I walked into the law library today on my way to Income Tax class, and there were Tim’s cookies. Tim is a reference librarian at Oklahoma City University School of Law who often makes cookies from scratch for the students on special days. Today is Constitution Day! While most people think it is just another Tuesday, law students everywhere are looking at displays on the Constitution and the rights It provides for Americans everywhere.
But Constitution Day is not the point; Tim made cookies. He made chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, and his favorite, the snickerdoodle. The first time, I just walked by them, thinking about taking a cookie, but holding out. The second time, I lifted the lid, but walked away. The third time, I took a cookie. I took a bite out of that cookie, and before I could chew a rush of flavors hit my mouth. But they were not good flavors; salt, dairy, egg, and milk chocolate. I spit it out and gave the rest of the cookie to my friend Erin. Don’t get me wrong, the cookies are delicious. I have always loved one of Tim’s cookies! But, last week I gave up refined sugar, and that was the first time I tried to eat some since. One week doesn’t seem like a long time; it doesn’t seem like long enough for your taste buds to change/heal. Skinny Bitch says once you stop putting crap into your body, your taste buds heal and develop the ability to distinguish the flavors. Today, that proved to be true. I am not proud that I gave into the cookie desire.. but I am happy to find out that while my mind wants it, my body does not.
So today is hump-day! Time for an update! I have held true to my elimination of refined sugar from my diet! I had a dinner party Tuesday night for Turner Inn (law school inn of court) and they served Big Truck Taco, which meat-eating Caitlin wasn’t really a fan of anyway, but everyone loved it. I stared at the food for a second wondering what I was going to eat. My trial coach suggested nachos, so that is what I ate.. Not vegan, but still vegetarian. However, my body was not pleased with cheese, even though it has only been about a week since I had eaten cheese; my stomach hurt for the rest of the night. This experience only solidified my desire to eat clean. Other than Tuesday night, my week has been pretty tame; lots of fruits, salads, and tea.
My main reason for choosing to eliminate refined sugar this week was because last week (when I was not eating meat,) I would eat snacks that were not healthy – like cookies full of sugar. I think the reason I want to get refined sugars over with is that I want to stop craving sweet things. Monday night Michael wanted a popsicle. Earlier, we purchased organic frozen fruit popsicles from Whole Foods for dessert, but Skinny Bitch says you can’t have something because you need it, only if you want it. We have a bad tendency of always needing something sweet after dinner, which is a habit I would like to kick! After letting the craving pass, he realized he really didn’t want the popsicle, thus (hopefully) retraining his mind not need something sweet after every meal. However, there is always a 50/50 chance that he ate that popsicle without me knowing. 🙂
As of yesterday, Michael and I are officially part of an organic co-op in Oklahoma City called OKC Organics. We bought a year membership to this co-op, which gives us access to $35/bag of organic fruits (4) and vegetables (8) once a month. Skinny Bitch says organic fruits and vegetables are important because they are grown without pesticides, so organic food keeps you from worrying about all the chemicals that you would be ingesting. Michael and I have always shopped at Whole Foods, but we don’t necessarily buy only organic food. I always kind of assume that Whole Foods is watching over me and make sure that pesticides aren’t in my food, but Skinny Bitch has the right idea because you have to know exactly what you’re eating to be able to control what goes into your body. Yes, organic food is more expensive, but you’re going to waste that money anyways – going out going out to dinner and buying frivolous things that you don’t need – when you could be putting money into your health and your body. It is hard to justify not doing so when you know you only get one chance.
Over the past few days I’ve been searching for wonderful vegan recipes on Pinterest while I wait for my Skinny Bitch in the Kitch book! I wanted to share a few with you! I have linked the pictures and the titles to the websites which have ingredients!
Vegan Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins
Jumbo Stuffed Shells
Kahlua Hot Fudge