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Day 26 – The Challenges

I wish I had a dollar for every time someone asked me “what would I eat if I was vegan? What do YOU eat? Can you eat ANYTHING?” The answer is always – I can eat everything I want – with some exceptions. For example, my mum called the other day and asked what I wanted for dinner – the answer? A burger – she prompty bursted out into histerics loud enough for everyone around her to hear. What did I have for dinner? A burger. Not your average burger – a VEGAN burger – shock horror, they exist. And it was amazing.

There are of course challenges and limitations with following a vegan diet though, but there is always an alternative, and always a substitute, as long as you’re willing to adapt. Being able to adapt is key, much like a new job or a new home, or moving to a new country or even a new pet – we all learn to adapt to our surroundings and social situations. But you don’t really realise where animal products place themselves in your daily life until you do the research and read the labels. I can’t stress enough how important reading labels is when you decide to adopt a vegan diet.

For example, did you know that worchestershire sauce contains anchovies, and that most thai curry / chilli pastes contain dried shrimp and fish sauce?  Honey is another example of an ingredient that many vegan’s forget is actually not vegan. Saying that, terming honey as a non-vegan ingredient actually opens the floor up to much debate – I’ll save that one for later.

The point i’m trying to get at here is to just ensure you read the ingredients and you know what you’re getting yourself into. But again, it’s your diet, your lifestyle, I’m just here to tell you what I do.

Rxx

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2011 in Vegan, Weight Loss

 

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Day 25: Breaking News

PCRM recently published an article suggesting that “Vegetarians have significantly lower blood pressure, waist circumference, body mass index, blood sugar, and triglycerides, compared with nonvegetarians”.

Interesting fact isn’t it? Find the full article here.

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2011 in Vegan, Weight Loss

 

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Day 24: KickStart!

Can you believe it has been 24 days since I started the vegan diet? I surely can’t. The last couple of weeks have been consumed by Rugby & Cricket – and now, Grand Prix & Football – the one thing that I found the most difficult, was sitting in a bar/pub where everyone around me was eating nachos and burgers, and I sat there – with my beetroot salad and just felt – blah. Then I realised – i’m the one that’s going to wake up tomorrow feeling amazing, no bloating, no headache, no food-hangover – i’m going to feel amazing and look amazing – and THAT is why i’m doing this.

Every so often I need reminding, we all do. It’s just part of who we are. A great support network is key – to getting through anything in life.

After purchasing Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Life, I signed up to recieve updates on her blog – www.thekindlife.com – on which, I found this – The 21 Day Kick Start.

Each day during the Kickstart, they provide recipes and suggestions for every meal – you get to pick and choose how many recipes you make each day or week—and how much of each recipe you make. It sound’s awesome – although i’m not participating to the full extent seeing as I already am on a vegan diet, i’m using it as an amazing resource for more recipes and more ideas. They started the kickstart on April 4th, but there’s no reason you can’t try it out today especially if you’re looking to increase your energy levels!

Definately check it out!

Rxx

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2011 in Vegan

 

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