Saturday, November 19, 2011

#8 Go Vegan For a Week- A Recap

I am done with my week of eating vegan, so I thought I would share some of my thoughts on my little challenge.
First off, I am no expert. I did this for a week. That is nothing. If I were going to continue this, I would do a lot more research.
  1. There are tons of really yummy looking vegan recipes/blogs out there. Hungry Hungry Hippie, Vegan Stoner, and Oh, She Glows were three that I will turn to again for more recipes.
  2. I felt like I was eating a lot and not really getting full. I probably wasn't getting enough protein.
  3. I really didn't like eating different meals than the Mister. He would try my vegan food, and then make something for himself. I have always thought of dinner time as family time, and even though we don't have any littles right now, I don't want to be in a habit of everyone eating different things.
  4. It kind of put a small damper on social stuff. Food is social. Going out to dinner/coffee/happy hour is a social thing. I turned down a couple of social invites because I was unsure about what I would/could eat. I did end up going out twice in the week, and had to think really hard about what I would get before I went into the restaurant. Again, I only did this for a week. If this was a full life style change, this would get easier.
  5. I became really aware about what I was eating. I was surprised about all of the milk in foods.
  6. It completely cut down on my snacking, which is a good thing. AND the snacks I did end up eating were mostly fruits and veggies.
  7. For the most part, this is a really healthy lifestyle, but there are a couple things that have a hard time grasping. The first is that honey in my tea is a no go, but technically I can have all the high fructose corn syrup and Diet Coke I want. That seems weird. It also is weird that Oreos are vegan-- sort of. Google it and you decide.
Probably one of the most asked questions I get from my friends/co-workers is will I continue? Well, no. But, I will continue making some of the vegan recipes that I had this week, and I will also try more recipes from the blogs.

Have you ever tried a diet or big change in your eating habits? Do you have different eating habits than your hubby/significant other? How does that work in your household?

1 comment:

Whitney Reed Cypert said...

Wow. I am proud of you for trying out this lifestyle even if it was only for a week. I am not sure I would have the control to do that! Changing your entire eating habit/lifestyle is hard work and a huge adjustment. Things like eating differently than your husband and not going out for social events make it extra hard. I have struggled with the same things when I tried to diet in the past. Why can't it be easy!?