Posted by Tim Vidra / Monday, December 27, 2010
Going Vegan but Not Going Hungry: A 12 Day Challenge
I am a carnivore, have been all my life - as a matter of fact when meeting a vegetarian I used to ask myself and others how can you only eat vegetables and in some cases fish or chicken? How can one get by without a hamburger or even better - a juicy steak?
Let's start with definitions:
- A vegetarian is a person who does not eat or does not believe in eating meat, fish, fowl, or, in some cases, any food derived from animals, such as eggs or cheese, but subsists on vegetables, fruits, nuts, grain, etc.
- A vegan is a person who refrains from using any animal product whatever for food, clothing, or any other purpose
Mary and I will ring in the New Year by taking on a 12 day vegan challenge as it relates to the diet of a vegan. This means no meat or by product (meat, dairy, or eggs). I will do my best to give you a daily snapshot of how this challenge is going with updates here on my blog and/or through tweets and twitpics (@timvidraeats). You may ask yourself, why? I am really wanting to see the challenges, hurdles, and hopefully advantages of a vegan diet.
The picture above you might say has been my first Aha moment of this challenge. In my preparation for this challenge and as much as I eat, cook and enjoy food I honestly had no clue what green flageolet beans were when I came across them at Wholefoods today. My bad and a recipe to follow during the challenge.
Those of you that know me well might think this is going to be a difficult challenge. You may be right but I vow not to go hungry!
I am certainly open for any advice, recipes, or suggestions from those who lead a vegan lifestyle.
E.A.T. local E.A.T. well E.A.T. your veggies