ohmyfurandwhiskers: (painted flowers)
Today I did some grocery shopping because my unemployment checks and tax refund are set to come through before my rent and other bills are due. I bought Earth Balance peanut butter (it's vegan, sweetened with agave syrup, and has no excess oil), Organic Girl's supergreen mix (baby red chard, baby tat soi, baby spinach, baby green swiss chard, and baby arugula), Turkish figs, cashews, apple chips, some awesome tortilla chips, a big container of Vegenaise (incredibly useful in wraps and as veggie dip), and Almond Dream's vanilla flavored almond milk, all from Golden Grocer. Then I went to Straub's where I got two tomatoes, three more oranges, a sweet potato, an avocado, and wheat tortillas for wraps. Yay! I have food! :D

Today's lunch (including calories per serving) consisted of a banana (105) with peanut butter (190), two oranges (140), some apple chips (140), and an almond milk latte (150) with four shots of espresso (4). Rounded up that's 730 calories. I have read that the first meal of your day should contain a good portion of your calorie intake because your body will need to utilize the nutrients quickly after being unconscious while asleep. I've also heard that drinking a cup of water first thing in the morning is a very good way to help get rid of toxins lingering in your system from the previous day. Not entirely sure if that's entirely true, but I like to think that it can't hurt your kidneys.

My lunch's nutritional information: High in... vitamins A, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6, B12 (cobalamin), C, D, and E, calcium, carbohydrates, dietary fiber, fat (maintaining the correct percentage for your body type and lifestyle is essential), iron, magnesium, manganese, niacin (essential for energy metabolism in the cells), phosphorous, potassium, and zinc.

And low in... Cholesterol and saturated fat.

Sodium is high in the espresso. I try to balance it by ensuring I drink enough water. And, I try to limit the amount of added sugar in my diet. I really need to make sure I keep my vitamin C high. I already have severely low iron as it is and taking my iron supplements is only useful if I'm able to absorb it, and vitamin C helps that. And, considering my lack of an active daily routine, I've decided it's probably best to limit my calorie intake to a more reasonable 1,200 max. I've mentioned in a previous entry that I have slow digestion and average metabolism, so a sedentary lifestyle, doesn't necessitate too many calories, which I won't be able to burn off. It would basically be wasting food and if I ate food higher in calories, it would be higher in fat and dietary fiber, of which I'm already meeting my daily needs.

If I get hungry later, I'll have a cup of carrot slices (40-60) with some Vegenaise (135) and a few of those Turkish figs (120 for two) that I bought. And the great thing about the apple chips is that they're healthy (dried fruit, all natural, with just a bit of oil - good fat and high in vitamin C), tasty, and low in calories, compared to potato chips.

I've also noticed that in the past month, I have not had a single migraine and very few headaches unrelated to a toothache I had earlier in the month. I attribute this not just to less-stress (school and work-related) but also to the elimination of artificial flavoring and chemical additives (mainly processed sugars such as sucralose) in my diet.

I may go out for a cup of coffee later. Not sure. I want to check up on a friend who's working at Coffee Cartel right now and is going through the aftermath of a break-up.

012. "EAGLE!"

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 12:16 pm
ohmyfurandwhiskers: (...)
I have been trying really hard on my new vegan diet. So far it's been really easy and it's been giving me a reason to look up things that have always interested me. And, I've noticed that since I've started eating certain foods every day since The Incident, I've felt more alert. The only problem is that I'm having a lot of trouble keeping my energy high and I have been sort of light-headed. It's something I've always had trouble with so I bought some vegan peanut butter (niacin!), cashews, and almond juice and I'm trying harder to take my iron supplements. If this doesn't work, once my unemployment checks I'm going to buy chickpeas and spinach. And, I can always use the SubZero gift card I got for Christmas to buy seaweed salad (unf, miss it so much).

So full of carrots, celery, and peanut butter right now, it's not even funny.

I spent last night with Pepé, despite the intense pain in my gums/head. I don't know how he puts up with me sometimes, I swear. I can be so grumpy in the morning and self-conscious ALL OF THE TIME. WHY DOES HE PUT UP WITH ME? HOW CAN HE POSSIBLY LIKE ME?! GAHHH!!! Okay. I can deal with this. I can figure out a way to be more patient and less self-analytic. Or at least try harder to, anyway. I like him a lot and I appreciate the way he treats me so... Yeah. Going to try harder.

Depending on whether or not my dental bridge is a problem, I might be participating in a study on PTSD at Wash. U. and UMSL. Over the course of it, I'd have two MRIs and twelve weeks of treatment. I'm hopeful but I was hopeful about the job opening at Teavana. Meh. It's really difficult to not just lay in bed, staring at the ceiling all day, every day.


ohmyfurandwhiskers: (live long and prosper)
I just ate pig. On accident. My first thought was "No, that was not what I thought it was." Second thought was "THAT WAS EXACTLY WHAT I THOUGHT IT WAS!" Third thought was "I AM SO DISGUSTED WITH MYSELF RIGHT NOW, HOW COULD I EAT FLESH?! HOW CAN I EAT DAIRY? I AM NEVER ORDERING PIZZA AGAIN!" I had had points saved up from ordering pizza last year and was able to pay for the tax and a tip for $3.64 and I thought... "Yay! I have food for the next four days!" And now, I'm so disgusted with my myself, I feel like throwing it all up.

The point is that made me realize that I need to stop eating all flesh, including fish. I just can't do it anymore. That horrible feeling that swept over me and the instant image of a pig staring at me with a pained expression in its eyes... I don't know if it's pathetic but I feel like crying now. Ugh.

I have been trying really hard to cut all dairy byproducts out of my life but not hard enough. It's almond juice, soy cheese, tofu, and non-dairy everything else from now on. I'm also never ordering pizza again or eating at restaurants that aren't sensitive to vegetarians and vegans. I think it's quite obvious that corporations will never be sensitive to it so I don't care if it's essentially free food or not, I'm not ordering from any ever again just in case.

I've only been a vegetarian since June of last year and I'm most certainly not doing this because I think I'm better than meat-eaters. It's my own self-disgust that I feel I need to deal with this way. I also think it will be a much healthier decision and alternative for me. Besides, the vegan options are much more delicious/healthier than the products of torture and hormone-injections. Even free-range isn't healthier because all that means is that the chickens are allowed a slightly bigger area to walk around in but they still spend their entire lives in misery.

Yeah, I still feel extremely guilty about the bit of bacon.

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