I’m not sure why I decided to participate in this challenge eating only vegan meals. This decision has already proven to be harder than I had originally thought. I knew it would be challenging, but damn! I’m already missing the taste of meat, and it’s only been 4 days lol. However, I wanted to challenge myself in a way I never have before. This is why I ate mostly vegan meals toward the end of 2016 to somewhat prepare myself.
Plus, I’ve been able to figure out which restaurants, grocery stores and markets, cater to the vegan diet. This is especially helpful when I don’t feel like prepping and cooking. I am aware that some of you may “cheat”, and I totally understand. Just keep in mind that this is only for 30 days. Simply chose 1 day of the week to indulge. If you are journaling as suggested, record your experience of what it’s like to cheat, how it made you feel, and what you’ve learned about yourself in the process.
Remember the goal is to eat only foods that are unprocessed to minimally processed; eliminating “highly” processed foods such as breakfast cereals, convenience foods, bread, candy, and dairy. Make sure to eat at least 3 small meals and 2 snacks per day, and drink plenty of water. If you insist, there are a few cheeses that are minimally processed, including most white cheeses such as swiss, goat cheese, and provolone.
Check out this page to find out more about what processed foods are: 30 Day Challenge: Preparation.
Here are a few more “whole food” friendly resources: