Its been four days since I have been eating Vegan, with no dairy, caffeine, alcohol, gluten, or sugar...its been surprisingly easy -- there are lots of foods at the health food store and natural store. I feel good, less bloated...my clothes are fitting a little better in just a few days.
This week I was able to take a Giada "Everyday Italian" recipe for Artichoke Gratinata and altered it to be Vegan -- vegetable stock, soy margarine, gluten free bread for bread crumbs, added spinach and mushrooms and soy mozzerella cheese...made it melty and yummy...so good! Thanks Cindy L for posting about it! It made me sit and think about how many things you can get out at restaurants and still eat no meat ... although the thought of never having chicken or seafood again is really sad to me..I love food too much -- I could probably do without red meat...but we'll see.
Work was good this week, finally getting back to "normal" given that I have been covering for someone for four months while they were out on maternity leave...I just have to get myself organized and the house cleaned up this weekend...so that I can feel really good and "in balance".
I signed up for a fun online scrapping class -- cupcakes and coffee (two things I'm not eating/drinking right now, but it will be fun to dream). It starts on Monday...just waiting for my kit to arrive, and this weekend I'll try to get the rest of the parts I need for the class...we are making 10 projects in 14 days (at our own pace) and the instructor Wilna Furstenberg is AWESOME! She taught at the Nashville, TN Scrap Etc. event I went to recently. She does a lot of handpainted art...really beautiful.
This weekend I have NO plans! That makes me really happy, I don't have to be anywhere -- we'll probably move my mom to her new place on Sunday...so that leaves all day Saturday to myself...Martin will be working...I'll work on my Sweet & Sinister Swap. I have all the "pieces", I just have to make it artsy and sinister...
Have a good weekend ALL!