Well hello there, sorry about missing last month, let’s pretend that didn’t happen :)
To be honest there was a project last month and it failed so spectacularly that I wasn’t even sure how to write about it in a way that didn’t make me sound like a complete baby. I still haven’t figure out how to see it in a good light, but I decided to write about it away.
Last month’s project was an attempt to go vegan for the month. I figured I was already in a diet changing mode and it has been on my list forever. Actually it’s probably been on my radar since that last time I tried to go vegan just about 10 years ago. However the first time I was a horrible vegan and got quite sick and nutrient depleted. Now I don’t blame that on the vegan diet in general, just what I chose to eat, which was little and less. Which of course didn’t work out that well for me. So this time around I wanted to do it well and I researched lots of awesome vegan recipes. It started off pretty well: I really liked all the food choices I had, I didn’t feel hungry or like I was missing out. However as the days went by it got harder and harder with each of these situations popping up:
I joined some friends out to eat and didn’t look at the menu ahead of time. There was actually nothing vegan at all… at all! It really sucks to be hungry and just have to sit there and watch everyone around you eat, and eat all the things you can’t have.
I loved all the food I prepared, but it was quite a lot of work for most of the meals. Also it required a lot of ingredients I don’t normally stock, which isn’t a big deal except it makes planning a necessity.
Cooking and eating felt like it became a full-time job. Just to eat enough calories to keep training well I felt like I was eating veggies non-stop. When I wasn’t eating I was planning meals or chopping/ prepping for the next meal. I also began to think about food all the time – which was unnerving.
and then I broke – almost 2.5 weeks in I had a full on tantrum while training. I literally lay on the floor whining until daniel agreed to go with me to get a burger. I DON’T EVEN LIKE BURGERS!
For the rest of the month I tried to be vegan three days a week, which I did… but I still feel like it was a massive fail. Maybe 2 months of playing with my diet is too much or maybe I’m just too much of a baby either way… FAIL!
Although it wasn’t all for naught. I did learn that not eating meat didn’t make my body feel better. In fact a small amount of meat usually resulted in better training sessions the next day. However dairy was another story. Dairy definitely made my allergies worse. After the first week without dairy I didn’t have a need to blow my nose or any phlegm in my throat. My reactions to our cat were also reduced, although not eliminated. Which sucks because I love cheese and cream in my coffee, but it’s good to know cause I also like to breathe :)