1. a detailed proposal for doing or achieving something.
2. an intention or decision about what one is going to do.
A few months ago I was at the doctor and he made a statement that stuck with me.
He said, “Our life, and the things we do and eat, are all cumulative. One day when we get older, we are either happy that we did good or sorry for what we did. We cannot go back and change it. We either continue on the right path because it benefited us or we try and pick up the pieces of our health with the damage that we have done.”
I was pumped! That made complete sense! I knew right then, that I needed to make some dietary changes to improve my health situation.
And then life got busy….. and I completely forgot.
Life has a way of reminding you.
A health scare in December was my reminder. I was driving and suddenly lost vision in one eye. An optometrist tried to persuade me that it was only an ocular migraine. I wasn’t thoroughly convinced that it wasn’t a brain tumor…after all, Google said that it probably was, and y’all know how much I like my Googley Eyes…or Google.
Firmly believing that I was on my death bed, I researched and researched every possible angle and knew that I had to drastically change my diet..ok so I probably could have just laid off coffee and ate more veggies but this is me and I’m always ALL or NONE.
What did you do Kash?
I was really looking for a way to detox and reset my body. After a bunch of research, I decided that I would give the Vegan diet a try. In Mid December, I did just that. I set out to try it for at least 30 days to see if I would notice any health improvements. I did. The pain I suffered from arthritis completely subsided.
One of the most important aspects that I took away from this experiment was “Planning.” I understood that to eat a healthy diet, I had to plan things out. This is completely different from how I am by nature. I have never been able to stick to a menu, not even for one week. I always say that I’m a moody chef…meaning whatever I’m in the mood for, is what we eat. Since my taste buds seem to think that they have their own passport and unlimited travel budget our meals are all over the map…mostly Europe and Asia.
Your getting old, Woman!
Since I’m about to be 40 or the big 4-0 or in “Midlife” as my son says, I am suddenly keenly aware that I can’t keep flying by the seat of my pants. That being said, I came up with a plan and it worked for me. Keyword “PLAN”
- I made sure my spice cabinet was up to par, because that’s where most of the adventure is created.
- I bought key ingredients, that I could use in a variety of ways.
- I made a salad plan….yes a “Salad Plan”….cause let’s face it, salads are the world’s quickest and easiest way to cram a bunch of veggies in ya. Am I wrong?
- I had a backup plan, canned beans, vegan protein powder and vegetables that didn’t need additional preparation before consumption.
I looked at what vegetables provided the most protein and started there. I then considered vegetables that we already regularly consumed, and I purchased larger amounts. To supplement the additional cost I ……wait for it……….used my meat budget……yes, to buy vegetables. I know, I know genius! I did purchase a large bag of chicken breast and thigh strips for the kids. Especially since they were like Mom, we caaaaaaaaan’t be vegan we’ll dieeeeeeee. The rule was I’ll prepare vegan meals and if you would like to eat meat, feel free to prepare it. However, I told them that, the meat had to last 2 weeks. Haha, if you thought it was going to be that easy. You don’t know me. They were gonna be MOSTLY vegan and like it!
Since I’m not a down to the minute detail, type of person when it comes to meal planning, this worked for me. It allowed flexibility and made up for my biggest temptation- Convenience!
I kept a dish in the fridge with the veggies that I used daily. I would just pull it out and begin my meal prep. Oddly enough the kids didn’t feel as deprived as they thought they would. They only ate meat on a few occasions. I can’t lie, that Chicken Teriyaki and Glass noodles they made one night, did look pretty stinking good, but I wasn’t super tempted because I had a plan. That plan made for success!
Although I didn’t continue a full vegan lifestyle, I did learn to plan. This has led me to where I am today. I eat vegan meals, have vegan days and even vegan weeks and it doesn’t feel difficult. I follow the guidelines that I set in place and make my plan. So this week I decided to follow my “Salad for Lunch” plan. It will include some vegan salads and some with lean meat or cheese. I’ll share some pictures with recipes and explanations this week.
This week stop and think about your diet and your age. Is there room for improvement? If so, make a plan to improve.
Remember that failing to plan may mean that you plan to fail.
None of us want that, so use this Mondays motivation and next week try my “Salad Plan” and see how you like it for lunch. Until then…later Gators!
Note to self: That Panera Copycat of “The Modern Greek with Quinoa” was ridiculously delicious. Include it in the salad lunch plan…OR ELSE!
Note to self: Or else what?