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Vegan locavore challenge - Day 5 and conclusions - the funcrunch files


Jul. 28th, 2014 07:01 pm Vegan locavore challenge - Day 5 and conclusions

Today I went for a six mile run, then began the last day of my vegan locavore challenge with a handful of almonds and half of the crenshaw melon that I picked up at the Free Farm Stand yesterday.

Mid-morning I snacked on a peach and some walnuts. Afternoon snacks were grapes and almonds.

For lunch I had leftovers from last night's dinner: Broccoli and a baked potato, kale butter on both.

Dinner was a big salad with Romaine lettuce (I still had a whole head left), the last of the heirloom tomatoes, a lemon cucumber, red onion, avocado, and carrot.

I'd also baked two skinny yams for dinner but since the salad was so huge, I decided to just eat the skins and make the insides into a dessert. I blended them with a peach and a little almond milk, and the pudding is chilling in the frig now.

This was a good challenge. I definitely experienced cravings, but today I feel quite satisfied. Having more of a variety of fruit helped. There was nothing to stop me from picking up more during my initial farmers market trip, but I wanted to wait to see what I could get for free at the farm stand. If I didn't get anything and had no fruit on the last day (or just more strawberries if I'd saved any), I'd live.

If I were doing this longer term I'd definitely want a greater variety of starches. I love yams, and other kinds of potatoes are good too, but they would get boring after awhile. I'm looking forward to re-introducing oatmeal, quinoa, brown rice, whole wheat, and beans into my diet.

As far as other non-local staples, like bananas, I don't think my environmental footprint as a vegan is so large that I need to feel too guilty about eating them. I am rethinking my daily tea habit though. My black tea supply comes from India, which is about as non-local as you can get, is not organic, contains caffeine, and is undrinkable to me without sugar (and soymilk).

While I didn't undertake this challenge for health reasons, the five days without sugar or salt, and seven days without caffeine, was no doubt good for my health, although too short to feel any significant difference in energy level or otherwise. I did lose four pounds, which was probably almost entirely water weight and, for once in my life, was not particularly welcomed or desirable.

I want to make a greater effort to reduce sugar, salt, caffeine, and processed foods in my diet regardless. I keep talking with boyziggy about keeping candy and such out of the apartment, and we both comply for a short time, then one of us brings something in and it snowballs from there. I still think sugar is a scapegoat for obesity, and I certainly don't need to avoid it for weight reasons, but if I'm eating it it's displacing other things I could be eating that are healthier choices. Fruit is plenty sweet anyway. I should really save chocolate and other goodies for special occasions rather than having sugary treats nearly every day for dessert as I am now.

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