(cracked knuckles, big stretch, and here we go)
Well, I am very disappointed to say that it has been 222 days since my last blog post. I have been on a carnivorous hiatus and while, yes, it's been fun (I'll fill you in), 222 days later and I find myself feeling bloated, without energy, and just blah! And I am going to blame cheese.... and myself, I guess.
Thinking back to one of my first posts as a new vegan (Berry good weekend) about how most non-vegans say they could never give up cheese, I am wanting to bang my head against the wall. As a vegan convert that dove in head first, I made it through the cheese and dairy detox and conquered casein (click the berry good blog link to find out what that is). Giving up meat was easy, it was the cheese and dairy that was hardest for me. However, speaking from firsthand experience, give yourself a dairy break for 2 weeks and you'll beat it. Like most addictive things in life, you can be weaned and I promise you won't miss it. So I bet you're wondering what the heck happened to me and my casein shield.
It all started with my birthday and a Mexican restaurant. Sure, sprinkle a little cheese on my enchilada (3 very large margaritas into the night...). And that was it. It was back in my system and just like that I'm hooked. Shortly thereafter I met the man I will be marrying in just 235 days (eek!) and he was excited to show off his amazing cooking skills. I'm not gonna lie, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I will say that he scored major brownie points on our second date when he brought me a veggie sub for our evening picnic on the boat. I vaguely mentioned that I was vegetarian and he remembered. It was all downhill from there. But seriously, I couldn't be happier. I could be healthier though.
So going forward I will be giving my best effort to hop off the gravy train and back onto the vegan bandwagon. I know my body will thank me. Hopefully I can find time to get back into doing something I love, posting on my vegan blog that I worked so hard to build and shamelessly forced all my friends at gunpoint to follow. I may be crazy because I AM planning a wedding, but I will do my best to post and share my recipes and progress. Going from a single vegan, cooking meals that only I would have to eat, to being engaged to a sausage-making, meat-loving fisherman, I know there will be times when I will be staring Porky Pig and Nemo in the face, but at the end of the day I make my own decisions on what goes into my body. I'm looking forward to this new chapter in my life and can't wait to share with you all (all 3 of you).