Last Wednesday, I decided to create my own “Vegan Challenge.” Initially, I decided to do a vegan challenge to see if I could go a week without animal products and what effects it would have on my body. One of my 30 things to do before 30 was to try vegan for a week, and I thought a week before we leave for Greece is as good of a time as any. Instead of a juice cleanse (because I got a few hours in one time and failed miserably), I figured a week (8 days total, since today is technically my last day) of eating vegan would be a great compromise.
What I discovered
One of the things I discovered during this week was that there are many delicious and filling things you can make without meat. Honestly, I never felt hungry at any point during the week. This was something I was not expecting.
This week, I was forced to get creative with my meals and not rely on old favorites. I enjoyed this and will bring this on to my regular non-vegan diet. During this week, I also learned that I have strong will-power and can turn down any food, no matter how delicious it looks.
What I ate
M1: Random smoothie (I realized my vanilla protein powder was not vegan) Chocolate protein powder, frozen berries, peanut butter
M2: Yellow watermelon
M3: Veggie plate (spinach, veggie patty, hummus, cucumber, and bell peppers)
M4: Soy ice cream sandwich
M5: Delicious southwest style salad
Thought of the day: I was surprised that I went to bed full.
M2: Leftover southwest style salad
M3: Soy ice cream sandwich
M4: Yellow watermelon
M5: Thug Kitchen veggie enchiladas
Thought of the day: I think black beans make me gassy (Sorry for the TMI). This vegan thing may not be fun for Colton.
M1: Chocolate Superfood bowl from the TIU nutrition plan
M3: Leftover enchiladas
M4: Peanut butter scoop
M5: Ghengis Grill vegan bowl (tofu, veggies, brown rice)
Thought of the day: So happy with all of the vegan combos you can make at Ghengis
M1: Chocolate peanut butter smoothie
M2: Strawberry banana Trader Joe’s fruit bar
M3: (at wedding) Side salad with balsamic, fruit, multi-grain triangle roll
M4: Coconut yogurt parfait with agave
M5: Leftover enchiladas- piece of watermelon
Thought of the day: It was difficult to not have a piece of cake from my favorite local baker, but I was more bummed the potatoes had butter so I couldn’t participate in the potato buffet at the wedding.
M1: Vegan Ezekiel french toast from TIU nutrition plan
M2: Sweet potato and asparagus
M3: Toast and peanut butter
M4: Chipotle burrito (new sofritas is amazing)
M5: Frozen sorbet
Thought of the day: Frozen sorbet is not nearly as delicious as froyo, but I am still glad there was a tasty vegan option at the frozen yogurt shop.
M1: Vegan Eziekel French Toast
M2: Coconut yogurt parfait with agave
M3: Vegan stuffed bell pepper (recipe coming soon…and oh so delicious!)
Thought of the day: I didn’t eat my last two meals and now it’s too late.
M2: Yogurt parfait
M3: Southwest style salad with quinoa chips
M4: Salad and green beans (at the cooking event I went to)
Thought of the day: Sticking to a vegan diet is difficult, though not impossible, in social settings.
Vegan food is delicious and full of great nutrients. I actually enjoyed this vegan challenge and cleanse for my body. There weren’t any huge differences in how I felt throughout the day, because I usually eat pretty healthy on a daily basis. To be honest, I am happy to go back to eating a “typical” diet again because there were several times this week I wanted to have what everyone else was having. When a vegan option is offered, more than half of the time I think I will take it now instead of the typically “chicken” choice I usually make. I didn’t miss cheese until I was at an event with delicious looking mac & cheese.
Those of you who eat a regular vegan diet. I admire you. It is such a commitment, but with many restaurants embracing plant-based diets, you have a ton of amazing options.
Overall, I don’t want to limit myself to only eating vegan every meal every day for the rest of my life, but I fully intend on making it a 50/50 thing now that I completed my vegan challenge.
Could you do a week vegan challenge? What would be the most difficult part for you? Leave me a comment!