Vegan, Jane Austen student, Minimalist, Reader, Librarian

Sunday, May 19, 2013

What Else Can I Say?

Johann Sebastian Bach: The Brandenburg Concertos

When I started this blog in 2009, I had been vegan for a little over a year. I was so excited about how wonderful my body felt and how much it had changed that I wanted to share my experience with others. Also, many people had been asking me questions like, "So what DO you eat?!" and I felt that this blog was a great way to explain.

But now that I've been vegan almost six years (!) I know I will continue this lifestyle for the foreseeable future and I don't think I have much left to say about my experience. What started out as an experiment for my health as I grew older (I'm 45 now) has evolved into even more as I seek out non-animal products as well (clothing, for example).

Farmers' Market in South Haven, Michigan

So I will not be updating this blog much anymore unless the inspiration hits me and I want to share some news or a new recipe that I think others might be interested in.

I will still leave the site up for the recipes and posts so that, even if you stumble across it later, you still have access to it.

I just feel my interest in the subject has become every day for me, and indeed it has as it should. I don't even really think about being vegan; I just am.

 I wish to write about other topics and this space doesn't fit that form. I love history, books, Jane Austen, and reading so I have started a new blog over on tumblr if you'd like to take a peek.

Please feel free to ask me any questions about food, health, and being vegan in future and, as always, I'm very happy to share my experiences.

Monday, May 6, 2013

What About Snacks?

Over the years, many people have asked me if I snack and, if so, what do I eat? I must admit I've always been (annoyingly?) disciplined (just ask my husband!), mostly practicing restraint. I haven't really liked to eat between meals. But when I did, it was most likely something either sweet or salty: a candy bar or a bag of chips.

Now that I've been vegan over five years, however, I don't like those foods for snacks anymore. My taste buds have changed so much I no longer eat sweets, caffeine, or processed foods. I don't crave them either. In fact, often while waiting for the elevator at the library, I'll glance over at the vending machine--that conveniently lights up to catch your attention--and think that that food is so stale. I can't believe I ever ate that. It will probably still be good after 100 years.

Now I eat fruit--usually an apple or other in-season fruit such as a pint of blueberries or a peach in summer. I'll also drink a cup of nettle tea or a large glass of water.

In the evenings, about 30 minutes after my green smoothie, I will sometimes eat a Granny Smith apple with organic peanut butter.

So my "snacks" are fruit, if anything. If I had to come up with some vegan snacks, however, for those who are asking, I'd say guacamole* and organic corn chips, hummus on whole grain crackers or bread with thinly sliced radishes, or a bowl of granola or raw muesli with a non-dairy milk.

*Smash an avocado or two with a fork, squeeze some fresh lime juice, and add sea salt to taste. You can add chopped jalapeno, tomatoes, garlic, or onion if you wish.