So week one of my 30-day and beyond vegan challenge is coming to an end and I’ve done pretty well.  I have to confess that I’ve had my share of dark chocolate (not vegan but dark chocolate is better than milk, right?).  Then yesterday my daughter didn’t want the plain bagel I toasted for her breakfast.  I was at work and the last bit of cereal that I scrimped from the bottom of the bag for breakfast had already gone through me.  I caved and went against my whole foods promise and ate it.

Staying away from cheese has been tough but I’m starting to get used to it.  I’ve been so tempted though, especially since we still have like four kinds of cheese in the fridge. It was tough when my mother-in-law made fresh tortillas this week which are one of my favorite things to eat right off the pan… with cheese of course.

My biggest challenge this week has surprisingly been snacks.  At work I’m really good, eating pretty much what I bring from home which are fruits and sometimes vegetables.  Any other time, I just want to dive into a bag of chips or a can of almonds so I need to control myself in that department.

The question I’ve been asked the most by friends and co-workers is “So what do you eat?”  This was my first thought too when I decided to eat this way.  Instead of bombarding the web with my daily meals, here are some of the foods I’ve eaten over the course of my first week.

Had sushi for lunch 2 weeks ago actually and tried seaweed salad for the first time.
Very tasty, not in LOVE with it but I could get used to it.
Sea vegetables are rich in minerals one of them being iron.
They are also rich in vitamin C, which increases iron absorption when consumed together.  

One of this week’s dinners.  Gemelli pasta with mushrooms and spinach,
and roasted brussels sprouts on the side.
Had lunch at Panera with my daughter on Sunday.
Steered clear of the Creamy Tomato Soup and had the Greek Salad, no feta.

Mid-morning snack at work.
I usually have an apple but this day I brought hummus and sugar snap peas .

Love Amy’s Samosa Wraps!  Very tasty and convenient if you haven’t planned out your meals.
It’s best to keep these prepared foods to a minimum though.
Found a recipe to re-create these at home on http://blog.fatfreevegan.com
definitely planning on trying it.
As I’m writing this I’m realizing how much pasta and noodles we ate this week.  That is why it is important to keep track of what you eat especially if you are trying to loose weight.
The goal for next week is to get the pasta and noodle dinners down to only once or twice, try some other whole grains and sneak in some more vegetables.

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