I hesitated writing this post.
I don’t like to make statements like “I’m a vegan now” and then within 45 days of my “new lifestyle choice” eat an entire rotisserie chicken with my bare hands while standing over the kitchen sink. But I did. So here we are.
It’s not that I didn’t enjoy being vegan, I actually really did. I even convinced a few friends and family members to give the veggie lifestyle a try. I watched documentaries about going vegetarian/vegan and was appalled at the animal cruelty that happens every single day in the US. I was also inspired by all of the health benefits of eating a plant based diet. I have loved the effects that being dairy/meat free has had on my stomach, concentration and mental clarity, and overall well-being. I wasn’t planning on being vegan forever, but thought I would last a long time, much longer than a mere month and a half.
What ultimately made me drive to the grocery store, buy a chicken, and eat it like a starving orphan was mostly my lack of protein consumption. I don’t eat tofu or other soy-heavy products and lately I have noticed a slight allergic type reaction when I eat beans. Not anything serious, my asthma and throat are not effected, but my skin is. I get itchy and uncomfortable. So there I was eating 5 zucchinis, 2 squashes, and an onion every single day. Every. Single. Day.
I couldn’t take it anymore. I was hungry. Not just “I could probably eat a large cheeseburger right now” hungry, but “I will kill anybody who gets in my way of a cheeseburger and will use him as a topping on my steaming, meaty pile of ground, hand-packed, cheese smothered beef” hungry.
Since the whole rotisserie chicken episode, I have not been devouring meat quite as savagely- I’ll eat meat a few times a week and sometimes even use utensils. I am really happy that I went vegan for a month and a half because I feel like it hit a “reset” button in my belly and my taste buds! I now crave veggies all the time, and I still eat a ton of vegan meals. I’ve only eaten dairy a few times in the past few weeks, also. My cravings are very different than they were before going vegan. For example, last night for dinner I had a bowl of rice topped with 7 large, steamed beets. I squeezed a lemon on top and was absolutely in heaven with my bizarre concoction. Someone watching me eat it would have probably thought I was eating the world’s most delicious ice cream. Liking weird food combinations- that is what going vegan did to me.
I don’t regret being vegan for 45 days and I don’t regret quitting it either. Mainly, I’m happy to now know a really easy way to drop a few pounds and reset my “innards” in order to get me feeling great! I know I will definitely be doing more 30-day vegan sprints in my future.