4 week Vegan Challenge

Why do I go on a 4 week vegan challenge?

I’ve always loved animals. However, I always ate them too… Sounds pretty contradicting, doesn’t it? I just never gave much thought about where the animal products I was using came from. After doing some major research on the subject and watching some pretty disturbing documentaries, I decided that I no longer can close my eyes. I don’t want to contribute to animal cruelty, I love animals! I don’t want to be part of a society that believes that animals are on this planet for humans to use. I don’t want to have, what the Banana girl (see below) likes to call, “the human supremacy syndrome”.

Another reason for me to go on this vegan challenge, is because of my health. I’ve always loved sugar. Too bad sugar loved me too… I can eat dozens of cookies, cakes and candies in a short amount of time. Afterwards, I feel tired and sick. I’m addicted to sugar. I did already started a few weeks ago to get rid of that addiction and so far I’m doing pretty well. I do however want to stop this sugar madness once and for all. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with eating a cookies every now and then, but as a treat, not as an entire meal or as a replacement for a meal.

For me, this challenge is not all about food. It’s about health, happiness and feeling energetic. Having the energy to do whatever I want to do, to get more clarity of mind, to set my priorities straight.

I do it for the people, for the animals and for the planet. Why? Because I care and because “but one person won’t make a difference” isn’t a reason not to do it, it’s and excuse for not caring enough.

The rules

The rules are simple:

  • No meat, poultry, fish, eggs, cheese, milk or other animal products
  • At least 3 decent meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Drink at least 2 liters of water a day
  • Keep track of my nutrition through Cronometer

I’ve also made some more rules for myself. You might read these rules and think: “But what do these rules have to do with eating vegan?” Let me explain. When I’m experiencing more extreme emotions, like sadness or happiness, I tend to go shopping and spend money on stuff I don’t need. Also, when I feel a bit down or overwhelmed, I tend to hide from the world, turn into a couch potato, eat tons of sugary stuff, which usually only makes me feel worse. So that’s why I made the following rules:

  • No processed foods (I have a weakness for Oreo cookies. They are vegan, but they’re not healthy)
  • Don’t spend money on anything besides groceries and gas
  • Go outside at least 15 minutes a day
  • Exercise 5 days a week
  • Get up at 07:00 every day

Some things I hope to improve

  • Dry hair
  • Uneven complexion
  • Pimples
  • Nails that break easily
  • Low energy
  • Don’t want to move
  • A lot of reluctantly for almost anything
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Bad breath
  • Mood swings
  • I get colds very often
  • Binging
  • Flatulence
  • Depression
  • Trouble with sleeping
  • Food cravings
  • I feel heavy (mentally and physically)
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Quickly overwhelmed

For more information

If you consider going vegan and/or want some more information, you can go online and maybe check out these YouTube accounts:

Remember, going vegan is not something you should do for the wrong reasons (like vegan being a fashionable trend or because you think it’s cool). If you do it for the wrong reasons, the chances are that you won’t be able to stick with it. I recommend you think about your motivation and do some really thorough research before you make this lifestyle change.

Disclaimer: I’m by no means a certified dietitian. Before making any diet changes, always check with your doctor.

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4 thoughts on “4 week Vegan Challenge

  1. hi!
    just a little comment to encourage you on your challenge!! and to say that i love your blog! i am vegan as well (used to be vegetarian till last month), and it is uncomparable! you will see so many benefits, just be patient! As a former sugar addict myself, i can assure you, you can do it! I used to eat 2 cakes a day, but since i never gained a pound, nobody thought it unhealthy! I’m so happy for you, and believe me, you are going to fix all those little “shortcomings” you have on that list!
    i wish you the best on this great challenge! XO

    • Hi! 😀

      Thank you so much for your kind words! That’s really nice of you 😀
      At first, I kept craving sugar like crazy. But now I don’t even care for the chocolate and candy that’s in the house anymore!
      I already start to feel lighter, if that makes any sense, and I slowly begin to feel more energetic.
      Again, thank you so much for your kindness and I really think we’re doing the right thing!

      Love

  2. Hello
    Been enjoying your blogs.
    Did you complete the vegan month?
    I have been vegetarian since about 8 years old, and then vegan for about 15 years and since my daughter was about 3 (10 years ago) I have been back to being a vegetarian as it makes it easy with us both being vegetarian.
    I try to be healthy (succeed about 75% of the time I’d say) and have a horrendously sweet tooth and definitely struggle with eating sweet stuff when stressed. I have struggled with low iron and vit d etc because of gluten intolerance. Since I have cut all gluten out I have felt much better and am no longer losing iron. I am concentrating on trying to make healthy eating choices and exercise is next on the list – I hate it:(
    Well done on the running and veganism!! I think I’ll be vegan again one day when the time is right!

    • Hi Lorrie!

      I’m glad you enjoy my blog 😀 I did completed the vegan month, and I must say that it was a lot easier than I thought it would be. I felt great!
      I’m happy to hear that you feel much better now you don’t eat gluten anymore! I’m also not a really big fan of exercising, but doing workout DVD’s at home isn’t so bad.

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