For those who follow me on Twitter, you know that my mother and I are participating in the PCRM 21 Day Vegan Challenge. As of today, we’re ten days in and have noticed some awesome changes (I’ll give an overview on Day 21).
I knew from day one that eating a plant based, whole foods diet would not be hard. The challenge would come when I have to attend special events or gatherings where I have no control over my food options. One major change I have had to make during the past two weeks is put more time into planning my meals. It’s not as easy as “I’ll have a salad.” Given, I’m not eating animal based products I have to make sure my meals are balanced with enough protein, complex carbohydrates, and other nutrients.
Yesterday, I encountered my first challenge <insert suspense music here>. My school went to Six Flags as an end of year field trip. I knew my options would be few so I decided to be one step ahead of the game. Remember, as a vegan one has to plan meals. I visited the Six Flags sites to check out their dining options….
Okay so my lesson for the day was just because something says healthy option does not mean healthy. Compared to a chili cheese ranch fries, a bean-cheese-rice bowl is healthy. But I don’t eat cheese! Ahhhhhh! And whose paying $9 for a bowl of black beans and rice? Not me with my frugal self!
Anywho, I decided to go to JB Smokehouse for the salad. I had to doctor it up a little but I made it work. I removed the chicken and most of the cheese (giving it to one of my students for a sandwich) and added a seed, nut, raisan mix I brought with me. I recently learned that ¼ cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds) has 18g of protein. Yeah buddy! By adding that along with the nut mix to my salad made it a for real salad. I am so beyond a bowl of iceberg lettuce, some cheese and two slices of tomatoes calling it a salad. Anywho, my salad was very filling and my vegan journey continued.
Side note, I must confess the waffle fries did look really good so I had to snag some from one of my students. And shamefully I must confess I did have some of a funnel cake. It had nothing on the funnel cakes at the Texas State Fair. But that is very irrelevant. And dwelling on it makes me a little bummed that I shouldn’t eat them. All in all I am very happy with the internal and external changes I’m noticing while completing the 21 Day Kickstart Challenge. It enough to seriously consider plant based, whole foods nutrition for rest of my life.
Love, Peace, and Sweat
Monisha I. Randolph is a Senior Contributing Blogger for Sporty Afros. Founder of Runner’s Revelations, Monisha is a RRCA Certified Distance Running Coach specializing in running clinics and training programs for beginner runners. She’s also the author of Runner’s Revelations: How Running Changed My Walk. To learn more about Monisha please visit www.runnersrevelations.com. Follow her on Twitter @RunRevelations , join the Runner’s Revelations Fan Community on Facebook, and subscribe to the Runner’s Revelations Youtube channel.