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If you are what you eat, I’m bland October 9, 2011

Filed under: Main — thehalfassvegan @ 11:38 pm

Maybe that’s a pessimistic start. Okay. That’s a for sure pessimistic start. There have been some winners these last few weeks sprinkled among the flops or the just plain blahs. But I’m obviously not starving to death so something is working.

One of the most exciting results since this whole shenanigan started is that I actually lost weight. Now, before I patent and package this to make millions, let’s take a step back. Here’s the need to know.

  1. It was only two pound (in about four weeks).
  2. I also ran out of Oreos during this time. Coincidence? I think not.
  3. Beans and fiber will do that to a girl. TMI? Probably.
  4. The thought of baking on top of actually cooking (as opposed to glorified reheating) is too daunting.
The latest favorites that have risen to the top are Butternut Squash Soup, still the Squash Enchiladas (made these for a second time and have the ingredients to make them a third – two words: YUM-ME), hummus and homemade veggie burgers. Edible but not likely to be repeated? Smoky Grilled Tempeh, Spaghetti Squash Plus 9 Other Words Recipe and Black Bean Vegetable Soup aka Dirt Soup (actually, not so so bad…it’s a maybe).
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Peter’s First Birthday was also today and some people asked if I was keeping the eggs and milk out of the cake and so forth to make it a vegan celebration. The half-ass side of me thinks that is an oxymoron but that’s not fair. I’m sure there are delicious options out there. I’m not determined enough to find them. So, no. Peter’s cake/cupcakes were full-out, sugar-loaded, egg-included, cholesterol-filled deliciousness. I guess I did keep the milk out but that’s because the box didn’t call for any.
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As much as I’m skeptical, I have to admit that I feel pretty good. I’m cooking healthier and feeling the internal effects. My hair shines brighter, my teeth are whiter, my skin glows, my nails are stronger. Nope. That last sentence is a lie. Just checking to see if you’re paying attention still. We read (actually skimmed…actually just read the title and heard about the gist of it) an article that questions the validity of the science in Forks Over Knives and we’re not surprised. That’s why we’re willing to sneak some dairy in occasionally and have decided to add fish back in (this is sounding less and less vegan and barely even vegetarian but I’m not changing the name of this thing now). There is no miracle to it but in moderation, we do the best we can. And hopefully we can enjoy the flavor of the experiment along the way.
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Yep, still,
– The Half-Ass Vegan