Showing posts with label Vegan Monday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Vegan Monday. Show all posts

Monday, September 22, 2014

#peoplesclimatemarch


The UN General Assembly is in town this week and, happily, one of the primary topics of conversation is climate control.

I gave up red meat for environmental reasons. It was after reading Michael Pollan’s New York Times Magazine piece, the one that became the masterpiece known as The Omnivore’s Dilemma, that I decided to give it up. The short explanation that got me is this: it takes eight pounds of grain to produce a pound of beef (or four pounds of grain to produce a pound of pork, and 2.5 pounds for a pound of chicken). It’s just not sustainable. A veggie and grain-based diet is healthier for us, and better for the planet. So that was my concession; my simple act for the greater good. The environment is a huge concern for me, and that’s what I’ve chosen to do, among other things, over the years.

One of the things that I do less and less is attend rallies and protests. So when I heard about the People’s Climate March in NYC, I knew I wanted to go.

There were 310,000 thousand people in the streets of New York City. There were some big-name celebs and politicians there (Leonardo DiCaprio, Al Gore and others), but mostly I saw were families, students and international folks. 

I petered out after a short distance, but I was happy to be there to support my cause.

There was great energy, fantastic messages, and we can't lose sight of what's important in this world.

Morning
Coffee with almond milk (when I say coffee, I'm talking about 5-6 sips, but I still love the morning ritual)
Green juice (added spinach to the normal line up of kale, celery, apple, lemon juice and frozen banana)
Avocado toast

Afternoon
Salad wrap
Dark chocolate

Evening
A couple individually-wrapped Chuckles candies. Remember those? Not exactly high-caliber food, but my pharmacy run this evening included Epsom Salts, Preparation H and Tums—I figured I deserved a little spontaneous candy boost.
Eggplant parm, made by my wonderful husband (sans mozzarella)

Monday, June 2, 2014

My Vegan Mondays

Morning
Coffee with almond milk
Overnight oats with blueberries

Afternoon
An avocado wrap
Raspberries
A Kind bar

Evening
Some cherry tomatoes
Amazingly fast, easy, cheap soba noodles with peas and peanuts

I'm trying to pump up my iron, protein and calcium intakes for the bébé. I've been eating a lot of oats, almond butter, dried fruit and such. Trying to ween myself a bit from the sweets, but man is that hard.

Speaking of sweet stuff, if you haven't seen the documentary Fed Up yet, you should. Our country's poor health woes, especially kids', is staggering. Did you know that 80% of the items in a grocery store have had sugar added to them? Eighty percent. Four out of five things you buy at the store have added sugar.


Similarly distressing, the school system has moved so far away from cooks actually making lunch to corporate-sponsored cafeterias. In fact, 80% of school cafeterias have their food sponsored from a particular corporation. Which means they just heat up the pizza, burger and fries, and that's it. And 50% of schools have fast food served! What is that?!

At the risk of sounding like an old man, I remember there were two or three designated mornings where we could buy doughnuts in high school. And there was one soda machine, located near the gym, that was unlocked only after school. In other words, sweets and treats were special. They weren't part of the everyday diet. If you're a 15-year-old in a cafeteria, why wouldn't you choose a big ole fountain soda to wash down your fried lunch? Something's gotta give, America!

Monday, May 26, 2014

My Vegan Mondays


Happy summer!

Morning
Coffee with almond milk
Half a granny smith apple
Oats with almond butter
Quinoa with almond butter (An experiment of sorts. Not bad. Not necessarily a winner, but not bad.)

Afternoon
An orange
Chips and Andrew’s stellar gauc at a Memorial Day picnic
Kale, peaches, hemp milk and some other weird combo of stuff in a smoothie, post-facial, at Great Jones Spa

Evening
Andrew’s stellar avocado soup *

Usually if I’m traveling or it’s a holiday, if it’s any sort of atypical Monday, I flat-out forget to do Vegan Monday. Today I remembered, and my appetite was unusually light so it was easy. And full of stuff I don’t normally eat on Mondays because, for better or worse, Vegan Monday can get rote: I know what to bring to work for breakfast, I know where to go in the neighborhood for lunch, and by evening, I have my mental plan for what to eat. It was nice to have a holiday and Vegan day all in one.

