30 Day Vegan Challenge – Week Four / Wrap-up

It’s July 1st, and the end of my 30 Day Vegan Challenge!

I didn’t do as well as I hoped. There were a few hiccups along the way, but I tried some new foods and recipes, and learned a lot about my eating habits. (And I lost 6 pounds!)

I think with my current lifestyle (working full-time, chasing around a soon-to-be toddler), being 100% vegan is unrealistic. Unfortunately, I don’t have time to cook all of my meals at home, and eating vegan at restaurants is challenging.

So, for the time being, I’ve decided to go back to eating mostly vegetarian, with a lot of vegan inspiration. 🙂 I plan to stick with using almond milk in my cereal, coconut milk coffee creamer, etc. I’ll still be on the hunt for great vegan recipes to make as I have time.

Baby steps…

30 Day Vegan Challenge – Week Three

Lately, I’ve been losing my motivation in this challenge. Maybe it’s because I’ve already “fallen off the wagon”, and it’s easy to just go back to old habits. I’m still doing my best to eat Vegan as much as possible, though.

I actually had a chance to try a new recipe this week, and in turn, use a product that I had been meaning to try for a while that a lot of Vegan recipes call for.

(Disclaimer: I was not compensated for my review on this product. These are my honest opinions.)

Red Star Nutritional Yeast – Nutritional yeast is great source of B vitamins. It also gives a “cheesy” flavor to foods. I was skeptical about the claims of cheesy flavor, but I was pleasantly surprised by the taste! It’s not meant to be a substitute for cheese in a dish like lasagna, but it gives a little flavor to dishes like the Chili Mac I made earlier this week.

I also went to the new Trader Joe’s that opened here last week. I was surprised at how small the store was! Unfortunately, it was our last errand of the day, and the baby was headed for a meltdown. It was very crowded, and I didn’t get a chance to do a lot of browsing.

I’m hoping to try at least one new recipe again this coming week. I can’t believe how fast this 30 days has gone! Look for my vegan challenge week 4/wrap up next Sunday!

30 Day Vegan Challenge – Week Two

End of week two, and I have confession to make. I’m not going to lie to myself or my readers…

I ate something that was not vegan.

I have learned that traveling and going out to eat are incredibly challenging. Plenty of places offer vegetarian options, but vegan meals are difficult to come by. And sometimes you get into a situation where you are stuck. Rather than eating a plate of lettuce, I made a judgement call, and chose vegetarian items instead.

I guess if you want to get technical, I failed the challenge. But I still have every intention of completing the whole 30 days to the best of my ability.

Baby steps… 🙂

30 Day Vegan Challenge – Week One

I’ve completed my first week of the vegan challenge! Yay!

Week one mostly consisted of upping my veggie intake, and drinking more water. I didn’t try any new recipes this week, just adapted some vegetarian recipes that I already use to make them vegan, as needed.

I did try some new products, though…

(Disclaimer: I was not compensated by any of the following companies for reviews on their products. These are my honest opinions.)

– Whole Soy & Co. Soy Yogurt- For the most part: Amazing! Blueberry is my favorite. Not crazy about the Strawberry, though. It had a distinct soy milk taste to it. When I mentioned it on Twitter (follow them @WholeSoy!), they responded immediately. Wonderful customer service!

– So Delicious French Vanilla Coconut Milk Coffee Creamer – Are we sure this isn’t dairy?! It tastes exactly the same in my coffee as the non-vegan creamer I used before! And y’all know how much coffee I drink!

Overall, I feel great! Husband says I look like I’ve lost a few in the waistline, and the scale agrees (down 2.5 lbs!)

I have some new recipes from Fat Free Vegan to try for Week 2. I’ll keep you posted! 🙂

Let’s get it started! – 30 day VEGAN challenge

One of my goals for 2012 was to do a 30 day vegan challenge, inspired by The 30-Day Vegan Challenge by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau.

I mentioned this goal to a co-worker, and she was totally on-board to try it with me! So, for the month of June, we will be Vegan. No meat, no eggs, no dairy (oh, cheese, I miss you already!). I realize that being a true Vegan is not just a dietary thing, but a lifestyle change, and maybe it will lead to that. But for now, baby steps…

So, why am I doing this? Animal rights? Health reasons? A little bit of both, actually. I’ve noticed that as I’ve gotten older, I’ve gradually transitioned to a mostly vegetarian diet. I’ve also been curious to see how cutting dairy products out of my diet will affect my overall health.

More than anything, it’s just a personal challenge. I like to have “projects”, as my husband calls them. It started with planning our wedding, then decorating our house, then getting ready for a baby…and since our plans to move to a new home have stalled out, I need a goal to work toward!

Wish me luck!

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