Fifth day of the vegan experiment week was much more ho-hum than the last. Sadly, food wise it was also the most boring. The day was less hectic and I didn’t feel any compulsion to cheat, which was good because I knew from the beginning I wouldn’t be trying anything tasty or new today. Breakfast was the same as always. I didn’t have time for lunch so that was just a big heaping pile of carrots and celery that I dipped in a big serving of artichoke and spinach hummus (commercially made). Dinner was all leftovers. Left overs from last night, plus one of the beet and bean burgers reheated from the freezer. I’m glad they thaw and heat up well since I’ll always be making a whole bunch at a time and only feeding one. I finished off with a big bowl of the butternut squash soup and then frozen berries.
Just like the paleo experiment, it seems to get easier and easier as you get into the diet. I’m sure that knowing the last day of it is tomorrow helps. The idea of perpetual abstinence is what trips us up, at least when we are trying to get used to doing things a different way. Perhaps if one was looking to make a permanent change the idea of allowing intentional trip ups, or free days, is important to get over the psychological barriers that we setup for ourselves. For one week however, with the exception of falling back on my old stress relief indulgences, that wasn’t necessary. Tomorrow I think I’ll be trying to do a vegan indulgence like how I ended my paleo week.