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Day 24

27 Feb

Less than a week to go now.  I’m not sure if I will stop at thirty days.  Like I said before, I’m thinking of extending to 6 weeks to match the people on Vegucated. We will see once these 30 days are over.  It will be a game-time decision.

Well, day 24 started off the same way for breakfast, coffee and toast with toffutti cream cheese.  I went to work and snacked on a few pieces of fruit to go along with my mid day meal replacement shake.

I got home at around 7:30 and my wife had made some quinoa salad and tacos (we had leftover shells and seasoning from taco night the other day). She cooked up some seitan and mushrooms with the seasoning for taco filling.  She made that same “sour cream” from the other night and we filled the remaining shell space with lettuce and vegan pizza cheese. The quinoa salad was excellent. I stuffed myself on it.  It’s got avocado in it, and that’s one of my favorite ingredients in anything!

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This was one of my favorite dinners of the vegan experiment thus far. This is company worthy stuff.

Well, that’s it for now.  Good night!

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Day 23

26 Feb

Back to the grind, Monday moring…

Always the hardest day to get up and get things going.  At 7am, I started off with some bread with toffuti and coffee. Headed to work.  I ate a vegan bar pre workout, and then I had my usual shake afterwards for lunch, an apple around 4 and got home around 7:45pm.

My wife made a pasta dish with a almond cream sauce she found online. This stuff was really good!  She added spinach and topped it with some pan-fried seitan slivers (from the night before):

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This is something you could serve a meat-eater and they would feel satisfied. Tons of protien from the almonds, whole-wheat pasta and seitan.

Dessert was dark chocolate and a tangerine.

Well, that’s the day recap. Only one week left to 30 days.

Day 22 – Indian Lunch and Sushi Night!

25 Feb

I started of the day with two pieces of toast, toffuti cream cheese and coffee. It was quite light by Sunday breakfast standards for us because we were going to lunch with some friends of ours at noon.

We went to Sri Krishna (Avenue du Léman 79, 1005 Lausanne), an Indian restaurant my wife wanted to try. This was a good test for eating vegan in Lausanne. We thought Indian food was very vegan friendly, until we tried to order our favorites. Samosas? Egg used to seal the wrappers. Naan? Butter’s in it. SOOO, two of my favorites are off the table. We ended up settling on these deep fried, breaded vegetables for appetizers, and this curry dish mix of carrots, potatoes, peas, chick peas and peas. This stuff was great. And they actually made it spicy! The Swiss palate is very sensitive to spice, so the fact that my mouth actually had some fire to it. Instead of naan, we got chapati, which they made vegan friendly just for us!

The restaurant is good, but be prepared for limited choice. If you are just a vegetarian, you’ll be fine.  They have about 5 or 6 choices.

For dinner, my parents had us over for dinner.  We rolled our own sushi, though she prepped everything before. We used avocado, cucumber, the seitan I made, carrots, black sesame seeds, and mango (yup, we got this idea when we had sushi in the Philippines).

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Before digging into the sushi, my mom served us some homemade miso soup.

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On top of this, my mom mad jap chae.  The same noodle dish I made a while back. Mama’s food is always better of course!

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She put egg on the dish because she forgot that we couldn’t eat it!  So we took from the bottom, where it didn’t touch so we couldn’t be accused of cheating.

Let’s just say we ate really well today. We were stuffed. Eating at Mama’s is always a feast. She also teaches Asian cooking classes out of their home. I’m sure, if you want vegan/vegetarian classes, she could do it. She already has so much experience cooking for my wife, and now me for this month.

Anyway, that’s it for today. Have a great night.

Day 21 – Three weeks down!

24 Feb

Hi Guys!

Well, today marks the 3 week mark. Wow, three weeks without a single piece of cheese, slice of bacon, egg, tuna sandwich or creamer in my coffee! If you told me this a year ago, I would have said you are smoking some ganja. Honestly, I’m thinking of extending this experiment out to another two weeks.

My feelings right now, are that I probably will go back to eating meat and all, but on a very limited basis.  Probably one meal a week. Milk, likely even less. But who knows, I might fall back into it like in the past.  The advantage is that I have my wife who I know will at least be a vegetarian for the rest of her life, so home meals can always be vegetarian at least.

I’ve lost a little weight (about six pounds) and am sleeping better.  I don’t get so tired towards the end of the day at work and don’t need as much coffee to get started or push through the day. My skin did improve, as I said in an earlier post.  However, my seborrheic dermatitis did flare up a bit, though not to the same degree as usual. For now, I retract the claim that it helped my skin.

Okay!! Well on to the day. I started my day at around 7:30am. Had some coffee and some cold leftover pizza from the night before! Ah, my favorite weekend breakfast.  Reminds me of college.  Cold Pizza Hut pizza is the best though.  Home made pizza does not keep overnight as well.  It was good though.  Crispy, because the crust is so much thinner than a Pizza Hut pizza.

