One of my best friends was vegan for a while (now she’s 100% pescatarian for over a year) and said as a vegan, she’s never felt better. I already don’t eat a lot of red meat, but I’m in love with chicken and eggs and sushi. The thought of giving those up is anxiety-inducing.
Honestly, I just want to see if I can do this and stick it out for two weeks, then record my progress and feelings.
Two Week Vegan Challenge
So the plan is to eat healthy, vegan foods and still go about my daily activities. I want to see how this affects me. I want to keep track of my progress here. I’ll be posting the difference between my starting and ending weight, as well as my waist/hip measurements, and how I feel as far as energy and self-perception.
I’m not confident enough to post any actual numbers, but I’ll let you know my progress!
All my recipes are taken from PETA’s 2-week vegan meal plan. Politics aside, they know veganism like no one else. I decided to do this at 10:30 pm on a Monday, so my week starts on Tuesday (11/12/13) to Tuesday (11/26/13), two days before Thanksgiving.
I’m going to post every day in some fashion (vlog or traditional) to describe the meals I had, their recipes, and how I feel.
I want to see if I can stick it out for two weeks, and if I can maintain my day-to-day routines with sufficient energy on a vegan diet.
I started with PETA’s guide to becoming vegan/vegetarian. I skipped all the celebrity propaganda, and pretty much only read pages 4-6, 14-22, because this post isn’t about addressing that part of veganism.
Vegans don’t eat any product that comes from an animal: meat, fish/shellfish, dairy products, eggs, or honey.
I need to check labels for common nonvegan ingredients, such as: casein, carmine/carminic acid, beeswax, gelatin, lactose (but lactic acid is mostly always vegan), lanolin, vitamin D3 (D2 is okay, though), and whey.
- whole grains
- peanut butter
- brown rice
- soy milk
- faux meats (this makes me nervous)
vegan-approved dairy alternatives (calcium)
- “many leafy green vegetables”
- soy milk
- calcium-fortified orange juice
“A majority of the foods you already eat are vegan, including many cookies, chips, breads, crackers, pastries, cereals, soups, and candies.” (p. 15)