• It’s Friday, we should break up – Being Vegan

    Well, guys, it’s my last day of the Vegan Experiment. While it’s been fun, I’m so looking forward to eating sushi tomorrow, I can’t even explain it to you.

    I’ve learned lots of things in my tenure as a vegan. Mostly that the general population has no effing clue what being vegan means, nor do most people have ANY idea what’s in the food they’re eating. And no, I’m not getting all preachy about chemicals or processed food or meat packing (hehe). I’m talking about the fact that people have no idea how to make bread or what’s in salad dressing or that cheese is made from milk which comes from cows. Or goats. Or squirrels, whatever.

    Also, in general, vegans are REALLY obnoxious. But I’m not.

    I did eat one piece of a yellowtail roll last week because I accidentally checked that box instead of vegetable roll. And I discovered three bites in that there was parmesan in my salad dressing last night. Aside from that, though, I’ve been a pretty damn good vegan.

    I lasted through family vacation without messing up. I got really sick and still stuck to the vegan diet. I went to a lock-in and didn’t eat barbecue. And really? None of it has been very hard. EXCEPT FISH. I miss fish so much.

    Since I don’t really care that much about animals, and since fish isn’t really bad for you in any way, I’ll be adding fish back into my diet TOMORROW. My main plan is to continue to eat very little dairy, but maybe be a little less of a crazy person about eggs and butter.

    My stomach really DOES feel better. It’s amazing how you can change the way you feel with what you eat. And for me, this wasn’t some weirdo diet I was trying just to lose weight. I really wanted to feel better. And I do. In addition, the 22 pounds I’ve lost certainly speak to the efficacy of eating healthy.

    I didn’t keep up with the Shred like I’d hoped. I did it everyday for the first week and a half, but then I went on vacation with my family. I did take my DVD, weights, and workout clothes with me to NYC, but there was really no way to Shred with Jillian in the hotel room with my Aunt. When I got back, I shredded for a couple more days, and then I got REALLY sick. Since then, I have been doing some form of lower impact activity everyday, including rock climbing. But I’d like to see what Jillian will do to me if I start the Shred again tomorrow.

    All in all, this was an awesome experiment. I would recommend that anyone try it for a while, just to see how your body feels without all the meat and cheese. It’s kind of amazing. Even after 30 days, I still feel motivated to continue to improve my health. So Jillian? Let’s go.

30 Comments


  1. Ells says:

    I’m such a bad person, because it’s all about how you feel and stuff, but 22 pounds? Fuck yeah! I’m in a wedding in a couple of months. Goodbye, dairy! It’s ON!

    (Also, I did a similar diet awhile ago, an anti-inflammatory diet a-cause I have the arthur-itis, and I was amazed at how good I felt not eating dairy. More energy, and my stomach was uber happy. But good lard it’s hard to stick with. You have any self-control tips? Cause that is IM-effing-PRESSIVE)
    .-= Ells´s last blog ..Shit =-.

    • shine says:

      I’d really love to wax poetic about my willpower or whatever, but honestly…it just wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it would be.

      Just cutting out dairy probably won’t do it. I think it’s really about learning to listen to your body. Eating more fruits, veggies, and whole grains? Made me feel really good. I had three bites of parmesan cheese and felt like crapola. So I’m ready to listen.

      Also, it helped that I told everyone I know and the entire internets what I was doing. Because then I could just say, “I’m a vegan.” And for some reason? That was enough. You don’t have to weigh anything or measure anything or count calories or whatever. Just “be vegan.”

  2. lbluca77 says:

    I have found for me not eating meat the last month has not been as hard as I thought. Well ok, there was a few times I really wanted meat. But like you I was not a big meat eater to begin with which I think helps.

    Yay on the 22 pounds you lost. That is amazing.

    Also I just sent you an email.

    • shine says:

      There was one day I REALLY wanted a cheeseburger. But that’s about it. Fish, though…damn.

  3. P-rick says:

    Huge high-5 for sticking to your guns! I’m really proud of you for staying on your diet, sweating your ass off, and not going completely crazy in the process of it all. You SO TOTALLY DESERVE that sushi reward after all the effort you’ve put in. Banzai!

  4. Emily says:

    You can have all of my fish. I’m not big on the fishies.

  5. LiLu says:

    I can’t believe you did it! Not because of YOU, but because I just cannot fathom a life without cheese. It hurts too much.

    Congrats!!! :-)
    .-= LiLu´s last blog ..Life Just Got Better. (AKA, More Burrito-y.) =-.

    • shine says:

      I really want to whine about all my suffering, but it just wasn’t as hard as I thought. Weird.

      Plus, champagne? Totally vegan.

  6. Rahul says:

    What about Swedish Fish?

    What ABOUT THE SWEDISH!
    .-= Rahul´s last blog ..Remember That One Time… =-.

  7. Michelle says:

    Girl! Congrats on your 22 pounds! So awesome. Guessing you didn’t eat a lot of carbs? That’s what did it for me. I don’t think I could get on the vegan train, even though I LOVE animals.
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..Overdue Hawaii Recap (With Pictures!) =-.

    • shine says:

      I ate some pastas, breads, and rice. Just no animal products. I think you’d probably be surprised at the things that you eat that are already vegan.

      But it’s not for everyone.

  8. Graygrrrl says:

    I can’t tell you how proud of you I am and how inspiring you are! You look great, and the fact that you also FEEL great is all the more reason to keep with it.

    I thought I would miss meat a heck of a lot more than I do. It’s really just annoying when I want a sandwich, but cutting most of it out of my diet has mad me feel better too.

    On the general populations confusion: I told someone I’m following a more plant based diet and they thought I was vegetarian and we couldn’t go to a steak house. Uh… Thanks?
    .-= Graygrrrl´s last blog ..My Intro to Baking =-.

  9. April says:

    I don’t judge people that don’t know what food they are eating. Mainly because it’s really obnoxious to judge yourself.
    .-= April´s last blog ..Thank you(s), epiphanies, and a HUGE break-up! =-.

  10. carissa says:

    I haven’t seen you recently but you looked great before so I’m sure you look amazing! I am really proud of you for sticking to it! I have stuck to a lot of “diets” before, but none of them took meat out of my dies, I’m not sure I could do it, but now I kind of want to try. Kind of….
    .-= carissa´s last blog ..Hugs, Old-ish Man Crushes, And Sugar Water Brown? Yes please. =-.

  11. Joanna says:

    Woooo! I’m so proud of you! You should eat a whale tomorrow in celebration of your return to pescataria– shit.

  12. I think you’re wicked awesome for being so thorough about it. Even most long-term vegetarians don’t think to look at what’s in prepared meals (even if they’re preparing them themselves). They think they’re fine if they don’t eat a whole egg (gagged in my mouth right there); nevermind the fact that eggs are half the crap they’re ramming down their gullets while yammering on about factory farming. Gah.

    Bubbly? God’s (shut up) vegan gift. Woop woop!
    .-= Natalie Cottrell´s last blog ..I present to you….my sarcasm tag =-.

    • shine says:

      Well, animal product is animal product. But I’ve certainly killed enough fish this weekend to make up for it. Cheese? NOT GOOD.

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