April 25, 2018

So I definitely goofed!

I had no idea that the powdered flavor packs inside ramen actually includes beef broth. A friend sent me a link the other day letting me know that there is now vegan ramen selling at a local Korean supermarket and that's what prompted me to look at the ingredients in the ramen that we had at home. Doh! I definitely had ramen twice since cutting meat out last November and I thought I've been meatless and bone broth free since then but I was wrong! 

So what else has been up since my last post? Not much difference, actually.

I am still very much consuming fish and I am thinking that I really cannot part with it at this point. I had given myself about 5 months to transition out but I need more time or this may just be a diet and lifestyle that works for me right now. I cook mainly Korean food at home and while a lot of the side dishes I enjoy are plant based, there are some that are seafood based that I love. 

Dairy products are still no go for me in terms of drinking actual milk, eating eggs and cheese but if they snuck inside their way into bread or even cookies, I have definitely had it at least once or twice a month.

Again, I am very much ok when I am home but I do worry when we are traveling. We are planning to go away in June and even next year when we plan on doing another international trip and that's when I worry about finding everything that is meat and dairy free. Right now I am telling myself to just stick to that hard line that I promised myself not to cross, which is the consumption of meat, and the rest is more like, try not to eat it but don't beat yourself over if you do.

It's hard though. Sometimes I wonder how many passes can we give ourselves? If you're gonna do it then do it. I wrestle with that black and white, absolutism mindset vs. not stressing out completely.

For the month of May we are planning on trying a few things from The Herbivorous Butcher. I'm really looking forward to that. Also for our trip in June, there are a couple of vegan restaurants we hope to try if we have the time. Fingers crossed for that.

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  1. As with most lifestyle changes, food consumption included, it's all about playing the long game. My parents have been vegetarian for almost 30 years. They do not eat meat or fish but allow themselves to eat dairy and eggs. However, if they are guests in someone's home or if it is prohibitively difficult to adhere to, they will allow for occasional exceptions.

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    1. That is so relieving to hear actually. I was also having a conversation the other day with a friend who also tries to live a vegan lifestyle but allows for occasional exceptions at family gatherings. I sometimes hold so tightly to this absolutism that sometimes it's more hindering.

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  2. Oh dear! That's happened to me as well, I've had to remember to read the ingredients better. Not to worry though. These look super yummy!! xx

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    1. I never had the intention to read ingredients as it was too much to do all at once but now I am more mindful. Some items I found included things I wouldn't even feed my dog. So very eye opening!

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  3. Definitely don't beat yourself up, it will honestly just keep getting easier and easier, at the start it's hard because you have to completely reinvent your diet which is really really tricky! I'm super impressed at all your changes so far and so many lives you have saved, that's what I always remind myself and then it makes me feel like it's a great path to be on :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Fee. It's a bit tricky still but not impossible.

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  4. Hey it happens but now you know better and you'll be more cognizant in the future so it's all good. And it's ok if you still have fish now. Your body will probably tell you when it's ready to go all in :)

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