My 40 Day Challange: Goin’ Vegan!

13 Feb

Being raised as a Roman Catholic, it is tradition to prepare for the coming of Christ forty days before Easter Sunday.  Typically for Lent I will give up a food item or activity to fulfill my Lenten promise.

The contenders were:
Diet Coke, no mo’!
Eliminate weekday drinking.
Going Vegan.

No diet coke is out of the question; I need my liquid caffeine to prevent a 2 o’clock siesta.

Eliminating weekday drinking deemed difficult;  a vegan diet seemed like the easiest choice of the three.  No, not VEGETARIAN…VEGAN.  There is a difference and is explained a litter later in this blog…

Recently, I watched a documentary [Vegucated, if you will]  on the benefits of a vegan lifestyle [love Netflix].  Since I reside on the eastside of Milwaukee, I have become familiar with the term ‘vegan’Not being able to consume animal products, eggs, and dairy deemed challenging to most, yet there are many who make being vegan a part of their identity!

For forty days, I will be calling myself a Lenten Vegan!  That’s right – forty days with NO meat, NO fish, NO cheese, NO dairy, NO eggs [Watch out J. Aniston – I’m ready for your bod now]. I will have to be creative with my cooking and baking, and do some research on Milwaukee dining.  Some online sources say that adapting this lifestyle will be better for my health, the environment, and for animals.

THREE BASIC REASONS FOR GOING VEGAN

  • For My Health

When one eats a plant-based diet, it is believed that they will be consuming less cholesterol and saturated (bad) fats, which in return can prevent diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers.  Yes, plant based diets do include whole grains – so I can still have carbohydrates, friends! I will definitely be eating much more veggies, fruits, and whole grains. Talk about having healthy bowel movements! Fortunately I already eat a pretty healthy diet, so increasing my greens and eliminating meat will not be huge issue for me. I just know I will miss my cheese!

  • For the Environment

Apparently, living a vegan lifestyle is better for the planet.  I learned from the documentary that vegan diets produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions than meat-based diets.  This is due to the methane gas produced from livestock [when they poop].

  • For the Animals

Factory farms sadden me.

So here we go! Now that this is public, there is no churning back [pun intended. Butter – churning butter – get it?!]

Tips? Concerns? Vegan recipes?  Share below, b!tches.

-Youngest

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3 Responses to “My 40 Day Challange: Goin’ Vegan!”

  1. Carly T February 13, 2013 at 11:58 am #

    I’ve heard awesome things about: http://peasandthankyou.com/ and http://ohsheglows.com/. Best of luck!!

  2. Isaac February 13, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

    Giving up weekday drinking clearly wasnt an option–you live in Wisconsin.

    I hope these weeks without animal products help you better appreciate meat.

    Sincerely,

    Isaac and Ron Swanson

  3. Heather Gavin December 19, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

    Factory farming is just gross and sad. Our family enjoys meat perhaps twice or three times a week. We are not rich by any means and we live in the suburbs but by getting eggs from our own chickens. They run around our garden, get pet by our family and love their life. They are processed by my dad as humanely as possible when they get old and we eat them. I found cage free chicken at Costco and it is by far my favorite. I by beef from a local farmer at our city market and my uncle. It is more expensive but I think it is worth it to cut down on meat consumption and improve animal’s lives.

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