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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

30 Day Vegan Challenge and Jerky Winner!

First of all, congrats to Christa for winning my Island Jerky Giveaway! I've sent you an email.

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" ( 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!


  1. Vegucated was very enlightening. My husband watched it and gave up meat. Though i suspect he will come back to it one day. But congrats on starting!

  2. I've seen the movie, too. Made me cry more than once. I know that you can do anything you set your mind to! I hope you find the food lifestyle that works best for you! Everyone's bodies are so different! And giving up ice cream is hard at first, but it gets easier! :)

    1. I sure hope this giving up ice cream thing gets easier! It's soooo hard!!

  3. Good Luck! i will be checking that movie out. I have never been good at being a vegetarian, not the giving up meat part but I am not good at eating the right things.

    1. Thanks, Gigi! It really hasn't been too bad at all!

  4. I am excited to hear how it goes! One time someone told me they couldn't be vegan because they work out too much. Ha ha. I am vegan and work out A LOT. LOL. We all react differently though! Good luck!

    P.S. Funny you are announcing the jerky winner in your vegan post!

    1. Lol! I'm sure you hear all kinds of reasons! I've been thinking about you, and that if you can do it, I can too!
      I didn't even think about that I was announcing the jerky winner in a vegan post!! Haha!

  5. Good luck! I'll be curious how you feel each week on this and how your running goes as well.

    1. I'm interested in seeing how my body reacts too. Maybe I'll get super fast! :)
      Thanks, Joe!

  6. Im so proud of you! Way to go. Your new follower via Aloha.

  7. Good luck, Katie! I'd like to be vegan, but I love cheese so much. :( I still eat very little meat - usually only pepperoni on pizza. lol.

    1. Have you tried the vegan cheese? I've only tried Daiya, and I love it! I'm a little scared to try the sliced 'cheese' though...

  8. I was vegan for YEARS!! I realized I felt better when I eat eggs and fish. I stay away from meat and dairy though. We need to pick a different spot for our meet up. Aspen Creek is not vegan friendly, but there are lots of other options!

    1. I can tell already that 30 days will be my vegan limit! I'd have no problem being vegetarian again, but this is getting tough! Ok, we can find another place!

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