Wednesday, April 6, 2011

7 Days of Awesomeness

Periodically I will be trying various things and reporting back on my findings. I have the time. My first experiment was to be a vegan for a week. A vegan is someone who doesn't eat anything that is derived from an animal. No meat, dairy, eggs, seafood, and even honey. In extreme cases (not mine), you don't wear anything that is derived from an animal, IE, fur, leather, you get the idea. Below I have written the Pros and Cons to help you decide if this is the lifestyle for you.

Not vegan friendly apparel


Weight loss
This is a big one and fairly easy to do when you're a vegan. Since you really can't eat anything, it is easy to shed the pounds and feel a lot less bloat-y. I stuck with mostly fruit and vegetables which made it that much easier.

Aches and Pains Be Gone
This may have had more to do with a diet of limited processed foods and limited sugar, but I did find that any little aches I had, did diminish. Even that pain in my elbows from clutching my stomach in hunger all but disappeared.

For anyone who has had the pleasure of waiting on a vegan or being behind them in line at a counter/cafeteria/bakery, it becomes quite obvious that vegans are better than everyone else. This is conveyed through the way they proudly, if not condescendingly, announce "I'm a Vegan"  right before asking 57 questions and taking another 40 minutes to order lunch. So for 7 days, I was better than everyone else. That felt good!
Official uniform of a vegan

But it's not all rainbows and kittens and unicorns.........


With limited food choices you are hungry a lot . I did not realize how filling my diet of Funyons, Burgers, Milkshakes was.

 Eye Roll Recipient
Now I have been the giver of many vegan directed eye rolls, but I have to say, receiving them.....stings a little. Whether is was trying to order at a restaurant or making dinner at home it was painful. Thankfully, I didn't have the strength to cry.

Get to Know Your Grocer
As a vegan you will be buying many perishable items, therefore, taking many trips to the grocery store. I was at the grocery store every other day.....until they kindly asked me to leave if all I was going to do was stand near the rotisserie chicken display and smell the chickens.

Still not sure if this is the lifestyle for you?

Famous Vegans
Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman, Prince, Ellen DeGeneres

Still wondering?

Then probably no.

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