So, I survived day one of being a vegan. Here's the real deal – we don't meat in my house every day, so I didn't really think that the transition would be that complicated. That was a delusion. Being a vegan requires thought. Lots of it. At least for someone who is inclined to eat eggs at every meal – or at least most of them.

The real hurdle I'm coming across is that since weight-loss surgery, my stomach is very tiny. When I'm eating – my goal is to take in as much protein as I can before indulging in carbs. I'm finding that soy-based proteins as well as legumes all fill me insanely fast and leave me uncomfortably full for long periods of time. This is a real issue for me. I'm still committed to seeing this through – I just need to figure out a way to get the protein I need without being miserable.

So far, I've made 4 dishes. Here are photos of 3. On the left is a caramelized tofu w/ brussels sprouts (I skipped the nuts & I added some soy sauce, ginger & red pepper flakes). On the right are spicy/sweet collard greens and a quinoa/chickpea vegetable pilaf.

Caramelizes tofu & Brussels sprouts  Spicy sweet collard greens & quinoa and chickpea vegetable pilaf

Truthfully, it's hard not to get bogged down in the "difficulty" of not eating meat. To not obsess about every tiny detail of what's inside of your food is kind of a luxury, although we'd probably all be better if we thought more about what we consumed.

So, day one complete. Today – I think I'll go to Whole Foods & pick up a few things that I've been excited about trying and try to sit down & meal plan. I keep saying that planning is the key, and yet every meal I've made has been more a fly by the seat of your pants kind of deal.

I'd say at this moment I am slightly overwhelmed, but not hopeless that this can be a success. Keep your fingers crossed!