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.
- 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!
- 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….
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.