What I Ate:?I ate remarkably the same as I had been eating before the challenge, with a few small changes (ie. Tofutti sour cream and a little Vegenaise). Pictured above, from left to right: sticky tempeh and broccoli rice bowl with avocado; loaded nachos with black beans, veggies, Daiya cheese and guac; BBQ tempeh tacos; chickpea, broccoli and potato curry on brown rice; a roasted veggie sandwich + spinach salad; homemade minestrone soup with Melba toasts; burrito with rice, black beans and veggies and sweet potato fries.
How I Felt:?It felt easy to eat this way. Honestly! The first day was such a non-event. Apart from having to check packages, my life doesn’t feel radically changed.
My health didn’t feel radically changed either, but I did notice that I haven’t been getting as strong hunger feelings between meals. I can’t say I’ve been sleeping better or feeling lighter physically, but I feel a bit lighter mentally, like there’s less conflict going on in my brain.
So far, so good, although so far I’ve only eaten at home with family that knows what I’m doing. With Christmas coming up, who knows what challenges might be in store! ;)
Thoughts: I realized the other day that veganism isn’t any more restricting than a whole number of other diet choices that I’d never considered before. For example, I work at a caf? with two Muslim men who can’t eat anything made there because of their religion. But they don’t complain about it or see it as something that negatively affects their lives or deprives them, it’s just the best choice for them so they just…get on with living in a way that matches their beliefs. I don’t think I’m eloquently explaining this small revelation I had, but I hope it comes across. Long story short: it was inspiring to realize that I don’t have to think about eating vegan in terms of lack or deprivation, I can think about it in terms of joy and doing what feels right to me, and just get on with it.
Anything else? I started using MyFitnessPal the day after I started the challenge. I have never been interested in counting my calories, but since I made this lifestyle change, I wanted to see a general ballpark figure of how much I was eating. So far it’s been fun and really interesting to use.