Vegan in Cowtown: Adventures at the Steakhouse

September 26, 2011 § 2 Comments

Last weekend, I had a friend who wanted to celebrate her birthday in the typical manner, a huge group dinner and then some type of activity afterward. However, since I live in Texas, more specifically in Cowtown, many of my friends remain meat eaters and thus she planned the large dinner at a steakhouse. It was her day and so I didn’t complain, but I definitely wanted to claw my eyes out at the thought of having to sit at a table of 14 plus people at a steakhouse when I am no longer eating animal products.

So, after panic had ensued and I was talked down from a ledge by my mother, I decided I was going to embrace my veganism rather than hiding it. Instead of eating beforehand or skipping dinner entirely, I packed my own vegan products to use for my meal. I ordered a spinach salad with walnuts, tomatoes, and a simple vinaigrette, a side of steamed broccoli, and a plain baked potato with chives on the side. I then used my vegan cheese replacement (Daiya cheddar style), vegan sour cream (Follow Your Heart brand) and vegan butter (Earth Balance brand) to dress it up, and put the broccoli on top to make my own broccoli spud deliciousness. My friends laughed, but I was so proud of myself for not even caring what they thought.

As you become less involved with meat and other animal products, you definitely find more people that think like you falling into your circle of friends. But until your friends join the revolution — or even if they never do — you can still survive by being confident in who you are and having no shame about the mini-Tupperware containers you keep in your purse.


Vegetarian (with Vegan Tendencies)

September 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

For the past week or so, I have been eating vegan and I have to say, I am feeling a lot better. When I went vegan originally, thanks in part to Skinny Bitch, I had read there was a period during which you are going to struggle with non-vegan cravings. I gotta say, it was definitely not this hard the first time to let it go of dairy.
What I have come to realize is in place of having animal flesh as a food comfort, I had elevated dairy products — mostly cheese– to fill the void. Knowing that now, I feel I may be able to overcome the temptations of dairy a lot easier.
I am 5 pounds down from my starting weight after only 3 days of eating less cheese. I am most definitely on my way to being completely vegan again. Currently, I am a vegetarian with vegan tendencies. I have to believe things are getting better.

Back to Veg Basics

September 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

I have finally decided it is time to get back to my blog after taking a long (but very much needed) hiatus from writing. The name of this blog is Living Veg, which I have now been doing for over a year, and I maintain the belief that this lifestyle change is one of the best I have made. For those who followed me over to WordPress from my former site, I want to thank you. I will continue to share about anything and everything vegetarian and/or vegan, but I am also going to try and use this blog and you– the reader– for accountability.
Contrary to popular belief, you are extremely capable of leading an unhealthy life as a vegetarian. Overloading on carbs, dairy, eggs, and fast food (Taco Cabana potato and egg tacos? Yup.) can pretty much end any hopes you might have for maintaining good, healthy vegetarian habits. Sadly, I admit I have stumbled into this pitfall, but I am gearing up to make the trek out and begin living happily as a healthy vegetarian again.
From this point on, I am going to be trying my best to eat nutrient-dense foods and find tasty recipes to share that are more healthful options than I may have presented before.
Here’s to the next step in the veg journey.