The wife and I went to the gym afterwards.  We are members at Let’s Go Fitness in Le Mont. It’s definitely one of the nicer and complete gyms around Lausanne, with many branches in the Lausanne area. Once home, we had lunch.  Leftovers from the week (vegetable soup, bean soup), and my wife tried the new Raw Meal replacement we ordered from iherb.com.  This one is vanilla flavored.  It tastes a little better than the stuff I keep at work. She mixed it with Tigernut milk and a kiwi in the blender.

We spent the next hour building IKEA furniture. I know the husband usually is in charge of putting together this stuff.  But, honestly, there were three different things to put together, and I didn’t feel like wasting too much time doing it.  I commissioned my wife to put together one of them, a simple night stand. She now has an appreciation of putting these things together (she knows it’s a pain in the ass)….actually she says “I have an appreciation for paying for real furniture so we don’t have to do this shit anymore!” That just made me smile and chuckle to myself.  Once she was done though, she seemed pretty proud of herself! The guest room is one more step closer to completion.

Next, since I’ve been working weekends the passed few weekends, we took the opportunity to snuggle up on the sofa and watch a movie with some popcorn. Recently, we bought an air popper from Fust for 20CHF. This really brings us back to when we were poor college kids, and our dates comprised largely of blockbuster nights at home with some air popped popcorn. We like the air popper because it is so simple, unlike kettle popcorn, and pops just about every kernel, which never happens with microwave popcorn.  This time, we set aside about a quarter of the popcorn and made some “hippie popcorn,” which is with margarine, salt and nutritional yeast. It was quite tasty after the third taste.  It has a cheesy taste to it, not too far from the cheddar flavor popcorn you can get in microwave form.  The movie was Contagian, which was a pretty thrilling movie.  It’s just scary to think that an epidemic could really just wipe out a huge part of the population given the right circumstances.

And lastly, for dinner, to celebrate our 3 weeks of vegans we treated ourselves to…drumrolllllllll:

Vegan cheese fondue!

We ordered the stuff from larada.org. We had two choices, Lord of Tofu – Bio Tofu-Fondue 200g and Vegusto: No-Muh- Fondue, 300g. The Vegusto stuff won the taste test hands down!

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It is as close as you can get to fondue w/out the real thing. We added a little mustard powder and onion salt. We also used apple and broccoli instead in addition to bread. One pack is not enough for two people, so you will probably have to serve side dish or get a pack per person (though 2 packs would probably serve 3 people adequately).

For dessert, we just had some seedless grapes…nothing exciting, sorry!

Well, that was our 3 week mark day! If you want to partake in some vegan fondue fun while this cold weather is still upon us.  Try the Vegusto No-Muh Fondue if you want cheesy stuff, or the Fondue Chinoise (like from day 8) option if you want more of a broth/soup type.  Either way, it’s a great way to eat when it’s freezing outside!

Good night!

Day 8

10 Feb

Well, today was quite an eventful day!  I finally made it out to snowboard today.  I haven’t been in two years…which is such a shame since I live in Switzerland.  I went with a few friends to La Dôle in St-Cergue.  It was the first time I’ve ever gone snowboarding in La Jura area.  We usually go somewhere in Valais, so it felt weird heading towards Geneva to hit the slopes.  I actually liked the place because it wasn’t so crowded and the slopes are wide and easy, so it was perfect for the first time back in two years.  I’m a beginner anyway. Here are a few pics so you get the idea of how the area is:Image

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We were skiing/snowboarding for about two hours before we went for lunch…which I was pretty sure wouldn’t be that great of an experience for me.  We ended up at this restaurant that mainly serves fondue.  Everything else on the menu had either cheese or meat in it…except for a vegetable soup…great. I ordered that and saw that they had fries that were served with a burger.  I asked for a side of fries, but guess what?  You HAD to order the burger.  WTF was up with that? I was pretty taken aback that they wouldn’t serve it as a side. What happened to customer service up here?  So, the others ordered cheese fondue, which is absolutely the best when skiing.  Nothing hits the spot better!  But I made it through lunch eating this:

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While I watched them eat this:

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I was pretty impressed with my willpower.  Even after two pints of beer, I was able to stay away.  So after lunch we hit the slopes again.  The weather turned for the worse and the wind really picked up.  They told us, in order to get back to where our cars were, we had to take a button lift, which are the ones I really hate.  As a snowboarder, these can be tricky because you are being pulled sideways, unlike skiers where they can relax and just be pulled.  Snowboarders have to concentrate to keep their balance.  So, myself and one of the others in the group are not very experienced and kept falling.  I finally made it up on the third try, but ended up being up there by myself for 20 minutes waiting for the rest of the party to get up there.  Never happened.  The winds had picked up and I was getting pelted in the face, I had really bad cell service too so I couldn’t really get in touch with anyone.   So, at that point it was getting late and all the lifts were closing.  Unsure of where I had to go, I just guessed and made it down to what looked familiar to me.  I guessed right and found two people from our group there waiting for us!  Whew, the others finally made it down 20 minutes later.  That last little run of ours took it out of us.  We were all spent.  We packed up and left.

