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The 90 Day Vegan Adventure – Day 40 The Great Frederick Fair

Normally, I love this time of year and one of the highlights of September is attending the Great Frederick Fair.  This is a county agricultural fair with something for everyone.  In past years I have entered baked goods, canned goods, artwork and photos for competition and a prize.  It’s good to know that I can bake prize-winning bread, brownies and pickle superior green beans.

However, this year is different.  With all of the changes in my schedule, I haven’t had the time or energy to make any entries.  Also, the Vegan Adventure has given me a different gastronomic perspective because most of the food sold at the fair is animal-based.  So, all of the lovely ham sandwiches, crab soup, full fat ice cream and gyros don’t call my name anymore.  In fact, I’m not even tempted to go back to the meat-eating orgy that the Fair used to be for me.

So, what am I going to do at the Fair this year?  Attend the Horse Pull on Friday night and eat a delicious bag of kettle popcorn.  Browse through the Farm & Garden building that is full of beautiful fruits and vegetables grown in the county this summer and pick up a free apple.  In this same building there is delicious local honey for sale.  I always buy honey sticks for the grown 20-somethings.

If I’m upping my fat intake for the day there are fantastic apple dumplings made by the best cooks in the world, Methodist Church Ladies.  And, sweet potato fries are always tasty and filling.  But, I guess that’s about it as far as the food will take me.

I love to look at the healthy, well-cared for, livestock.  It’s  fun to watch the 4-H kids show their animals and to realize that each sheep, goat, cow and pig represent a lot of hard work to get them to this event.  The auctions are bittersweet.  I’m happy for the kids who get a good price for their animals but sad that the beautiful critters  will end up in the freezer.

Then, there is the Household Building, where in past years I competed with the best of them.  This year I’m not even interested because none of my stuff is there.  That’s pretty childish, but it’s how I feel.

The free yardsticks, frisbees, key chains, erasers that look like cows, pencils, pads of paper and jar openers are all there for the picking.  The kids used to love getting Fair bags full of the stuff.  Only one college kid this year has requested freebies from the Fair, so I’ll wander around with my plastic bag advertising the local newspaper and collect for him.

This whole vegan lifestyle change has definitely taken the excitement out of the Fair.  It has made me realize that I really did go mostly for the food and now that fried meat doesn’t look or taste good anymore and full-fat dairy is not on the menu  what’s left?  Just a different experience that’s all.  Still fun and satisfying, with an extraordinary perspective.  The challenge will be how to have a great  time at the Fair as one of the only Vegans on the grounds.


90 Day Vegan Adventure – Day 36 Help with the Reboot

For those of you who are rebooting your system with a juice fast.  Visit www.fatsickandnearlydead.com site for explicit instructions.  The 15 day fast is doable with a normal schedule, just remember that the first 2 days are uncomfortable.  If you feel really hungry and tired, eat raw or steamed vegetables.  Bake a potato, steam some kale, raw carrots, a fresh tomato, etc.  It helps if you can get your vegetables and fruit in season close to where they are grown.  A Farmer’s Market and local orchards are great sources.  Everything will taste better.  Also, if you want more juice recipes, just write a comment.  Send me a line, I’m listening.


90 Day Vegan Adventure Day 33 – How To Stay On the Vegan Wagon

Let’s face it, this Vegan Adventure is not easy.  Living in the US means there are lots of quick, unhealthy choices everywhere you go, even in your own freezer.  So how do you stay on the Vegan Wagon? . . . Great cookbooks, planning meals, shopping for fresh ingredients, and COOKING.

Case in point, last night my husband was out-of-town,  the rest of the family was tired from a busy week.  I had planned to fix veggie fajita ( Nutrilite Fat Trimmer Recipe)  and realized too late that the last shopping trip was disorganized and did not include pinto beans.  So, it’s pouring rain and my 9-month granddaughter is sleeping.  It’s not a good time to run to the store for just one item.  I made a healthy green salad, however, threw chicken nuggets into the oven, thinking that I wouldn’t eat them.  Just for the rest of the family, right?  Wrong, when I am tired and hungry, I’m weak.  I actually ate chicken nuggets, blech, I don’t even like them and they are definitely not part of the Adventure.

Staying on the V-Wagon begins with great cookbooks.  See the Library category, plus Nutrilite has three Weight Management Plan cookbooks based on your genetic predisposition for weight loss.  The recipes are simple and delicious.  The books can be found at http://www.likemychoices.biz>shopourstore.

Planning meals and shopping your plan not only keeps you eating healthy but also saves gas, time and money.  Keep healthy choices on hand and have a list available for whenever you run out of something.  Buying food for a family means stocking choices that aren’t necessarily vegan, hence the chicken nuggets. However, if  you make sure your own choices are in the freezer it’s easier to make food for everyone.

Then, cook your plan.  Prepare what you can in the morning, for example, put the beans on to cook, or place ingredients in the crock pot.  If  you leave early for work a crock pot is really helpful, or you can prepare some of the ingredients the night before and refrigerate them.  It’s so helpful to have dinner partially ready in the evening when you are tired.  Following these guidelines helps me to continue to eat in a healthy way, staying on the Vegan Wagon.

