Week 2 had me feeling great. We went out of town again but this time I did a lot better. We went camping and on the way we stopped at the same mexican fast food place (the one we ate at in week 1) and this time I got my nachos without the cheese and they tasted great! Once we got to our camping location, we picked up a few groceries in town and then headed to our camp spot. We camped with some friends and on one night there was a potluck, I was able to have a very filling meat and dairy free dinner. I think. As far as I know I didn’t eat anything with dairy. There was a lot of food to choose from and I don’t know who made what so I wasn’t able to ask around. This is something I need to work on. When I read Vegan Freak I remember the authors saying ‘the meek will suffer’, and they’re right. I am too meek right now. I don’t always ask if something has been cooked with animal products or if there is meat in something. I just go by sight and think ‘well, I think this will be ok’ or ‘this doesn’t look like it has any meat or dairy’ – seriously though, not a good way to go. We did eat out after we went camping and I had a really yummy vegan lunch- it’s easier to ask at restaurants if there is any meat or dairy in food. Maybe it’s easier because they don’t know you and you won’t hurt their feelings, or maybe I just overthink things 🙂

As the week has progressed I’ve been feeling great! We haven’t traveled and I’ve been cooking at home- that makes a HUGE difference! Near the end of the week I was thinking, that my face looked clear and glowing in a way. I even tried making a treat. It turned out pretty good and it helps to treat yourself when you’re trying something new. This week started great but once the weekend came along I had some dairy… On Friday, after dinner, we went to a thrift store, and afterward we decided to get a treat. The first thing that came to mind was Menchie’s or something similar, because I’m pretty sure they have dairy free options. And then my husband asked what I wanted- “do you want a cookie or something?” Yes! A cookie, that’s what I really truly wanted- he knows me. Ice cream is not usually my first choice- but I was trying to think of what would be a good choice for me. Just one cookie won’t hurt I thought. It. tasted. so. good. I felt fine afterward but now that I think about it the next day I had a sore throat and was thinking that I must be coming down with a cold, but maybe it was that cookie. The next day (Saturday) I got invited to an Iron Chef party. The ingredient was cheese…of course, but I wanted to be a good sport and I wanted to try to make some kind of vegan cheesiness that everyone would love! The stuff I made turned ok, the spinach artichoke dip was better than the queso. I didn’t want to be rude so I tried most of the dishes- I passed on the french onion soup because it was made with beef broth, but I tried everything else- I was meek- I should have eaten at home beforehand. I even ate a tiny piece of bacon- oops. It was in the wontons and I didn’t ask if there was anything in them- my fault. Part of me wanted to participate and try everything with everyone, and the other part of me thought, this could go well with my experiment- maybe I would feel different the next day. Well, I feel different today- congested! Stuffy nose, swollen lymph nodes in my throat, and I just feel kind of crappy. Maybe I am getting sick or maybe it was the dairy. There is only one way to find out. I need to stop eating it again. I really want to try to stop for the rest of the month. If this feeling is from eating those cheese dishes on last night, it’s not worth it!

Lessons learned:
*“the meek will suffer” don’t be afraid to ask what’s in something!
*Maybe dairy does make me feel a little sick
*Treat yourself- not with dairy though!
*Cook at home
*It’s nice to have fewer options at restaurants- for me anyway.

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