7 Weeks (Mostly) Vegan – Now What?

So as part of my 13 in 13 goals for the year, I decided to try going (mostly) vegan for January. I wrote about that here, and did a wrap up post about it here. I continued on with the mostly vegan diet for February as well, and at 7 weeks into it, I have a few observations.

  1. Sometimes it’s hard to stay motivated. I didn’t do this for moral reasons – I wish I had, it would be easier. I try to live by one thing Rich Roll advocated in his book – one day at a time, even one meal at a time!
  2. Going vegan is not the ticket to easy weight loss. I’m sure, if you regularly eat junk and go vegan and clean up your diet, you can lose a fair amount. Because my diet was already decently clean, going vegan has not led to some miraculous weight loss. Sigh….
  3. You can lead a family to vegetables, but you can’t make them eat. My family is not interested in eating most of the meals I cook; they hate tofu, sweet potatoes, most types of rice, beans and lentils! Minor changes (white boiled potatoes whipped with veggie broth and vegan margarine, for example) have gone over OK, but wholesale change? Not so much. So I’m continuing to either eat alone, or cook two sets of meals daily. Sigh.
  4. Restaurants can be really challenging! Because I’m allowing myself eggs once in a while, I can often get by with a mushroom and tomato omelette, but trying to eat gluten free too? Even harder. In the last two weeks, I have had: a veggie sandwich on whole wheat bread (lettuce, tomato, cucumbers and bun, hold the cream cheese), bruschetta with tomatoes, garlic and spinach (hold the feta), spinach salad with hard boiled egg, vegetable spring rolls & sweet potato fries, a veggie burger & fries (hold the cheese). Ironically, the most vegan friendly meal I had all week was at a steakhouse without a single vegetarian option on the menu! I was going to order a side of asparagus and one of mushrooms, but when I told the waiter I was vegan, they prepared me a huge plate of steamed spinach, grilled tomatoes & asparagus, mushrooms, and a baked potato! It was fantastic, and so thoughtful of them.
  5. I’m still playing with my nutrition for my long workout days – a protein shake before a long ride or run is just not enough. An english muffin with peanut or almond butter and a piece of fruit seems to hold me better – still vegan, so we’re good there.
  6. Vegan junk food is still junk. Need to reduce the crap.

So what happens now? Well, because I’ve made my attempt to go vegan public, I’m going to continue trying. I already predict problems any time I’m travelling – so few restaurants (up here, anyway!) are vegan friendly, and Bruce will not eat at places that are vegetarian/vegan… I don’t know if I’ll eat meat again. Maybe. For now I’ll keep taking it one day at a time.

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4 Responses to 7 Weeks (Mostly) Vegan – Now What?

  1. Carina says:

    Did I already recommend the book Double Take? It’s essentially full of recipes that you can make 80% of the way, and then do two different final 20%s — one veg, one not. I was an unhealthy vegetarian for the first 7 or so years b/c you’re right, junk food is junk food.

    • Kris says:

      I’ve been trying to find that one – no one has it locally, so I’ll have to look for it the next time I’m in the US. I hate buying cookbooks without looking at them first – just in case they are full of recipes I won’t ever make! 🙂

  2. PlumPetals says:

    I think it’s great that you’re trying. Changes like that are tough to follow through with and maintain. I definitely feel like that doing the Whole Life Challenge – there are so many changes and modifications, it’s tough and I find myself at a loss when I go out to eat (and have stopped eating out a lot for that reason).

    Still, it has made cooking a new adventure 🙂

    Keep up the great efforts!

    • Kris says:

      Thanks! I think the Whole Life Challenge is it’s own type of hard…. as you say, eating out anywhere is incredibly difficult. I finally caved last week and had a salad with chicken – my first meat in 8 weeks. Now I’m back to mostly vegan. If I can stay mostly vegan and even eat meat just once in a while – I still consider that a decent success.

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