• T-Minus 24 hours until the Vegan Experiment begins!

    It's Natalie Dee, y'all! Click the picture.

    All right, guys, so if you read my last post, you know that starting tomorrow, I’ll be going vegan for the month of April.

    I’m mostly doing it to clean out my system. Then when I add things back in, I can see how my body really feels when I eat them. I’m looking at you, cheese. And I love you. Oh, how I’m going to miss you. Don’t forget about me. It’s only a month. We’ll be together soon. I hope. Unless you’re part of the problem. In which case, we’ll probably be like long-distance lovers.

    Whoops. Got a little off topic there.

    First, I wanted to say thank you to everyone who sent me recipes or snack ideas or book ideas or websites to help me through this little experiment. You guys are awesome! (Just a Girl, What Kind of Girl, Graygrrrl, Natalie, Antje, and everyone else.)

    A special thanks to April, who said that if I decide to be vegan for good, we can’t be friends any more. Because she likes her friends to eat cheese. Little did you know, veganism could end friendships.

    I also want to take a moment to assure you guys that, well, I’m not an idiot. I have actually thought this through. I have a degree in biology. I’ve taken more than one nutrition class at a college level. And more importantly, this is only for a month. I do have a plan for eating protein, I am not going to starve myself, I do know that soy can be dangerous if eaten in large quantities, and I STILL don’t care about cows and chickens.

    This isn’t just about losing weight, folks. Granted, I can’t imagine that this will cause me to GAIN weight. But I’m not doing this in an effort to become a stick figure. I’m doing this because I DON’T FEEL GOOD. Like ever. And I’m tired of it. So I’m going to essentially do a reboot. I’m going to clean all the crap out and give my body a chance to TELL me what it likes and what it can’t handle.

    Yes, it’s going to be a long 30 days, but I’ll make it. Yes, I might slip up from time to time (accidentally or on purpose, it’s going to happen), but the key is to stay on track until May. I’m guessing that at the end of the experiment, I’ll end up some form of pescatarian (with an occasional side of bacon).

    This week, I have been eating at least one vegan meal per day, to prepare myself and to see what my options are if I need to eat out during the month. The idea that I will have packed a lunch everyday is just ludicrous. I can barely wake up in time to brush my teeth.

    What I’ve found is that there ARE ways to eat vegan in restaurants, but you really can’t listen to ANYTHING the people who work there tell you. It seems that no one really knows what “vegan” means. Yesterday, I decided that lunch would be my vegan meal, so I went to the little cafe where I eat regularly. Normally I have a club sandwich (no mayo) with a side salad. So when I walked in, the cook asked me if that’s what I was having. I said, no, that I was going vegan for the month of April, so I wanted to see if there was anything on the menu I’d still be able to eat.

    One of the ladies who works there handed me a laminated card with specials on it. “Oh honey, we have plenty of options for you! These are all the things we have for Passover.” So apparently by “vegan” she thought I meant “Jewish.”

    The specials were all full of cheese and eggs and even some meats. I said, “Well, most of these don’t even appear to be vegetarian, much less vegan.”

    The other lady said, “Oh! We have a vegetarian sandwich. Why don’t you get that?”

    I looked at it. While it does have vegetables, it’s also on bread (which has eggs) and contains two kinds of cheese. I said, “Um, why don’t I just do the Greek salad, but without any of the cheese.”

    She said, “No cheese? Not even the feta?”

    By that point, the whole thing was almost comical. So I just smiled and said no. When they brought my salad out? It had a beautiful piece of buttered bread sitting on top. Which I couldn’t eat.

    People, this is hard enough without being tempted with cheese and bread over and over! Like I said, it’s going to be a long 30 days.


  1. Toe says:

    Oh lovely saturated fat, carbs and eggs so hard to resist especially when handed to you all defenseless like that. Your will power is admirable.

  2. Chris says:

    While I agree that you can’t trust anything restaurant employees tell you, a lot of good hearth breads (especially French and Italian type loaves) are made strictly with wheat, flour, water and yeast. Not sure if yeast is kosher for vegan diets, and don’t care enough to look it up. Some places add honey, but more of the health food type places are using agave nectar to accommodate the vegan diet. A little olive oil and mediterranean spices on that stuff is almost enough to make you give up butter for good.

    Of course, bread gets you into the whole gluten question. Good luck, and enjoy the new tastes.
    .-= Chris´s last blog ..Cat Tree =-.

    • shine says:

      Good point. They make all their bread in house, so I just assumed it would have something bad in it. But I was under the impression that most breads had SOMETHING not vegan in them. Good advice, thanks!

  3. You don’t have to give up bread altogether! Lots of bread is actually vegan. You’re definitely safe with classic French bread (yeast, flour, water, sugar) and a good amount of store-bought bread as well. Since you’re not vegan for animal/ethical issues, you can decide which way you want to fall on the honey issue — if you decide to exclude honey from your diet, that’ll eliminate some more breads, of course.

    My favorite vegan “health food” bread is Ezekial sprouted grain. It’s delish! And you store it in the freezer, which eliminates any urge to bread-binge! Er, if that’s a problem with you. If that’s not a normal problem, then you can just go ahead and ignore me…
    .-= That Kind Of Girl´s last blog ..TKOG Who doesn’t go up in smoke =-.

    • shine says:

      Yeah, I’m actually not a huge bread person. And I just assumed bread would mostly have something not-vegan in it, so it’s really great to know there are still plenty of breads I can eat. I don’t think eating a whole loaf at once will be a problem, though. Thanks!

      • Graygrrrl says:

        I just got some of the Ezekial 7 grain pita and it is awesome! It has bits of carrot in it! The perfect compliment to hummus- yum!
        .-= Graygrrrl´s last blog ..What Do I Get? =-.

