30-Day (mostly) Raw Vegan Challenge

I’ve pledged to go vegan for the next 30 days. In addition to avoiding meat, I’ll be nixing dairy, eggs, honey, and lesser known animal by-products, such as confectioner’s glaze (used in jelly beans & other treats) and isinglass, or fish bladder, used in the production of beer. I’ll also abstain from purchasing clothes, accessories, cosmetics, and personal care products that tout animal testing in their making.

While I’ve certainly dabbled in veganism (and do my best to avoid animal products) I’m excited to take the full plunge. Go for the whole (vegan) enchilada, starting with these first 30 days.

I’ll also be mostly raw, indulging primarily in fresh, uncooked fruits, veggies, nuts & seeds. Since I’m active and training for a marathon, I’ll be including some cooked/processed plant-based proteins, such as tempeh, tofu, beans and vegan protein powder. I’ll also be actively running and training, so it’ll be fun to see how my times improve as I adapt to my new lifestyle.

Why vegan?

I’ve gone vegan for several months before, and for several reasons. I won’t get too into it, but as a quick glossover: veganism simply makesΒ sense. It’s good for the body, mind, & soul, as well as for the animals, environment, and boosting plant-based industry. Of course, I recognize that veganism isn’t for everyone (hey, for the past twenty-something years it hasn’t even been for me!) and in no way am I implying that a plant-based diet is necessary for health, or that a meat-filled diet is not.

For me, personally, it makes a big difference in my health, happiness, and quality of life. Along with being mildly intolerant to lactose, years of being vegetarian have made me incredibly intolerant of meat. In addition, I also suffer from major problems with ovarian cysts and abdominal pain. Due to the hormones in modern, non-organic meats, dairy products and eggs and their acidic effects on the body, an animal-based diet can have a cataclysmic effect on someone suffering from endometriosis and its symptoms.

A plant-based diet, in contrast, can negate and hinder the development of painful cysts and further complications, as explained here by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

I don’t want to develop endometriosis. I don’t want to have cervical cancer. I never want to have surgery because of ovarian cysts again, and I absolutely want to have children.

Being a vegetarian helped my ovarian cysts cease, much to the shock of my doctors over the past years. Going vegan expedited the process, and lifted the mental fog, upset stomach, and grogginess that I had failed to notice before cutting animal products out of my diet.

I’ve fallen off the wagon many times, but now that I’ve settled into my lifestyle, I’m ready to make veganism a part of it. As I abstain from animal products for the next month, I’ll be sharing the progress, recipes and struggles that ensue, so stay tuned πŸ™‚

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