* But herein lies the rub: As we were eating dinner, I asked Andrew what the ingredients of the soup—which he made for a Fourth of July picnic two years ago and I loved—were. Avocado, cilantro, lime, red chili, red onion… he’s reciting the list and then, about four bites in, oh yeah, Greek yogurt. So here I thought I was doing so well, being so mindful and Vegan Monday was dashed!

Nevertheless, it was a totally satisfying cap-off to a long, leisurely weekend. Andrew and I took a walk along Brooklyn’s rapidly changing waterfront and had brunch with friends in DUMBO. We took the train up to Cold Spring and hiked through the woods. We cooked and baked. Got in lots of reading. Cleaned the apartment. Cuddled with Milo. And I had a trip to the spa. And one of my favorite things about holiday Mondays: the workweek is over, and another weekend here, before you know it.

Have a good week, mes amis!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Listen... do you want to know a secret?

Here it is, I have a little news: I am 19 weeks pregnant.


Yes, really!



The past few months have been like walking around with a big secret… made even more confusing as I’ve, thankfully, had an easy pregnancy so far and often don’t feel—I even forget—that I am pregnant. But at the same time, because of my age, I’m at an “at-risk” lady, needing to pay special attention to how things are developing. So I’ve been guarding the news and biding my time. But now that we’ve cleared a bunch of genetic tests, now that my belly is beginning to pop (egads), and as I continue to share details here like what I eat, I feel compelled to share it all.



I’m taking a pretty low-key approach to the pregnancy, which coincides with my OB’s style. That is, I’m still exercising and working; I have a little wine from time to time; I Velib'd in Paris and danced at my friend’s wedding. In other words, I’m pretty much living how I did before getting pregnant. If my doctor tells me to cut out sugar because gestational diabetes is a threat, or that I need to eat meat to get more iron, I will. But for now, all is well. Despite my predilection for sweets, I’m a healthy eater. I’m being low-key, but not ignorant. That includes being vegan one day a week.

  

So there you have it! Crazy, n’est-ce pas? It was a little over five years ago that I went to Paris. Three years ago that I came home to New York. Two and a half years ago that I met Andrew. And now here I am: engaged, living in Brooklyn, pregnant. I said it in my book and I’ll say it again: You just never know where life is going to take you.

Monday, May 5, 2014

My Vegan Monday

Happy spring, mes amis! 

Morning
Coffee with almond milk
Overnight oats with blueberries and banana
Fuji apple

Afternoon
Salad wrap from Great Jones Spa (a take-away from the cafe; sadly wasn't getting my shoulders kneaded all day)
Almonds
Some chips and gauc at the agency (Happy Cinco de Mayo)

Evening
Spring veggie barley risotto, which has parmesan in it. So I failed at Vegan Monday. But I'm still excited about and devoted to the cause.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Hello, April

Another wrinkle in time. A game of leapfrog through the weeks. My life lately has been a little of this:
And a little of this:
And, joy of all joys, a girls weekend in Miami with my four soul sisters.
So I'm not complaining.

I've been pretty good about Vegan Mondays but managed to get a nasty cold that knocked me out during my mom and stepdad's visit. Fortunately, I had Girls, True Detective and The Art of Fielding to entertain me during convalescence.

What I'd really like to do is motivate to share before and after pictures of our apartment, which Milo is clearly enjoying.

But first, there is wedding planning. June 14th, y'all! It's just around the corner.

So bear with me at my middle-aged snail's pace. There will be apartment voyeurism, a trip to Paris and other revelatory snapshots and quotidian thoughts in the weeks ahead. Hip, hip, April!

Monday, March 17, 2014

My Vegan Mondays


Morning
Coffee with almond milk
Oatmeal
Some almonds

Afternoon
Veggie burger and a side of greens
A few dark chocolate squares
Red grapes

Evening
I tried my hand at Egyptian red lentil soup - not bad

This all sounds lovely and vegan, and it was. Except I also made chocolate chip cookies. The non-vegan kind. What can I say? I needed comfort and craved warm cookies.

But what’s interesting is that I improvised on a few of the ingredients—used spelt flour instead of all-purpose flour, and threw in some oats for kicks—and then had to improvise on a couple others. I discovered my lovely fiancé used up all the vanilla extract so I busted out some almond extract that I had bought in Paris. And during my increasingly frantic search for the vanilla, I knocked over an entire jar of dried oregano and some spilled into the batter. So as I gobbled up about a dozen of the cookies, both warm and comforting, occasionally I came across one with a savory, herbal flavor. It wasn’t bad. And the almond added an interesting dimension. And the different flour and oats made the consistency unlike any other time I’ve baked Nestle Tollhouse cookies. It was fun. A good experiment. Enjoyed while reading a few pages of The Yonahlossee Riding Campfor Girls. It wasn’t as good as the classic recipe, but I’m inspired to start deviating from recipes a little more often. We all should.

