I feel like this week I have finally hit my stride with this whole vegan thing. As of Sunday, I am exactly halfway through this challenge, and it has definitely taken me until now for my body to really acclimate. I had been having trouble feeling satiated before, and while I felt relatively physically well, I was a bit low energy. I’m excited to report that as of yesterday evening’s yoga class, I am really feeling wonderful.

During the past two weeks, I have really felt the detoxifying effects of Bikram’s more than I have before in my practice. It’s like I could sense my body trying to get rid of all the stuff it didn’t need, and now I feel like a weight has been lifted. It reminds me of the times when I’ve gotten off an airplane with plugged up ears, and everything sounded kind of fuzzy and far away, then suddenly my ears cleared and everything was fresh and open and clear sounding. It’s such a good feeling.

There are definitely things I won’t be able to eat again. Milk, for one. I don’t think I’ll be able to drink cows milk anymore. I think I’ll reincorporate some animal products back into my diet after my challenge, but much more in moderation. I’d like the things I eat and cook with to add to my meal, not act as default ingredients.

Things I miss? Really sharp cheddar, and (even though this is kind of like milk- which I don’t miss) cream in my coffee. Those are things I look forward to incorporating (with moderation) into my diet.

Healthfully yours,