I finally got home at 6:30, two hours after I told my wife I’d be home, to make dinner.  I was looking forward to it all afternoon.  After that pitiful soup I had, it’s no wonder!

My parents got us a “Fondue Chinoise” set.  Traditionally, you cook all sorts of raw meat and vegetables in a broth that’s kept hot in this machine that’s plugged into the wall.  It’s served up with sauces and rice/noodles.  Well, after I couldn’t have cheese fondue for lunch, I was going to treat myself to this particular version of fondue.  I made it all vegan with veggies and some tofu and seitan to replace the meat.  There’s a little grilling plate on top, which we found great to grill the veggies and “meat” on after they had cooked a little in the broth, which was made with that “Better than Bouillon, No Beef” stuff I got from Iherb.  This stuff has really become my go to stuff for flavoring.  It’s absolutely better than bouillon!  I made sauces with some rice cream and mixed in flavors, such as one made with curry, another with dijon and soy sauce.  Here’s what we feasted on:Image

It was awesome! I’m stuffed now and just waiting for some room to open up so I can have a few more of those snickerdoodles that good ole wifey made.

So, another day down, and one with true temptation which I totally beat down like I was Chuck Norris! Onto the next workweek and nasty meal replacement shakes…yum.  Till mañana. Good Night!

Day 6

8 Feb

Well, that’s the end of the work week!  TGIF for sure!

Well, today was a loooong day at work.  I got up slightly earlier today and tried out the macadamia butter with cashews that I got in the Iherb shipment that came in yesterday.  I had it on toast with redcurrant jam.  It was pretty good, but still doesn’t touch good old Philly cream cheese or some good Gruyere cheese.  Had this with my usual coffee and was out the door early because I had to go renew my Mobilis pass (public transportation card here in the Lausanne area) before work.  I take public transportation to work because I don’t like dealing with traffic and I don’t mind having some time to read while I commute to work.  I had another coffee when I got to the office and a banana around noon.

I skipped lunch today and went to the gym and had the Raw Meal replacement shake at around 2pm.  It held me over till about 5, then I had an apple. I was stuck at the office until 8:15 pm, so I was pretty hungry by the time I left. I got home just before 9pm. While waiting for dinner to be ready, I tried those kale chips that came in the mail too.  They weren’t all that great.  Not as crispy as I thought it would be, but the flavor decent.  I guess I was expecting something more potato chip-like.

That made dinner even more welcome:

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It was “Sweet Tomato Barbecue Tofu” with spicy slaw and grilled bread (a recipe she got from Clean Eating magazine).  My wife keeps bringing great food to the table, I will have to reciprocate this weekend and figure out what I’m making for her.  As usual, her meal was tasty.  I also treated myself to some rosé wine as a reward at the end of a hard work week.  Well, that’s it for now.

I’m going to try to put together a non-recap post this weekend.  Feel free to give me ideas. I’ve got a few in mind but always open to hear others.

Good night all.

Day 5

7 Feb

This is becoming pretty routine.  Woke up at 7am again, but this time had “Fit Flakes” for breakfast with brown sugar and almond slivers with rice milk and my usual coffee.

Had a banana for a snack around 10:30am.  I brought the leftover tabbouleh from the other day to work and ate that for lunch.  Had an apple for a snack around 4pm.

I had a later than usual night at work, so we ate around 9pm.  We ate some vegetable springrolls and my wife made “Asian dirty rice” as she put it (jasmine, sesame oil, sesame seeds, wakeme seaweed, edamame, salt, pepper and garlic powder).

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It was simple but filling and tasty.  I liked the rice a lot, probably because I love edamame and sesame oil!  So, that’s it for tonight. I will probably reach for something sweet before bed, but we’ll see.

Oh, last night, I said there were no side effects from the diet. My wife corrected me and told me a negative side effect is my gas! Well, I guess she would take note of that more quickly than I would. Ha ha.  It’s true though, I do have a lot more gas.  The worst thing is these anti-gas pills we have are capsules with gelatin in them!

Last thing before signing off.  We got our shipment from Iherb.com today with a bunch of goodies:

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Can’t wait to try this stuff.  Those Kale chips will probably be first!

Ok, see you tomorrow! Good night!