Part-time Vegan?

So, I’ve been Vegan (dietary only) since March, except for a week in April when my husband, in-laws and myself went to Vegas. I tried to eat Vegan for a few days, but there weren’t many options on the menu at most places, so I was a Pesce-Vegetarian that week, allowing myself to eat fish and seafood, and yes, even a bit of dairy products and eggs. One night, my seafood pasta made me very sick.  Since then, I’ve stuck to my Vegan diet.

Until two nights ago….

The only thing I really miss is sushi. I caved in when we went to our favorite sushi place with my cousin and her husband this week. I usually just get an avocado roll and the tofu teriyaki, but I just couldn’t help myself. 

So, is it possible to be a part-time Vegan? Not really, or at least not by that label. I’m trying not to feel guilty, especially since I only changed my diet for health reasons, and sushi is still healthy. So, maybe my new label will be Pesce-Vegetarian, or Pescetarian, but I’m still planning on eating Vegan at least 28 days of the month or more.

I’ve actually found lots of really great food options and recipes that I enjoy. Maybe I’ll post some recipe or cookbook reviews in the future.

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A New Vegan

No, this isn’t the title of a book I’ve just read. It’s actually my new title. Yes, that’s right. I’m a vegan. A dietary vegan only. I’m keeping my leather coat.

Why, you might ask? Well, for those of you who actually know me, you know that my husband and I have been struggling with infertility for a while now. Thirty-one months to be precise. (I can hear you thinking now….She thinks eating vegan will help her get pregnant? She needs to go back to biology class!) We’ve tried fertility monitors, rounds of drugs, tests, in-office procedures, and the only thing we have to show for it is a pile of medical bills. I have no idea why my body doesn’t work. The only other thing my physician could do, before referring me to a specialist, was exploratory surgery. And that’s not something I’m eager to try. So now I’ve been referred to a specialist, and I’m still waiting for that office to set up an appointment.

The past few months have been very difficult. It seems like pregnant women or women with small children surround me. It is very difficult for me to even see a pregnant woman. I wonder how it’s even possible that someone could be pregnant. That’s my problem, though, not theirs. I guess one solution would be to quit my job and get on Medicaid. Those women seem to be extremely fertile. Anyway, not a good solution. I guess I’ll wait and see what my new physician recommends.

So in the meantime, I’m trying to be more healthy. Maybe if my body were in better condition and more healthy, it would work. Hence, the reason I finally made the step to be a dietary vegan. It’s something I’d been thinking about anyway and it seemed like the right time to go ahead and give it a try. Day 1 of this new me was March 17th, a week ago. That’s right. I haven’t had cheese, milk, or meat in a week. And I actually feel better physically. Of course, my husband wondered if this was more psychological than physical. Maybe. Time will tell.

So for anyone who regularly checks in here, consider this a warning. I’m reading vegan cookbooks in bed at night as well as other more health focused books. Most likely, I’ll be sharing some of those books here on the blog. For now, I’m getting back to my breakfast of hot tea, fruit, and a bagel with Tofutti “cream cheese” spread. Yum.