New Day. New Dawn.

And I'm feeling good.

Well, sort of. Mentally, I'm ready for this. I had a good run in September during Vegan MoFo until I got really sick and then things just went downhill. I was so tired. All I wanted was convenience. I just ate so much crap during and after that and I have never really fully recovered. Cheese. Dairy. Yes, even meat, sadly.

No better time than the New Year, though. Renewal. New Beginnings. Motivation. I've got it now.

Of course, I say this and part of it, I know, is because my husband is out of town and I'm not thinking about what it's going to be like when he gets back and I'm once again cooking for someone who doesn't really want to be full-on vegan, full-on all the time. It's hard sometimes when you're the one who does all the cooking. I feel a certain pressure to throw some chicken into the slow cooker for he and my son. Although, I feel like if I cooked some sort of beans or lentils every single day, they wouldn't complain. I am lucky in that respect. They love some legumes.

How I'm Getting Ready

I've joined a 21-day Kickstart program.

I've got some books loaded in my reader to work on reading over the holiday. Nothing gets me motivated like information. I'm a non-fiction kind of girl. They are:

Forks over Knives

Forks over Knives Cookbook

Great Gluten-Free Eats

Great Gluten-Free Eats from Around the World


The 100 Best Gluten-free Recipes for Your Vegan Kitchen

The 30-Day Vegan Challenge


The Get Healthy, Go Vegan Cookbook

The Blender Girl: Super-Easy, Super-Healthy Meals, Snacks, Desserts, and Drinks--100 Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes!

Salad Samurai: 100 Cutting-Edge, Ultra-Hearty, Easy-to-Make Salads You Don't Have to Be Vegan to Love

And last night I stayed up watching some Neal Barnard videos on YouTube. He's coming out with some new work regarding Alzheimer's and if nothing else, that will be the thing that I will have to use to motivate my husband. His Noni had it really bad and became mean and experienced a long decline. they lived with her during a lot of this time as his mother was taking care of her. It's a really scary thing to him. He already doesn't cook in aluminum pots or use deodorant with aluminum, etc. I quit using aluminum containing baking powder a long time ago. He does mental things to keep his brain sharp, etc. so there is already a large seed of concern there. The video I watched last night was very interesting and compelling to me. I'm not getting any younger and if there's time for me to reverse damage, I should just get on with it already.

You may notice in the books up there that several are gluten-free. It's not because I feel like bread is inherently evil or anything. In fact, I love the stuff. LOVE it. Love making it, smelling it, eating it, using it to cook with, etc. My husband, however, has a problem with it when it's a regular or predominant thing. He avoids wheat when at all possible. Actually, it's not even the gluten he has a problem with. It's the other stuff in there (FODMAPs) that presents a problem for him. On top of that, I cannot stand the taste of most seitan which is entirely wheat gluten. I can handle it when it's just used in small amounts and some other flavor is dominant, but if it's just a slab of "wheat meat" then I can't take it. So, the whole gluten-free thing seems to give me options that work for everyone. As for my son and I, though, there will be bread baking and I have many much sourdough plans as I am obsessed with fermenting things right now!

I'm ready for this. Come January 1st, I'm back on it. And I'm excited about it. Here's to hoping I can keep this momentum going...


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