Howdy, again! Thank you for being patient with all these blogging-free days. My online class has been as hard (if not harder!) as I was expecting. The fact that I’m in catch-up mode (I had to print out all the hand outs, write up my profile, etc) is definitely adding to the stress though; once I’m on top of things this weekend everything will run more smoothly. I actually have my first exam today, so no food post now, but I wanted to do a Vegan Challenge Recap.
Overall, the last month was very satisfying. I will straight up admit that yesterday (June 30th) dinner was a big cheesy plate of jalapeno nachos! Amazingly, it was the first time all month I even wanted anything that wasn’t vegan. I had several people ask me over the course of month what foods I was missing, and the honest answer was nothing. Vegan foods can be easy, tasty, and satisfying.
Will I be permanently changing my eating style then? No. I still believe the things I said in my Challenge Introduction Post –
- Eating many vegan meals each week contributes to a healthy diet.
- Vegan cooking and baking can be fun and satisfying.
- Veganism is kind to our planet and can be a great way to conserve energy.
- The current industrialized dairy and meat industries are immoral (even though in theory consuming meat and dairy is not) and the best way to vote is with my wallet.
But I also believe these things as well –
- I personally feel healthier when I am eating some animal products (especially Greek yogurt, eggs, and lean fowl).
- Going out to dinner is a lot easier and more enjoyable, especially in Buffalo, when your diet is less restricted.
- I enjoy foods like eggs and Greek yogurt. And even though I didn’t really miss them during June, I don’t want to cut them out of my life forever.
- I don’t drink a lot of cow’s milk, but soy milk in iced coffee just isn’t the same.
- We are going to be broke as hell next year and not using my year’s worth of free eggs just isn’t an option.
For all my ‘traditional’ readers – have you ever done a vegan challenge? What were your final impressions?