Vegan Challenge!


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I’ve been struggling with the idea of going all the way for a while now. I’ve been a happy vegetarian for about a year and a half, and I must say it was most definitely a perfect lifestyle decision for me (although sometimes I do drool when my girlfriends order sushi and my roll consists of carrots & cucumbers…). I’ve gotten to the point where I automatically scan the dinner menu for vegetarian options and never feel deprived when I see an exceptionally delicious looking carnivorous dinner that I, of course, can’t order. Now that it has become such a given in my life, I think that I’m ready for a real challenge: veganism.

Oohhh… no. I’m not talking about a full transition here. Rather a short-term challenge; a “cleanse” if you will. And it’ll be a good opportunity for me to see if it’s something I can truly stick with. Now, I realize many people (omnivores) tend to lump all the crazies that don’t eat meat into one big organic boat, but there is a pretty big difference between the life of a vegetarian and the life of the vegan: vegan’s are way crazier! Here’s a quick overview of how things work:

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Vegetarians

No meat — no beef, pork, poultry, fish, shellfish, etc.

Vegans

No meat (like vegetarians) plus say goodbye to eggs,
dairy products, honey, leather & anything else an animal may have touched.

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Veganism is considered the true & strictest form of vegetarianism. There are maybe — on the super high end — 1% of American citizens that enjoy (if that’s the right word?) the vegan lifestyle. I’m planning on being one of these such people. For 21- days. I am not the biggest consumer of eggs and I have always preferred soy milk to normal milk, but even then, this will definitely be a challenge. It proves to be most difficult when eating out. Most products have some eggs, milk, cheese, etc. incorporated into them. Vegetarian dishes ESPECIALLY typically have some cheese mixed in for flavor since many carnivores seem to think no meat = no flavor (which, by the way, is not the case!)

Oprah recently did a 21-day “cleanse” in which she practiced pure veganism. This website  has an overview of the challenge with daily podcasts (!) containing information on veganism, words of encouragement (because you KNOW you’ll need about five days in!), and recipes for vegetarians and vegans. The benefits of vegeterianism (including veganism) are astounding: think lower rates of heart disease, lower blood cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, and lower rates of hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and prostate and colon cancer. So who knows — you may want to actually stick with it for more than 21 days <3.

Check out www.goveg.com for awesome veg recipes & a Vegetarian Starter Packet.

Alright — off to Mix to meet up with some friends (I’ll give you all a run-down tomorrow)! I’ll probably be starting this super fun (vegan diet) stuff next Monday.

Anyone down for the challenge

 

 

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Lisa on April 15, 2009 at 7:16 AM

    So this must be good timing; I have been thinking about going vegetarian for a while now. I havent done it becasue we eat SO much chicken, it’s going to be very hard. I dont eat very much red meat, so that wont be hard, but my chicken parm., chicken burrito’s, turkey taco’s..awe it’s so hard! Good luck on veganism!

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  2. Thank you! Yeah, I agree. Vegetarianism I can do, but VEGANISM — a lot of thought. You should totally try the fake meat at the store & substitute it. Jeff won’t even notice :)

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