Part Vegan… for a month!

Another long over-due blog entry! I am a full-time graduate student, and a working woman who puts way too much on her plate. Please don’t judge 🙂

Anyway, I wanted to share on my experience of going VEGAN for a month. The month of January, I promised myself I would give it a shot, not because I feel I am prepared to make that drastic change…I did it as a way to cleanse my body. I also thought it would be a challenging experience.

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So, as I began to investigate, I realized that a vegan diet is EXTREMELY limited…and I felt that it was something too extreme for me, for now that is. Remember, it’s about taking BABY STEPS. Then, I decided I would follow a partial vegan diet. I eliminated eggs, cheese, and milk.

If anything eggs was my biggest challenge, I am big on egg protein, I have eggs about three times a week (yes, I’m ashamed). Cheese, I substituted regular cheese for vegan cheese and let me tell you, vegan cheese tastes very similar…this was definitely not a problem for me. The price of vegan cheese is also about the same price of regular cheese (yay!). Milk, milk was the least of my worries; I am big on soy milk.

After attempting the vegan diet for a few days, I failed! It must have been two weeks into the month of January when I accidentally bit into a jalapeño popper 🙁 that was obviously filled with cheese! I didn’t call it quits, I kept on going with the challenge and took that as a simple accident. I failed two or three more times but my effort to complete the vegan diet lasted up until the last day of January.

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Do I recommend this? I do. Why? Because I feel that by taking on challenges such as this one helps you slowly eliminate “the bad stuff”. I have not gone back to regular cheese and I have soy milk sitting in my fridge. It felt good to give up some of these “fatty” choices, I felt skinny 🙂 and I felt/feel healthier.

Next challenge? I am giving up alcohol for the next 40 days/40 nights starting tomorrow. I am catholic and tomorrow is Ash Wednesday. Wish me luck!

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