About a year ago, we watched a documentary, What the Health. You have heard the stories that start like this. Suspicion levels rise. The words propaganda come to mind… and so it goes. But that is not what I think of when I think back on that night. I think I took into account some of the things the documentary said (well to be honest some scenes will never leave my head), but moreover I love having a challenge and nothing intrigues my husband more than a CHALLENGE. I also just finished “Whole 30” and felt sick and sluggish which is the opposite of what I planned for. And so it went. Our vegan week challenge began. We had done one the prior year and I recall the moaning and groaning so I braced myself. But moaning and groaning never came.
A week turned into a month, and… as we have it now… a month turned into a year.
A year vegan for this meat and cheese loving guy and gal has shocked many but I have to say it has not been nearly as hard as I thought. Moreover, much to many naysayers’ demise, Cary has retained his muscle and strength and lost weight. I was able to lose a little, but that was not a side effect for me until I added in some shakeology, portion control and most importantly, back to the exercise grind I went!
Over the year Cary lost 14 pounds and looks better than ever. He is my own personal Benjamin Button.
I lost one pound until the exercise and shakeology. I can say after 30 days of light workout three days a week and shakeologyevery day I am down 8 pounds. I know the last 8 are always the hardest for me so I will soon have to step up that game.
With a year vegan behind us, I can say we have little intention to change. I have considered fish at times of travel but have yet to make that decision. My gut, overall health, skin, hair and mind are much happier with the no meat and dairy – that is certain. Also my grocery bill and I are back in love! All the hogwash about not being able to afford eating healthy has been turned upside down in this house. Our grocery bill has gone down significantly so much that I can afford a meal delivery and so grateful for the creative new options each week through TB!2 meals from purple carrot!
Three nights a week (and often more due to my expansion of chef fun) we are eating like kings and queens and half of it guests have no clue it is vegan J For more looks at our amazing plates these days visit my Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/irishflan_fit_mastiff_mama/.
Now for the questions you may have (or I get every day):
Where do you get protein?
In many things I eat. For a quick visual here you go:
My husband and I will soon be investing in some t-shirts for the frequency of this question!
Don’t you miss cheese?
At first the honest answer was yes… but then I would play in my head what I learned about cheese and how it is made and started my adventure in vegan cheese making. Truth be told the first night we made 7 batches.
It must be so hard at a restaurant – you must never go out…
At the occasional restaurant that only serves meat, dairy and bagged lettuce… it would be hard but we never ate there in the first place. We have loved diving into the many vegan restaurants but also we still go to many of our faves and just change what we order. I almost wish we had a problem here as I prefer to eat at home, but the hubs and kids sure do love restaurants. At first, our lifesaver was the happy cowapp!
It must be sooo expensive to eat healthy…
Answered above… but for more detail a lot of the premade fake meat and cheese are expensive – so don’t buy those! There are even great blogs on how to eat on 1.50 a day! You can’t beat that. I have fallen in love with Rawvanaand Sweet Potato Soul bloggers as they make it all effortless and still fun.
You must have to take so many vitamins for all the stuff you are not getting.
The only vitamin added is B12per my acupuncturist and doc recommendation!
Breakfast would be the hardest… no eggs? No cream cheese? No bacon?
Again my breakfast primarily is shakeology but I also love some good overnight oats and avocado toasts. There are many scrambles, burritos, etc. but I keep it simple to avoid not skipping!
If I am not vegan is there still stuff you recommend?
Of course! Eat the rainbow – the more colorful your food the better. Lots of greens, reds, purples, yellows, oranges!
Drink water… likely a lot more than you drink today.
Consider “less” – less dairy, less meat. Some people do a meatless Monday. Some people do a week a month… or a stretch of 3 days. Anything counts toward your health and how much you show yourself some love and consideration. If nothing else, try one vegan recipe a week! Make it an adventure, watch some YouTube, read some blogs. If none of this appeals to you – I still say meal prep and make sure you plan for your week. My favorite new addiction is making my own dressings!
You can do one thing or more… but at the end of the day put you first!If none of the above appeals to you… MOVE!