I wrapped up my vegan challenge this past Friday. On the final day, I almost gave in and ate some eggs. Being a gluten-free vegan is difficult at breakfast time. I was at a restaurant, and there were very few options. Then I thought, “Oh c’mon, you’ve come this far!” I ordered some potatoes and a spinach, mushroom and onion sauté. As it turned out, my breakfast was delicious. If nothing else, this challenge has taught me that I don’t have to follow conventional meals. On Saturday however (day 8), I ate Pizza (with cheese). Though it was tasty, I didn’t feel the urge to go crazy and dive back into all of my animal products. In fact, I don’t really want any more animal products for a while. It felt good to be vegan! I ate healthier, was more creative, and tapped into my much neglected pantry. Overall, it was a great experience. You should try it!
Time flies when you are having fun! I’m technically on Day 5, but I thought I would update you on how my challenge has been so far. But first, have you ever stood in front of your fridge, opened the door, then closed the door, then opened the door for a more thorough scan, then closed the door, then sat on the couch for a few, and walked back to the fridge and opened the door? This is a day in the life of a 7-Day Vegan. My fridge does not offer a plethora of Gluten Free Vegan snacks. Nonetheless, I’ve gotten a bit more creative in the process. In the morning, I typically juice. A common concoction is Chard or Kale, with carrot, green apple and ginger. When I have a sweet tooth, I go for my immunity juice of grapefruit (2), carrots (5) and ginger (1″ piece). In the last few days, I have noticed my skin brighten significantly, and it’s not nearly as dry. I think it’s a combination of juicing and eating less processed foods. For lunch, I usually eat a large green salad with whatever I want. I hooked up some mean black beans for dinner with brown basmati rice. Overall, I’m feeling good, and I feel that sense of bloat dissipating. I’m tossing around the idea of continuing this challenge for 30-days. I’ll give myself until Friday (day 7) to commit.
So, on my first day of the vegan challenge, I ordered a taco salad with Prawns (whoops). I am on my second first day now. I made some fresh grapefruit juice for breakfast ( I have a habit of juicing in the morning). I thought about french toast and looked briefly at my eggs in the fridge, hmm, I closed the fridge. I decided to do other things like cleaning. Finally when hunger entered the picture, I made a yummy salad of avocado, strawberries and radishes with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and curry powder dressing. Sometime around lunch I stopped by Pete’s Coffee with a friend, I was hungry again. I looked around at the snacks, checking all of the labels, dairy, dairy, “contains a milk ingredient,” more dairy. Eventually, I bought a pack of nuts and some iced green tea. For dinner, I ate (vegan) Thai yellow curry with brown rice, my tofu was soft though ( I asked for crispy, bummer). Finally, in a house filled with dudes, I sit here watching a Warriors game. There is a meat lovers pizza on the stove, multiple bags of chips, all containing “milk ingredients”. I really think this vegan challenge will help me curb my junk food tendencies. Now for some Yogi ginger lemon tea (yum).