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Vegan Challenge Day 21: Are we there yet?

May 21, 2010 - Andy Gray

It was a 21 Day Vegan Challenge I agreed to, right?

Just kidding. I know it’s 28 days, but at this point I’m just playing out the string. And I can pinpoint the moment my heart stopped being in it -- 8:30 p.m. on day 18.

Tuesdays are my busiest day at work to get Ticket finished each week, and it’s the one day my wife always is scheduled for a full eight hours at work. I didn’t have the time (at least I didn’t take the time) to do much menu planning on Monday, so there were few dinner options available by the time I got home.

Dinner was corn tortilla chips with refried beans and salsa. The chips were organic (but fried), the refried beans were vegetarian and high in fiber, and the salsa added some more veggies to the meal. But as I’m reaching into the chip bag once too often, I realized that I could have come up with something more satisfying and probably healthier to eat if I wasn’t following these arbitrary dining rules.

Let’s face it, if you’re not a vegan for ethical reasons -- not wanting to feed off of any living creatures or their byproducts -- there’s really no reason to eat this way.  A diet with honey is no less healthy than one with agave nectar. My wife and I were at the grocery store Wednesday and put back one product after another because it contained a microscopic amount of honey or whey or glycerine.

Living without for the last three weeks has made me realize my diet probably contained too much dairy and I’m going to try to make some long-term adjustments there. And I’m going to try to incorporate more vegan meals into an omnivore’s diet.

That said, I’m starting to feel like a kid with a box of 64 crayons who is only allowed to use the same eight crayons for every picture. I want my other crayons back.

But I can wait seven more days to get them.


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