After speaking to a friend of mine over at MidwestVeg.com about my frustrations with my weight and then watching documentaries such as Vegucated, Forks Over Knives, and Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, I have decided to eat a plant based diet, or Vegan diet, for thirty days.
Today is day six and everything is going fine. My only struggle would be my inner battle with cheese and I’m fairly positive that I’ll most likely end up vegetarian (as I was a few years ago) than completely Vegan.
I don’t have meat cravings, am eating plenty (still counting calories as well) and I believe I’ve lost a bit of weight as well. I think I have it easier than most because I do truly love almost all vegetables, most fruits, nuts, and grains. I also live near many Trader Joe’s grocery stores and Whole Food Markets, PLUS since I live so close to Chicago, I have access to vegetarian / vegan restaurants as well.
In the photo above, you’ll see a lot of processed and pre-made products, some of them are soy based. No fear though! I actually am sensitive to two food products, eggplant and soy. I can have soy in smaller amounts and those products are simply so I can TRY what’s out there and granted, these will last me and my family (if they choose to eat them) anywhere from 3-4 months. I’ve also not shown our PACKED refrigerator of fresh produce, freezer and separate freezer of frozen produce, and pantry shelves with whole grains, seeds, nuts, and so on!
I’ve so far tried the Daiya Cheese in Pepper-jack and it’s not too bad melted as I didn’t try it straight out of the bag. It has a VERY creamy texture to it. I think it would go very well as a nacho topping or taco topping.
I also tried the Tofutti brand of sour cream last night and it wasn’t as tangy as dairy based sour cream but it did work well with my dinner.
Another reason for going Vegan for a month is if it will alleviate my migraines. It’s too soon to tell but it’d be nice to at the very least not have so many each month. Another reason is strictly health. This past Friday night I ended up in the ER after days and days of intense chest pain that radiates through my shoulder and arm on my left side. If that doesn’t sound scary I don’t know what does!
It’s NOT my heart or my lungs, they believe it’s NOT an embolism… basically they have no idea what is causing it except it could be nerve trauma or Tietze Syndrome but they don’t know anything for sure. So I’ve been in near constant pain for over a week now. I read that eliminating animal products could help the pain so that’s yet another reason to do this.
So there you go! I am 100% committed, so much so that I had my husband return the ground meat, pork, and turkey products I had purchased recently back to the grocery store!
I’d love for you to share your favorite Vegetarian / Vegan blogs, books, and resources with me. I really love the following blogs:
Do you think you could (or have you ever / currently) eat a Vegan or plant based food diet? Let me know in the comments!