What my current “experiment” is to see if I can eat a diet that is 100% plant based. Yes you could call it a vegan diet, but I prefer it to be called plant based. That way if I eat something that has honey in it I will not offend the true die hard vegans out there.
While I do think that the current food production industry is possibly doing more harm then good these days. But, what I choose to eat is not a political statement. And quite frankly it is no ones business but mine. I will not be trying to convince anyone that you shouldn't eat meat or dairy, but I would encourage you to think about how your food is sourced. And I truly love my very nice leather handbag and I own leather shoes. From that statement you can see that I am not in the same camp as those who are vegan so I am going to be a herbivore for 30 days. Not that there is anything wrong with being called vegan, but it feels that it is more than just a way of eating it is a whole lifestyle. You never know maybe someday I will get my official vegan status.
So why 30 days of plant based foods you ask? Well you didn't but I will tell you anyway. The real reason is nothing more than… Why not? I have been successful with other strongly plant based styles of eating in the past. This will be my first go at 100%. We will have to see how it goes.
I was looking for a new challenge and was wandering around on the Xeroshoe website (That is another post for another day) I came across a video by Randy Kreill he is a vegan and an endurance runner. What is an endurance runner you ask, well its those brave and maybe a bit crazy people who run distances longer than a marathon (26.3 miles, and yes that .3 is important). I have dreams of doing that one day, not sure about the runner part but I would like to complete a 50 mile race one day. Maybe for my 50th birthday I have 10 years to train, so you never know. Anyways Randy talks about how a plant based diet pretty much changed his life. So I thought why not give it a try, shoot how hard could it be?
If I am being completely honest so far it has not been that hard at all. The spots that are going to trip me up is when I am cooking and preparing food for the guys. They are not participating in this crazy experiment, well not fully there are thing that we eat pretty regularly that are plant based friendly so that is helpful. Also it is only day 2 and it is still shiny and new at this point. I wonder how I will be feeling about it on day 23?
I have already noticed that I seem to be sleeping better or at least feeling more rested. I also have noticed I don't really get that overfull feeling, but there has been no feeling like I'm starving. Eating on the go will be a challenge, but I'm sure I will figure it out. I think I will do weekly update posts and share what I have learned along the way.
Do you have any tips for 100% plant based eaters?