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
2. I have heard many reports of how amazing people feel (mentally and physically) after going vegan, so I am curious how that will translate to my experience.
3. Many spiritual-minded individuals also claim that ingesting animal-based foods negatively affect spiritual growth, so I would like to see if that is my truth as well.
4. I just would like to experience veganism for the sake of experiencing it. It is becoming more and more popular as a lifestyle choice and I have been curious about it, so why not adopt this diet for 30 days and just see what it’s like?
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’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!
So far I’ve been pleasantly surprised at just how much stuff there is out there that is vegan. I thought I was going to have to live off fruit, veg and nuts pretty much, and then specialised ‘vegan’ food. Little did I know I could still eat ready salted hula hoops!
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!
Right now I’m trying to adapt to a Triphasic Sleep Schedule – 3×90 minutes a day.
I’ve heard that changing to a vegan diet may contribute to an easier adaption, though, some have also said that it doesn’t do anything.
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!
As for the spirituality aspect of it, it does make you feel better when you’re eating that there wasn’t something that suffered for your meal. You feel lighter, more alert, and have more energy because you’re eating so many vegetables that you end up getting a boost of vitamins every meal! Just try to avoid weird vegan substitutes like vegan cheese of vegan mayo (they have too many additives). However, its easy to get b12/iron deficient, so be sure to take supplements or eat nutritional yeast. You will notice if you become foggy headed or tired.
@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, 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.
Over this Christmas period I’ve eaten far more meat than is usual for me (as a guest at people’s houses etc), and have ended up bloated and very uncomfortable. Meat is very acidic in the gut and I’m sure that’s the reason.
I did try a variation of vegan a few months ago, but eating fish as well, and was surprised at how well I felt. Vegan does need a bit more planning than, for example, lacto-vegetarian, both in terms of shopping and cooking, but you get used to it.
If anyone’s interested, there’s a good cookbook with the wonderful name of How it all Vegan! by Tanya Barnard and Sarah Kramer, which could help.
@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! :)
I’m vegan since mid-summer, and a quite active person. That will be a good challenge for people who question themselves about what to do in order not only to be more aware about the resources we consume but also our place on the earth towards other sentient beings. One going on a vegan diet should slowly transition to eat. You can slowly decrease your meat consumption and dairies, and include more nutrients-rich foods – that calm the need for meat. Here is a small guideline you guys can follow
#1- Start by adding more whole grains into the diet
#2- More veggies
#3- Less red meat, then less fish, then finally the dairies
No rush, especially if you consider it as a new (2013) Lifestyle :)