Week One: Blogging and Logging (food, that is)!

Happy 2016 everyone! I, like many of you, am starting my New Year resolutions. My primary resolution this year is to try as many new things as I can, ideally, one per week. Unfortunately, I’ve only come up with 26 things so far. I thought making a list of 52 things I’ve never done would be easier!

First on my list, write and maintain a blog for a year (which just made me think of #27…learn how to write a blog). So, here it goes.

In this blog, I’ll be sharing my weekly “adventures”, some simple, some silly, and, hopefully, some inspiring and entertaining. Along with my weekly updates, I’ll be sharing my success and challenges with maintaining a vegan diet. I actually went vegan at the start of last year after becoming a certified holistic nutrition counselor. The training more or less ‘scared’ me into trying vegan. So I slowly cut out meat, then fish, and then in 2015 I sealed the deal with cutting out dairy. I definitely cheated a few times throughout the year and wasn’t overly strict about every ingredient when eating out, but overall I think it was a fairly successful year.

I spent a day off during the holidays looking up recipes and planning out my first week of meals for 2016. I kept in mind the fact that I’m in mid-training for a half marathon in February, and also want to increase my strength and flexibility workouts. I also work at least 50 hours each week so recipes needed to be fairly simple. Below is my goal meal plan and workout schedule. Based on previous habit, I’m destined to successfully make it through Wednesday and then crash and burn. Wish me luck!

Sunday (Yoga Class)

Monday (Morning Run)

  • Post Workout: Smoothie
  • Breakfast: Oatmeal with Cinnamon and Blueberries
  • Lunch: Salad with Turmeric Tahini Dressing (salad: spinach, mushrooms, black beans, red onion, peas, avocado, sunflower seeds)
  • Snack: leftover Miso Vegetables and Tofu
  • Dinner: Chickpea Spinach Stew with Lentils (recipe calls for quinoa also but I left it out and doubled up on the lentils)

Tuesday (Chest & Triceps)

  • Breakfast: Smoothie
  • Lunch: Leftover Chickpea Spinach Stew with Lentils
  • Snack: Quinoa cooked with Nutritional Yeast, Pine Nuts
  • Post Workout: Protein Shake (Vega One Chocolate Protein Powder, almond milk, water)
  • Dinner: Sweet Potato Veggie Burger and side salad with balsamic dressing

Wednesday (Morning Run)

Thursday (Morning Run)

  • Post Workout: Protein Shake
  • Breakfast: Oatmeal with Cinnamon and Blueberries
  • Lunch: leftover Warm Lentil and Brussels Sprout Salad
  • Snack: Warm Chickpeas with Nutritional Yeast
  • Dinner: Quinoa Chili

Friday (Back and Biceps)

  • Breakfast: Smoothie
  • Lunch: leftover Quinoa Chili with Avocado
  • Snack: Warm and Nutty Cinnamon Quinoa
  • Post Workout: Protein Shake
  • Dinner: Ginger Soba Noodles

Saturday (Long Run)

  • Whatever I want!  (but still vegan…)

I tried to find recipes that had similar ingredients to help with cost. Below was my shopping list. I know it looks very long but it actually totaled under $100 since so much of it is what I already had in my kitchen. I’m sure I’ll have plenty of ingredients left over to use next week. I should mention I am pretty much only cooking for myself. My husband is a true meat eater but he’ll indulge me from time to time – such a good sport!

Shopping List

(Items in red I already had in my pantry/fridge)

Vega One Chocolate Protein Powder Sweet Potato
Vega One Vanilla Protein Powder Almond Milk
Olive Oil Soba Noodles
Sesame Oil Extra Firm Tofu
Sesame Seeds Miso
Turmeric Pecans
Apple Cider Vinegar Berries
Maple Syrup Tahini
Red Pepper Flakes Garlic
Salt & Pepper Avocado
Garlic Tomatoes
Brown Lentils Canned Chickpeas
Vinegar Cilantro
Coconut Oil Green Onions
Green Chili Spinach
Quinoa Basil
Cumin Asparagus
Cardamom Broccoli
Chili Powder White Onions
Soy Sauce Yellow Onions
Rice Wine Jalapenos
Red Onion Carrot
Tomato Sauce Celery
Lime Juice Zucchini
Bread Canned Black Beans
Panko Canned Kidney Beans
Hamburger Buns Bananas
Paprika Masala
Rosemary Ginger
Agave Nectar Radicchio
Brussels Sprouts Green & Red Bell Peppers

So now that I’ve started my first of many new activities for 2016 by publishing this blog…what will next week bring?  Whatever it is, I’ll try to include some pics.

I’d love to hear what your New Years resolutions are!


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