Vegan! Yes, after much consideration, I have decided that veganism will be the stringent diet that I am going to follow for thirty days. This goal is very exciting to me, because I have been wanting to push myself to try a radical departure from my typical diet, and I believe that a veganism is about as radical as I could get (aside from attempting a breatharian diet).
So for the next thirty days, I will be eating nothing but what someone living on a vegan diet would eat (I am slowly learning exactly what that entails). I do think that this will be a neat experience in which I learn more about a different lifestyle, but there are definitely parts of it that scare me.
Here is what I am excited about:
- Experiencing a lifestyle that is incredibly foreign to me. I certainly not what anyone would consider a huge meat lover, but I do eat meat and other animal products on a daily basis. There have certainly been times where I have found myself wondering what it would be like to refrain from the “meat lovers” mentality of America.
- Proving to myself that I can stick to a seemingly difficult diet for a set period of time. This is not the first time that I have tried a vegan diet. Last school year I tried it, and I was only able to last for a total of six days. I have often thought back to that failure and wished that I could do it over. Well, this is the opportunity to prove that I can make it for the full amount of time without quitting.
- Being more conscious of what I am consuming on a daily basis. Reading labels and understanding what I am consuming has never been my strong suit, so I look forward to this opportunity to gain a better understanding of what goes into the food that I am putting into my mouth.
- Eating cleaner foods. This goes along with the last one, because not only do I want to know what I am putting into my mouth, but I also want to make a conscious effort to eat good foods. I know that there are many ways to eat a poor diet as a vegan, but I believe that this diet will push me to eat a diet that is heavier in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains than my current diet (which has very little from those categories).
Here is what I am nervous about:
- Running out of interesting ideas for meals. This scares me because it is one of the reasons that I gave up last time I tried to practice a vegan diet. There are only certain foods at the college cafeteria, so I quickly became bored of what I had to eat day after day. This could be a problem, but I am going to put more effort into being creative with the foods that I eat each day.
- Not having Greek yogurt. This may seem like a weird thing to list, but I am pretty much panicking about my inability to eat Greek yogurt for the next thirty days. Ever since my university’s cafeteria began having including it at the breakfast all day bar, I have had it three times a day. No, I am not exaggerating. I eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I am basically John Stamos in the Oikos commercials. Because of this, it will be incredibly foreign for me to eat something other than Greek yogurt at every meal, but it will be something that I will have to get used to. Who knows? Maybe there is a good almond milk version of Greek yogurt…
- Being judged by people who think that I am weird for eating a vegan diet. I oftentimes care too much about what people think about me, and it is no different with this diet. There are so many preconceived notions about those who choose to do a seemingly intense diet, like veganism, so I do not know what people will make of my decision to eat this way for thirty days.
- Feeling so good by the end that I do not want to quit the diet. This may seem like an oxymoron list item, but it is completely true. I have this really odd worry that I will feel so good from clean eating that I will have no desire to return to a meat eating lifestyle. Why this worries me is because, like I mentioned in the last list item, I worry about what people would say if they heard that I was going for more than thirty days on this diet. I guess that what it will have to boil down to is this: I will not jump down people’s throats for eating obscene amounts of chicken wings and pizza, so I will expect the same courtesy from them in regards to my diet.
This is going to be an interesting month, and I am excited to write about my experience with a vegan diet. If you have any tips about eating vegan that you want to share, check out my social media (near the top right of the page) and send me a message with your suggestions. Bring it on veganism!
If you have just begun reading my blog, be sure to check out my post titled “Twenty-One Goals as a Twenty-One Year Old” to read about the beginning of my journey to complete goals throughout the year.