        • Gillian says:

          I thought a hummus sandwich would be lame, but they are actually my favorite now. And it’s hummus so you can basically eat as much as you want I think it’s some kind of superfood.

  4. lbluca77 says:

    Good luck!! I’ve been thinking about trying to be a vegetarian. Not sure if I can give up bacon though. But if I do I’m not starting till after good Friday because I don’t eat double the my normal amount of meat on that day. And like you I would be doing it to be healthy.

    • shine says:

      A little meat never hurt anyone. And I LOVE fish and seafood. But cheeseburgers are not really doing anything for anyone. Good luck, if you decide to try it out! Let me know how it goes.

  5. Sara says:

    Oh my god, no bread? I think I just died a little inside.
    .-= Sara´s last blog ..Birthday Blues Part 2 =-.

    • shine says:

      As it turns out, apparently there are plenty of breads that are vegan. So yay! Except, I’m not really a HUGE bread person. But maybe I will be next month!

  6. I definitely laughed out loud at your shout out to April. Damn, I love that girl.

    Anywho, I love this whole experiment SO MUCH. Honestly, if nothing else, I’m excited for you to (A) see how great your body can feel with the right food (for you…definitely not the same for everyone), and (B) you’ll understand the grief I face on a regular basis as a vegetarian. (“But how do you get your protein?!?!” and “It’s vegetarian. It just has chicken in it.”)
    .-= Natalie Cottrell´s last blog ..No wonder everyone has resorted to text speak…not that it’s OK, BTW =-.

    • shine says:

      I was pescatarian for about a year a while back. And my sister spent a couple years as a vegetarian. And my old roommate was a vegetarian. Trust me, I’ve heard every stupid thing about it there is. Seriously, just for a week, say you’re vegan. And wait for the puzzling stares. It’s like a whole new world.

  7. Rahul says:

    Ronald Vegan was my favorite President.
    .-= Rahul´s last blog ..At the Movies. I Have Two Thumbs. =-.

  8. April says:

    Thank you for the shout out!! While we’re all aware I’d pretty much die if I tried to cut you out, even a more painful death than no cheese (wow that hurt to say, don’t hate me cheese), I claim that I’m still in shock. Two of my closest friends are now gonna be all kinds of healthy and I’ll be the fat kid at the table, in dairy meat heaven mind you, dining alone. Sigh. :)

    Joking aside…You know I’m so proud of you for this and I’m excited to see how it all goes! I would take the plunge with you, but I’m pretty positive I would die. Or be killed by those around me when I continually bitched about there being no REAL food I could eat.

    Yay for the Vegan experiment!!
    .-= April´s last blog ..How I lost at least 50 lbs last weekend…and the plan to keep shrinking! =-.

    • shine says:

      You’re so cute, I could squeeze you. And you can’t cut me out.

      Did you see? IN THE COMMENTS? Lots of bread is VEGAN! YAY!

  9. Alice says:

    when i’m eating healthy/better, eg bringing my own meals, i buy all the crap i need to make lunch and just keep it all at work. do you have a fridge you can use @ work? there is just NO WAY i can get up in time to make lunch for myself every day, but i CAN keep hummus and pita and veggies and (uh.. non-vegan options) here at work to make my own lunch actually AT lunch!
    .-= Alice´s last blog ..pepper spray: YES PLEASE =-.

  10. Graygrrrl says:

    I can’t wait to hear all about this! Please post any good recipes you find. I’m experimenting with vegan (processed) foods right now and will keep you posted. I have to say, when you slip and eat something “nasty” your body will tell you in a big way! I think the only thing stopping me from joining you is Gummi Bears. I just can’t quit them.

    .-= Graygrrrl´s last blog ..What Do I Get? =-.

  11. Christel says:

    I applaud your decision. I went vegetarian for a year in college, but a poor 19-year-old with little to no knowledge of nutrition…not so much. I became anemic (not pretty), but I did it for the animals. Actually, there was this cow at my grandparent’s farm that I ate, and THAT’s what got to me. My point, originally, was too bad you don’t live here in Portland, Oregon. We have TONS of vegan restrauants! Veganopolis??? Google it. Maybe you can find one near you. Good luck!
    .-= Christel´s last blog ..Love waits =-.

  12. Jay says:

    I hope you don’t mind if I eat twice as much meat and cheese to maintain harmony within the universe/food chain. However, this will mean very little harmony for my lower GI tract.
    .-= Jay´s last blog ..Are You There Internet? It’s Me, Jay =-.

  13. Enjoy your new vegan lifestyle. But, please, get some sun. All that lack of fats and protein is going to make you look like a sparkly vampire. :)
    .-= Christina Harper´s last blog ..Guest blog: Ashton shows you the ropes… not that she uses ropes or anything… :) =-.

  14. Kyla Roma says:

    Good luck! I did this last month and have a bunch of posts with tips about my experience, you won’t have as much trouble as you think you will, I promise =)

  15. Curvy Jones says:

    Found you via Nicole’s shout out! I’ll be checking in to see how you do. And if it rocks I am gonna copy you. Just FYI. I did a veg thing for about 3 months and felt GREAT.

  16. B. says:

    Good luck!! I was vegan for about a year.. But then had to start eating eggs again because I have tons of other food allergies and just ran out of things to eat… Only animal product I eat. Like you I’m not really in it for the animals.. just have a thing about textures. *shudder* If you need any recipes or food recs I’ll be glad to share! Love your blog btw.
    .-= B.´s last blog ..Tit Cricket, unwelcome run-ins and other randomness =-.


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