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Vegan Challenge: I Ate Vegan for a Week and Here is What Happened

June 29, 2016
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Background

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

Day 1-

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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.

Day 2-

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M1: Banana berry bowl

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.

Day 3- love you more too north dallas blogger plano lifestyle blogger vegan challenge

M1: Chocolate Superfood bowl from the TIU nutrition plan

M2: Watermelon

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

Day 4- love you more too north dallas blogger plano lifestyle blogger vegan challenge

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.

Day 5- love you more too north dallas blogger plano lifestyle blogger vegan challenge

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.

Day 6- love you more too north dallas blogger plano lifestyle blogger vegan challenge

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.

Day 7-

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M1: Banana berry smoothie bowl

M2: Yogurt parfait

M3: Southwest style salad with quinoa chips

M4: Salad and green beans (at the cooking event I went to)

M5: Orange

Thought of the day: Sticking to a vegan diet is difficult, though not impossible, in social settings.

Moving forward

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.

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Could you do a week vegan challenge?  What would be the most difficult part for you? Leave me a comment!

  • candy June 29, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Sounds like you had success and didn’t go hungry. Change is good.

  • kerona June 29, 2016 at 9:03 am

    This was a great post you stuck with your challenge and saw it through, thats really great, not many can pull through.

  • Rebecca Hicks June 29, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Wow your food looks amazing! When I was in college one of the dining halls was vegan, and I would go there a lot because of the better fruit and veggie choices they had. I don’t think I could eat vegan all the time, though. I would miss dairy and meat WAY too much. Oh and chocolate. I can’t live without it! 😉

  • Jenn Slavich June 29, 2016 at 10:55 am

    I’ve been an off and on vegan for about 4 years now and I love the switch. I’ve found out a lot about my body when I made the switch. Starting out can be so hard to stick to but once you are in the “groove” for a while it just becomes second nature. Congrats on the week! Looks like a lot of amazing meals. Thanks for sharing!!

  • Samantha June 29, 2016 at 11:38 am

    I went from being vegetarian for a couple years, to vegan for one, and back to being vegetarian. The year I was vegan wasn’t terribly hard, the frustrating part was going to restaurants or eating with family and friends! There aren’t many vegan options in my city (Corpus Christi!).

    xoxo, Sam | thehauntedhousewife.com

  • Morgan June 29, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    I went vegan for about a month a while back and loved it! The hardest part was dining out, but I think most restaurants are hip to the vegans these days! congrats on finishing your challenge!

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  • Cassandra June 29, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    I was vegan for about six months, but I never felt well. Always bloated. It was a great way to detox though! I’d do it again for a week if only to inspire me to become more creative in the kitchen. 😀

  • Ruthie Ridley June 29, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    Eating vegan would be so hard for me but I’ve always wanted to try!

  • Katie June 30, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Nice work, girl! I’m not vegan but I’ve been vegetarian for the last 14 years. I still eat fish and eggs and honestly, this is just how my body feels best. I’ve tried to add a little meat back in but just always feel bloated and tired, but with fish and eggs I know I’m getting some good animal protein while also filling my diet with tons of healthy vegetarian options too!

  • Mia June 30, 2016 at 10:28 am

    I would really like to try going vegan for a week. That was one of my concerns, that I wouldn’t be “full” enough without the meat proteins, but looks like there are plenty of options! 🙂

  • Kristen June 30, 2016 at 11:59 am

    I think this is such a cool challenge! I am with you on the beans 🙂 All your meals look delicious!

  • Kim Munoz June 30, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    I love that you weren’t full! I always imagine I would starve. But my doctors have been trying to get me to cut back on animal protein, so I replace one or two of my daily meals with a plant based protein shake. I don’t think I could give it all up for good, but I have cut back quite a bit. It might be easier if my husband and boys were not meat and potatoes kind of guys!

  • Tiffany VanSickle June 30, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    I don’t know if I could go without burgers, chicken, and eggs… It would be soooo hard!

  • Ref J June 30, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    I give you props! I am too much of a meat lover to forgo meat for more than a few hours. 🙂 Although, those meals definitely made me realize just how many options there are to fill you up without having to add meat or non-vegan options.

  • Lecy | A Simpler Grace June 30, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    What a fun way to try a new type of diet! It looks like you had some yummy meals and stayed full during the day.

  • Neely (@Neelykins) June 30, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    I have thought about doing a vegan challenge before but I don’t think the husband would love it! Great job girl!

  • Sandy Mangis June 30, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    Being myself over 50, I don’t eat that much at a time. But I think i would starve on this. I know it would be hard to do because of the things my other half eats.