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Honey, those Damn Bees, and Justice

I cleaned out my fridge yesterday.  Cheese, yogurt, fish, chicken, ground beef, broccoli and cheddar steamers I’d just stocked up on–all gone.  I was left with nothing except some frozen mixed veggies.  It was a lonely sight.  Then I went to the pantry.  Biggest disappointment: Chunky’s Tomato Soup has milk in.  Sayonara, good friend.  You’ve kept me warm on many a cold night.

Two stuffed bags of groceries to my sister’s and a trip to the grocery store, and I’m set.

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I’ve been vegan for a few days now, and, with working so much the past few days, it’s been quite easy.  I spent my weekend helping my brother cook prime rib, fillets, and delicious beer battered fish for the masses.  I ate my fruit and was content.

Now that I’m stocked up I’m looking for some delicious vegan recipes of my own.  I started by stealing this recipe for a mushroom and spinach wrap (if you’re looking for vegan recipes this is a great place to start).  I tossed in a handful of diced tomatoes and black beans as well.  This may not be so hard after all.

Though to be honest I am still eating Kashi Go Lean Crunch.  The almond milk is pretty good, but apparently the cereal is not vegan.  It’s got honey.  A lot of food contains honey.  Those damn bees. My bread and a half dozen other items I gave away, but I wasn’t ready to part with two full boxes of my favorite cereal. So as I work on polishing off those off, I will technically not be 100% vegan.

Those bastards stung me often growing up, so as I eat my cereal, I will consider it justice.  The bees may just have to suffer for another week or so.

11 Comments

  1. Loving your blog – good luck with your challenge. I have found that since going vegan I have started trying lots more foods and I am eating better all the time. Some of my favourites are here http://herbifit.wordpress.com/spice-rack/
    Mark

    • Thanks! I’ll definitely be trying some of those recipes over the next few weeks and months. I’ll let you know how they turn out. Good luck with your running. I used to run and hope to get back into it once I drop a bit of weight.

  2. good luck jeff. we will support your life change and maybe even join in eventually. especially if we see results. so go ahead and inspire us all. love you. mom

  3. Glad to be of a little help as you get started on this journey. I remember how good it felt when I went through my pantry and gave away a big bag of food I no longer wanted to eat!

  4. Congrats on your new venture! You’re fridge is looking mighty fine. I’m in my second year of vegetarian eating and my mouth still waters at the smell of steak. But I’ll never look back. I’ve never felt better physically or mentally. I’ve had more energy than ever before and I feel younger than I did 10 years ago. Just make sure to stay away from the many foods like candy and overly processed items that although vegan, still aren’t necessarily good for your health. Its the toughest part of this lifestyle but so worth it if your committed. Enjoy!

  5. I love the way your fridge looks here…like you’re getting ready for a juice fast and raw food phase! I briefly went through one of those…was interesting.

  6. I call myself “Mostly Vegan.” That’s probably an oxymoron. I’m okay with that. Definitely vegetarian, and I don’t actively seek animal products. I bring my own food to parties and pot-lucks. But if a tiny bit of dairy slips in once in awhile, I’m not going to freak out. Or if I don’t get all the egg picked out of my fried rice, I’m cool with that, too. I want this to be *easy* not another cause for obsession.

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