This new job situation is seriously cramping my blogging style! Man, after the first week or so, I just didn’t take the time to snap photos or be as creative with my meals but I pretty much followed my originally drawn out vegan meal plan (planning was SO vital). I had a couple of cheats – yes, I’ll be honest, I ate meat twice. But only twice, which I think is pretty dern good! Rather than to drone on and on about random thoughts I’ve had regarding following a vegan diet – I’ll break it down into parts.
Why Vegan? Why For Only a Month?
I’m not an animal rights advocate (to be honest, I don’t even really like animals all that much…I’ve never even had a pet) and I don’t think eating vegan or vegetarian is healthier. So neither of the main two reasons folks usually decide to “go vegan” don’t apply for me. My major reason was similar to when I did my juice detox – it was a challenge to myself and a way for me to adjust my thinking about my eating habits.
Did I Lose Weight?
Yes. I lost a total of 8 pounds last month! However, I did not work out because I was adjusting to a new schedule so I don’t look or feel thinner. Tight is right and flabby is shabby! I want to be FIT and thin, so this month I made my way back to the tennis courts and dusted off my sneakers.
Will I be continuing to eat vegan?
No. I did like the way my digestive system responded to the change in diet (especially eliminating dairy) but avoiding all animal products is not a challenge I am interested in taking on. At all. In my opinion, meat is not unhealthy. Veganism isn’t unhealthy either, when done the proper way. I knew not to carb load, nor did I overdo it with the processed foods. I did consume some meat and cheese substitutions, but I also made a lot of my food from scratch and was careful not to carb load with potatoes, pasta, rice, etc. So, overall I would say it was a good experience.
However, you may remember my guy was the inspiration behind me even trying the vegan diet for a month. Well, now this month here he comes talking about “I’m not eating meat this month.” So, in support, I decided to continue for another month. Not a big deal, as I said my thinking is mostly what has changed – I no longer plan my meals around meat and that is a habit I believe WILL stick with me moving forward.
I’ll be sharing a few individual recipes over the next few weeks. I’m sorry I left you hanging with both #FitnessFriday and my vegan month progress and results, but I promise I’ll do better! Link up below, I am dying to see how your fitness journeys are going!!!!