Monday, March 10, 2014

My Vegan Mondays

Errancy! Craziness! I'm not much of a blogger these days. But I'm still trying to maintain my Vegan Mondays. And even though I don't document my sweet feats the way I used to, I'm still indulging in regular treats. Last week, for example, I had a Chocolate Cloud cookie from Baked, I finally sampled Jeni's ice cream and my new favorite thing is our neighborhood ice cream shop, Ample Hills (holy cow). But in a remarkable show of willpower and consciousness, I have given up gummies and other corn syrup items masquerading as food. God, do I miss them.

Morning
Coffee with almond milk
Fruit salad 
Almonds

Afternoon
Salad with brussels sprouts and butternut squash
Apple
Banana
Yogi tea - my new favorite


Evening
Farro salad with roasted broccoli and almonds
Crackers and hummus
A binge of Hershey chocolate squares

Monday, December 9, 2013

A funny thing happened to my brain this Vegan Monday

It just farted out. I had oatmeal for breakfast and opted for almond milk in my coffee, not half & half. I mindfully avoided meat and dairy at Whole Foods’ salad bar today and snacked on almonds in the afternoon. But when it came to preparing dinner, it was like I didn’t speak English.


I had bought some prepared butternut squash soup at Whole Foods for dinner and read the ingredients list as I heated it up. It included cream but it just didn’t even register. Nor did the word “vegan” even enter my radar as I was frying up sage to garnish the soup… in butter. Scary how dementia seems to strike no matter what the age. Just as well. Andrew made chocolate-peppermint cookies that are calling my name.

Monday, June 24, 2013

My Vegan Monday

Morning
Coffee with soy milk (are women supposed to stay away from soy? or consume more of it? anyone?)
Green juice (kale, apple, cucumber, flax seeds, lemon juice, frozen banana)

Afternoon
Salad

Evening
Moscow Mule
Chickpea and lentil soup
Carrots and hummus
Chocolate

Life has funny rhythms. It used to be that I'd bang out two blog posts a day. Now days, if not weeks, go by and i can't get my *@!# together. 

It used to be that I woke up Monday mornings, ready and hungry for veganism. Now, half the time I forget it's Monday. And/or I forget to pass on the dairy.

That said, I'm still devoted to my Vegan Mondays, a personal spin on Meatless Mondays. Especially when I read about VB6 or hear that Graham Hill, the founder of Treehugger is a "Weekday Veg." 

There are all kinds of small steps we can take to create a more balanced and healthier nation and, my god, how nice is it that there's something so relatively low effort that we can do regularly to make a difference?

I don't have time to write and blog the way I used to. But I'm still devoted to being connected to you guys, still devoted to eating more sustainably, still hopeful and excited about all the things to come, both from within and out in this great big world. Thanks for sticking with me!

Monday, May 27, 2013

My Vegan Mondays

I've been working on an article about ice cream sundaes and dining on lots of cheese and wine lately. It was due time for a wee break from dairy.
 
Morning
Coffee and soy milk
Oatmeal

Afternoon
Whole Foods salad bar
The first cherries of the season

Evening
Farro with roasted asparagus and sundried tomatoes
Chocolate
Tea

Monday, April 29, 2013

My Vegan Mondays

I've been reading so many great food articles and books lately, feeling so excited about the momentum of the food movement and all the stellar minds that guide our stomachs. 

There was a must-read article in New York magazine last week—Adam Platt in conversation with the so impressively cool and modest Michael Pollan (can't wait to read his new book, Cooked).

The article made many similar points that are in Peter Kaminsky's Culinary Intelligence, another must-read for anyone who loves and values food, not only where it comes from but how to make it a satisfying yet sustainable habit forever after. The title may be didactic, but Kaminsky is a great story-teller and it's super enjoyable.

