Despite the cheerful puppy smiling from my calendar from Canine Companions for Independence, March was a rough month for me health-wise. I got off track with my exercising and did not make my weight goal although I did lose 3 pounds. At the end of the month, Rob and I both caught a cold. It seemed so unfair when we had been eating so healthfully.
Here's a photo of one of my new meal creations. It's pasta topped with marinated artichokes, onions, diced tomatoes, and chopped olives. I did not follow a recipe, but just put these ingredients together one night and found I like it much better than the hamburger meat and tomato sauce I used to eat over spaghetti.
Here's another meal experiment I photographed. I wanted to have a salad for supper but didn't have much lettuce, so I filled my dinner plate with tomatoes, red peppers, avocado, and shredded carrots. I found it delicious.
I kept to my plan of eliminating animal products from my meals for the month. I found that I did not miss beef, chicken, pork, seafood, cheese or eggs. I increased my intake of beans to provide protein. I did use organic milk on cereal twice but other than that I substituted almond milk which I am growing to enjoy more and more. This next month I am not going to hold myself to such a strict standard because there will be at least three meals I will be eating out socially that will likely include animal products. I thought about this and decided I did not want my dietary health goals to keep me from opportunities to spend time with friends and family.
My husband Rob surpassed his weight goal and he continues to eat healthy alongside me. As the weather warms up, we hope to be more active outdoors walking our dogs and gardening.