21 day vegan kickstart success!

i am so happy to announce that today is officially the end of the 21 day vegan kickstart. i found this kickstart through a tweet from kris carr and decided to jump on the bandwagon as one of my overall goals for myself is to adopt a vegan diet. at first i thought this was going to be so hard. give up cheese, my occasional bagel egg sandwich and my beloved quesadillas? i couldn’t imagine a life without them! but now, 21 days later, i’m feeling fresh and craving-free. being vegan eliminated my desire for “quick” eats and grabbing take out that i knew wasn’t the best for me. and even though i indulged moderately, i still really wanted to be in control of my diet and food. plus, with a vegan diet – i win, the animals win and the earth wins. score.

i strayed a bit from the exact kickstart, but i definitely used the recipes for the first 7-10 days. they were easy and didn’t require ingredients i had never heard of. that’s always a bonus as i’m nowhere close to being mistaken for a chef. i had some fun, got creative and really ate like a queen. overall, i give the experience two thumbs up. and here’s the best part. and if i had a third thumb i’d raise it for this reason as well – my anxiety is at an all time low. i’m nervous by nature (which is probably how my panic got so out of control way back when) and i always tend to feel twinges every now and again. but this vegan diet has really squashed those feelings. it’s kind of unbelievable. the food i’m eating is whole, unprocessed, veggie-rific and clean… and my body is really diggin’ it!

here’s some recent eats

egg(less) salad sandwich

 

tofu thai

 

breakfast scramble

 
i’ve also started to incorporate some ideas from alicia silverstone’s the kind diet 
she talks a lot about having whole grains make an appearance at each meal. so i grabbed whole wheat cous cous, barley and my recent obsession… quinoa.
 
i get creative with my quinoa
 

toasting it up

 

toss in some broth

 

20 simmering minutes later its ready to fluff

 add some rosemary herbed pecans, dried cranberries and parsley

and you've got dinner!

totally easy.  and kinda delish.  of course, a vegan greek salad made it’s way onto the plate too. who knows how this stuff happens 😉

i’m feeling this diet and i think i’m gonna stick with it. and i’m freakin’ excited to cross that goal off my list! i did it! is there a special vegan handshake or chest bump i should be aware of? 

over the weekend, hubby p and i celebrated our pup’s birthday. i still have to upload the photos, but here he is enjoying one of his many birthday treats

that stick doesn't stand a chance

how was your weekend? anything fun happening for this week??

birthday boy

goooood morning and happy thursday!

before i pay tribute to a very special birthday boy, i want to share my recent green juice success! 

the juicer that Hubby P ordered came on monday. i was so excited that i pulled it out of the box and promptly worked to find it a home in our teeny kitchen. between a coffee maker, dehydrator, vitamix, toaster over and fruit bowls i had my work cut out for me. i finally decided to make an executive decision and nixed the coffee maker. it was old and on its way out anyway. then i boxed up the dehydrator (until the day we have a bigger kitchen) and moved some things around. the end result?

my own personal juice and smoothie bar

bring on the greens!
i then ran out and grabbed all the greens i could find! i wanted to be well versed in the breville before HubbyP and i start our juice cleanse.
 
once the fridge was stocked, i grabbed a cucumber, some celery stalks, handfuls of romaine and a pear for good measure and shoved them all through the juicer.
 
the result was pure green goodness

success!

 

liquid amazingness

 

enjoying the fruits (and veggies!) of my labor

über success! i slurped sipped that sucker down and was good to go!

now enough of my green gushing. onto the main event for today.  it’s somebody’s birthday! 

birthday boy

my little man is a cinco de mayo baby! and to make it extra special- he’s 5!    5 on 5/5.  on saturday we’re going over to our wonderful friends’ house and bringing along some doggy treats so all the pups can celebrate.  we do it up right for the furbabies.

 
in the meantime, the birthday boy is taking a snooze
 
he had a rough day yesterday. 4 hour playdate. you know how it is.
 
and in the spirit of spoiling, i’ll also be celebrating his birthday with a little treat for me
 

grocery story score!

do you celebrate four-legged birthdays? or are we just nuts over here 😉
 
if you have any amazing juice concoctions to share, please do! i like my recent creation but feel that variety is the spice of life and will come in handy during the cleanse!
 
peace out ♥

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