Vegan Challenge Anyone?
For the past two years (roughly) I have been a vegetarian and at this point in my life would never consider going back to consuming meat. But within the past few months I have become very curious about veganism and have decided to give it a shot for one solid month. My main reasons for doing this are…
1. The positive environmental impact of adopting a vegan diet is significant… (If anyone wants cited evidence just pick up a book or do a little online research! Also, there is a great Netflix documentary called available right now.)http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Vegucated/70245084?locale=en-US
I also realize many of you HEthens are content with your current dietary choices and if so that’s great, but this thread is not meant to be a discussion about why going vegan is a “good” or “bad” choice… Instead, I am challenging anyone who is interested in trying out this lifestyle for 30 days to join me for the month of January. Ideally, we could document how we feel physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually throughout the month and compare results with one another. Soooo…Is anyone in?!
@collinsj2009, I’ve really wanted to, after reading a few articles on pigs especially…one saying how much suffering they go through in the meat industry, and the other about how intelligent they are. They say a pig can live up to 10-12 years naturally, but barely even gets to 1 year in the meat industry….when I think about that I feel as if their lives are being stolen. Also, pigs have been known to appreciate music, get depression, and even enjoy video games (not saying its nice that they get depressed, but rather i’m pointing out that pigs are capable of some very human qualities).
The only thing keeping me from doing this is that I don’t do our grocery shopping and am not living on my own yet.
I have considered it but I need to get my money first before I attempt to, or else I know I will fail. Also…I don’t know that it would signal the end of my meat days, but I’m willing to see if I can even do it.
I’ve been thinking about doing something like this going vegan or at least cuting out sources of beef pork and poultry. I know many vegans and its true, mentally and physically well being is much higher! (As long as all soureces of proteins and fats are met). Ill keep you posted I may have to do this come the first of the month or this coming spring. Another major reason for doing this is because like you said, the positive environmental impact, ethically it’s just the right thing to do. If you happen to have a veggie garden or are interested in gardening check out “Biodynamic agriculture” founded by Rudolf Steiner. Super organic “spiritually enhanced” foods!
@theskafish, I just recently learned about the intelligence and sensitivity of pigs as well! I had no idea how smart they actually were. And totally understandable about the money situation.
@dawveed, just about to order Stenier’s book “Nutrition: Food, Health and Spiritual Development”. This guy sounds absolutely amazing! Thank you for the recommendation!
@collinsj2009, Heck yeah I was already planning on doing this, I’d love to join the group!
I’m in. I intended on starting this in January anyway and have been doing research into what I can eat..
Sweet! @savmot, I’m still in the research stage as well. If you have Netflix, there are a few great documentaries that are pretty informative and serve as good motivation as well..
Been vegan for a year now, and I accept your challenge!!! :D Haha, whenever people ask me, “WHAT DO YOU EAT?!?!?!” I reply, everything… just not meat and dairy. There are a few other items that you avoid but in general thats it. I think that over your 30 days you will realize as well that it is not hard at all and in fact its easy to forget that you are restricting yourself at all! Good luck my friends!
@collinsj2009, What is your blood type?
Ive been vegetarian for just over 2 years and have been thinking about trying veganism for a few weeks after doing more research on dairy. May give it a go when im back at uni :D
@athleticcapital, I think o+? I know it’s the most common.
Right now I’m trying to adapt to a Triphasic Sleep Schedule – 3×90 minutes a day.
Anyways, can any of you suggest me some sites on vegan diets? Since I’m totally new to this.
You can count me in.
@collinsj2009, I’m in. I have experimented with my diet all year and my ultimate goal is to be vegan, and gluten free. Having support and a place to vent and keep track of my diet is very helpful. What is your plan?
@lytning91, try it buddy. If you plan everything out you might end up spending less money of food than you do now. And you might eat less calories.
@theskafish, if there is a will there is a way.
Would any of you consider eating insects as a source of protein? jw
I might be interested in joining! Christmas was my last day with meat in my life. New Years Eve was going to be my last day with dairy in my life – except I was thinking about keeping eggs for a while because I live in China and I eat a lot of eggs. I can live without eggs but need to make sure I have enough things to eat before I completely remove them – I think. :-) Anyone else living abroad??
@collinsj2009, I work at a vegan cafe so eating vegan most of the time is mainly out of convenience. I’ve been working there for about 8 months now and I definitely do notice a difference in the way I feel (mentally and physically). I grew up with a very sensitive digestive system, so eating mainly whole plant based foods helps me with that. However, there are some exceptions like when I want to taste a really good piece of goat cheese, indulge in some sushi or some non vegan chocolate!
Dowwwwn! Was already planning a month of going raw and vegan starting on the 1st.
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@collinsj2009 I have heard very similar things and have been putting it off for quite a while because it’s a bit intimidating to cut so many foods out of my diet. Are there any books or websites for vegans that people recommend? I will definitely join you on your vegan challenge!
@collinsj2009, Im in! =D
I was just thinking about doing this on my own. I’d love to have others to compare results with. Thanks for all the links too, very helpful for researching this.
@collinsj2009, ive been vegan/vegetarian the past 2 years and i recently started using this Hydrilla stuff which is really amazing. my energy levels have been through the roof.. the best thing to do is to make a fruit and vegetable smoothie every day for breakfast or lunch and just add the Hydrilla to your smoothie. It has hella B-vitamins and is the world’s most concentrated source of Calcium,
@collinsj2009, hi Julia, great idea, I’m in.
@collinsj2009, I actually decided last night to become vegan after being vegetarian for a few months and watching Vegucated. It was perfect timing to see this post.
Tonight will be my first time vegan grocery shopping, and I will be spending the day researching recipes and what foods I’ll need to incorporate into my diet. My first try at being vegan a few years ago was a hot mess of a failure because I didn’t do my homework.
So, I’m definitely in. Hopefully for life.
Have y’all heard of The 30-Day Vegan Challenge? It’s from vegan author Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, who I work with, and it guides people in making the vegan transition. My mother-in-law even did it — pretty amazing! :)
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