Well we didn’t make it to District for dinner so no review for you, but it was a blessing in disguise to end up at La Briciola, an Italian restaurant a few blocks down from District in SOMA. Everything at La Briciola is made to order so when I requested no butter in my Tagliatelle ai porcini e tartufo (pasta with mushrooms, truffles, white truffle oil) the friendly staff was able and willing to oblige.
The experience got me thinking about what I’ve learned one week into the month-long vegan experiment. In no particular order:
1. I still crave meat. KFC commercials for their grilled chicken buckets are starting to look good to me. But most of all, I miss oysters and crab. We’ll see how I feel later on, but for now I’m planning on adding (some) seafood back into my diet almost immediately.
2. I recognize that it might have been easier to transition slowly (maybe adding one vegan day a week for example) but that wouldn’t have worked for me. I’m an all or nothing person and knowing I can just have meat the next day isn’t going to make me choose vegan today.
3. Planning ahead is the key to being vegan. I’ve been spending more time in the kitchen cooking and less money picking things up that may or may not be vegan. I actually love coming home from work and discovering new recipes every day.
4. Contrary to how I felt on the South Beach Diet (tired, sluggish) I feel more energized throughout the day. Also, I feel less hungry and more satisfied than when I did South Beach. However, my stomach flattened almost immediately on South Beach – can’t say that’s happened for me yet.
5. Getting enough protein has not been an issue, which is something I’ve worried about in the past since I don’t like beans (except lentils!). In fact, the biggest problem has been making sure I’m not overindulging in natural fats (oils, avocados, nuts). Still working through that.
6. If nothing else, switching cold turkey tofurkey to eating vegan has forced me out of my comfort zone and helped me explore new foods and recipes I might not have tried otherwise. It’s easy to get caught in the same meals/routine and drastically changing your diet gets you out of the rut. For example, I love mushrooms, but I never really eat them because it just doesn’t come up that often. Suddenly, I’m finding all new ways to enjoy mushrooms and finally getting my fill of them.
Anybody else make a diet change? Switch to vegan? Any tips for making the transition?