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For the past five days - that is, since the beginning of my foray into veganism - my pajama weight - that is, my weight first thing in the morning while still in my pajamas - has been bobbing between 131 and 133 lbs. In other words, between half a pound and a two-and-a-half pounds below my normal pajama weight of 133.6. (See post from 7/15/2021, "Seven Days A Vegan, Part One"). I figure this must come from having cut out ice cream, butter ( in cooking and on my bread), and cheese, three things that, now that I've cut them out, I think were probably a greater source of caloric intake than I'd realized.
1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
2. Remove husks from corn
3. Slather corn cobs with butter, or (to make it vegan) a plant-based spread, such as margarine
4. Sprinkle the corn with salt
5. Place the corn on a pan or cookie sheet.
6. Bake the corn for eighteen minutes, then flip the cobs and bake for eighteen minutes longer.
Perfect ready-to-devour corn on the cob!
Day 6: Saturday, July 10:
Another great discovery spun from yesterday's discovery of peanut butter drizzle:
Fresh cherries on multigrain topped with a peanut putter powder drizzle and a dusting of sugar.
Day 7: Sunday, July 11
On Sunday I weighed 131.6 lbs. (Now, in the first week of my my post-vegan phase, this seems to have become my new - though mayhaps just temporary - pajama weight.).
As this was my final day of being a vegan, I decided to throw a special "Farewell to Veganism" dinner. As it turned out, my son and daughter were free that evening so I invited them to come for the feast.
With memories still fresh of the delicious Bibibop meal I'd had a few days ago, I opted to try my own version of Bibibop.
It was simply a matter of preparing a line-up of vegan dishes,
Using the following ingredients I cobbled together a desert that I'm calling Vegan Blueberry Cake.
1 box yellow cake mix
1/2 cup vegan spread
4 cups blueberries
1/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
Canned vanilla frosting
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 pan.
In one bowl mix the cake mix with the spread until it's crumbly. In another bowl mix the blueberries with the sugar and cornstarch.
Divide the cake mixture into two halves. Pat one half into the bottom of the pan. Pour the blueberry mixture on top. Top with the rest of the cake mixture.
Which is what I did during my seven days as a vegan. Did I feel better while I was a vegan? Can't really say that I felt better. Or worse. Was my mood better? Can't say that was better or worse, either. Did I sleep better? Except for the first night of carb-loading, I slept about the same as I always do, which is generally not great. However, I suppose that one really wouldn't expect much to change after only a week. Except that I did lose two pounds.
Still, I did make a some positive discoveries over the week, most of which are chronicled in these blog posts. However I think the most salient discoveries I made are these: 1. I can do vegan and enjoy it, but 2.there's a challenge to doing vegan when you're also preparing meals for the non-vegans in the household, and 3. though I don't think my vegan week has completely converted me to veganism, I believe that in the future I will definitely dabble from time to time.