DAY 4 UPDATE
I'm on day 4 of eating vegan/paleo and loving it! You can read why I made this decision here, and why it's not an ethical choice here. Side note: I added the paleo aspect to the mix because this style of eating has always been my preference anyways.
My goal is one week but I might even go for 21 days to see how my body feels. So far it feels great. If I end up loving this shift then this will be probably become my primary way of eating (like 80/20).
As a very happy and frequent meat, fish and egg eater, this experiment is quite the adjustment because I'm not eating the things that have been staples in my meals for most of my life. My goal is just to eat super clean right now. I did a ton of research of course because protein was my biggest worry, but learned lots about that and feel great about all the goodies that filled my shopping cart today. Plus, it was hella cheap! Yay!
P.S. You can join the conversation here.
DAY 10 UPDATE
It's January 26th and I'm now on Day 10 of eating vegan with a few exceptions:
1. I'm still eating my beloved Hellmann's mayo despite it being made with eggs because a) I love it and use it almost daily-have for years b) I bought a huge jar before making this decision and I intend to finish it, and c) It took me until yesterday to make the connection that it's not vegan! LOL! No, I'm not daft. I know what mayo is made with. It's just so habitual for me to use it that it didn't even cross my mind that it's made with oodles of eggs. That being said, after my jar is done and if I'm feeling the desire to commit more fully to being vegan, I will just make a homemade mayo. It's not important to me at this point though. P.S. I especially love mayo in my quinoa, broccoli, and tomato concoction. Yummers!
2. On Friday I had some tuna (a major go-to since I was a kid) and one bite of cheese (both were what was available where I was) and I actually had to spit the cheese out and could not eat the tuna. The taste and texture of both were really gross to me which I couldn't believe. Clearly my tastebuds and texture preferences are changing. I find this super cool.
3. I have lost some weight (judging by how my clothes fit) and am never bloated which I was daily before I switched to vegan. I feel leaner and lighter and healthier.
4. I've only had one day where I craved meat and that was after seeing someone post a pic of a kickass burger. I have ALWAYS loved red meat more than chicken, fish or eggs or dessert, and maybe even more than boys. I don't have any red meat in the house right now anyways so a "cheat" wasn't going to happen, but this was the first time I felt the significance of my decision to try going vegan. On a side note, I went to The Keg earlier this month (Jan 1st) to get what I always get (steak medium-rare) and it was the first time I didn't finish a steak. It was undercooked and it made me lose my appetite but I did not return it just because I decided I'd just cook it up for breakfast the next day, which I did.
In retrospect, eating meat is a lot of work. All that chewing and all that digesting that has to happen takes quite a bit of effort. The foods I'm eating right now are just so easy and gentle to consume and even go out the same way. Things just feel balanced and natural and I really love that.
It will be interesting for me to see if or when I decide to eat red meat again. I wonder if I'll have a similar response like the one I had to cheese and tuna.
Time will tell!
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DAY 20 UPDATE
Unfortunately I wasn't able to find the original post for this on Facebook (all updates were first written there and I transferred them here months after the fact), but I did continue my vegan experiment for a full 20 days with a few non-vegan choices along the way including my birthday on January 29th. That day I had two meat-filled paninis with cheese from the Princess Cafe with zero guilt, countless mouthfuls of heaven, and a belly full of happiness.
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