I'm a terrible vegan. No, I don't secretly eat meat when no one is watching or go out and buy mass quantities of fur and leather. What I mean by this is, simply put, I frickin hate salads.
If given a choice between a veggie burger with all the fixins and french fries or a nice healthy salad I'll choose the burger every time. I didn't come from a "meat & potatoes" family. In fact, in the late 80's my mom went on a crazy health food kick and served us veggie burger patties that can only be described as ground up lawn clippings and twigs (and pretty much tasted that way as well). Given that, you would think I'd have an aversion to anything resembling a veggie burger, but nope, they still have a place in my heart and unfortunately too often, in my belly.
Being vegan doesn't automatically mean you eat super healthy (although, yes it's generally a healthier way to eat). There are tons of processed vegan foods out there that aren't necessarily that good for you (um, hello - Oreos anyone?). After watching Forks Over Knives (if you haven't seen it already - DO IT NOW!) I realized that I need to start eating better and cutting out a lot of the processed shit I eat. Therefore I am challenging myself once again, this time to eat more whole organic foods. I know this is going to be tough for me as I'm the queen of the quick and easy meals that don't require much prep. But if we don't challenge ourselves every once in awhile what good is living, right?!
My goal is to try to make at least 5 or 6 meals a week that don't involve any sort of processed crap. And try to embrace the ever-dreaded salad. I ordered the Forks Over Knives book which has a ton of great recipes so as soon as I get it, I'll update my progress here on the blog with full and complete honesty. Even if I'm a complete and total fail whale.