Month of October Weekly Vegan Food Diary: Week 4

Alas, I am now on my final food diary entry for the month of October.  I have to say, it was not an easy task to record my food intake, as I have never really paid that much attention to what I eat previously. As you may have already noticed from my week #1, #2, and #3 posts, I do not include calories on my daily entry.  I don’t count calories because I don’t like measuring my food. I enjoy food, the action of sitting down and eating at the table (or sofa), and I enjoy the simplicity of eating until I’m satisfied and balancing it out with exercise.  It’s a practice I learned growing up in my grandma’s kitchen. I was never told not to eat anything.  I was given the chance to eat whatever. I’ve never been told to finish the food on my plate or risk staying at the table until I did.  And I stayed active with my friends, hanging out and playing outside. Therefore, I have a love relationship with food to this day.  This is a practice I want to share with my kids, with more vegetable consumption whenever possible.

As long as my clothes don’t get tight, that’s a good indication I’m doing alright. I realize that this technique may not work for some, but I found what seems to work for me and I’m going to stick with it until it doesn’t.

This month-long food diary is a two-part project.  Initially, I created it to monitor my food intake.  I was certain that the food I was consuming was doing a number on me causing my energy to spiral down.  Though it is not evident on the food diary now, I have a feeling I was eating a whole lot of processed food the month before and my internal system didn’t know how to process it.  At the same time, I thought it a great opportunity as well for others who are not yet vegan to get a glimpse of just what a vegan diet entails.  I think this second purpose built the resolve in me to eat healthier food.  Putting my best foot forward, so to speak, and in turn, it helped me get better.

I get plenty of questions just what a vegan can and cannot eat.  I love the interest because it makes me feel that I may subconsciously nudge them towards adding more vegetables in their diet. I am not an expert on all things vegan but I draw from what I know and improve from there. A lot are surprised about sauces, like oyster sauce and fish sauce, as well as milk, eggs, and cheese.  So, this was my chance to show to them that I do actually still eat and there are plenty of plant-based choices to eat. Granted, there will be an effort required until it becomes second nature.

I present to you the 4th and final installment to my October Vegan Food Diary.

Monday, 10/22/18 (Weight: 121 lbs; Daily Steps 10K+)

  • Suman (Steamed Rice Wrapped in Banana Leaves) with Organic Coconut Sugar (Homemade by my uncle)
  • Lemon Ginger Tea
  • Pansit (Carrots, Cabbage, String Beans, Broccoli)
  • Fresh Green Seedless Grapes
  • Homemade Lentil and Orzo Sauce (Made with Organic Vegetable Broth, Lentil, Orzo, Carrots, Bok Choy, Spring Onion, pre-packaged Meatless Meatballs)
  • Homemade Steamed Buns with Portabella Mushrooms, Bamboo Shoots, Water Chestnuts
  • Ritz Crackers

Tuesday, 10/23/18 (Weight: 121.5 lbs; Daily Steps 10K+)

  • Home brewed Coffee with Organic Soy Milk and Organic Coconut Sugar
  • Homemade Steamed Buns
  • Lemon Ginger Tea
  • BBQ Kettle Chips (prepackaged)
  • Homemade Avocado, Banana, Soy Milk Smoothie
  • Red Wine
  • Fresh Black Seedless Grapes
  • Homemade Brown Rice and Veggie Curry (Made with Carrots, Potatoes, Bok Choy, Mushrooms, and String Beans)

Wednesday, 10/24/18 (Weight: 121 lbs; Daily Steps 10K+)

  • Home Brewed Coffee with Organic Soy Milk and Organic Coconut Sugar
  • Homemade Steamed Buns (leftover)
  • Pita Sandwich (Filled with Mango, Tomato, Avocado, Cucumber, Red Roasted Bell Pepper Hummus)
  • Fresh Persimmons
  • Homemade Fresh Spring Roll with Peanut Sauce (Filled with Carrots, Fried Tofu, Tomato, Red Lettuce, Cucumber, and Rice Noodles)
  • Homemade Candied Cranberries

Thursday, 10/25/18 (Weight: 120.5 lbs; Daily Steps 15K+)

  • Home Brewed Coffee with Organic Soy Milk and Organic Coconut Sugar
  • Frosted Flakes (pre-packaged)
  • Fresh Spring Roll with Peanut Sauce (leftover)
  • Brown Rice with Eggrolls (pre-packaged)
  • Fried Tofu with Brown Rice and Apple Cider and Soy Sauce Dip (leftover)
  • Pistachio (pre-packaged)

