A 60 Day Vegan Trial: The idea
Let me start by saying, we love bacon in our house. Going vegan was never a thought in my mind. One of our favorite after meal sayings is “you know, the only thing that could have made that better?” “BACON!” we all yell. This isn’t the way a typical vegan article begins. So you can better understand who I am and what a strange lifestyle change this would be for my family it’s important to me I continue.
My husband is healthy. He’s lean, quick and athletic. He is also the kind of man who can eat whatever he wants whenever he wants and it has no affect on his body whatsoever. This irritates me sometimes. I’ve had 4 children in 5 calendar years and other than needing to lose the last of my baby weight, I’m fairly healthy too, I suppose.
We make the kids eat veggies for snacks most of the time, but I’m still buying Cheez-it’s, Goldfish and Graham crackers. I keep canned soups on hand for when I need a quick casserole. I use white flour and white sugar. But hey, I buy whole wheat bread and pasta, so I’m healthy! Right?
A year or so ago my best friend from childhood was diagnosed with cancer. We were only in our late 20’s and she was healthy. I mean REALLY healthy!! My friend’s cancer led us to be more aware of our health and eventually to try this lifestyle for a couple months.
She briefly told us about the documentary Forks over Knives Truthfully, I didn’t think much of it. Documentaries always make people passionate for a time. She has always been far more health conscious than myself, so I really didn’t consider the venture worth trying. Sometime later, another bacon loving friend saw the same documentary and she changed her lifestyle completely.
I remember being shocked she could even consider giving up bacon. She was the only friend in my age bracket who ever shared my love for bacon. I mean, we both refused to not use the grease to cook something else. This was serious. She was someone I carpooled with on a weekly basis, so as she began to have more energy, I noticed she didn’t even seem to miss meat, milk or eggs. Her husband is in the same field as mine and let’s just say it’s a very “meat eating” kind of group. Her husband tried the change too and loved it!! A friend of theirs was even improving Ironman times eating this way. Now the wheels were turning. Athletes and meat lovers alike are raving about this. It was time to sit down and watch the movie.
My husband wasn’t even on board with watching the movie at first. Going vegan didn’t appeal to either of us really, but eventually we watched it and after considering the contents we decided to try whole, plant based food for 60 days. I call it vegan, because it is not meat or animal by products, but the diet consists of no processed food either, which some vegans seem to accept.
So I did some research, emptied the cupboards and made a grocery list.
To see how it went check these out!!
Day 13: A Vegan Friend Brings Dinner