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My Thoughts on Going Vegan for a Week

Posted Jun 28 2010 4:05pm

Here are some of my last couple meals as a vegan…

Lunch was Green Quinoa (Quinoa with make-shift basil pesto – basil, garlic, evoo, s+p) and topped with scallions.
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For dinner last night I made Bobby Flay’s Sophie’s Chopped Salad sans cheese. 062810 006
It was SO GOOD! I actually ended up crumbling some blue corn tortilla chips on top. Fabulous! Will be making this ALL the time.

And I ate some most of the potatoes BF had as a side to his dinner (topped with soy free earth balance, s+ 062810 004   

My thoughts on Vegan For a Week

Like I said when I wrote my first Vegan For a Week post, I wanted to go vegan for a week to 1)Challenge myself and 2) See how I would respond/feel while eating a completely vegan diet. Well, the week is up!

First, lets talk about point #1) Challenge Myself. The thing is, it wasn’t incredibly challenging to come up with vegan meals for the week. If you took away the cheese and yogurt from many of my regular meals, they’re already vegan! And I had lots of inspiration from vegan bloggers if I was ever stumped for what to make. So, that part actually wasn’t difficult.
I’ve found that a lot of vegans say that they don’t miss dairy or meat at all. Well, I discovered that I don’t think I could be one of those vegans. I most definitely missed my cheese, eggs and seafood. Eating a completely vegan diet made me realize how much I actually do use things like cheese or yogurt to round out my meals!

Now point #2). I felt pretty much the same for the week. I’m not sure a week can make much of a difference, but I generally didn’t notice a change in the way I felt.

My overall thoughts: From an environmental and ethical standpoint – I truly believe that veganism is the superior way to eat. However, from a nutritional standpoint, I’m not so sure. While I respect the vegan diet and those who follow it, I’m not going to lie, I feel the best when I eat a Mediterranean style diet – lots of veggies, beans, nuts and seeds but also goat cheese, eggs, yogurt, fish and seafood. What made me realize that perhaps veganism wasn’t for me was that out of all the vegan bloggers I interviewed for Interview with a Vegan, not one of them said they missed any non-vegan food item since going vegan. If they missed anything it was something like the ease of eating at a restaurant, or they missed the variety of options available to non-vegans. I can tell that if I went vegan, I would miss actual food and I would feel a bit like I was depriving myself.

But like I said in my first Vegan For a Week post, since I do struggle a bit with the ethical impact of eating animal products, I try my best to buy my animal products as “ethically” as possible, as often as possible, if that makes any sense.

I don’t think I’ll be changing over to a vegan diet anytime soon, but going vegan for a week was truly an eye-opening experience for me. And thank you so much to the lovely ladies who were kind enough to participate in Interview with a Vegan!

Any now back to your regularly scheduled programming :)

Today I grabbed lunch with my friend Rosie at Snack , a teeny Greek restaurant in SoHo.

I got the Vegetarian Souvlaki with tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and feta with butter beans in tomato sauce on a warm pita
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Those are dolmades (brown rice stuffed grape leaves) on the side.

And Rosie got the Marinated 1.0 sandwich with artichokes, tomatoes, cucumbers, portobello mushrooms, scallions and shaved vlahotiri cheese in a lemon vinaigrette on ciabatta bread
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Off to do some relaxing!

I would love to hear your thoughts on my little vegan challenge or veganism in general. If you are not currently a vegan – would you ever try it for a week?

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