikram
    Jan 27, 2013 @ 19:01:37

    Great post! Lots of things struck me:

    1/ I’m so proud of you for doing this challenge. I’m always in awe of people who can do these kinds of things. I don’t have any self-competitive-ness (?) and so generally challenges don’t work for me. I have no self-control. Which leads me to…

    2/ I am such a fatty. I look at your beautiful plate of salad and burger and think… that is not even CLOSE to enough food. There needs to be MORE FOOD on that plate.

    3/ Leg-breaking Pose scares the living shit out of me. No lie. I’ve seen people get into it (thanks, youtube!) and I see that it’s possible, but I just don’t understand. I cannot fathom the possibility that our knees can stretch that much. I watch it, but I still don’t *believe* it.


  2. leighahall
    Jan 27, 2013 @ 19:09:17

    Thanks! This challenge is totally sucking on Day 2, but I know I’ll punch through it. At least, I hope so. 🙂
    2. There was another sweet potato burger. Mark made three. We split it. Then I ate one of my vegan cookies. I am still hungry.
    3. Leg breaking pose freaks Mark out to. I made him watch the video I linked to. For some reason it doesn’t disturb me. Headstands are what freak me out. When we get to headstands in advance (at the end), I hit the shower!


  3. teenieyogini
    Jan 27, 2013 @ 19:37:54

    Oreos are vegan!
    And oat bran has many cheesy qualities that make it a great substitute for parm cheese.
    About half of the vegetarian foods at Panera are vegan. They have a binder at the counter, with ingredients for every food, as well as charts and stuff so you don’t have to read through 25797413680064 ingredients either! They have always been super helpful.

    Leg breaking pose is INSAAAAANE! Props to you for working at it! We always get there and go “oh, toes under the ribs poses. Skip!” Then keep right on going.

    What’s your aversion to inversions? Is it just handstands, or all inversions? I love being upside down.


    • leighahall
      Jan 28, 2013 @ 21:23:23

      Oreos are totally vegan! Thanks for the Panera tip. I may try that out soon.I don’t like head/hand stands. I don’t know why. I once got someone to help me up and hold me in a headstand. I was totally safe, but I wigged out. I do not know why it scares me, but it does.


  4. Penelope
    Jan 27, 2013 @ 19:46:30

    Have you tried some of your vegan cheeze spread as a topping for this sort of thing? I know it isn’t CHEESE cheese, but sometimes it does scratch the itch.

    I bet you will get used to eating this way and it will get easier once you get into a groove. At least, I find that to be the case – doing a vegan day here or there is (for me) a lot harder than a few weeks in a row, especially when there is an end in sight!

    One last thing: let me tell you about the vegan sandwich that has saved my life. No lie. On some whole grain toast, put: one half of a mashed avocado, sliced red onion to taste, cilantro to taste (use greens of some other kind if cilantro tastes like soap to you), and sliced tomato. Here is the best part, though: to sauce it, use vegenaise and lots of hot chili garlic sauce (sriracha would work in a pinch). Sometimes I add mustard and cheeze spread, too. I know it sounds weird, but trust me, I eat this sandwich every day. It’s that good!


    • leighahall
      Jan 28, 2013 @ 21:24:44

      That’s a good idea, but I am all out of my yummy spread at the moment. They are local, but they are not consistent about when they are around selling.I think your sandwich sounds great. Thanks for sharing!


  5. bitchingaboutbikram
    Jan 27, 2013 @ 20:34:55

    Dude. I want one of Penelope’s crazy vegan sandwiches.

    Also, I meant to mention that I have an unreasonable addiction to Larabars. Specifically the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip. Yum!


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  7. LeighAHall (@LeighAHall)
    Sep 23, 2014 @ 23:11:54

    Vegan Challenge: Day 2… #bikramyoga #yogaholicsmag


  8. LeighAHall (@LeighAHall)
    Jan 18, 2015 @ 13:42:18

    Vegan Challenge: Day 2… #bikramyoga #yogaholicsmag


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