My friend Ann Mah wrote about DC's healthy fast food scene for the New York Times, a theme to which the Times also devoted its magazine's cover story a few weeks back. That piece was written by Mark Bittman, who just announced he's starting a new column called The Flexitarian, named for his philosophy of being a mindful, moderate eater of all things. I was floored to hear that he eats vegan for the first two meals of the day, and then eats whatever—within reason, of course, being a flexitarian himself—for dinner. And excited to know he has a book coming out devoted to this eating pattern/philosophy, titled VB6 (Vegan Before 6).
 
And there's a quick and fun read about home cooks by Gabrielle Hamilton in this month's Bon Appetit, which she wrote in preparation for her new cookbook (woot woot!)

Morning
Coffee with soy milk
Cheerios and granola with almond milk

Afternoon
Salad with avocado, white beans, roasted tomato and pumpkin seeds (thank you, Amy's Bread)
A big, juicy mutsu apple

Evening 
Lentil soup 

Is anyone else feeling as obsessed about food as I am??

Monday, April 22, 2013

My Vegan Mondays & 10 Things You Can Do for Earth Day

I can think of no other holiday better paired with Vegan Monday than Earth Day. I was in college when I became aware of Earth Day. I was always a tree hugger, a raging feminist at my conservative business school. To have one day of the year when other hippies came out, played frisbee in the quad, drank and danced in the sunshine, was a wonderful and affirming jolt to my system. 

I'm still mindful of my practices: my consumption, my connectivity to the earth, how I live and the choices I make. That's not to say I'm perfect or pious. There's so much more I can do. But I'm happy to support my environmental beliefs by not eating red meat, as I didn't today, and I try not to every Monday.

Morning
Coffee with soy milk
A mixture of granola and Cheerios with almond milk

Afternoon
Curried cauliflower wrap
A piece of Jacques Torres dark chocolate bark, courtesy of a generous colleague
A clementine

Evening
Lentil soup

Are you looking for a way to have a lesser impact on the earth on a regular basis? Here are 10 doable ideas:

1. Try Meatless Mondays. Or Vegan Monday. Or do as Mark Bittman does and eat vegan until dinner.
2. Use those strip sockets for your electronics and turn them off when you leave the room or apartment.
3. Opt for bars of soap instead of plastic containers.
4. Limit your use of water bottles.
5. Plant some herbs. Or a tree.
6. Walk or bike to work if you can. Even if it's just one day a week.
7. Go paperless for billing and banking.
8. Reuse your plastic takeout containers. They're as good as Tupperware! I use mine for freezing food, taking lunch to work, to organize pens and makeup in drawers, and more.
9. Walk or jog outside instead of on a treadmill. Again, maybe not all the time, but once in a while.
10. Stop and savor. Watch the sun set. Smell some flowers. Admire a tree's shape. The more connected you feel to the world, the more you're going to fight for it.

Monday, April 8, 2013

My Vegan Mondays

I've been remiss lately. If not with actually eating vegan on Mondays (which, admittedly, I didn't last week) than at least with posting about it. But I'm back on the Vegan Mondays!

Morning
Coffee with soy milk
Oatmeal with dehydrated raspberries

Afternoon
Falafel pita
Fuji apple

Evening
A homemade butternut squash salad
Jelly beans, lots and lots of jelly beans

Despite the jellies, I'm trying to cut back on sugar. And, gah, despite the jellies, I had a boost of renewed motivation after reading Mark Bittman's cover story on healthy fast food for the New York Times Magazine yesterday. Did you read it? If you still have it at home, be sure to read it. And then turn it over and check out the ad on the back cover—written by yours truly.

Monday, February 4, 2013

My Vegan Mondays

Morning
Coffee with soy milk
Green juice
Oatmeal

Afternoon
Broccoli and tempeh wrap
Apple

Evening
Indian food with Erica! If the food was thoroughly foreign by way of Sixth Street in Manhattan, the company happily transported me back to Paris.

Monday, January 28, 2013

My Vegan Mondays

Accomplished during a 14-hour workday...

Morning
Coffee with soy milk
Green juice
Oatmeal

Afternoon
Steamed veg, roasted potatoes
Gala apple

Evening
Roasted cauliflower and fried brussels sprouts

Last Monday, too! Last week included toast with peanut butter, kimchi soup and roasted carrots and sweet potatoes. In between all this pious eating were hi-octane meals at Isola, Super Linda, The Library at the Public Theater and Frankies Spuntino 457. It all balances out, doesn't it.

