If you follow me on twitter you may have noticed a new hashtag, #vegan720. I have decided to try a totally vegan diet for the next 30 days. I am not doing this because of animal rights issues or any type of personal statement. I am doing this for two reasons. First, I have managed to put on about 6-10 pounds since my Ironman in May and I want to lose the weight. I have been trying to “watch” what I eat and all I have seen is a a lot of Twix bars go into my belly and on to my hips! It just wasn’t working for me. I am hoping that a very strict rule like “no animal products at all” will actually be easier to follow then just trying to eat healthy.
The second reason I am trying this is because of how many people have reported an increase in energy levels due to a totally plant based diet. I am a busy person. I am a single mother of two young boys who wants to continue to improve in endurance sports not to mention I work full time. I need to have energy or I just can’t get everything done.
So I am 4 days in, feeling pretty good, and just hoping I get the results I am looking for. My starting weight was 141 and I would really like to maintain 130 (although 125 would be awesome, just not sure I can easily stay there). I will try to do some weekly updates as to how it is going but so far so good! Any advice or tips or recipes would be GREATLY appreciated!