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Borrowed Earth

October 13, 2011

Last night, I had dinner at Borrowed Earth cafe with a good friend of mine.

Borrowed Earth is a raw, vegan restaurant with the most delicious food I have ever consumed. Everything is fresh, healthy, and flavorful.

Unfortunately, when I tell people it’s a raw restaurant, they tend to freak out. “What do you mean they don’t cook anything? That doesn’t even make sense!”

It shouldn’t make a difference, but because it’s different, people don’t understand, or don’t try to understand.

Even my husband, who I consider to be very supportive of my lifestyle, won’t even eat at Borrowed Earth. It’s sad, but true.

Anyway, I’m lucky to have quite a few friends who will eat there and who look forward to it. So that is a bonus.

I didn’t take any pictures of my meal (which I wanted to do!) so I don’t have any to share. But next time, I definitely will.

I’d like to encourage people to try something new this week. Try a restaurant that you wouldn’t normally go to. Eat a new food that sounds “weird.” Do something different. You never know, you just might like it.

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Changes

October 10, 2011

As I look back on my first week of veganism, I am startled at some of the changes that are occurring. The most obvious is that I have lost nearly 4 pounds, just by cutting out dairy and eggs from my diet. I am also sleeping better and find that I am waking up a bit easier in the morning. This last one is a HUGE personal goal of mine since I am the opposite of a morning person.

Today is a holiday from work and I was voluntarily awake before husband even left this morning. That, my friends, is a side effect I enjoy.

One of the other changes I’ve noticed is that I’m popping into the grocery store more often for produce. Yes, I ate lots of veggies before, but I find myself reaching for produce before almost anything, and I’ve had to replenish in between the usual shopping trips. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but I bet I’m going to have to watch myself at the store for the next few weeks. I don’t want my food budget to get out of control.

This change has also reminded me about how supportive people can be if you just give them the chance. Minus one little spat when determining where to go for “date night dinner,” my husband has been remarkably supportive of this change. He doesn’t seem to mind at all. My mother, too, is being encouraging and asking questions. Questions that I am happy to answer.

All in all, I feel that this is an easily sustainable lifestyle. I thank Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s 30-day Vegan Challenge, because without it, I’d probably still be sitting on my ass talking¬†about veganism. Instead, she’s given me the confidence to make the switch, and I am so grateful for it.

Deliberate Choices

October 7, 2011

Hello Internet!

After four years as a vegetarian, I’ve finally made the choice to embrace a vegan lifestyle. I’m excited to embark on this journey, and have created this blog to help me document the transition.

Cheers!

Eating Out

October 7, 2011

As my first week embracing veganism draws to a close, I have to admit the one thing I am most concerned with is eating out.

I love to eat out. More than love, I flove to eat out. It makes me happy, I love to try new foods, I love to sit with a friend or my husband and chat over our meal. It’s just wonderful.

But, I’m a little intimidated to eat out as a vegan. So far, I’ve gotten vegetable maki (sushi) twice, and just this afternoon I went to Chipotle. Where they, thankfully, list vegan options right on their website. Still, not every restaurant does this, and so, my nervousness kicks in.

Maybe this is a good thing though. I’d like to make time to cook more at home (I love to cook, I’m just lazy about it sometimes), so not having as many options as before might be beneficial for my pocket book. We’ll see.

I am excited though, because next week I will be going to a raw vegan restaurant with a good friend of mine. I’ll have to post about that next week.