Here is a quick challenge update: James and I are on day 17 with no alcohol, and day3 as vegetarians.  The no alcohol was a bigger deal than I expected it to be, especially on weekends during social events.  Sometimes it’s nice to have a glass of wine on a Friday after a productive week of work.  To help avoid temptation, we have been cooking much more at home (in our respective cities) instead of going to restaurants.  Also, not  having a cocktail or two has been much kinder to our wallets.  As with any challenge, resistance gets easier with time.  I find on week three that’s it is almost a non-issue.  However, we will be ending our fast this Friday with Music Midtown in Atlanta.  That will also be our last day as vegetarian (with Thursday & Friday being vegan).  Speaking of being vegetarian, I’m always pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to transition over to no meat.  My body always reacts kindly by feeling less heavy and having more energy.  There are so many natural sources of protein outside of meat that it’s almost not even a challenge.  I also think we eat less in general when we aren’t preparing a meal around a piece of meat.  Going vegan is going to be a whole different story, as I’ve never attempted it before.  After talking with some vegan friend though, seems like there are more options than ever to make it more convenient.  I will probably hit up some local restaurants that I know for sure serve vegan meals so I can learn some preparation ideas.  I’m excited to see how it goes!

My friend Bonnie posted an inspirational quote today on her FB page that said, “Yes, I’m trying to eat healthy.  No, I’m not on a diet.”  It does seem to be ingrained in our brains that eating healthy equates to temporary dieting, that it isn’t something we do long-term.  I think that is one of the reasons why I love Vero so much – she has no “normal” reason to eat healthy – she is the perfect size and is in good health & shape.  However you will never see her order a serving of french fries.  She loves to put nutritional things in her body.  She is completely vegetarian all of the time and goes out of her way to order specifically what she wants at restaurants.  I won’t disclose her age, but let’s just say she looks about 7-8 years younger than most of her peers.  It’s because she cares about her body.  Nothing more, nothing less.  I think that is one of the most beautiful things about her.  Eating healthier doesn’t have to be anything extreme either, it can just be a process of adding more fruits & veggies over time while learning new ways to prepare food with less fat, chemicals & refined sugar.  Baby steps!  Slow and steady wins the race.