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I knew this would end up being a trial-and-error sort of process, but I'm a person who's much happier with immediate gratification.

So, I confess here: I failed! Well... I did some things that were 'fail,' anyway.

The problem is that apparently I can't handle three food issues simultaneously. I didn't really think of it in those terms until they were competing with one another and I failed at all three.

First, my weight. It goes up and down. It doesn't so much yo-yo as undulate, in 3- or 5-year cycles. It had been going up for a while, it reached a point where how I look was stressing more more than I was enjoying my pretty much steady diet of sugar, and... oh... two months ago or so, I went onto my usual calorie-restricted meal plan. Call it 'portion control,' if you will. But counting calories means not eating sugar, so that might push it into 'diet' realm. Anyway. That's issue one. Calorie control.

Issue 2 is health. Eat more veggies and less sugar! Check.

Issue 3 was the more recent attempt to switch to a more animal-friendly way of eating. And I cannot tell a lie, that was pretty much all about feeling guilty.

So: restricted calories, eating veggies (which take an INSANE amount of time to prepare and clean up, if that's the bulk of your food), and the sudden switch to a bunch of brand names I've never even heard of.

Can you guess? Yes, FAIL!

It was the calories. I got too hungry over the course of one particular week, and I still had some non-vegetarian food in the house that I wasn't going to throw away... so, yeah. Long story short, it started last week with finishing up the fish in the freezer, and it's culminated in eating pizza (pepperoni!) and also a vast amount of cake. With icing. Which can't be good. Ayep. Complete and utter binge. For a week.

I'll get back in the saddle tomorrow. I've got pretty much all veggie stuff in the house now.

Lesson learned: I have to be gentle with myself on this. I can't do a completely fresh-food way of eating, at least not right away. It just takes too much time! If I'm going to restrict the calories (which I'm going to, because... well... because), then I have to compromise and find prepared foods I can eat. I have to assume that frozen vegan pizza is going to be just fine. I don't have to chop up all those damn vegetables myself.

Another lesson learned: I was pretty much already eating vegetarian. The meat was no problem. I realized I ate very little of it anyway. Fish? Somewhat of a problem. Eggs and dairy, though, have been a huge challenge, but I'm on it now. And the eggs hidden in things were insidious! I'm working on that, too.

I still have some non-veg food to clear out, but I'm making slow progress.

So the question is this: Vegan pizza, with no meat or egg ingredients. The label says "Produced in a facility that processes milk, eggs and soy." What do you think, vegetarian and vegan folks? Would you buy that? (Allergies aren't an issue. I'm blessed to say that I haven't yet met anything I'm allergic or sensitive to.)
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