Chocolate Milk Love!!!

May 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’ve always loved Chocolate Milk but I never drank it.  It tastes good but I never used to drank any milk before I found out about my whey and casein allergies.  Of course now I’ll never touch it.

A couple of months ago I switched to Manitoba Harvest Hemp Bliss.  Up until this week though I’d only tried the Original and Vanilla.  However my local Vita Health store had them on sale so I stocked up.  On a whim I bought a carton of the Chocolate flavour.

OMG I drank the whole carton!  Bliss is right!  I’m heading back to the store to pick up more for the weekend.  This weekend we’re heading to the lake with some friends who refuse to eat vegetables.  I’m serious!  We’ll see how this goes!  My husband will eat their food but I’m bringing my own.

One thing I love about Hemp Bliss is the amount of calcium in it.  One cup has 25% of your daily calcium.  One cup of cow milk has 30% so it’s really close.  It’s a great thing to point out to those people who said “WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO GET YOUR CALCIUM FROM?” when I said I was going vegan.  Those people who never drink milk themselves either but who are very concerned with my calcium intake.  That’s another rant though.

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Learning to Ask for Alternatives

May 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

So I’ve been busy the last couple weeks.  We went to visit our family for Easter and then last weekend I went on a retreat with mom my and mother-in-law.  I had been very worried about what I was going to eat.  I had much more trouble visiting family then I did on the retreat.  However I made sure to bring plenty of my own food for the retreat and that helped A LOT.

Because I’m still transitioning I’m having trouble explaining to people what exactly I will and will not eat.  I wasn’t eating any meat for awhile and I got a really bad canker sore.  I hadn’t had one in years so I was concerned I wasn’t getting any B12.  I’m not supplementing yet so I’m still eating a limited amount of meat.

The retreat I went to had buffet meals so there usually was a few options for me.  The first night though they had just soup and cheese and crackers.  There were a few berries on the cheese platter so I asked the kitchen if they could bring out some fruit.  They brought out a big bowl of raspberries and another of blackberries!  My favourite! Apparently they were favourites of the rest of the ladies because they had to refill those bowls a couple of times!  Just having the courage to ask made a big difference.

I’m also learning that I need to snack throughout the day.  Lately I’ve been starving by mealtime and then find it difficult to make lunch or supper.

I bought a couple new books I’m going to review in the next couple of weeks.

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