Last week I watched a movie called Vegucated. It is a documentary that follows three people on a 6 week challenge to eating a completely vegan diet. All three of these people formally ate and enjoyed meats and cheeses. Just to be clear, a vegan diet is one that consists of no animal products. No meat, cheese, eggs, milk, dairy of any kind. The three people they followed had an interesting experience changing their diet and after the experiment was over they all stayed at least vegetarian (no meat, but go ahead and eat cheese, eggs and such). The participants all lost weight, all lowered their cholesterol and blood pressure and all had better relationships with food after. It was a very interesting movie. If you have a free evening, watch it! Its even on Netflix.
That gigantic lead up is all for this next sentence. I have decided to go on a 5 week vegan challenge. It isn't about weight loss, it is more just to feel good about food. I hate the feeling you get after eating a greasy meal, you feel weighed down and your stomach hurts. I don't want to feel that. I want to be kind to my body and give it natural fuel it knows what to do with. That is my biggest motivation.
Why 5 weeks? Well in 5 weeks Michael and I will be getting on a plane to visit Utah and I want to be able to eat at all my favorite places, my mother's kitchen is one of those favorite places. So far the transition hasn't been too difficult. We only ate meat about 2-3 times a week before. The biggest thing for me is cheese. I love cheese and dairy. There is vegan cheese, but its just not the same. Vegan ice creams is actually really good, when I found the ice cream I knew I could make it through. I plan on keeping this up for longer than 5 weeks (excluding our vacation), maybe not totally vegan but at least being more mindful about the food I eat.
Michael is not doing the challenge with me but he is being very supportive. I will keep you updated on this challenge. It is good to be accountable to someone, even if its just myself on this blog. Wish me luck!