This weekend I watched a documentary called Vegucated. It's about 3 average, meat-eating New Yorkers, doing a 6 week vegan experiment. Meaning no meat or animal by-products, eggs or dairy. It details their journey and struggles, and the meanings behind being a vegan.
2 years ago I was a vegetarian for a year. I still can't believe I gave up meat for a whole year! Honestly, it was not that hard to do at all.
My reason for becoming vegetarian for was out of compassion for animals. I had watched a lot of videos of how the animals that we eat are killed and treated so horribly, and it broke my heart, and I just cried as I watched them. I couldn't take it! So, I decided to stop eating them. Then I heard about the health benefits of being vegetarian, so that was an added bonus too. I'm not sure why I started eating meat again, but I never felt any guilt about it, it's just what I wanted to do.
So when I watched this documentary, I decided to take the vegan challenge for 30 days. I know the only trouble I will have is giving up my ice cream and not using creamer in my coffee.
But I can do anything for 30 days. And who knows, maybe I won't want to go back, and maybe my ice cream addiction will be broken once and for all!! ;)
I know people will say I'll be tired and weak, I won't be able to gain muscle, I won't get enough protein, etc.
Some will roll their eyes and say I'm too sensitive, or shake their heads and say "here she goes again" (ahem...my honey).
But, that's ok! I'm going to find out how my body responds to this new way of eating and get more creative with my cooking! Ya never know until you try, so I'm going to try it!
Here's to Day #1 of my new adventure!