40 Year Old Utah Mormon Vegan Homeschool Mom with Large Family Trying to Get to a Healthy Weight

I have a large family. I have a large family for a Utah Mormon (not just for a city-dwelling New-York City resident or Hollywood movie star, because their definitino of a large family is not mine). I am vegan. I have been pregnant and breatfeeding for what feels like half of my life. I am 40. I wake up early, not to excercise, but to take my daughter to her early morning homeschool seminary class.

I try hard to eat right. I just barely skim the surface of having a habit of eating breakfast, lunch and dinner on time. I try to eat healthy foods, but it is tough to find time to prepare something healthy when our lives are so busy.

I try to find time to exercise. I just cannot find it. O.k., so I know where it is. It is right there when my husband gets home, gives me the chance to go to the gym, and I hear my preschooler bawling at the top of his lungs about his hunger, my husband says to ignore him, and I make him something to eat, following which my husband leaves and my was-gonna-be-tending-while-I-went-to-the-gym son throws a fit, begging me to let off on the homeschool assignments for the week so that he can play on the wii. The screaming, throwing things and bawling from the torture of the immensity of the assignments is so great that I do not go to the gym. I stay home and my husband gets back and tries go help us through the rough patch. Then I make a vegan dinner for only myself and am too exhausted (and it is too late at night) to go to the gym.

This is just one day in the life of the Utah Mormon Vegan Homeschool Mom with a Large Family who is trying to lose 30 lbs. and thus reach a healthy weight. I tell you, I am sick to death of all the blog posts and youtube videos I find with women who have 2 kids and send them to school during the day, then tell me how they lost all the baby weight in 6 weeks.  am also sick of all the “you need animal protein” lies out there, written by weight-loss gurus who are not vegan!

“Thou shalt not covet” the women who lose baby weight in under a year. Seriously, the toughest commandment out there. Arghhhhh!

I seriously cannot be the only one! I hate feeling alone. I do not expect to find someone just exactly in my situation, but a bunch of groupies close to it would be nice. A support group would help immensely. There have to be vegan homeschool moms out there with large families, and who also large bellies like mine that have not gone away when the baby is a preschooler!

If you are one and have found this post, please comment. I need a support network of women who know what I am going through! Advice about exercise would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

PhytoEstrogens in Soy vs. Estrogen in Cow’s Milk

Are you worried that if you went vegan, the estrogen in soy would be bad for you? I have good news for those of you who ar considering veganism. The estrogen is “PhytoEstrogen,” an estrogen only absorbed by plants. I have bad news for those of you not considering veganism. The kind of estrogen your body DOES absorb is found in great quantities cow’s milk! 

I have some sad news. Those pushing you to believe things about hormones which are not true, are a group of dairy farmers. Lies in the form of propoganda are tricking you. Here is an article with the truth in it:

Soy Myths and Misinformation

Pearson: Animal Cruelty Supporter

Pearson c. 2002 Spelling Workout C

p. 5: How to cook ostrich eggs. You could make egg salad. It could make as many as 20 sandwiches. “That’s quite a meal!”

p. 40, #5: “Those trained elephants are really snart” {This is for editing. The spelling word is “smart.” My son put in “torchered” instead of “smart.” Good catch, son! He is the one that brought all this to my attention by doing that! I am pleased with him for catching and noticing that!”}

p.  41: mention of “ponies in a race” and “round up time;” photo of a person riding a bucking horse in a rodeo

p. 45: mention that prairie dogs give farmers trouble

I am vegan so this bothers me. hope PETA sees this. I tried to comment on their web site and there is a glitch, so it just kept erasing all my work (boo hoo). I hope PETA agrees that what our kids see in their textbooks, they learn from and believe to be good, right, acceptable and accurate.

Pearson (curriculum publishing company) has no place for me to write to them or call them about the content of their textbooks or workbooks. They only have methods of contact for schools to buy large numbers of texts. It appears they only care about money. If someone from Pearson (such as a marketing director, public relations, editor, curriculum writer) gets this message, please input it into the system and tell the people who can make a change there in their books, in order to take animal cruelty out of your curricula! Thanks!

PETA, if you see this, contact Pearson. Perhaps you know how to do so. Perhaps they will fear you enough to care about what you say. Thanks!

Water Your Plants As You Do Dishes, Laundry, Baths and Showers!

I do not have this but I want it. What a great idea! When I first read Alicia Silverstone’s post about this, I thought she was hauling buckets of water from the bathtub. I thought that was ridiculous. That is not how she does it. She had this system called a Greywater System installed. Water your plants with the wastewater from baths and laundry and dishes! Check it out!

Youtube: DIY Installing a Greywater System for your garden or landscape

Vegan at the Cracker Barrel

Vegan at the Cracker Barrel seem a bit impossible? Well, I did it last night. Of course, I had to have the manager come out and arrange special things for me and discuss what things are vegan.

It turns out they cook their sprouts with ham, their pinto beans have ham in them, they cook most of their veggies and even their rice in beef broth, and much more. At least they were honest!

However, I ordered a garden salad which has a vegan dressing, a plain baked potato, corn with no margarine and a fresh seasonal fruit dish. The  at the last minute, she mentioned that one manager she knew was vegan and loved their granola (which they usually put on the yogurt). That sounded great, so I ordered that (no yogurt).

My faves were the garden salad, baked potato and granola. The granola had dried berries, oatmeal and almonds. It was delicious and seemed very healthy. The baked potato was huge and the garden salad was so yummy. I used some of the dressing that was for the salad, for my baked potato. I also added a bit of salt and a bit of pepper to it.

