Week 2 of 108 Vegan Days of Yoga is complete. Sophia asked me what day I'm on and when I said Day 18, she said "Ohhhh, you have a LONG way to go." She's right. It feels like an eternity. I'm glad I made it a long time though, because I can't really judge whether the changes to my diet are worth it or not yet. Vegan + no fried + no refined grains/sugars = Almost impossible to eat a meal prepared by somebody else.
The biggest changes I've noticed are in my husband. He's packing his lunch now and he says he feels less tired at school now. And, he's been working out during Sophia's swim practice. I feel good knowing that I've lit a spark that has spread to my family.
My biggest struggle this week was the JAG coffee. We had dinner at a new restaurant in town, but the bar menu was all we could choose from. It was a nice bar menu with a cheese platter, a bread platter with oil and vinegar for dipping, and they had some tantalizing pastries. But, the only thing I could have was the fruit platter. It was fresh and beautiful, but definitely not satisfying, especially in the face of temptation. But, my will prevailed.
The best dishes this week involved brown rice pasta. The Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheeze got a "Mom, this doesn't taste vegan," from Sophia. And Kenny's favorite dish of the week was just the brown rice pasta with Organicville marinara and Tofurkey Italian sausages. It's hard to find marinara without sugar. The Organicville contains agave nectar, which isn't much better than sugar, but I counted it as de minimus and rolled with it. Kenny was happy to eat something "normal."
I took the time this week to watch Oprah's show on the time she and over 300 of her staffers went vegan. Highly entertaining!
In my yoga practice, I finally mastered going from flip dog into wheel. This video helped a ton! I had only been able to do this once before, at the end of a Gina Caputo's backbending workshop. I got in and out with huge effort. This week, I felt very strong and it was no big deal at all to flip back out. The change in strength was incredible! And, a friend was talking about someone going from flip dog to wheel to handstand. I'm a long way from the full version of that, but it was possible with this video and a little help from a wall.
In other health areas, I've been drinking more water and my skin broke out horribly. Isn't water supposed to make everything better, not worse? And, I've been getting at least seven hours of sleep a night, and I still feel tired. Maybe need to work on edging that closer to eight.
So, good things and unpleasant things, but overall I'm feeling great about making healthy choices. Hopefully time will show many positive benefits.