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Return from vegan wonderland.

I’m back from the Let Live Conference in Portland!  We got to see some amazing speakers, went to demos, made great new friends, made the news, and ate.  And ate, and ate, and ate.  I lost about eight pounds in my first seven weeks on the dollar menu.  I was away for eleven days, and gained about half of it back.  Oops.

Obviously, losing a pound a week doesn’t seem like a very sustainable diet.  If I continued losing that much weight, I’d consider this experiment a failure.  However, up until a few weeks ago, I worked for a very beloved veterinary hospital, whose clientele expressed their love with food.  The kind of foods I would generally never go out of my way to eat were always available, for free.  Every holiday at the hospital was like living in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, and I was Augustus Gloop.  In the year and half that I worked there before going vegan, I gained at least fifteen pounds.  The fact that I would finally take it off doing this blog was expected, and definitely welcomed.

Thanks to this blog, it’s also occurred to me how flippin’ ridiculous it is that most people who want to lose weight are willing to spend extra money to do so.  Why would you spend more money to consume fewer calories?  I have never been hungry on this diet, unhappy with my meals, or wished that I had more energy.  And believe me, I have way more experience with diets than I care to think about.

When I was in high school, I weighed about seventy pounds more than i do now.  People are always shocked to hear this, and immediately want to know what my secret is.  Well, here’s the secret:  I ate less, and exercised more.  Growing up, I watched the women in my family go on and off of expensive fad diets, and I even did things like Slim-Fast, and Jenny Craig with my mother.  But I always gained the weight back.  One day I weighed in at 215 pounds, got pissed at myself for getting so fat, and decided it was finally time to reevaluate my eating habits.  I cut my portion sizes, and started going for leisurely walks around my neighborhood, with Elliott Smith on the Discman.  It was easy.  I went from a size 16 to a size 6.

I flew home from Portland on Tuesday night, and got back on the dollar menu on Thursday.

Week 8 (July 1 – July 7)

  • high fiber cereal $2.29
  • almond milk  $1.69
  • kasha barley $3.39
  • salad mix  $1.99
  • dried mango  $1.69
  • baby carrots  $1.49
  • garbanzo beans  $0.99
  • 5 bananas  $0.95
  • cilantro plant  $3.99
  • soy chorizo  $1.99
  • broccoli florets  $1.99
  • peeled garlic  $1.99

Total:  $24.44

I’ve never tried growing herbs before, so this whole cilantro thing could be disasterous.  The plant wasn’t much more expensive than a bunch of cilantro, though, so I figured I’d give it a shot.  If there are any gardeners out there, feel free to tell me what to do!

I think this is also the first time I’ve cooked with barley.  I was jonesing for some quinoa, but the barley was cheaper, and nutritionally comparable.  And the moment I opened the pan full of fluffy goodness, I was immediately glad I went for it.  So far, I’ve used it in soy chorizo/veggie bowls, and salads:

Yesterday:  Barley on the left, homemade ultra garlic hummus on the right.

My new friend barley and I are going to go see what we can do for lunch.  Feel free to toss me some suggestions!

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July 1, 2010 at 9:12 pm 2 comments


To prove that I can feed myself tasty, ethical meals for cheaper than a fast food dollar menu.

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