What Ever You Do, Own It
Who needs cheese anyway?!?? *begins to sob*
No let me be serious. I am actually very excited to do a one week vegan challenge. I am even considering extending it to a month (or longer!) if all goes well. CROSS YOUR FINGERS FOR ME!
If you are not familiar, a vegan is someone who does not consume meat, fish, or any animal byproducts. Yes that means no chicken, no salmon, no eggs, no milk,…. no milk chocolate… 0.o … sounds terrible right?? Yee who have little faith!! It really isn’t. You just need the knowledge and you too shall see the light!! Or at least the high energy, glowing skin, oh and a tiny waist line 😉
Why try vegan?
I am not a dietician but I am well aware of the correlation between diet and disease and honey, its a BIG’EN! There are many health benefits of a high vegetable, fibre rich diet in general, but by cutting out meat and diary, you save yourself from all the saturated fats and bad cholesterol they contain . For some this can mean the difference between having a heart attack, living with type two diabetes, developing heart disease, cancer, obesity or …. not.
No but, what about PROTEIN???
Simmer down, simmer down. As for the popular protein question, I have done extensive research on it and guess what? Vegetables have protein! Soy and Almond milk have protein. Quinoa, nuts, beans, lentils, tofu… all protein packed! Sure meat might offer a nice hefty source of protein in one serving but it also comes with extras you don’t need; like bad fats and cholesterol, has most likely been highly processed and covered in salt, and quite frankly, makes you feel lethargic and in dire need of a cat nap. We are not about that life!
Ok let me slow down before I sound like the vegan spokesperson. I have been reading about the vegan diet and lifestyle for a couple of weeks now and the findings have really inspired me. Oh and honestly! All the vegan recipes I have found have my mouth watering. If you have the time, please watch Forks Over Knives, a documentary about the health benefits of a whole-food plant-based diet. It was extremely informative. If you have Netflix, they have it available for online streaming.
I found this recipe for vegan breakfast tacos that I can’t wait to try! *drools*
One Week Vegan Challenge
So I am actually a pescetarian, which means I don’t eat meat but I do eat fish and dairy. I don’t necessarily expect this to be the easiest transition, but you know what? I enjoy feeling good. I know that when my body is healthy, it helps me rest easy. I feel a peace of mind, am motivated, and my drive sky rockets through the roof.
I also know that the meat industry is inhumane and supports cruel slaughter house practices. I know that the consumption of meat is directly related to illness and that the consumption of a plant based diet can provide all the nutrients your body needs. I know that land can yield more pounds of grains and vegetables than it can in meat, which ultimately means, more mouths could be fed. A little sustainable development goes a long way. And of course, I know that I enjoy not being bloated and gassy and having the confidence booster of feeling completely beautiful and comfortable.. naked. The vegan diet isn’t just good for the body, its good for the mind. Passion and compassion, in each bite 😉
So, HEY! WHY NOT!? I will start my one week challenge tomorrow and will share my journey to a healthier diet, more energy, and a smaller waist line. Let’s get this show on the road! Woop woop 😀