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I decided I would try veganism for seven days. Just to see how it would be. Just to see if I could do it. What is life for, if not experimentation?
It turned out that leaping across the divide from carnivore to vegavore was not such a leap after all; that is to say, I didn't realize how close to vegan I already was.
Here, then, is how that leap - or hop, such as it was - transpired.
I decided to track my weight every day before breakfast. On Monday morning I weighed 133.2 lbs in my pajamas, which is about my normal pajama weight.
Oh, what a beautiful morning it was when I realized that I would not have to give up what I loved best of all in the food pyramid: sugar. In fact, it turned out that my usual breakfast of cherry preserves and I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Light on oatnut toast was acceptable vegan fare,
Did you know that Oreos are vegan?
And then there's the consideration of getting sufficient protein without having to pile on an inordinate number of calories to get it. For example, for lunch I normally have a serving of fat-free cottage cheese piled with fruit. No problem, thought I, when I went vegan: I'd simply switch out the cottage cheese for oatmeal, which I did:
For dinner that night I fixed burritos,
However, I could have another piece of bread with fake spread and jam for dessert. As I'd had cherry jam on oatnut for breakfast, I decided to go with raspberry jam on multigrain so I wouldn't just feel like I was just eating breakfast again.
Day 2: Tuesday, July 6
The morning after the previous evening's carbs-a-palooza I feared to step on the scale. Curiously, my weight was down to 132.6 lbs. Even more curiously, I had slept that night like a ton of bricks. My daughter suggested that maybe the cure for my chronic insomnia was this: to sleep like ton of bricks, eat a ton of beans and rice before bed.
Hard pass on that one.
However that night for dinner I mixed together all the non-meat left-overs from the previous night and added some mushrooms and olives sautéed in olive oil.
Day three: Wednesday, June 8
On Wednesday morning I was down to 132 lbs. It occurred to me that maybe I should up my oatmeal game. Or maybe my oatbread game.
So for breakfast I decided to break out the peanut butter. Peanut butter powder, that is.
I'd bought a jar of organic peanut butter powder from Kroger's,
Wednesday afternoon my son Tommy's girlfriend Emily,
Day 4: Thursday, July 8
This was a day of yet more most serendipitous discoveries.
The first discovery was that a pile of assorted raw vegetables,
And the third was that a mushroom, garlic, olive and basil pizza without mozzarella and Parmesan is just as delicious as a mushroom, garlic, olive and basil pizza with mozzarella and Parmesan!