(Guest Post by Rich who is nearly done his 30 Day Vegan Challenge, follow Rich on Twitter at @nineoclockgun)
My vegan experiment/challenge is almost over!
After 28 days of 99% veganism (I had more than one cheat day) – I’m actually quite surprised at how easy it is. I did have a lot of help from my wife! She prides herself on cooking new vegan recipes all the time, so it makes it easy when I come home to a hot freshly cooked vegan meal every night 🙂
My cheat days were pretty minor except Thanksgiving when I filled up with cheese and had turkey covered in gravy. Other cheat days included some crackers which were not vegan and a dinner out that included butter in the sauce. So for the most part I ate vegan and vegetarian all month.
My main diet changes were:
- from cream to soy in my coffee
- vegan cheese in my sandwiches
- vegan baked goods…very limited at coffee shops, but jjbean has great stuff
- salad bar lunches at whole foods
- fruit to snack on instead of energy bars and crap
- no junk food, fast food or chocolate bars
The toughest part is when I get really hungry and want something fast, I have to really think before I eat because my urge is to eat crap or fill up with eggs and cheese. So even though its tough at first, in the end it makes you so much healthier because when you’re eating vegan it limits the amount of junk food you can have too. No chocolate bars, no fast food (except fries)…etc.
I don’t really eat too badly, but definatley needed the extra kick in the ass to clean up my diet. I now appreciate good quality fruits and vegetables. I feel healthier and leaner.
Another thing I realized is that vegan alternatives are actually really good but they aren’t cheap. An organic, vegan diet is more expensive than cheap groceries – however youre filling youre body with the best fuel.
- Silk Soy milk – really tasty
- Tofutti cream cheese – amazing
- Tofu Rella – the best vegan cheese
All in all, I learned that eating vegan really isn’t that hard, I didn’t really have to change much and didn’t miss the foods I thought I would. And overall, feel healthier and lighter.