Do you have tips for staying on the Wagon?  Please leave your comments!


90 Day Vegan Adventure – Day 30 I Love King Arthur

Flour that is, I love King Arthur brand Whole Wheat Unbleached Pastry Flour.  It has a delicious nutty flavor and the texture makes the best pizza dough and bread that I’ve ever eaten.  Since I make my own bread I’ve tried lots of different flours including a special hard red wheat bread flour from Minnesota.  King Arthur beats them all.  It tends to be a little pricey but it is well worth it.  So, keep up the good work King Arthur, you are greatly appreciated by this particular baker.


90 Day Vegan Adventure Day 25 The Reasons

In reading and commenting on other Vegan blogs I’ve noticed that a lot of vegetarians are what I would call aggressively mellow.  They have chosen to eat a certain way and love the results but seem to always have their armor on, defending their choices.  If  my reasons are strong enough for me and I’m not offending God, who cares what others think or eat?   I don’t view veganism as a crusade, rather it is a personal conviction based on past experience and study.

The past experiences have to do with always planting a vegetable garden in the spring and eating from it the rest of the year.  Fresh food from the garden to table has a flavor that cannot be duplicated in the 2 to 3 weeks that it takes to ship the food from somewhere else.  Plus, after 2 weeks at least half of the vitamin C is gone.

The study has to do with the book of Genesis in the Bible.  I’ve always been fascinated with our Creator and His methods.  The original design places us in a garden, tending it , living in it and eating the produce from it.  Nutritionists are finding that our bodies are designed to heal themselves when the right nutrients are in place.

So, your reasons for veganism are yours alone.  Relax, and take off your armor.  Enjoy your gardens and farmer’s markets.  In my view vegetables and fruits are a major miracle.  You don’t have to defend yourself or insist that others agree with you.  And you certainly don’t have to worry about what other people think of them.


90 Day Vegan Adventure – Knee pain

I’ve found two products, a dietary supplement and a pharmaceutical that help tremendously with arthritic knee pain and stiffness.  The supplement is Glucosamine, 1500 mgms per day in the form of a twist tube that is added to a 16 oz. bottle of water.  If you are like me,  I get tired of taking supplements in pill form and this delicious raspberry flavored liquid makes even drinking water fun.  The best part is the extra lubrication in the margins of my joints.  When I don’t drink it the knees are definitely more painful and stiff.

The second product is a topical spray called Ultra Speed Sport Spray.  It is applied to the offending joint or muscle and rubbed briskly, then re-applied.  It does not produce a burning or freezing sensation rather the pain relief is instantaneous.  Used every 2 hours gives me an almost pain-free day.

Both of these products can be found on, you guessed it, www.like.mychoices.biz.  Just click the shop our store tab and enter Joint Health or Ultra Speed in the search.

 


90 Day Vegan Adventure Day 20 New Recipe

Just posting a new juicing recipe.  Combine an apple, celery and cucumber in your juicer.  With apples coming into season, incorporate them into juices, meals and snacks.  The orchards nearby have an amazing variety of apples that ripen in turn all the way to Thanksgiving.  Develop your own new recipes and send them to me.


90 Day Vegan Adventure Day 19 Just So You Know

Just so you know, I’ve been in an earthquake, moved my youngest to college and am now watching a hurricane outside my window.  Quite the eventful week and vegan eating has taken a backseat.

Just so you know,  over the last 6 days I’ve eaten a taco with beef, a chicken breast, milk duds and iced tea with caffeine.  The taste of the beef was very strong and gamey, the chicken breast was rather bland, the milk duds and ice tea gave me migraine headaches complete with a visual aura.

So, just so you know, I’m not a perfect, always eat the best choice vegan. However, I am committed to the 90 Day Vegan Adventure and will be posting daily new recipes, challenges and victories along the way.


90 Day Vegan Adventure Day 13 – Passing the test

Yesterday was a major test of the vegan eating plan.  My extended family met at the Utica Picnic and had a family style fried chicken and ham dinner.  The Utica Picnic is a yearly fundraiser for the Utica Lutheran Church.  It takes place in a wooded area that has hosted this picnic for decades.  The locals come out in droves and the church members serve lots of home cooking, family style and ala carte.  From hot beef sandwiches and full fat ice cream to fresh garden vegetables and country ham it is a major test of willpower.

This year I made it about spending time with family, and not about the food.  Avoiding the meats, rolls, and cake left lots of room for fresh garden tomatoes, potato salad, pepper slaw, peaches, apple sauce, green beans, homemade beet and cucumber pickles.  The food was delicious but not necessary for a great time.

So, I passed the test and really enjoyed seeing my family.  No one asked why I wasn’t eating meat or gave me a hard time, though my brother did offer me a piece of vanilla cake with peanut butter frosting.  I wasn’t even tempted.