So you can eat vegan there. I sent them a comment on their website thanking them for being hospitable and helpful (some restaurants aren’t). I also asked them to have a “special diets” section in their menu with a “vegan” subsection. I asked them for veggie and rice options without butter or beef broth. I suggested they cook rice in vegetable broth.

I Ate the Vegan Black Bean Burger at Scrud’s Restaurant in Utah

I just ate at this place called Scrud’s in Utah and they had a great Vegan Black Bean Burger. I was told the bun is even vegan. I had tomato, lettuce, pickles and avocado on it. I had the side salad “with no cheese and no bacon.” I did not have fries. The black bean burger does not touch a grill or a fryer, but everything that does (fries, other burgers, etc.) comes in contact with LARD, FYI. Ask for a bun with no butter, too. I had to ask for one after they had brought me one with butter on it.

Anyway, it was a BIG, tasty vegan black bean burger! It did not taste dry like the one at Wendy’s. It had corn, green peppers and tomatoes chopped up in it. The beans seemed very fresh. They were not formed into a compact, had been frozen, type “patty” of beans. It is a huge chunk-bunch of fresh, delicious, moist, juicy mixture spread onto the bun. It is 10 times better than the (expensive) cheap, low quality, dry, tiny black bean burger at Wendy’s, so please go to Scrud’s instead of Wendy’s if you want to be more pleased!

Of course, if you want to encourage Wendy’s, at least try theirs once. Then tell them it is great but just costs too much for the value given. Just keep in mind that we do buy dried beans and cook them so we know they do not cost very much. We are willing to pay over $4.00 for this child-sized sandwich to test it and make other reataurants also wish to put out vegan items. However, on a regular basis, we are not going to run in, to pay over $4 for a sandwich that leaves us hungry. We are aware that beans do not cost much. I am positive Wendy’s buys dried beans in bulk to make these. Granted, I know that hiring expensive dieticians and chefs, patenting a new black bean burger and getting it PETA approved cannot be easy or cheap. I will give you that, Wendy’s.

Scrud’s is a small chain with 4 restaurant locations and it is kicking Wendy’s butt on this, though. Come on, Wendy’s. You can do better than that with all the money you have! Don’t let a tiny chain beat you in the butt and make you look, well, “cheap.”

Recommended Vegan Values Childrens Books For Your Homeschool

The Lorax

Horton Hears a Who

The Secret Garden

Hubert the Pudge

My Mom Eats Tofu

The Giving Tree

Benji Bean Sprout Doesn’t Eat Meat

Saving Emily

Real Superheroes Eat Tofu

Plants Feed Me

The Magic Finger, Roald Dahl

Not a Nugget

Charlotte’s Web

The Mouse and the Motorcycle

How to Eat a Rainbow

National Geographic Safari

Counting Safari Adventure

Blocky book set: Safari Friends

Baby Animals on Safari 1&2

Safari: a Photicular book

Dive In!

National Geographic: Dive!

Magic Schoolbus takes a Dive

SkippyJohn Jones Takes a Dive

Deap Sea Dive

Deep-Diving Submarines

Yellowstone: Eye of the Grizzly

Yellowstone National Park: An A,B,C Adventure

Bugling Elk and Sleeping Grizzlies

When the Wolves Returned

Big Mammals of Yellowstone for Kids

Yellowstone and Grand ateton Babies

Snow School

Grey Wolves: Return to Yellowstone

Yellowstone Moose

Deep in the Swamp

The Swamp Where Gator Hides

In the Small, Small Pond

Song of the Water Boatman

Butternut Hollow Pond

“One Small Square” habitats series

Here is the Coral Reef

The Hidden Forest, Jeanine Baker

Down, Down, Down by Steve Jenkins

Here is the Southwestern Desert

Way Out in the Desert

Desert Giant

Creatures of the Desert World

Rocky Mountains Plants and Animals

Good Night Mountains

Color the Wild Rockies: Discover the Great Outdoors

Rocky Mountain Wildlife

Rocky Mountain ABC’s

Good Night Texas

Sounds of the Wild: Forest

Moose, By Meryl Magby

Grandpa Skates with a Bear

Hyenas: On the Hunt

A Hummingbird Miracle

In Denali: A Photographic Essay

Ice Bear

Whales and Dolphins

An Octopus is Amazing

What It’s Like to Be a Fish

In the Sea

Whales

The Blue Whale

National Geographic Kids: Penguins

National Geographic Explore: Penguins

National Geographic Kids: Frogs

Antelope, Bison, Cougar: A National Wildlife Alphabet Book

National Geographic Kids: Pandas

Llamas and Other Latin American Camels

South American Animals, by Karen Arnold

Amazing Animals Series: Rhinoceroses

Animals in Danger in Asia

Peacocks for Kids

Cheetahs for Kids

Gorilla Mountain: The Story of Wildlife Biologist Amy Vedder

Animal Atlas

Tiger Rescue

I See a Kookabura!

National Geographic: Mission: Elephant Rescue

African Animals: Elephants

Elephant by Suzie Eszerthas

Marine Habitats: Life in Saltwater

Beaks!

Life in a Rainforest

Life in the Temperate Grasslands

Life on the Tundra

Kangaroo Island: Wild Habitat: The Story of An Australian Mallee Forest

Finding Home 

Chimaka the Chimpanzee

Mia the Meerkat

Destination: Australia

Kangaroos, by Sara kras

The Forest in th Clouds

Explore the Tropical Rainforest

Talking With The Animals: Patti Summer