I don’t love cheese. I don’t crave it. I don’t think about it. If it went away, I wouldn’t miss it. The only time I eat cheese is when I’m with friends and we order pizza or quesadillas. Otherwise, cheese isn’t in my routine. I’ve got no beef with cheese (ha!). It’s just that my body craves the sweeter things in life. Boy, did that change.

Day 3 of Veg Week was off to a terrible start. My alarm didn’t go off. Instead of my usual fruit/protein/flax seed/love smoothie, I had my “this-ain’t-no-time-to-be-fancy-grab-some-protein-and-run” smoothie. (Lack of time can kill a dream.) My plan B smoothie consisted of two scoops of whey protein powder mixed with water. I put the ingredients in a bottle, shook, and guzzled. This was going to be a long day.

By lunch time, I was starving. I inhaled another plan B smoothie and an orange. By 4pm, I felt lonely and afraid. Armed with no plan and little hope, I ran to Starbucks for a large coffee. I sipped it slow imagining it was a glass of wine and I was in Paris being cajoled by a dark French guy. I lived in that dream for an hour then headed to the gym for my workout. Full of caffeine and lust, I set a record on my overhead squats and chin ups. That was the first and last bright spot in my day.

At 8pm, I got home and ate a huge bowl of mixed vegetables. I was full but not satisfied. I wanted meat, lots of it. I wanted a burger wrapped in bacon smothered with chicken swimming in fish. But more than that, I wanted to survive VegWeek. So I did the unthinkable. I drove to Whole Foods and bought a block of cheese. I got home and tore into that cheese like an addict. I didn’t know what I was doing or why I was doing it but it felt amazing. An hour later I was in bed with side pains and gas. I’m lactose intolerant.

Day 3 was a success (read: I didn’t eat meat). But it wasn’t pretty.

Lessons Learned:
1. People who pack their lunches the night before are smarter than people who don’t.
2. If you become a crazed maniac at night, it’s because you didn’t eat enough during the day.
3. Crazed maniacs do bad things.
4. Lactose intolerance is not a game.

Categories: Nutrition


Angel · 05/02/2012 at 1:57 am

@Aisha. Yes, ma’am!

Amanda · 05/01/2012 at 8:50 am

Unless its the smoothie under your salad for breakfast post…

Amanda · 05/01/2012 at 8:46 am

Angel…can you please re-post your green smoothie recipe? I cannot seem to find it on here. Thanks!!!

Aisha · 04/29/2012 at 5:16 am

Hello Angel eat your beans and protein filled grains!!! Vegetarian Chili With Barley. Quinoa with roasted veggies. Oatmeal with fruit, nuts, and some of that Greek Yogurt. Lentias….yeah go to an Indian buffet they have tons of yummy vegetarian food.

Angel · 04/27/2012 at 9:36 am

@Stephen, You had me at “fruitation”.

Angel · 04/27/2012 at 9:35 am

@Rachel. I will let you buy me one soon. Thanks for stopping by, friend.

Angel · 04/27/2012 at 9:35 am

@jane. I was wondering if any caught that line!

Stephen Anderson · 04/27/2012 at 9:22 am

I so love your truth in advertising! I am not even going to pretence to be ready to try to think about contemplating the possibility of seriously considering going veggie for a week…Smh. But I have severely increased my vegetation and fruitation consumption. And I feel really good! My meat is 90% fish and the rest chicken (always baked of course). I will try veggie at some point (one day :)) . Thanks for.the inspiration!!

seejanesweat · 04/27/2012 at 8:34 am

LOL. You are crazy. I love the burger wrapped in bacon smoothered in chicken swimming in fish…

Rachel · 04/27/2012 at 7:30 am

I’m a vegetarian, and I want to buy you a burger, you funny girl.

Angel · 04/26/2012 at 5:49 pm

@Nicole. This helped so much. I drooled just reading about what you ate! Pumpkin flax granola sounds like something I’m not going to be able to eat one serving of.(I’m so weak.) I’m going to do better tomorrow-Packing a big salad, greek yogurt, and throwing tons of fruit in my bag. Thanks for the motivation, friend! xoxo

Nicole · 04/26/2012 at 5:45 pm

Love your writing — but hate that you had to go through that! My usual veg day involves Kashi oatmeal for breakfast or soy yogurt w/pumpkin flax granola (possibly with fruit). I will bring a banana or apple (today w/peanut butter), granola bar, or trail mix (almonds, cashews and dried cranberries) for my mid-morning snack. And when I don’t have time to make lunch (read: there aren’t leftovers from the awesome dinner I made the night before) I grab a frozen Amy’s wrap. Now I’m off to make one of those awesome dinners…spring veg risotto!

Dena · 04/26/2012 at 4:35 pm

Hahahaha, u r crazy!! But, u doin it. Peeps at the train think i’m the crazy one cuz I’m cracking up!!

Angel · 04/26/2012 at 4:30 pm

@FVR. I can’t do the peanuts because I can’t STOP eating the peanuts. I would destroy your honey roasted peanuts.

FVR · 04/26/2012 at 4:28 pm

This was hilarious, and I hear you on the lactose … Learned that lesson last week! What about peanuts? I have been snacking on the world’s most amazing honey roasted peanuts.

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