101 in 1001 – 7 Day Vegan Challenge

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Bryan and I have been vegetarians for a year now, for a whole host of reasons, including environmental, health, and animal safety concerns, and more besides. A great resource on the topic is Eating Animals by Jonathan Safron Foer. I thought that giving up meat was going to be really difficult, but – speaking only for myself, though I think Bryan feels the same – it hasn’t been. I have the occasional dream about bacon and Five Guys Burger and Fries hamburgers, but other than that, I don’t miss it. I don’t miss the way that it made me feel. And our families are adjusting now, which makes it much easier. There are a whole host of awesome meat alternatives out there (we are thinking of doing a post on the subject). Also, as Bryan likes to point out, it makes going out to eat way easier! Instead of having to choose from everything on the menu, there are usually only a handful of options. Or, like the place I went to last weekend, just one. -_-

As I have adjusted to my new meatless existence, I have had a vague notion that I’d like to try veganism. Mostly because I want to test my limits, but also, because a part of me recognizes the hypocrisy of refusing to eat chicken but continuing to eat their eggs. Anyway, when I made my 101 in 1001 list, one of the items was to try veganism for one week. Just 7 days. That’s manageable, right? And then I found out that the man who runs one of my favorite blogs (Zen Habits) also runs a 7 Day Vegan challenge, complete with meal plans and a guide to being a healthy vegan. PERFECT. I signed myself up for the challenge and I am commencing this Sunday.

From Sunday, May 26, to Saturday, June 1, I am a vegan.

Not a hardcore one. I will still eat honey and carry my leather purse. But I’m dipping my toe into the pool, seeing how I like the temperature. It will be an interesting experience and I am really excited to try it! There are a couple of recipes that I am pretty jazzed about (like one for crepes from Skinny Bitch) and I am interested to see how I feel at the end of it.

Is anyone a vegan? Have you ever tried veganism? Are you going to join me for the 7 day challenge (you can do it over any 7 days you choose)? Let me know in the comments below!

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Jessica can most often be found with her nose in a book, or writing her newest short story/screenplay/novel, but she also has a passion for travel, child-care & development, psychology, feminism (and other forms of equality), and making the world a better place in general. Email Me