Back in late August I embarked on an experiment in which I wanted to eat Vegan for 30 days (or 720 hours hence the hashtag #vegan720). I was hoping for some weight loss , an overall increase in energy levels, and generally just “feeling better”. I can without a doubt that I had two out of the three (I didn’t lose much weight). And up until very recently I have been content with the diet. But then I think I developed a soy sensitivity/allergy and that kind of put me in a rut. My diet was already quiet limited and now with avoiding soy I started to feel deprived of foods I really enjoyed. Yes, I know there are many delicious vegan non-soy foods out there but I really felt like my options got very limited, and this left me feeling deprived.
While on vacation to Sherpa at Ironman Arizona I fell off the wagon. I ate eggs, bacon, cheese, and ham! It was yummy but it really was just a couple of day step back from the diet while I got though Thanksgiving with my family. Now that I am back in the routine of work/school again I am starting a new chapter in my diet book. I don’t think I will keep up the very strict vegan diet but I do see myself staying on a vegetarian diet with reduced amounts of dairy and eggs. I really don’t miss the meat (but damn the beef tenderloin we had for Thanksgiving was A-MAZ-ING), but I do miss the freedom to eat a few of the things I have grown to love over the years. The biggest one coming up is Panettone bread that comes out through the holidays. The other thing I really miss is cheese (real cheese that is).
I do hope to try to keep my food as vegan as possible, I am just going to allow myself a little more wiggle room should I choose to wiggle!