Hey everyone, I was just wondering if anyone ever slipped up.I went vegan 6 weeks ago (been vegetarian for a few years) but I slipped up earlier for dinner tonight. I had a mushroom/spinach pizza however it did have a little cheese on it and now i feel just crappy. I wish I hadn't ate it but I really just didn't have much food in the house and my husband bought me the pizza so it was that or just some brown rice and I was frickin hungry. I hadn't eat since 12 and got home to eat dinner around 9 and I just feel like I made a bad decision. BTW, I feel really blah now and just drank 2 really HUGE glasses of ice water to try and flush all the sodium out that was was in that store bought pizza. I guess I feel like I have to start from scratch now or something. Any advice for the woeful vegan on how to stay on track?
oh, and obviously since I felt so physically crappy, I won't be doing that anymore I hope. But it's hard being on a budget and trying to be vegan.I mean I'm into getting my greens and beans and rice but do you guys got any other meal ideas that are delicious, cheap, and not the same old same old, AND doesn't take a lot of ingredients. I do alot of wraps and soups but I don't want to eat them everyday. I know this is a tall order to ask you guys to fill but any advice will help even if its just to say that I'm not the only one to slip up (really hoping I'm not)
No, of course you're not the only one. It happens to me several times. Just keep on going and don't be too hard on yourself.
Greens, beans and rice are also my things to eat, but I also love pasta with veggies (easy and cheap), potatoes (esp. wedges) with hummus (I'm not a superhero ;-) ), couscous is also fast cooking and fun :-)
i'm with rena. we all have our little slip-ups...what's important is getting back on track. it's about the journey...not the destination.
also, i have found that making your own home-made seitan is a great money saver!! there's tons of recipes online for it and you can buy the vital wheat gluten by the pound. the seitan can then be added into salads, soups, sandwiches, pasta sauces, etc for a healthy, lean source of protein!
Yeah it does suck.... All it takes is one cheesy meal to make you feel gross and guilty! Rena and Leanmachine have good advice though, so listen to them and don't be too hard on yourself. Things happen. The other day I had a soup and salad at Chili's, and as soon as I tried the "Sweet Corn Soup" I knew it was pretty much all cheese. But I ate it anyway because I was really hungry.
In addition to drinking lots of water afterward, you might try a cleansing tea to make you feel better. When I was still omni, I used to feel horrible and heavy whenever I ate at my in-laws, and I would come home and drink a huge mug of "Peach DeTox" Yogi Tea to flush it all out asap. I'm not sure if the tea does the trick for everyone, but it worked for me, and certainly cleared out whatever else was in me too, ha ha. It might be the dandelion in the tea that does it. As for staying on track, just keep reminding yourself why you're doing this and try to have snacks on hand all the time. I find that I make bad choices when I'm hungry and too impatient to cook.
Don't be too hard on yourself! Lots of people slip up. We're human; we make mistakes. Just forgive yourself, pick up again and keep going. =)
If you like avocados, here is a very quick, easy recipe for avocado pasta. Also, you could make a simple pasta w tomato sauce dish, but add some tahini to your sauce to make it more creamy and interesting.
Other ways I make a quick pasta dish interesting is by adding fresh garlic, and veggies like mushrooms. =)
Cook pasta to instructions on package. Drain and rinse chickpeas and place in large bowl. Half cherry tomatoes and add to bowl. Add cooked pasta add to bowl. Add olive oil and stir. Chop/Tear basil leaves and add to bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir and serve. The dish should be lukewarm.
If you don't want to spring for fresh basil, you can substitute a few shakes of italian seasoning.
I wouldnt worry about slipping up, there are no vegan police that are going to give you a fine. but I do understand that your body now feels awful. I keep a lot of frozen veggies in my freezer, pretty quick, good for you, and depending on the type, pretty cheap. I buy corn, green beans, and brocolli the most, and I always have them on hand for snacking, and for meals.
I am vegetarian (I eat some dairy) and I had seafood at a friend's retirement lunch a couple of weeks ago. I was ILL!!!! It took 24hours before I could eat, then a couple of days for my body to feel good again.