The Vegan Challenge – Cate

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Cate during her visit to beautiful BC.

Day 2 of veganism! Well, doing this challenge has really “challenged” me to stop and think about all of the foods that we consume regularly. It is virtually impossible to find good, healthy, unpreserved, chemical-free everyday food. I usually have always read the labels, but now I’m disecting them! I’m feeling really good about all of the organic, natural foods that I’ve been eating so far and I’m thinking this may be a whole new way of life for me, especially looking at all of the yummy vegan/vegitarian recipes out there.

So, today I enjoyed a wonderful almond milk, mixed-berry & banana smoothie with Vital Greens & flax oil for breakfast. I usually have a protien shake in the mornings, but this time, I eliminated the whey protien powder and it was still really tasty.  I must say that I am taking supplements to make sure nothing is missed.  After I made my sandwhich for lunch, packed it up and put it in the fridge at work, I couldn’t wait to eat it!  It was roasted tofurkey on my “Stonemill Bakehouse” sprouted grains bread with veganaise, spinach, avocado, tomatoes & salt /pepper.  It was really great and very filling.  Snacks consisted of almonds as well as celery with peanut butter – yum.

Dinner was a real treat – my friend came over and she brought with her a platter of fresh fruit, which was her “vegan dessert” I had asked for – perfect.  She also surprised me with a bag of HUGE zuchinni’s, small cucumbers & a few small green peppers – all grown in her own garden and she assured me there were no pesticides used and even the earth was from an organic farm! She gets many gold stars for this, God bless her.  We enjoyed our Tofurkey keilbasa dogs, sans buns (watching our weight) and because silly me forgot to buy potatoes, we had brown rice & a great salad.  She really enjoyed the whole thing and was saying how her husband is dying to go Vegan, so he may be the next Ontarian challenge!!  Oh, I purchased some Agave Nectar from the “Vitamin Store” today & used it in place of honey to make my salad dressing (which I usually put honey in) and now I’m hooked on that stuff.  I even used some of it in my tea tonight.

I have also been thinking about how much the world has changed with all of our fast food and “instant gratification” everything. Here in Ontario, we all seem to be doing 100 miles per hour (161 km/hr) and in order to accommodate that we have forgotten the simple things, like growing our own veggies and enjoying a home made meal. Looking at all of the foods I’m eating this week, it reminds me of when I was a kid and these were pretty much all of the items we had to eat, well maybe not the tofu, but certainly none of the pre-packaged, zap-it-in-the-microwave crap that we all eat now. It just makes sense to slow things down and get back to the way it should be.  You folks out in beautiful B.C. seem to have grasped this long ago, or maybe you just never sped up to this “mid-coast” speed – nor should you.

Day 3 – here I come!

~Cate Baldwin

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