Whelp, the first week was a lot tougher than I thought. I knew it wouldn’t be easy to start, but I felt way more overwhelmed than I anticipated. There’s so much information out there about going plant-based, and it was pretty hard figuring out where to start…
The first thing I decided to do was plan out some meals for the week and then went grocery shopping in accordance with those meals. This made me feel like I was somewhat in control and knew what I was doing. Aaand naturally, a lot of those meals did not happen.
There were some good things that came from this week though, even if I wasn’t super consistent. Almost every morning I started with drinking 1 bottle of water (500 ml) and then some light stretching or yoga. I read on some blog somewhere this helps jump-start your metabolism and hydration levels for the day. Duh, this make so much sense I don’t know why I wasn’t doing this before! I felt more energized throughout the day, so I will continue to incorporate this in my morning routine as much as I can. Then after the water, I ate breakfast or on work days, grabbed something to-go after getting ready for the day.
I was trying my best to stick with the meal plans, I really was! But there were a couple of times this week my boyfriend and I went out to eat for dinner, and those meal plans went right out the window. Oops!
Here’s a list of what I did try last week at home. Click on the links to go to the recipes! Most of these I forgot to take pictures of. I’ll hopefully do better at that this week.
Pesto Chickpea Sandwich This was pretty tasty and filling! I made this combining a few different recipes I saw on Pinterest. The pesto was very strong, and I definitely made too much for one person. Struggling to eat the leftovers, but overall a good lunch!
Avocado + Tomato Toast Yes yes yes. Easy, and so yummy! No link for this one because I feel most people have tried this and it’s super basic. I use to make this all the time, but with egg.
Banana + Chocolate Overnight Oats – Delicious! Made twice last week! My boyfriend even asked me to make a batch for him when I made them the second time. Seriously, go try it if you haven’t done overnight oats before. Such a nice, sweet treat without the guilt!
Black Bean Wrap – Well this should have been a winner, but I tried cooking my own black beans which was a major fail, lol. I think I over cooked them? They were not soft like I was hoping for, making the taco taste pretty dry. I also forgot about the corn and olives. I don’t like olives though so I probably will still leave them out next time I try this, and I’ll opt for canned black beans. Ain’t no body got time to cook dem beans!
Roasted Veggie Salad with Avocado Dressing – I did not like this at all. I think the dressing was to thick, and I was not a fan of the brussels sprouts, which is weird because I do like brussels sprouts as a side dish, but on this salad it was too overwhelming and dominated the plate. I ended up tossing about half my plate this night.
Healthy Chicken Alfredo (Dairy Free) – This was ok. I used almond milk since I did not have coconut milk and I wasn’t a huge fan. I might try it again using coconut milk and see if I like it better. My boyfriend liked it enough to go back for seconds.
In between meals throughout the day I snacked on hummus and pretzels/carrots. At work, we have fresh oranges so I would take a couple to my desk to snack on too.
Week 1 Takeaways:
- Over all I’m feeling more energized in the mornings.
- Less digestive problems – except the days I ate black beans and a lot of greens, I felt very bloated.
- Drinking lots of water is a must! And adding lemon is my new favorite thing.
- Planning meals is hard work and annoying.
- Hopefully the work will pay off and I will get better at it in time.
And that’s all I got for this post! Let me know if you have any thoughts or suggestions!
Sarah J. Eats