Look at this beautiful salad!
All of the beautiful colors and textures
The lentil and white bean salads (Anyone have a good recipe for either?)
Whoever said salads are boring, clearly never had one 😉
And I have discovered a completely decadent, luxurious, and rich dessert. I can not believe I have lived so long without it.
In my attempts to reduce the amount of dairy (more on this later), I researched vegan ice cream and came across rave reviews for Turtle Mountain’s Purely Decadent Made with Coconut Milk.
There are simply no words.
This dessert was so decadent I only ate one ice cream scoop and ate slow, small bites. It was pure heaven.
My desire to reduce dairy has come from reading and reflecting on Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Diet. She makes some really good points about how humans were not meant to drink milk other than our mother’s, how animal milk is full of saturated fat, and how it has been linked to breast cancer since milking cows are pumped full of estrogen to keep them lactating. One of the things that stood out to me most was when she pointed out the fact that cow’s milk is used to turn a baby calf into a 400 pound cow. Since mothers produce just the right milk for their babies’ needs, it doesn’t make since that we would ingest milk made for baby cows!
In her book, she asks people to try flirting with a vegan diet. To simply try it out for a month and see how you feel. I’m willing to try anything for a month, but I think this is going to be way harder than going vegetarian. Chocolate and cheese are two of my favorite things and they surround me constantly.
Yesterday, I did pretty good at eating dairy free foods. Today I did alright and only had a little feta in my pasta salad at lunch. However, once lunch was over I had a HUGE craving for chocolate, so I ate a TLC Fruit & Grain Bar: Dark Chocolate Coconut. Once I got home I was starving and the only snack food I could find in the fridge was cheese slices and crackers. I broke.
I’m thinking that if I truly want to dedicate myself to flirting with this diet, I am going to have to replace the dairy cheese and chocolate with nondairy cheese and chocolate. This flirting is going to take some serious planning. And I’m not completely sure I want to cut it out of my diet completely. Perhaps I will simply reduce the amount I eat and take note of how I feel when I eat it verses when I do not.
Anyone ever flirted with a vegan diet or read The Kind Diet? I would really love to hear your opinions on this matter 🙂