Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Cooking blues

I missed a blog for the first time since becoming vegan.  Even Mon. when I had to get stuff done for the PTO and was up till 1:30, I did my blog!  But alas, yesterday I was too tired.  I fell asleep on the couch at 8:00 and staggered my way up to bed later.  I guess it's okay, I mean I'm not being graded on my blog right?  Gosh I hope not because I don't always check my spelling, grammar and etc.!!  I've been a little lazy about cooking lately and I'm not sure why.  There are perfectly fine frozen vegan meals out there, but I usually like to have fresh foods.  I just haven't wanted to cook so much.  I wonder if I'm getting beaten down by cooking 2 dinners a night?  Often, I'll make my husband and kids their food and then look for something easy for me.  And it's not that I'm feeling blah about the vegan food, because I'm really excited to be learning a new way to cook.  I just haven't been able to make myself do it recently.  It could be the messy kitchen.  It could be I get frustrated when I don't have all the ingredients I need for a recipe.  I don't know.  Maybe I'm in a little slump.  I'm still doing fine and my energy is outstanding, I just don't want to cook.  I really think it may be time to try to transition the men folk into eating a couple vegan meals a night.  I don't know how it will go, they may need PB&J back up.  That might help take some of the 2 meal dinner pressure off of me for a while.  It can get crazy, because some of the vegan recipes, I have to read closely w/ multiple steps.  And even worse I can never think what to make the men because I'm ambivalent to the meat.  Unfortunately, when I feel overwhelmed I shut down.  Maybe that's the problem then, I'm feeling cooking pressure!  Plus, I have all those fresh foods starting to wilt that I feel like I have to hurry up and cook something with.  Not a lot of room for flexibility and I am not very structured.  Well, I talked it out  with you and I think it must be the double meals getting to me.  And possibly the strict menu shopping & planning.  I better think about some strategies for this, as well as strategies that were suggested to me on how to get my kids eating healthier.  I better watch T.V. and think on it =)  Let's do stats:

Hunger:  No, I ate good today, although too many almonds?  A lot of juice at dinner.
Mood:  Happy but tired.
Cravings: yes, a little.  The guys wanted omelettes for dinner and I love eggs!  Gee, no wonder I don't feel like making myself food.
Health:  Hey, I'm doing good!  I'm dodging illnesses left and right with vegan, kung fu movements!!

It's funny how I didn't know what my problem was in the beginning of this blog and by the end figured it out.  Sometimes you have to talk it out to see it.  Thanks for listening!! =)  Good Night everyone be happy!!



  1. Danielle, it's perfectly natural to go on cooking burnout! I do all the time. I just try to go with the flow...cook lots when I'm in the mood, and do simple meals when I'm not.

    This is extra challenging for you tho, as you're still learning a whole new way of food & cooking! Give yourself a hug, you're doing great.

    Personally, I make separate dinners much of the time for my daughter as she's much less flexible than me. She gets simple stuff, like pancakes, pb&js, etc. when I don't feel like cooking too much. I think it's VERY reasonable to expect your fam to eat a mere 2 meals a week vegan! It's a drop in the bucket, and you could come up with stuff they'd all enjoy, I bet. How about a pasta dinner, or tostadas?

    You're doing great!!!

  2. See, I think you're being too nice to those men-folk of yours! If I'm gonna be doing the cooking, they'd be eating what I make or figure it out for themselves. Yeah, I'm mean like that! Why not have them make dinner a couple nights a week? Hey, Sam's made dinner before (usually just spaghetti or hotdogs, but he can do it!) and James has been known to cook up a meal or two. I mean, you are not asking them to change how they eat (though a vegan meal every now & again wouldn't kill least I don't think it would!) but you ARE changing your whole outlook on food and life and such and maybe a couple little changes for the boys would be in order, too. And then you can be back to happy cook!!!

  3. "How do I know what I think until I see what I say?" Jerome Bruner

    Stay well and keep kickin' butt using all your vegan kung fu moves! You're a superhero!

    and of course I missed you yesterday....A+ for taking care of yourself and getting some much needed rest! :-)

  4. Thanks for all the encouragement, you all make me feel better =)