Aren’t you starving?

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I get asked this all the time when I tell people I am vegan, or they find out I am. And the answer is, no. I am not. “Well, what do you eat?” is undoubtedly the next question out of their mouths. “Just salads?” No. I don’t eat just salads. I eat, a lot. Which is also probably why the scale is not moving in leaps and bounds, but it’s still moving slowly and steadily.

The trick to going vegan and not being starving, and also not cheating, is to have tons of foods around. For example, I made a HUGE pot of bean soup last Friday. And when I say huge, I mean huge. I took this recipe http://www.thefirstmess.com/2012/01/16/favourite-lentil-soup/ and switched it a little bit. I did it all in the crock pot and used the 10 bean soup mix from the bulk bins at Sunflower Market. I also pretty much doubled the recipe and dropped or added ingredients as I saw fit. I didn’t have smoked paprika, so I used normal paprika and added some liquid smoke. It made tons of food, so I basically have my lunch, and even breakfast option for a week. It’s really good with pita chips on top, and maybe a spoonful of hummus. It’s really good for you, packed with protein and fiber, and keeps you full for a long time.

Another thing that helps you “survive” being a vegan is to find your favorite snack or comfort food, and discover a vegan substitute for it. My favorite snack was a piece of crusty bread that I broiled, with some cheese and a slice of tomato.  I still do the bread, I just find a vegan version. My current favorite is the roasted garlic bread from Costco. 4.99 for a package of two delicious loaves. And for my cheese substitute, I found this wonderful stuff called heart of palms tapenade, also purchased at costco. It’s most definitely not cheese, so don’t go fooling yourself. But it’s a pretty damn good substitute if you are looking for something that tastes rich and creamy and delicious. Now if only I could find something that filled my craving for eggs, because I certainly miss them.

So no, I am never starving. Nor do I just eat salads. Actually, I rarely just eat salads. You find what works for you, and always be prepared with easy foods to either reheat or prep so you aren’t tempted to run through the McDonalds drive through and just get fries, because those are certainly not vegan, at least from McDonalds.

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