Family Vegan Week 1!!!

FOOD

Well I have to say, this has been a fun food week – at least for me!  We’re nearing the end of the first week of the family vegan challenge, and so far, so good.  We’ve still had some struggles with my youngest, but she’s getting better.

We’ve had lots of morning smoothies, french toast, breakfast tacos, and other fun things in the mornings.  Lunches have mostly been wraps (bean and guac, BBQ lettuce, corn, tomato, and bean) and sammiches (tofu eggless salad, hummus and veggie), with sides of fruit and pasta salad.  Dinners have varied from pumpkin chili, baked chimichangas, tortilla soup, and Boca chickn patties.

Here are a few pics of what I managed to snap!

Cinnamon french toast topped with blackberry jelly!

Cinnamon french toast topped with blackberry jelly!

tofu eggless salad!  This is one of my fav sammiches, and was quite a hit with the family.

tofu eggless salad! This is one of my fav sammiches, and was quite a hit with the family.

pasta salad and fruit to round out the eggless salad sammich lunch

pasta salad and fruit to round out the eggless salad sammich lunch

my fav snack time - sitting outside in the heat, reading, eating oranges.  I did need to hose off my hands after though, before going inside and making everything sticky!

my fav snack time – sitting outside in the heat, reading, eating oranges. I did need to hose off my hands after though, before going inside and making everything sticky!

Pumpkin chili and sweet corn bread

Pumpkin chili and sweet corn bread

green smoothies!  Getting the entire clan on this bandwagon :)

green smoothies! Getting the entire clan on this bandwagon 🙂

Mexican Fiesta night!  Baked chimichangas, spanish rice, and salad with a cilantro-lime dressing.

Mexican Fiesta night! Baked chimichangas, Spanish rice, and salad with a cilantro-lime dressing.

Breakfast tacos with tofu scramble, brown rice, Daiya cheddar shreds, hot sauce, and avocado.

Breakfast tacos with tofu scramble, brown rice, Daiya cheddar shreds, hot sauce, and avocado.

BAS with romaine, shredded carrots, cucumbers, and tomato is a cilantro-lime dressing.  I ate this for two days!

BAS with romaine, shredded carrots, cucumbers, and tomato is a cilantro-lime dressing. I ate this for two days!

FITNESS

Well, I’m on a hiatus from any high impact activity for at least two weeks.  I had a minor surgical procedure yesterday, and depending on how my two week post-op appt goes, I’ll either be cleared to run and box again, or not.  In the mean time, I’m allowed to do yoga starting Monday (as long as I’m feeling OK), so that’s good!

As far as the past week has gone, it’s been yoga, running, and one day boxing.

LIFE

It’s been a good week, and slightly less hectic than normal.  With R’s neck injury, she’s off swim team for two weeks to heal, and that has certainly lessened up the running around.  A is now home for the summer too, so she can help relieve the burden too.

I worked from home a few days to be with R, was in the office a couple days, and then down in NC for one.  All good days!  We’re heading into go-lives starting tonight though, with no break until June 6th.  We’re bringing up 6 sites on our new systems in 3 weeks.  Completely crazy, but we’ll get through it.

Today is A’s birthday!!!  She’s NINETEEN.  Totally crazy.  We have a few surprises planned for her, so I’m not going to spill anything just yet.

The first vegan week has more or less gone well.  R was hiding the fact that she wasn’t eating though, so D and I had to have a long talk with her.  With her nut allergies, she’s honestly afraid of new things – and we’ve quite frankly, allowed her to be.  However, her throwing away food because she refused to eat anything new (which is what she did with the BBQ wrap), is completely unacceptable.  Her eating habits need a MAJOR overhaul, so we did some working together on that mid-week.  I took her to Whole Foods with me and let her pick out some foods that looked good to her.  I forget that when I first went veg, it took some time to get away from the meat replacements – and maybe that was some of her struggle.  While a Chic-kn Boca Burger isn’t as healthy as I’d like, it’s a good transition food, and is worth it if it helps rebuild her taste buds.  D has lost a few pounds, and since he’s skinny to begin with, I need to increase his calories – he’s finding himself hungry more often than before.  He had a few cheese and Doritos cravings, but I was incredibly proud of him.  Change as an adult can be difficult – he even skipped the office pizza lunch in favor of the hummus and veggie sammich!  M is also doing great – but also needs more calories.  At almost 17, he eats way more than I do!  A takes to this way of eating more naturally than the rest, though she also has grown to depend on quick meals (like Ramen) up at college, so getting away from boxed food is a challenge for her.

So there’s our recap of week 1!

R and I went to play Sorry and had a small cat invasion....

R and I went to play Sorry and had a small cat invasion….

2 responses to “Family Vegan Week 1!!!

  1. How awesome about the vegan challenge, good job getting everyone on board.

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