Friday, 10/26/18 (Weight: 121 lbs; Daily Steps 5k+)

  • 2 Cups of Home Brewed Coffee with Organic Soy Milk and Organic Coconut Sugar
  • Aioli (Leftover) (Made with Spinach, Almonds, Squash, and Mushrooms)
  • Homemade Adobo Chinese Long Beans and Egg Rolls (pre-packaged) with Chili Sauce on Brown Rice
  • Fresh Persimmons
  • Late night Home Brewed Coffee with Organic Soy Milk and Organic Coconut Sugar

Saturday, 10/27/18 (Weight: 120 lbs; Daily Steps 5K+)

  • 2 Cups of Home Brewed Coffee with Organic Soy Milk and Organic Coconut Sugar
  • Homemade Apple and Cinnamon Oatmeal
  • Homemade Veggie Roll (filled with Brown Rice, Carrots, Cucumber, Cream Cheese, and Mango on the side)
  • Passion Fruit and Papaya Black Tea
  • Steamed Cake (store bought; leftover)
  • Peanut Butter Toast

Sunday, 10/28/18 (Weight: 120 lbs; Daily Steps: 10K+)

  • 2 Cups of Home Brewed Coffee with Organic Soy Milk and Organic Coconut Sugar
  • Lentil and Orzo Soup (leftover)
  • Ritz Cracker
  • Tropical Smoothie Veggie Smoothie, Hummus Wrap, and Salt and Vinegar Chips (family outing)
  • Home Brewed Passion Fruit and Papaya Black Tea
  • Toast with Red Bell Pepper Hummus
  • Papaya and Passion Fruit Black Tea

Final Words

If you kept up with my month-long food diary, you would have formed that I am not the healthiest of vegans.  I still eat my share of processed food, starch and carbs, and not enough vegetables.   But coming from a predominantly meat-based diet with vegetable consumption close to nil, you would think me the least likely candidate to switch to a vegan diet.  Boy, do I love my desserts, which are typically laced with milk and eggs.  I had to change my way of thinking and look at things glass half full.  It’s a habit I continue to practice every day because each day is not all magic and rainbows.

So, my suggestion is to start a food diary if you are interested in moving towards a healthier diet, whatever diet that may be.  What I am going for is a lifestyle change, something sustainable for the long haul.  I believe the accountability aspect of sharing my food diary is what kept me good with my food choices. And though it is a bit of work for me to jot down my food, I think continuing on with a food diary will be beneficial for me. 

I met up with my cousin recently who formed a legit thought in my head.  That if I switched to a vegan diet because I wanted to be healthier, why not switch my kids along with me.  I tried to argue that I am giving them a choice to choose just as I did. But the questions still remain in the air.  Have I made the right choice to keep them on an omnivorous diet so not to limit the nutrients needed for development?  Is plant-based really all that healthy then if I have my reservations about switching my children? I don’t really know the answer to this yet.  I’m still figuring out the whole vegan world myself and I would just love to lead by example. Expose them to alternatives and let them decide for themselves.

Humans are creatures of habits, I once heard.  If I leave my kids no choice, inevitably a habit will form to choose healthier options; but, would they be better off on a plant-based diet or would that create a love and hate relationship with food for being forced into a diet they did not choose for themselves?  Your thoughts?

2 thoughts on “Month of October Weekly Vegan Food Diary: Week 4”

  1. Gosh, an interesting conundrum in regards to your children Daisy. Being a meat eater myself, its hard for me to say, but I would be looking at what was the healthiest option for them. In time they will choose for themselves anyway, but I would look into the nutrients they need and make sure they are getting a varied diet with those in it.
    I admire your tenacity and wish you all the best on this new food lifestyle. xx

    1. Thank you. It’s easier to decide when it comes to my own well being. I honestly believe being vegan is helping me. Not as easy when it involves my kids’ health though, you know? I don’t want to deprive them of necessary nutrients in my belief that a vegan diet is better. How do I really know that it is enough to gamble my kids’ well being? I think I will just try to introduce as much veggies in their diet as possible and hope they are getting sufficient nutrients to support their growth and development. Surely, there are pros and cons either way. For now, I will leave them to decide for themselves. They are almost adult anyway. (Gosh, I feel old saying that last bit! haha) Thank you for stopping by. Appreciate the support.

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