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
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?!
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I’ve been eating a red-meat free (including no pork) diet for 6 years, and about 4 months vegetarian…I’m going vegan for at least the first 6 weeks of 2013 for the same reasons and then some, and I’m looking forward to reading about others’ experiences and sharing my own!!
@cubilone, I’m actually open to discussing about honey consumption. The first thing I’m definitely sure about is that I will as much as possible try to avoid non-organic honey. For such, beekeepers wait for the bees to produce the honey, once the season is over, they burn both bees and hives, and import new ones I think (it’s cheaper for them to buy new ones to wait for the bess of the current hive to produce honey). As for organic one, I try to consume only from local beekeepers, knowing they respect honeys, and provide them enough nutrients and not only glucose. When it comes to its consumption, I try to be aware and respectful of the work the bees did and that we stole (yup). So pigging out on hoeny is not on my agenda anymore. A greater attention is payed to bee pollen, a real elixir, that again should be consumed with mindfulness (at least to me :) )
@collinsj2009, Hey Julia. On January first my resolution was to follow a vegan diet for the entire month. I am on day nine! I have tried and failed many times, have never made it this long. The biggest thing is your mind set, at some point you have to realize that being a vegan isn’t entirely about you and your enjoyment of food, but it’s about eating in a way that is conscientious of animals and the planet. Make sure you give yourself as many options as possible for meals and snacks, otherwise you will feel limited and hungry / dissatisfied all the time. Good luck!
@razique, The animal fats in dairy are something I have been really turned off by lately, I have not been enjoying cheese and I want to back off on the milk. A problem is I love sour cream, it is one of my favourite foods. But sour cream is more of an ethically correct food because it is made from all the wasted milk that society would otherwise discard, ha.
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!
@collinsj2009, I’m actually on day 11? (I started a couple days before the 1st), and I just recently went through some weird emotional rollercoasters. What seems like raging females hormones, but it has subsided. I feel about the same physically and mentally. My focus and energy levels are normal. I have felt a few moments of near euphoria, just random complete happiness, and I’m getting a lot of bad-for-you carb cravings. I’m eating a lot of greens, rice, beans, and nuts.
@kipgoeing, If you would have read the OP… “this thread is not meant to be a discussion about why going vegan is a “good” or “bad” choice…”
You are more than welcome to start your own debate in a new thread if you are that passionate about discussing the topic. However, I can’t let this one slide…
“We don’t have a moral responsibility to keep animals from getting farmed. If we didn’t farm them they wouldn’t exist. Saying you don’t believe in mass farming is like saying to millions of animals, “I wish you were never born.” Animals get eaten. It’s just how it is. If you don’t like it, take it up with Mother Nature or God or wherever you feel your argument wont fall on deaf ears.”
Not to feed fuel to this unnecessary fire (can’t help it), but no vegan in their right mind (who is vegan for animal rights) WANTS animals to be BORN into a farm factory life. Call me cruel, but yes, I would wish they were never born than the endure the suffering they go through. It is beyond me how incredibly terrible the industry is, but that obviously that does not phase you one bit. Also, animals WOULD exist without farms. I’m pretty sure they were doing just fine before we came along and started fucking shit up.
@collinsj2009, I have been trying to Eat more vegetable, fruit, and nuts. Did nothing but juice and vegetables fruit all raw for last 7 days. Still light headed but it seems to be getting better with headaches and my body is still trying to flush out the bad. any advice?
For the month of November I took my own vegan challenge, after having been on the paleo diet for about a month. I was mainly interested in how diet affects mood. I don’t consider myself a poor eater, but by the end of the trial, I was constantly happy, even though I was going through a high stressed time. My body also felt considerably lighter nearer to the end of the month. I guess it takes some time to get rid of the animals products from your body or for you to get used to it. But please, if you’re going to do this–do plenty of research! I willingly went back to eating animal products by the end because I felt like I was missing some nutrients. I’m definitely going to get back into it some day though.
