Food { 22-Day Revolution | Week 3 }

I did it: I was fully vegan for 22 days! It has been an interesting and eye-opening experience, and I’m so happy that I was able to do it fully. I was able to learn a lot about my previous eating habits as well as what my body tolerates less.

The overall experience has been mostly positive. There were some moments of frustration when I just wanted to have some meat or not have to overthink my meal, but I feel stronger, cleaner, with more energy, and a bit trimmer. Here are a few more detailed final thoughts on my experience on going vegan for 22 days:

{ Hunger }

My body has adjusted to smaller portions so I haven’t been very hungry and have not been snacking as much! I want to keep that going because I think that eating less has been good for my body. I think my stomach was accustomed to larger portions, but I definitely enjoy the smaller and healthier portions a lot more now!

{ Energy }

I had a few nights of really restless sleep, which affected my energy a lot. I was still able to catch up on my sleep by taking quick naps after work, which helped a lot. I think that my nutrition has contributed to having more energy, which is amazing!

{ Food Preparation }

I made things easier for myself by making simpler meals, but also by making double the amount to have it for lunch the following day.

{ Exercise }

I was able to do 3 cardio workouts, 2 weight training session, and 1 hot yoga session! I am going to try and do at least 4 workouts per week now, if time and energy permits because I feel an even more pronounced difference on my body.

{ Other observations }

This week was by far the most ‘successful’ in terms of exercising, not taking too much time to prepare food, and energy level. I measured myself and I did lose close to 2-inches from my waist and my clothes fit more loosely than before I started the vegan diet.

{ What Next? }

I’ve been slowly incorporating some meat products back into my diet, such as eggs and some meat. I still haven’t quite figured out an exact formula of what I will be doing, but I’m comfortable to say that I will be drastically reducing my meat intake. I will opt for vegan or vegetarian options whenever possible, such as almond milk in my latte or bean-based meals instead of meat. I am looking forward to not being as limited in what I can eat, but I have really loved my experience and have noticed only positive effects on my body.

I think that anyone can become vegan if they choose to. It will take a small adjustment period, but at the end of the day, it’s not that much more complicated than eating meat, you just have to be willing to take the time to learn about having a balanced diet to get all your nutrients, and learn to listen to your body when it reacts to certain types of foods.

Have you ever tried a vegan diet? How did you like it? Make sure to share your thoughts and comments below!

{ Grilled eggplans topped with avocado, cucumber and tomato salsa }

{ Grilled eggplans topped with avocado, cucumber and tomato salsa }

{ Gluten-free toast with hummus, shredded carrots and sprouts }

{ Gluten-free toast with hummus, shredded carrots and sprouts }

{ Chia pudding for breakfast }

{ Chia pudding for breakfast }

{ Kale, spinach, celery, apple and ginger smoothie }

{ Kale, spinach, celery, apple and ginger smoothie }

{ Black bean burger with chickpea fries }

{ Black bean burger with chickpea fries }

{ Vegan nachos! }

{ Vegan nachos! }

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14 Comments

Sepideh

I would encourage you to try it, even if it’s for a day! Now that I’ve started incorporating a bit of meat back into my diet, my stomach isn’t responding very well to be honest..! I felt better without it!! The food was SO much better than I thought it would be! And it’s fun to experiment and try new recipes and a new way of cooking!

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Sepideh

Isn’t amazing how much the food we eat affects our energy and our moods?! I never truly realized the impact it had on me!!

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Angelina

I haven’t tried a vegan diet before, mostly because I’m not a super big fan of greens, and I don’t think I would have the motivation and willpower to do all the prepwork for eating vegan. I definitely would try being vegetarian though, I feel like I would probably drift back into my natural eating preferences after a while, but be more conscious of what I put into my body.

Angelina Is

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Sepideh

If you’re not a fan greens, then a vegan diet might be more challenging. Why not start slowly by incorporating greens in your diet more and more? It does willpower to get through a challenge, but the results and the energy I got from it was really worth it. I felt revitalized and energetic and my stomach problems were fine for the duration of the challenge. Vegetarian is a lot more manageable, why not try it for one day to see how you like it?

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nancy @ adore to adorn

what an amazing challenge. I think that’s wonderful you were successful. I have never challenged myself in this way but I feel like I want to try certain things – not just to see if I can do it but to also discover if I find that a particular food lifestyle will actually be better for me than I realize. =)
xo,
nancy

http://www.adoretoadorn.com

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Sepideh

Thank you so much for the encouragement! I’m thrilled with how everything worked out and that I was able to do it 100%. I’ve enjoyed challenging myself and I do kinda miss the vegan diet – I think my body responded well to not eating meat. It’s also great to remember to try things for yourself instead of following fads, diets and trends 🙂

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