I hesitated for about ten minutes when I chose to put “vegan” in the title of this post. I like “whole foods plant-based diet” better, but it seemed a little long!
I decided a while back that I wanted to shake things up a bit with my diet. I don’t think I ate poorly, but there was definitely room for improvement in the dietary department. I knew that I probably wasn’t eating enough fruits and vegetables on a daily basis.
Enter the 30 Day Vegan (or whole foods plant-based diet) Challenge, and I am certain that I am eating enough fruits and veggies on a daily basis! I think a lot of people cringe when they hear the word “vegan.” They immediately start thinking of all of the things that they will have to give up. In reality, there are so many MORE things you start eating!
I have given up meat a number of times in my life, so I knew that meat wasn’t going to be that hard for me to pass up. Dairy, on the other hand, was something that I ate all the time. I drank a ton of milk and ate a pretty decent amount of cheese.
Surprisingly, giving up dairy didn’t prove to be too much of a problem. I think that the 30 day challenge is a great option if you are curious about transitioning to a whole foods plant-based diet. I was fairly confident that thirty days was doable for me. I am not saying that I will never eat meat or dairy again, I just like the way I feel now more than the desire to eat these foods,
So, how DO I feel, now that I am over thirty days into the challenge? First off, I feel like I have a lot more energy! Prior to the challenge, I was drinking two cups of coffee in the morning and often one in the afternoon. Post challenge, I am down to one cup of coffee in the morning. Occasionally, I will have a cup of tea in the afternoon.
I sleep much better. I will admit that I used to have to take Benadryl most nights to sleep through the night. I am happy to report that this is no longer the case. I guess the bottom line is I just feel much better! If you are interested in exploring a whole foods plant-based diet, I would definitely recommend checking out Forks Over Knives. It’s a great overview of a plant-based diet and the reasons for choosing to eat this way (there are many!).