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Vegan: What I’ve learned…

I wasn’t sure how to title this post: The One In Which I Failed Epically or perhaps How to Not Be vegan, or perhaps How to fail in more than one way at once.

See I’m sitting here, sort of watching Because I said So and eating chocolate. Sugar (goes against this challenge I set for myself for February) and most definitely not vegan, which goes against the challenge this week.

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So what went wrong? There are a few reasons I can point to why being vegan this week wasn’t incredibly successful for me.

  • No plan: usually my life doesn’t require a meal plan. Mainly because vegetarian food is readily available and I’ve been eating it for so many years it’s just what I do. However, I think for veganism, I should have had more of a plan.
  • Life: where I’m at now, the life I’m living didn’t fit the vegan lifestyle this week. Most of my friends aren’t into food in the same way (into experimenting or trying healthy food). This is when having an action plan would have helped.
  • No Passion for the cause: being vegan is something I think you really have to care about to stick with it. And to be honest, my heart just wasn’t in it. I wanted it to be, I wanted to care, and in fact a lot of what vegans care about is stuff I care about. And I can see myself one day being pretty much vegan since so many meals I already eat are vegan.

What have I learned?

  • Lots of foods I don’t give a second thought to eating aren’t vegan (margarine? I just assumed it was made from vegetable oils…)
  • Without a game plan, if you aren’t surrounded by people living a healthy vegan lifestyle, it can be tough to be “strong” and stick to it.
  • When it comes to something like a vegan diet, or any significant change in diet, it takes energy and thought; you can’t just eat what you’re craving.

I know a lot of the other 7 Day Vegan Challengers have been doing awesome on the challenge and congrats to all of you! I’ll definitely participate in the twitter chat tomorrow (as long as I remember the right time!) but I think I’m unfortunately done with the challenge itself.

What has been the biggest obstacle for all of you this week? What have you learned from the challenge?  

PS While yes, I had some chocolate today, I still think my “Sugar and Coffee Free February” is going really well because my overall consumption of both has gone down significantly. I’ve been drinking 1-2 cups of black or green tea, and I have been feeling fine. I’d like to try a day or two of caffeine free days this week, and see if I get any withdrawal symptoms.

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Vegan Challenged

Well. This vegan challenge is off to a rocky start, let me tell you.

Let me put a disclaimer that says I actually ate vegan for Saturday and Sunday, and that was easy peasy. Might have included some polenta of which I got NO decent shots, but came from this cookbook.

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(Man even that shot is soooooo blurry!)

But well, yesterday there might have been a non-vegan mini muffin that I didn’t think about until I ate it.

And today well, if I was an all or nothing person I’d say today was a complete bust. But at the same time I sort of knew today wouldn’t go so well.

For one of my classes we’re placed with a community partner. Ours happens to be Urban Aboriginal Community Kitchen, and it is a group that gets together every week and makes lunch together. They try to stick to foods that are historically part of their diet. And if you guess fish, you were right.

I don’t even normally eat fish, but these salmon burgers, were amazing. Not that I have any pervious experience to compare it to, but still I imagine they were pretty good.

Sadly, I guess I’m “failing” at this vegan challenge, but I’m still gonna do my best (minus thursday’s class). And hopefully I can get some vegan related posts and recipes up later this week.

I’ve loved reading people’s recaps so far, it’s been cool to see what everyone says. (PS, Leah at Why Deprive mentioned the best dream about cheese in the comments on Life After Bagels)

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Prepared

Yesterday was a gorgeous day. I went out to enjoy the sunshine.

I also picked up some of this.

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Yep I decided to go with Almond milk for the vegan for a week challenge. In fact I’m having some right now in my oatmeal. Verdict? Surprisingly sweet.

Some notes on going vegan next week:

I have a class that involves eating a variety of foods cooked in the class. This food lab is not entirely vegan friendly, and because I think it’s important I participate fully I will not be following the vegan plan that night…

But other than that I should be fully vegan.

Also my coffee and sugar free February is going awesome. I’m drinking black or green tea mostly, I’m now down to one cup a day from two. It’s been going well.

On another note I had a delicious lunch yesterday:

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It was a salad of thinly slice cucumber (I used a peeler), grated carrots, raisins, with a Tofu Caesar dressing (Would be vegan except for the anchovy paste) and sprinkled with sesame seeds. I think it could be easily veganized though, by replacing the anchovy paste with something else sort of salty and umame in taste.

Well I have such a busy day ahead of me, I have to get going on it! But I promise many a post on my vegan week ahead.

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