Happy January 3rd, everyone! After all the running around to the airport, from the airport, to my apartment, and then off to feeding myself and class, I finally have a spare minute to write about the VegNews challenge.
As I mentioned in my last post, I’m trying the ’31 Changes in 31 Days’ guide in the Jan/Feb 2012 issue of VegNews magazine. One of the first steps is going vegan and living a vegan lifestyle: that is, not consuming anything that comes from or is made of animals. Obviously, that means no meat, but it also means things like: milk chocolate, honey, cheese, and buying any products like leather or silk. Ha, as if I have money to buy things made of leather or silk right now, but that’s beside the point.
Luckily, most of this stuff is pretty easy for me since I’m already a vegetarian and don’t drink milk (makes me phlegm-y, I know you wanted to know that.) Some of the other things will be a little harder… cheese! Honey!
To keep things clear, here are my rules for the VegNews challenge:
- Everything I eat/consume must be vegan. If I don’t know what’s in it, I’ll either ask or (if I’m buying clothes or cleaning products, and the labels don’t specify) not buy it. Luckily, there are a lot of animal-friendly cleaning products out there, so I’m not too concerned.
- I will record everything I eat/consume on this blog. This is for accountability to both you and me. I know if I don’t do this, I will justify something like getting an omelet when out with friends, or indulging in some cheese pizza while out, or maybe even having some milk chocolate. This blog will keep me honest.
- Discuss my successes and failures here. Let’s be honest, while I’m going to try to follow this challenge 100%, I might actually fall off the wagon. I might not check to see if the beer I’m drinking is Barnivore approved. But I’m going for the 80-20 rule. 80% of the time, try to do it right. If I fail 20% of the time, that’s okay and I don’t have to beat myself up about it.
I’m not going to make too many “rules” for myself (other than to follow the challenge), but one thing I do want to get clear is that I will still wear my shoes. “What does wearing your shoes have anything to do with being vegan?” Well, some people (I don’t know any, but I’m sure they’re out there) would say that my sneakers and boots wouldn’t be vegan (which they’re not) because they have leather and/or suede. While true, some people would also argue that I get different shoes to truly be “vegan.” Well, I’m poor. So until I’m not poor, I’m not doing that. Just wanted to get that off the table!
I’ll get more into “why veganism”, “what is veganism”, “what are the pros and cons of veganism” later, but for a brief overview, read summaries of The China Study by T. Colin Campbell. It’s AWESOME.
And for those of you concerned about my health: Don’t worry. I’ll discuss how I’m feeling on this blog, IF it becomes an issue, but I’m pretty certain it won’t. I take care of myself pretty darn well, all things considered. And, to appease my Mom (who’s following this blog- hey Mom!), the student Health Center is a 10 min. walk away and they take “day-of” walk-in appointments if I’m feeling down/sick.
Okay, so down to today’s challenge: Day One: Go vegan! According to VegNews, this just means I stop buying animal products. I went grocery shopping yesterday and, since I knew I would be doing this, I didn’t buy any animal products (basically, I just didn’t buy cheese.) Hooray! This might be one of my easiest new year’s resolutions ever
Breakfast: Toast and soy milk (Silk, Original) – I woke up really late so breakfast was more like brunch…
Lunch: green drank! (celery, spinach, carrots, cucumber, ground flax seed, mixed berries (frozen from Costco), strawberries, orange juice)
Dinner: Sukhi’s Spinach and Tofu Naanwich – I wanted something quick and I wanted to eat this before it died a moldy death. Just noticed it’s made in a facility that processes milk… don’t know if this is a fail or not… oops!
No exercise today because I woke up so late (slept poorly because of the travel/flight), plus I had class and I had to unpack my suitcases, but tomorrow I have plans to either go to the gym for a class or just for a regular work out. We’ll see!
Tomorrow’s “change”: Eat something nourishing. Until tomorrow!