I’m Going Vegan For a Month

I’m Going Vegan For a Month

I never thought I’d see the day when would even attempt a vegan lifestyle, if only for a month!  Quite honestly, like natural hair, going meatless is somewhat of a trend these days and not always a healthier choice.  Sometimes people can be vegan (not eating any animal products including meat, eggs and dairy) but may load up on carbs, starches and refined sugar – where’s the healthiness in that?! Of course there are plenty of people who don’t but I say that to show that jumping in on the vegetarian or vegan trend does not necessarily equal a higher level of health.  I also am not an animal activist either, so that has no bearing on my new adventure either.
So yep. I’m going vegan for a month! Here’s how this whole thing came about – my new guy doesn’t eat red meat. He doesn’t eat sweets.  He only drinks water.  But his diet isn’t always the healthiest for the reasons I just stated.  He eats out a lot, getting chicken sandwiches and fries and does a lot of convenience options like frozen pizza.  He doesn’t have a weight problem, so dropping pounds is never a motivator for him, but feeling good is important.  Remember when Jay-Z and Beyonce decided to try vegan-ism for a month?  Well, he said to me “I think I’m going to try it also for a month.  Just to see if I can do it and how I feel.”  
At first I was like *eye roll*!  But then I thought about my own bad habits and digestive issues.  My lactose sensitivity has turned into a full blown intolerance and dairy is the devil!  There is nothing cute or sexy about having the BGs or excess gas…at all.  Plus dairy prevents fat loss.  And meat?  Well, I think I can go without.  I’ve never been the biggest carnivore anyway and similar to my juice detox, I want to do it just to challenge myself and resist temptation.  I know I’ll lose weight but furthermore, perhaps I’ll start some really great habits such as realizing every major meal does not require meat.  I know my GI tract will thank me for eliminating dairy (seriously, I carry around lactase in my purse like tic tacs!).  So, I decided to join him for one month.
I’ve planned out my menu and plan to eat in the majority of the month.  Much like my views on hair, I think different strokes work for different folks, so no matter what my final thoughts and opinions on this experience I won’t knock what others’ choice to do.  But, I doubt that I will stop eating meat altogether at any point in the future, but I may transition to eating meat only a few times per week, who knows?  As it stands, I eat a lot of poultry and fish but I do enjoy beef and pork in moderation as well.
I plan to document my experience and update you a few times throughout the month – including my meals and recipes.  On deck is vegetarian chili, black bean burgers, navy bean soup, spaghetti squash, vegetable stir fry, eggplant Parmesan, vegan alfredo and more.  I want to try soy cheese and already drink soy and almond milk.  Stay tuned throughout July for my updates!  I’m nervous and excited but now that I’ve shared with you, I HAVE to stick to it! I tell you all the time how important you are for my fitness and weight loss journey – I hold myself accountable for YOU!

Any vegan readers? I’m all ears for tips!

  • This ain’t for me! I keep telling y’all meat is my favorite food!! lol but good luck hun. Can’t wait to hear how it goes.

    Abbi of BelowtheWaist

    • Hahahaha! I love meat too, but I may eat it a lot less after doing this for a month. We’ll see…

  • I’m excited to see how this goes for you. I think I can do meatless for awhile, but I just love my stinky cheeses. I went on a 2 week meat free with Dee Dee and it wasn’t so bad but it was a vegetarian cleanse. I think I might do that for awhile.

    • Thanks! See, my tummy & dairy, including cheese, just don’t get along so hopefully THAT will be something that sticks in the long run for me…I’m all about cleanses. They seem to work really well for me.

  • Really want to know how this goes for you. I went vegan for a few months a couple of years back but it never stuck for me. Looking forward to hearing your experience 🙂

    • Thanks! I highly doubt it will “stick” for me either and honestly as of right now, I don’t want it to. But I would like to experience it and see what things I will be able to eliminate in the long term…

  • From Mrs. to Mom

    I wish I would’ve known this way before… It’s only 1 day left in June! I really admired the progress Tia Mowry has had with being Vegan. I would’ve done it with you!

    • I totally SHOULD have announced it sooner but that would’ve made it real – sooooooo I had to “really” decide whether or not I was truly gonna do it! Especially since I didn’t want to rely on a lot of processed foods – I wasn’t sure if it was something I could really commit to. Maybe next time?

  • Lungi

    You are so brave! I will be following your journey.

  • Robyn

    Looking forward to the updates. I won’t even kid myself into trying veganism, hell, I won’t kid myself into trying simple vegetarianism though. I live in a country where meat is the most substantial food group, and I’m talking all kinds of meat! Right now I have 3 kinds of game (oryx, kudu and hartebeest), beef, lamb, pork, chicken, fish and other seafood (prawns, crab, calamari etc) in my freezer!!! Right next to the veggies of course, balance is everything, lol. But yeah, we are a nation of carnivores, and I love it!

    • Out of curiosity, which Country is that??

      • Robyn

        Namibia, formerly known as South West Africa prior to our Independence which was gained in 1990.

        • Gotcha. I would like to try some game meat at some point. I tried buffalo years back but all i remember is it being tough and tasteless. Lol

          • Robyn

            Lol. Game can be very tricky to prepare, since it’s organic and thus much leaner than beef and mutton/lamb. One can also be a little more liberal with seasoning when preparing game. Hopefully one day you can go on safari (specifically in my corner of the world, lol) and then have the opportunity to taste very yummy game.

  • Lydz@Crowning Glory

    All the best with the Vegan lifestyle Ebony and looking forward to the updates

    • Thank you! Forgoing meat hasn’t been the hard part its the other animal products – especially when eating out – like butter and cheese. Although my digestive system has LOVED the lack of dairy! lol

  • Good luck! I am looking forward to reading all about your transition!

    • Thank you so much Britt. It’s just for a month though, although I am seriously considering pescatarianism – which is a shock to me!

      • That is so crazy because I was just thinking about taking the leap into pescatarianism as well! I think I am going to do a bit more research and start next week! 🙂
        Good luck with veganism – I was a vegetarian for 3 years but I could only do vegan for a matter of months. I just love cheese too much!!!

        • Sorry to butt in on your conversation but honestly I have been thinking long and hard about this too. I watched a documentary that showed that the mediterranean diet has been shown over and over again to be the most healthful and they mostly eat veg, fish and various starches as their main diet with meat like chicken, lamb etc being left for special occasions. Hmmm

          • Yes! I’ve heard that as well. I’ve actually been reading up a lot on the African Heritage Pyramid Diet which is pretty much the same as what you listed above – heavy emphasis on greens, starches, and fish. I think I’m going to try 30 days like Eb! It would be cool to try it with someone if you decide you might want to hop into it! 🙂

          • Ooooh yes! I’m totally in. lol I’ve actually been doing it for the past couple of days and honestly, it’s not that hard!

          • I’m a pretty big steak eater, so I am hoping it will be just as easy for me! I start Monday after I stock up on necessary supplies 🙂

  • RukiyatG

    Hi Ebony! I read your blog regularly and congratulate you on your progress. I’d love to hear how your vegan for 30 days trail went.