Week 1 – 30-Day Vegan Challenge

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Here’s what my friend has had to say about his first week of the 30-Day Vegan Challenge:

So, week one is past. Fairly successful in my plant based diet efforts. Three mornings with no breakfast; I usually get up and go straight to work, so I am making efforts to give myself more time for a healthy start in the mornings. Orange juice, oatmeal with fruit and nuts, or just fruit – mango, strawberry, and blueberry. 

IMG_0462Steel Cut Oats with fruit & a few walnuts

Lunch during the workday is usually with coworkers , other attorneys or by myself. Most restaurants are a vegan challenge. Pick & choose, or combine multiple small plates of greens, beans, grains, etc.  Went to a steakhouse with Nina [Urban Vegan Chic], but had a vegetable quinoa bowl and vegetable empanadas. Very good! Had a lunch of sushi – noncompliant but good. Avoided the temptation of pulled pork & kielbasa sausage, despite the wonderful smell. Eat hummus and pita a lot – good snack! Nina has made wonderful evening meals: Yams, onions, garlic & collards. All the plant based diet foods fills you up. Not been hungry! 

IMG_0266Zippy Yams & Collards – a PCRM Recipe

Takes some planning and commitment. Have lost weight this week, 3-5 pounds, depending on the scale. Plenty of energy. Week 2, I am going to be traveling to California, which could prove challenging for this change, but will see. Eliminating dairy is not so tough, except for cheeses. I love cheeses! The hardest part is avoiding sauces with milk and egg or dressings with the same. Most restaurants do not use a lot of bean combinations for entrees, although the elements are on the menu. Have to start asking for special preps with menu elements. MORE LATER…

My friend made it through week one. Yay! No, it wasn’t 100% vegan, but it was fairly close! I urge you all to be encouraging when a friend or relative, who has been on a Standard American Diet (SAD), tries to go plant-based! Remembering that we too were once meat eaters, unless we were among the one percent lucky ones who grew up in a vegan household.  Again, I urge you to be supportive and not overly critical. Not everyone can do this! Our society is not well set up for encouraging this type of change and people who go vegan are sometimes ridiculed or scorned, so let’s not fall in under that category, even when someone’s efforts aren’t “perfect” or 100 percent! The question then beckons, “Are you perfect 100% of the time?” I’m certainly not, but I do give healthy eating my best efforts most of the time!

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About urbanveganchic

I'm an urban chic woman, who is passionate about educating others about the benefits of a whole foods, plant-based vegan diet, cancer prevention & survival, as well as art & life. I love adventures and travel. As an artist and a teacher, I care deeply about healthy living, being a conscious steward of our planet, and being kind & respectful towards animals. Learning about a vegan plant-based diet has been like discovering a new country and falling in love with it, so if I sound like I'm enamored you now know why! As a world traveler, I truly wish I had discovered this beautiful new country twenty years ago! Better late than never, as they say, cause there's no going back now! Born and raised in Scandinavia. Proud owner of a tripod cat & a foxy little pup. Speak four languages...some better than others. Working on the fifth one. We are all either part of the problem or the solution! Health & Happiness to you! ~UrbanVeganChic

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  1. Having your friend write about his progress is a great idea, he’s pff to a great start… It’s difficult to be vegan on many levels but i always think of how animals and the environment benefit & that makes it easier to deal with the sometimes strong reactions/comments i’ve hear more than a few times my son had been almost” vegan for about two years, is 36 & gets a LOT of teasing, etc. but it’s becoming so common everywhere that soon it will be mo big deal🍀

  2. Thank you, Helene! He certainly is off to a great start! He’s in a high pressured job. Works a ton of hours and sometimes has little to no time to eat, so grabbing “something” is sometimes easier. On Friday he had had nothing to eat until dinner. I said, “At least, eat a banana!” (We had a “talk” about that one!) You’re right, it is becoming more and more common…and thank goodness! People are becoming much more accepting of those of us who are vegans!

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