That’s right, we’ve decided to try a totally vegan diet for at least a week. We’ve been eating pretty healthy over the past year, no junk food, very little processed food, organic whenever possible, non GMO, grass-fed beef and free range chicken. We’ve lately tried to be much more conscious of the calories we eat every day and while that’s great, all this has not had enough of a positive effect on how we feel.
So why now? Well I was visiting one of my favorite blogs (www.raptitude.com) yesterday and read all the latest posts which included one of David’s experiments: What I Discovered When I Went Vegan for 30 Days
Reading this was like a big light going off over my head, it made sense, his approach was realistic and easy-going (just my style) and the results so immediate and exactly what we are looking for that I thought why not? Worth a try certainly!
I pondered this for a little while then told Way about it. He admitted considering it before but hadn’t for many of the reason’s David put it off for so long. So he agreed to read the post and when he was done, his exact words were “I’m in baby”!
So basically going Vegan means, no animal foods which for most people means, no meat, no dairy. Knowing that many foods have animal based ingredients in them, we decided that we best take an inventory of what we had to eat in our pantry before we could begin. We were pleasantly surprised to find very few things that we couldn’t eat on a vegan diet. There are still a few ingredients that I am not sure about but I have a handy app on my android phone that will tell me all that information. We don’t plan to be militant about it. If we eat something we didn’t know was dairy or animal, oops. We will just do our best and we figure that even if we only manage 90 or 95%, that’s got to have a great benefit and I will be very happy with that.
We will be doing some research and gathering some resources and will post them in the links section and/or in this diary section as we progress to our vegan week. I won’t waste food so nothing we currently have will be thrown out but used and we will add more vegan products as we go. I anticipate that we will probably have a week of 50% vegan then another week at 80% before we go full-time. I know many vegans say it’s all or none but we are not interested in labels or in unrealistic attitudes when faced with the few challenges that we have to work around. I’ll write more about those in future posts as we deal with them.
Suggestions, links, resources, recipes and anything else that might be helpful to us will be greatly appreciated.