How I Rewrote My Daily Routine
Posted June 8, 2010on:
Have you ever wanted a different perspective on life without too much commitment? I did. So, I decided to eat 100% vegan, but only committed to one day.
What was the draw?
- My initial motivation was to tighten up my diet. I typically don’t consume much in the meat/dairy category as it is, but having to think about everything I eat makes me more conscious of everything that goes in my mouth.
- But then, I discovered that forays into alternative eating habits just get me thinking differently about food. By combining foods in ways that I ordinarily would not (for instance, to make sure I eat enough protein during the day), I discover new flavor and nutrient combinations that will definitely become part of my diet, no matter the restrictions. This is a good thing!
- And, I learned a heck of a lot about myself. While I’ve cooked multi-course vegan meals many times, I’ve never spent a whole day vegan until today.
Now that the day is almost over, what did I learn?
- I thought I had planned enough. A little bit of planning goes a short way, but a lot of planning goes a really long way.
- Lack of planning 1: I should’ve stuck with more tried-and-true recipes. A day where I have limited food resources is not a day to try multiple new recipes. I tried two today that I thought were going to be good, and they were just so-so. For one meal, I ended up doing what I promised I wouldn’t do – fruit and peanut butter on whole grain bread (yes, technically vegan, but creatively cheating!).
- Lack of planning 2: I need to remember that main dishes that are mostly bean, veggie, and grain-heavy do not supply as many calories as my normal intake. Thus, I will get hungry more quickly. And that is OK.
- I learned that stirring in a spoonful of peanut butter or almond butter does wonders for a mediocre stew.
- And I learned that this type of diet, for me, takes as much discipline as the “write down everything you eat” weight loss diet. Lacto-ovo vegetarianism has been easy for me to follow in the past, but I realize how quick I am to garnish my soup with a dollop of yogurt, or to put more than a dab of butter on my baked sweet potato. Yes, there are vegan alternatives, but there’s that planning thing again…
I think I’ll try this again, soon. But I’ll menu plan a bit better, first.
My point? Making a change for a small amount of time gives you a new perspective, and you aren’t stuck with it forever. So now, it’s your turn! Is there anything you all want to try out for a day? It doesn’t have to be as time-intensive as veganism, but for example…
- Eat the recommended 5-9 fruit and vegetable servings for one day, or more!
- If you have time, try two exercise sessions in one day. Ignore the “I’m tired” voice in your head, so long as it’s only in your head.
- Eliminate soda from your diet for a day. (Unless it’s your only caffeine source. And life without caffeine is just scary, in my world!)
You get the idea. Anyway, pick an idea, pick a day (this is the important thing – set a date for yourself, because “someday” never happens), and let us know about it in the Comments section!