Cheating for Cookies

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.

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Vegan on the Run!

One of the things I have to keep reminding myself is that while something may be vegan, that does not mean that it is healthy. Last night we had everyone over and made pasta and played monopoly! It was a wonderful evening, but at the end Michael opened up some of our dark chocolate bars (which were vegan.. and the few pieces I had were delicious.) But today, I want sugar. I spent the morning playing with the dogs, and forgot breakfast. So on my way to sit through 8 more trial team auditions I grabbed rice cakes (which did not fill me up). Gable Gotwals had a wonderful slew of snacks available, all of which had refined sugar, except for the baked lays, whose label said sugar, but not refined sugar. I moved past the sugar craving (for now), but I was starving, so I grabbed a bag and opened it them up. I had about 10 chips before I slowed down and actually tasted the chips. They. Were. Awful. They were so salty my tongue hurt.. I looked up the ingredients in the chips to see how healthy “baked” chips actually were.

This is what I found:

“Now let’s look at the ingredients label for the baked chips.  The potatoes used are dried so they aren’t even fresh potatoes!  No information on how the potatoes were dried is provided.  If the potatoes were dried using a very high heat, which is likely, then acrylamide would be formed just like with the fried chips as the lower temperature baking occurs after the drying process!

Tricky, tricky, eh?

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In addition, corn starch, corn oil, and soy lecithin are used and since they are not organic, there is a high likelihood that these ingredients are from genetically modified (GMO) sources.

Given that GMO corn is linked to liver and kidney damage in rats, these are not the innocuous ingredients food manufacturers would have you believe.

In addition, sugar and corn sugar (aka, high fructose corn syrup) are stealthily included which means that while you are getting less of the unhealthy vegetable oils in the baked chips, you are getting in return ingredients that are perhaps just as bad!”

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I might as well have had Oreos, at least those are delicious. My other “healthy” option was fruit chews, which are notoriously unhealthy. Once I left, I headed to school to work at the library. I was still starving, so naturally I started considering my options. I had about 5 minutes to find food, which limited me to fast food. Since I made a 30 day pledge on GoVeg.com, I did not want to break it based on convenience. Early today, my best friend Stacie told me a story about her cousin (who is vegetarian-ish?) who still eats fast food french fries from certain restaurants. I thought about that as an option but french fries are the devil, and I get addicted to them quickly.

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In fact, I am pretty sure french fries are scientifically addicting, at least McDonald’s French Fries are! In fact, after further research McDonald’s fries cannot even be called vegetarian, so I am glad I did not go down that road! Instead, I had Michael bring me a bowl of pasta up to the library so that I could eat clean food and study in peace. He brought pasta, vegetable sauce, spicy tofu, blueberries, raspberries, and a la croix, which was way better for me than anything I was going to find at a fast food place.

Skinny Bitch Book of Vegan Swaps does provide a few places that have vegan options on the go at popular chains! Including:

Subway – Veggie Delight Salad, Vegan Breads: Italian White, Roasted Garlic, Ciabatta, and Hearty Italian

Baskin Robbins – Sorbet Flavors

Chipotle Mexican Grill – Custom Burrito Bowl, Taco, or Salad, but no pinto beans (made with lard/bacon)

Johnny Rockets – Soy Boca Burger “Streamliner”

Taco Bell – Many Items sans Cheese; Veggie Fajita Wrap

Going Green

Over the past few years, I have been flirting with the idea of becoming a vegetarian. (Don’t tell my father, he would have a heart attack; I was raised on meat and potatoes.) I tried being vegan for a few months but in the end, it was too difficult because I was (am) a very picky eater. I wasn’t one of those children who tried everything. I was one of those children who would chew up my food and then spit it on my plate because it was “gross.” My pallet has changed a lot this year.

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I don’t know if it is because I am actually trying food before adhering to the preconceived notion that I will not enjoy the food, or if my preferences are changing.

I heard somewhere that your taste buds/pallet changes every seven years. Anyway, I’ve decided to try it again and I’ve heard that reading this book will give me the strength to part from meat. This past week I bought the book “Skinny Bitch” by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin. 

I’ve been skimming through the book and really started reading it over the weekend, and let me tell you, those people? they were right. I’m only on chapter six but so far my desire for meat has vanished. Now, reading for fun during law school is a challenge in itself, but this book is such an easy fun read (outside of the animal slaughter stories I just finished) that it makes staying up late worth the loss of sleep. I can live without steak, and pork chops, and even bacon, but I love Chick-fil-a. I think I will have to read and re-read the parts about chickens being riddled with disease and the torture in slaughter houses to break the desire for crispy nuggets. Maybe one day they will make tofu nuggets with the heavenly breading, frying, and sauce; it’s not like the nuggets actually tasted like chicken in the first place.

Anyway! Here is to Day One of eating green and healthy!