What do you think? Are you up for it? Will you join me?
So now that the the Christmas gorging is over, (Did I say Christmas? I meant December. Wait, did I say December? I think I meant the entire Fall), I really need to get back on the healthy eating bandwagon.
For the first 8 months of 2009, I followed a Vegan diet. I really didn't lose much weight (which let's be honest really was my goal), but I did feel great. It prevented me from eating my favorite bad-for-me foods like cookies, cookies, and more cookies. By the way, if you're going to binge, the cookies from Old World Deli in Freeport, ME are the BEST. My favorites were the chocolate espresso, but they've recently replaced the white chocolate chips with regular chocolate, so they're just not the same. If you're in the area, their regular chocolate chip cookies are still awesome. I love their ginger cookies, too. Sheesh, how I digress. Anyway, eating Vegan also eventually helped me stop craving those bad-for-me things, and I swear gave me more energy.
After an awesome sailing vacation which I took as a vacation from Vegan eating as well, I just kind of fell of the Vegan bandwagon. I didn't fall as far as my husband who even ate meat. (I only ate it on Thanksgiving and Christmas and on a breakfast egg sandwich three or four times. My husband makes killer egg sandwiches. Bacon doesn't really count anyway, does it?) I'm really not very extreme.
So now my husband and I are fully committed to starting over again. My husband would be content to live on red bell pepper sandwiches, but my problem is that I get bored really easily. I do love to try new recipes though, so I'm going to try to challenge myself to try 52 new Vegan recipes, one per week, this year. Once a week, I'll post a link to the recipe I tried along with a review and any modifications I made. Maybe I'll even create some of my own recipes.
I'd love to have you join me. I will try to post the recipe I'm going to try ahead of time if you'd like to cook along with me. Sometimes I will just post a challenge like finding and trying a recipe with a certain main ingredient like kidney beans or quinoa or tempeh. I would also welcome your recipe submissions and give some of them a try. I'll create a list of links to participant's blogs on my blog and create a Flickr photo group. Maybe I'll even have a few giveaways to people who make it all the way to weeks 13, 26, and 39 with me. Leave a comment here or email me if you're interested.