Happy New Year, dear reader! I hope that 2013 brings you love, health, wealth, and green veggies. It's been awhile since I have posted here so forgive me if I am extra-windy today. I fell off the blogging wagon over the past few months and one of my resolutions is to climb back on and ride.
Happy Holidays from the Vegan-Meaty Family!
There are three topics I want to cover today... resolutions, energy, and keeping vegan during the holidays. So here we go:
Get and stay organized: if you have ever seen my desk you probably know that I am not a naturally organized person. I have an uncanny ability to look like I am working hard, and that has carried me thorough my professional life thus far. However, it is obvious to anyone who knows me that, at best, I am a semi-controlled mess.
- Write every day: I love to write. However, I am sort of lazy and easily distracted, so I do not always get around to it. This month I am going to participate in Blogher's NaBloPoMo to give myself a kick in the seat. Look for lots of posts. Some of them may suck but I am going to crank them out anyways.
- Get back to the vegan basics: Although I continue to be vegan (except when I am tricked, misled, or tipsy) I need to get back to eating the way I did when I first cut out all animal products. Less oil, less sugar, and more greens. To get re-inspired I am going to re-read Eat to Live and do my best to get that pound of greens down my gullet each day. That's a lot of greens, my friend. A LOT of greens.
- Earn money: According to Mr. Meaty, I have ridden the stay-at-home-mom/blogger train as far as the tracks will take me. It's kind of a relief because I am not a great homemaker. So, 2013 will mark the end of my "sabbatical" and a return to the world of work. More on this in a later post. I am kind of excited!
- Return to The FlyLady: if any of you have been on The FlyLady's website you know what I mean when I say that I am going to shine the sink at night, unload the dishwasher in the morning, and wash/dry/fold/put away one load of laundry every day. Such a simple plan but so easy to neglect these basics. If I do these things on a regular basis I might have the mental space to make resolution #1 possible.
The theme for this month's NaBloPoMo is energy, and today's prompt is "from where do you draw your energy?" For me, two things are my main sources of energy…exercise and reading. If I do not take the time to exercise or to read I get very blah very quickly.
I (usually) do a good job of making sure that I exercise. I do Pilates with a trainer two or three times a week and I try to do yoga twice a week, too. I walk our dog, I do indoor walking videos with Leslie Sansone (yes, I am getting old and corny), and I use our elliptical machine at home. Exercise makes me feel great. It does not make me thin the way it used to (at my age weight control seems to be more about eating) but my workouts are completely and utterly necessary for me to feel good.
Reading is also mandatory for me to feel my best. I read anything; fiction, biographies, business books, and pretty much anything else you can imagine. Also, I love reading other people's blogs. Reading gets pushed to the back burner when I get busy, so here's another resolution: make time to read for at least one hour every day. Also, I need to do more reading with my kids.
*If anyone out there is looking for a belated Christmas gift for me, please send me a couple of extra hours for each day. Or tell me how to become super-organized so that I can do everything in the standard twenty-four. Thanks.*
Vegan for the Holidays
My family barely knew what to do with me on Thanksgiving and Christmas when I was vegetarian. However, they took comfort in knowing that I could eat all of the sides so there was not a real need to consider my diet. Well, how things change! No butter, no eggs, and no cheese? So what the hell do we feed her?
Fortunately for me, this was the first year ever that we had both Thanksgiving and Christmas in our own home. Since Mr. Meaty is the former chef he handles most of our holiday and special occasion meals. Luckily, he loves me and seems to have accepted that my vegan-ness is not a passing fad so he worked my diet into the menu. Meaty is a Good Husband.
Veggie Loves Meaty
Thanksgiving included goodies like mashed sweet potatoes, roasted carrots, and yummy vegan quinoa stuffing. The rest of the family had turkey while I had Tofurkey (which is kind of like a giant vegan hotdog stuffed with more vegan stuffing). Christmas saw roasted rosemary potatoes, roasted asparagus, and more Tofurkey (the rest of the family ate a standing rib roast). Mmmm.
My Plate on Thanksgiving
It's starting to get dark here on the west coast so it's time for me to sign off. I am cooking our traditional southern New Year's dinner of greens and black-eyed peas for dinner tonight. I'd love to know…what are your resolutions? Where do you find energy? What did you eat during the holidays?
Happy New Year!!!
The Vegan Valley Girl xoxo