Saturday, May 16, 2009

Vegan for a month?

Over the past 2 months or so I have hemmed and hawed over trying to eat less meat and dairy, and more veggies and grains. Since our eating has been completely changed by the last 18 months, this new step really doesn't seem as difficult as it might have a year and a half ago.

I am dabbling with being a vegan and with macrobiotics. The ideas make perfect sense to me, but it may be a difficult road ahead with the transformation. I understand that food has a dramatic effect on our bodies, and how the body functions with every bite. I get it. I just have a hard time actually following through, since I've had my whole life to eat whatever I felt like eating without thinking of how it might affect me. I am so emotionally attached to food that it feels like I am breaking up a 30 year relationship, granted this doomed relationship has been showing me some big red flags over the past couple of years. I cling to the thought of food and how it makes me feel, but on the other hand I am ready for a drastic change.

I love you ice cream, but I think it's time for you to move on, you are no good for me, or my family.

Ok, so what am I cutting out? Anything that had a mother, including eggs, milk and all milk products, soy, refined sugar, and caffeine (that will be a b*!@% to give up) and most other nasty products like saturated fats and high fructose corn syrup (although we eat extremely little to none of that right now). Plus we don't eat wheat at home, I don't eat it at all.

For how long? At least 60 days. 30 days to rid our bodies of these foods, and a month to try it out fully. If we feel better and the kids are still thriving and happy, we'll continue, if not we'll re-evaluate.

I have made lots of vegan friends over the last 8 years who have proven that people can survive on dandelion green salads and still be happy in life. I thought they were CRAZY 8 years ago, now I am hopping in the veggie boat and sailing off with my quinoa and kale in hand.

I am considering posting a separate blog to post all my trials and tribulations of my biggest food experiment yet. No need to update everyone on this blog. I'll post a link on the side, if you are bored and want to follow me through this. :-)

Wish me luck!


iMother2.0 said...

I do wish you luck, but totally believe in you and your quest to be healthier and feel better. I would sooo love to read your blog about it, too :)

I have a love hate relationship with food...never consider it for tummy hardly ever rumbles b/c it's hungry...always beat it to the punch.

So eager to see how this works our for you and your awesome family...and for tips on your are gonna post tips you find along the way, right?

love you!

Bonnie said...

Every time we think to ask you all out to dinner we worry about the food restrictions. This is going to make it IMPOSSIBLE! And no COFFEE?! Oy.

Stephanie said...

Bonnie, Try being related and cooking for holidays! Ah, diet de jour. Just try to be done by Thanksgiving so we don't have to endure raw nuts and wheat grass shots instead of turkey and green bean casserole.

C-man and Mama said...

Good Luck Mama! Would love to hear of your adventures. I know one of my fave blog writers went vegan for a month too and she may have some good tips, recipes, etc. here: