I went vegan! (sort of)

IMG_0556I have been doing some research on the benefits of going vegan.  I have to be honest, it’s not about the animals or the environment, it’s all about my health.  So now, I’m trying it.  I’d love to do this until Thanksgiving, but I decided to do a two week test and see how I feel.  So far, I have had some shocking results. Read on for my thoughts, as I begin week 2.

Anger – I was pretty angry for the first two or three days.  Really angry at myself for doing this and I kept saying it didn’t make sense and I really wrestled with continuing.  Meat was really smelling good!  I committed to myself for two weeks and that’s the only reason I stuck through those first few days.   I can honestly say that I’m not as angry today. I’m getting used to it.

Travel – At times, I travel up and down the West Coast for my job and I did not prepare well this week.  I took a trip and ended up at the worst restaurants for a “vegan”.  I stuck to my guns and once literally ate a veggie sandwich that was toast, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and some sort of veggie spread.  I ate a lot of salads and pasta.  Eggplant, rice and tofu as well.  I was surprised that there was at least one thing on each menu that I could eat and it kept me alive.

Food Choices – Here are some of the foods that I tried this week.

Tofu – I’ve only ever had tofu in that hot and sour soup they give you, before they give you your real lunch at the Chinese lunch spot. (I usually get General Tso’s chicken).  I ate at a Thai place this week.  Ordered a Kau Pad dish with veggies and tofu.  They make it into a bunch of different shapes and textures to mimic food that I’m used to, like pork and chicken.  It’s not horrible.  I pretended it was fish.

Hummus – At first, I had to look this up to see what it really was. Chickpeas that are ground up and processed into a paste.  I tried it as an appetizer at a restaurant.  Honestly, it was pretty good. I bought some, when I got home, with some spicy red pepper in it. I ate it with focaccia crackers as a snack.  I actually like this. I’ll probably keep eating this even when/if I go back to my normal diet.

A little cheese… – Some of the places I went to only had a salad that already came with cheese. OK let me get real honest… I just didn’t tell them “no cheese”.  I figured, “come on man, I don’t have to swing for the fences…” I had a small amount of parmesan cheese on my salads and also had an eggplant parmigiana sandwich.

French Fries – I definitely ate french fries a couple of times.  I figure, their potatoes fried in vegetable oil. Vegan enough for me…

Weight loss – Now this is pretty amazing. I dropped some weight this week and had to rub my eyes at the numbers on the scale. I had already lost around 20 – 25 pounds, I lost another 3 – 4 pounds this week.  I haven’t been exercising a lot because of my knee, which now seems to be better. I’m going to start exercising again on Monday.

Energy – my energy level is good, but I think my mind is psyching me out into thinking I am empty. I feel like I have a lot of energy, but I just don’t feel very full after eating. I don’t ever get that sluggish feeling anymore. The one that lets me know I had a “good meal”.  Having said that, I have not been hungry.

Sleep – I’ve actually been sleeping really well, and waking up very refreshed.

Bathroom activity –  The first 2 to 3 days, I was in the bathroom a lot!  I don’t know whether it was all the green stuff or all the water I was drinking, but things got moving.  Now I’ve seem to settle down into a more normal rhythm.

Headaches – At times, I wake up with headaches.  I usually take a few Motrin and get on with my day.  This happens more often than not and I’ll say at least two times a week, maybe three, I’ll wake up and pop a few Motrin. I don’t know if it has anything to do with my diet, but I haven’t taken one single Motrin since I stopped eating meat.

Conversation –  I am getting tired of hearing myself talk about “trying vegan”.  My wife is too.  She says I’m transferring my weight to her.  I don’t want to be annoying, but I think I may have crossed that threshold.  So I am consciously trying to not bring it up.   Some people are supportive, some people are like “why” and some people really could care less. It’s not something that I bring up in casual conversation, only when it’s time to eat lunch. I ordered a salad and everybody looked at me so I just said, “I’m taking a break from meat.”

That’s about it.  Stay tuned!

3 thoughts on “I went vegan! (sort of)

  1. I have been using Gardein that is a substitute for meat and chicken. It’s in the freezer section. We really can’t tell the difference. The taste and texture is the same as meat. We have also found how much we really love a fresh fruit plate for snacks. And as for sweets, we really don’t miss all the cookies and donuts. Lao, a good cookbook is “Chloe’s Kitchen by Chloe Coscarelli. We too, have had weight loss and that is a good side benefit to getting healthy. Have fun with your plant based diet.

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    1. Thanks for the tips! I don’t really know how much longer I’m going to do this. The Gardein stuff is pretty good. I’ve had the meatballs and my wife bought home some meatless crabcakes from somewhere. I found some vegetarian chicken nuggets. Quinoa is something my wife wants me to try as well. I’ve been eating rice checks with vanilla soy milk as sort of a “sweet treat”. I think I want to try soy ice cream as well. I didn’t even think I could do a week without it, so making it to day eight is pretty awesome!


  2. We just bought some Coconut Bliss ice cream and it’s pretty good. There are several ice creams that are milk free. It is just a trial and error to see which ones you like best. We also like sorbet.


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