Monday, January 14, 2013

My Vegan Mondays

Morning
Coffee with soy milk
Oatmeal

Afternoon
Tofu wrap
Grapes
Banana

Evening
A lovely glass of French Merlot and smoked almonds at the Mandarin Oriental
A vegan smorgasbord at Joseph Leonard: a butter lettuce, fennel and radish salad; roasted cauliflower with pine nuts; shaved brussels sprouts; broccoli rabe with gigante beans; French lentils; and a funky Languaduc red.

The key here is that it's possible to go out and still eat vegan, and eat well. I had a drinks date, followed by a dinner date and usually that calls for splurging and excess. But my dinner date was with a vegan friend who knows how to navigate (good) restaurants and order well—and totally vegan. It was a good reminder of how easy it can be.

I hope everyone's plans for a healthy 2013 continue without a hitch!  


Monday, January 7, 2013

My Vegan Mondays

Game on. I returned from that place called Blissful Ignorance over the weekend when I stepped onto the scale at the gym. Holy crap! I've put on five pounds in the last couple of months. I knew my pants were tight. Now I know I've got to lay off the sweets.

Morning
Coffee with soy milk
Fuji apple

Afternoon
Steamed veg and roasted potatoes (I even dumped a portion of the potatoes in advance so I wouldn't eat the whole lot)
Almonds
And just a few slivers of chocolate bark (this willpower thing... I'm working on it)

Evening
Carrots and hummus

Yep, that's it. Intentionally draconian. It comes after a weekend of sidecars, pizza, omlettes, gummies and all manner of bad-for-you things. It's not fun, but I know after a couple days it will get easier.

Any of you reeling from an end-of-the-year eating blitz? How are you combating winter chub?

Monday, December 17, 2012

My Vegan Mondays

It's been an unabashed couple weeks of eating, on the heels of a gluttonous couple of months. This weekend, I started trying to clean up my act (am I hedging there? Just a little bit?). I got a Whole Foods salad. Eschewed hot cocoa. Got the ingredients to start making green juices again. And went to yoga this morning. Bit by bit, I'm balancing my hedonistic desires with my healthy desires (along with my wheat belly, ich). Bit by bit, I'll get there. It's almost a new year, after all.

Morning
Coffee with almond milk (I switched it up from soy milk... but I think I prefer the soy)
Green juice (kale, green apple, cucumber, frozen banana, lemon juice)
Apple

Afternoon
Steamed veggies, roasted potatoes
Pretzels

Evening
Mixed nuts
Cocktails at the Ritz. But lest you (we) think all Ritzes are created equal, know they are not. My friend Cheryl and I have a wonderful holiday tradition of having cocktails at one of the swanky New York hotel bars. We've been to the Plaza, the Palace, the St. Regis and the Peninsula. Last year, we went to and loved the Ritz on Park Avenue South. Seemed logical that the Ritz Battery Park would be a safe deviation from midtown. It wasn't. The staff was nice enough, but the vibe and service felt tinny and generic. There was no charm or decadence, which was unfortunate.

This, on the heels of a similar dining experience over the weekend. Even though I haven't been blogging as much about food lately, you know I like my restaurants and sweets. It gives me infinite pleasure and satisfaction. So I looked at an opportunity to dine uptown, somewhere near Lincoln Center, as a fun and creative challenge. I researched and inquired and landed on A Voce in the Time Warner Center. But it was not great, not at all. The pasta was lovely. But the rest of the food was just okay. Our server clearly just wanted us to be done so he could get on with his Saturday night. And it was just the most unspecial dining experience I've had in a long time. Thank god I'm going to mom's this weekend, where I'll get homemade cooking... and cookies. 

Monday, November 26, 2012

My Vegan Mondays

I didn't participate in Cyber Monday today, but I did do Vegan Monday.
 
Morning
Coffee with a sprinkle of cinnamon and a shot of soy milk
Oatmeal

Afternoon
General Tso's seitan wrap
Fuji apple
Mixed nuts

Evening
Peanuts
Couscous with roasted broccoli, sun-dried tomatoes and toasted pine nuts

There's still time! Sure, to start practicing Meatless Mondays. But also to vote for Paris, My Sweet in GoodReads Choice Awards. The final round of voting closes tomorrow at midnight.

And you have until Friday to enter my giveaway of the audio version of Paris, My Sweet. There will be two winners, just in time for the holidays so... get crackin'!