Thursday, October 11, 2007

Exploring Veg some more...

OK, this swap is almost over and I feel like I need to dig some more... So, though I am not sure where this is going to take me, I have decided to step up my exploration about "Veg".

I explain it all in my blog! :-)



Anyone intested in taking the 30 days plunge with me?
Also, help from Veterans "Veg" would be deeply appreciated... :-D

Thanks!
Isabelle aka Tricotine


18 comments:

ellie said...

How wonderful! I'm sure you'll find lots of support and tips from this group!

Cass said...

How exciting! I can't wait to watch you all! :) Can I post about it at my blog for you?

Isabelle aka tricotine said...

Yes sure! Why not? I am going to need all the help I can get! :-))

Jan-Knit said...

I'm in! Not sure about totally vegan, but willing to go veggie, for sure! (I loves my occasional cheeses!) Who knows?!

B said...

Hmm, one of my hubby's friends is going to do that. He won't last a week. I don't think I can do it at this point and time do to the picky eaters in my house. Maybe I will. IDK. I was vegetarian for a year on a challenge. Don't tell me I can't do something :)

Süßstoff said...

I don't know what to say. This is fantastic, Isabelle and Jan!

Oh, how I love this swap!

Isabelle aka Tricotine said...

Great, Jan! Feel free to email me any time tricotime@yahoo.com

And thank you to all of you for your support! :-)

Two days now that I have not eaten any animal flesh, and I have to say that I only ALMOST made a mistake once... with a frozen meal that contains salmon... But I didn't! [grin]

Other than that, I don't feel like I am missing anything. I am use to drink soy milk for a while anyway and I like it, especially the Vanilla flavored.

I think ovolacto vegetarianism is what fits the best my needs (I tend to lack calcium and iron) and tastes (as a French, I just cannot give up real cheese and veggie omelettes... LOL), but I make sure that I get my dairy from a local production rather than factory farms... So that is OK, right? ;-)

I have bought veggie burgers this weekend. My husband liked it, but my kids found that it tasted "funny" and didn't eat it...

Ironically, making our son eat meat was one of our most difficult battle as parents... LOL - but we have won it! [grin]

How am I going to explain that I don't want to eat meat myself now? LOL

I also got myself a book about vegetarianism and a magazine.

Also, Spark People is a great help for exercising, but also planning my meals weekly; and they have a vegetarian selection that include the consumption of dairy... :-)

So far, I have actually gained 1 pound, but I guess my body needs time to adjust...

{{{HUGS}}}

Desirée said...

Hey Isabelle! Congrats on taking the Veg challenge. I wasn't part of this VeganPal, but I organized the first one. I've been lurking on this blog for awhile. =)

I wanted to mention something about iron and calcium. Dairy products actually limit the absorption of iron from iron-rich foods, if you eat them in the same meal, so you might want to try eating an iron rich meal without any dairy products once a day to see if that helps your iron stores. Also, eat something high in vitamin C with your iron-rich foods (like half an orange after eating beans) and that will boost absorption.

As for calcium, the cows get their calcium from the grass, so why can't we? =) Well, as a vegan, I do eat it from the leafy greens. I just wanted to caution you about increasing your dairy intake. I know you're not ready to cut out dairy and I applaud you for making the changes you already have. It's just that some people, when they go vegetarian, increase their dairy products a LOT instead of filling in the space with legumes, fruits, and veggies. Dairy products are quite acidic, so they actually end up leeching calcium (which is basic) out of your bones in order to rebalance the acids/bases. Does that make sense?

So best of luck on your journey! If you have any questions, you can ask me! I've read a ton of vegan health books and can regurgitate information at will. =)=)

Cheryl said...

Hey Isabelle, I'm in!!! I have to attend a formal affair this week and when I RSVP'd two weeks ago I acutally checked vegetarian for my meal.....must have known huh?

Isabelle aka tricotine said...

Thank you so much, Desiree! I didn't know that... I have so much to learn! I am drinking soy milk already, and I thought about trying soy yogurt too...

About the cheese, I only get a string of mozarella in the afternoon as a snack or shredded parmesan on my pasta (I don't like tomato sauce)

As for eggs, I love omelets and hard boiled eggs with mayo or hummus. I also get one or two as a snack - I don't have cholesterol issues, and it is very filling! :-)

Thanks again! I will certainly email you! ;-)

Isabelle aka Tricotine said...

Way to go, Cheryl! Thank you for making the journey with me! :-)

I will be posting on my blog every week about my progress and feelings, but you can also email me tricotime@yahoo.com if you feel like talking.

Have all a green day! :-))

Isabelle aka Tricotine said...

Week 1 report has been posted in my blog.

http://tricotine.typepad.com/weblog/2007/10/post-2.html

So far so good! :-)

Jan-Knit said...

I had a bit of a delay on my official start date. I'm blogging my new recipes and progress at
Pledge to Veg
Come visit!!

Isabelle aka Tricotine said...

Opening a blog, for your pledge to veg is a great idea! :-)

Jan-Knit said...

And Day 8 is dedicated to you, Tricotine!!! Check it out!
Janet (JanKnit)

http://janknitsvegpledge.blogspot.com/

Tricotine said...

Thank you, Jan! I am very flattered... ;-)

I love your blog! Such an inspiration and source of great ideas of veg meals! :-)

Tricotine said...

I have linked to your blog too! Your are such an inspiration, Jan! I love your photos and your recipes! :-))

Isabele aka Tricotine said...

Today is the end of my Pledge to be veg for 30 days! I made it and the news is that I am sticking to it! :-))

You can read about my journey, in my blog
http://tricotine.typepad.com/weblog/fitness/index.html

Thanks to all for your support - especially to Jan and Cheryl for veggi-ing along with me!:-)

How are you doing with your veggies, Ladies?