I’ve been interested in becoming vegan for a while now, but have not tried it for two main reasons
1. lack of info/motivation to make such a drastic change
2. I have a very high metabolism and generally can’t gain weight unless I eat healthily and steadily work out and will LOSE weight if I don’t eat correctly. I’ve been worried about messing up and not getting enough nutrients basically, but I’ve also heard of people with similar body types gaining weight when they became vegan so I’m not sure really.
If any knowledgable vegans have any helpful input on reason number two, I’d love to hear it!
Also good luck to anyone trying the challenge. I think I’m a little too intimidate to start at this point haha.
@razique, People do what they want.
Veganism is plausible today because you can have produce shipped in from all over the world at any time of the year. That doesn’t mean it makes sense to be a vegan just because it is now possible. It wasn’t possible 200 years ago, and yet people live all over the world. Do you think the Inuit people have evolved to be vegans of the past 5000 years? Na. None of us have.
Adaptation happens slowly and, the way our modern society is structured, forward adaptation is grinding to a halt. There’s no survival of the fittest anymore. Welfare and medicaid enable the least fit to keep breeding, mixing weak, sickly, and stupid genes back into the general population. We are not evolving into vegans or anything else. We are probably devolving, if anything.
Being healthy means being natural. History dictates that veganism is not natural for our species.
You say you’re a vegan lifter, well I bet I’m stronger than you.
We don’t have a moral responsibility to keep animals from getting farmed. If we didn’t farm them they wouldn’t exist. Saying you don’t believe in mass farming is like saying to millions of animals, “I wish you were never born.” Animals get eaten. It’s just how it is. If you don’t like it, take it up with Mother Nature or God or wherever you feel your argument wont fall on deaf ears.
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, I’ve been a pescetarian(eats fish time to time and personally only wild and light fishes, the ones without mercury traces.) for 2 years and would like to take up the challenge but right now I don’t control the grocery shopping and it was enough of adjustment for my parents creating non meat dishes for me (which I’m grateful for!). So who knows, when I move out or go to college I definitely want to try out veganism but eat more organic and be more healthy in general.
@wordgarden, as long as the calorie total intake is sufficient, then from a plant and whole-food based diet, you consume all the nutrients necessary (micros but also macro)
the Traditional Chinese Medecine explains a transition come goes from several months to years in order to “rebuild” your body, depending on the type of diet you previously had.
1- Yah, make sure to slowly transition, you are more likely to suffer from deficiency is the diet is not solid. What do I mean by that : well simply put if the total intake is not sufficient (calorie deficit) considering an extra micro-nutrients deficit (vitamins and minerals), then it’s no good.
Look at my previous comment for the transition.
The only thing which is cumbersome to get into a vegan diet is the Vitamine B12 you can find in several seaweeds and meat only. If you don’t consider seaweeds into the diet at all (but eh, isn’t also the challenge about discovering new foods? :-) then consider a B12 supplementation. If you fear not to have enough dietary micro-nutrients intakes, you can also consider a vitamine complex (
Vitamin B1, B2,C, A, D3, E)
2- The diet doesn’t make you gain weight, it’s the calories surplus (Expenditure lower than intakes). Will you need to eat more whole-grains? Definitely, since the intakes not only will allow you to maintain your weight (or gain if you plain to gain muscles) but also ensure the total macro-nutrients requirements are met (dietary carbohydrates, lipids and proteins)
@kipgoeing, No one is saying you HAVE to eat vegan to feel good. So I am not really sure what your intention is behind what you have written so far. To be “right”? To persuade others to not try out veganism for one month?
Also, I started this thread to be a discussion for those who wanted to try out veganism… but it doesn’t sound like you want to do that. It also doesn’t sound like you would are willing to open your mind that there might be another effective and healthful diet that exists, other than your own. And “You say you’re a vegan lifter, well I bet I’m stronger than you.”? Really?
@comingstar, thanks for that, I’ll have a look – I never found that brand in France. But to be honnest, I don’t miss meat at all – sometimes I have eggs that I put in some recipes (eggs for local farmer) but since my transition, I never felt I needed things to “make up” you know? I find all tastes and textures in grains and related products. I often hear “I can’t give up on meat, I like it too much” – my answer would be more like “what do you like in meat ?” when I asked myself such question, I noticed it was more about a cultural habit than a real craving for meat :)