Three weeks of vegan eating – five words that I never imagined I would say in that order. But, here I am!
My body didn’t eat all it’s muscles because of all that protein people said I wouldn’t get.
To recap – After watching the Netflix documentary What the Health we decided to try a vegan lifestyle for four weeks. The timing was perfect because I was scheduled to have my blood labs done, and I already knew that my cholesterol, among other labs were not going to be good.
After explaining to my doctor my dietary plan, she informed me that she felt I needed to go at least six weeks to see relevant changes in my blood, so that moved the burgers from my lips out another two weeks if I didn’t like what was going on.
Initially I imagined this blog post being the pro’s and con’s to date; however, I am surprised (and happy) to note that I don’t currently have any con’s!
Has it been tough not having animal based foods?
Ok…so we have to be more detailed when shopping. But is that really so bad? I mean, I was pretty detailed when picking out the best ribeye.
I almost did have an accident on the very first morning though. I was in a two day meeting and someone brought in two dozen Krispy Kreme donuts. Without even thinking I started to grab one before I remembered what I had embarked on.
As far as cravings go, extremely minimal. Perhaps my biggest surprise so far.
Look, I’ve done just about every diet out there, and usually a few hours in I’m craving everything I’m not supposed to have. But that hasn’t been the case. Yes, when I drive by Wendy’s I remember how good a cheeseburger from there would taste, but I haven’t had ANY urge to cave.
This past weekend we were at a child’s birthday party. They had a ton of Chick-Fil-A nuggets. That was the closest I’ve been to really wanting a meat product. Instead I ate a couple servings of mixed fruit.
I’m not going to be able to say that I’ve gone the entire time without animal though. After the birthday party we stopped at a Thai restaurant for dinner. We carefully explained our dietary needs to the server, who seemed to clearly understand us. (I even tried Tofu again…meh.)
After I was about half way through my Pad Thai, Turtle noticed that I had egg in my meal. I ate a couple more bites, pushing the egg aside before mentally starting to feel nauseous.
Oh well…I tried my best.
As far as weight loss, I’ve been all over the map. I’ve gone up two pounds from my starting weight, and down two pounds. Nothing absolute to report.
But…I have lost an inch around my waist already, so that’s awesome!
I haven’t noticed any of the detox symptoms others have mentioned. So that’s definitely another “pro” in my book.
A couple products that we have used that we both enjoy:
Also – this recipe for slow cooker chili was delish! But to be honest, everything we have cooked is something we will continue to eat regardless if we maintain our vegan lifestyle or not.
So, halfway to my next labs…so far so good!
Please send me your comments or words of support as my journey continues!