For awhile now, Jon and I have been eating a mostly vegetarian diet. I say mostly, because we occasionally eat meat and poultry, and very often consume fish. Our reluctance to eat meat began for health reasons and now has transcended to being aware of how animals are raised and the impact of buying commercial meat on our environment and local economy.
Blah, blah, blah, right? If you eat meat, you probably aren’t going to concern yourself with the why’s of why I don’t eat a lot of it. And honestly, I’m not hear to preach. I mean, I love bacon, I could seriously eat a huge plate of Southern BBQ, and Chick-fil-A is one of my favorite places to visit. I’m not exactly miss-innocent over here.
So, what I’m going to do next week is going to be a real challenge. Beyond giving up meat and fish of all kinds, I’m going vegan. For a week. No milk, no cheese, no Greek yogurt, no honey. No half and half for my coffee, no ooey-gooey pizza for dinner.
Now that I feel like shedding a few tears, let me share with you why I’m doing this one-week challenge. First off, I want to see if being vegan can taste good. I’m not a tofu lover, and I’m not going to eat a veggie product that is shaped to look like a hot dog or any other meat product. I’m going to be making dishes that I think most people would enjoy and hopefully not notice that they are vegan. Next, I want to see if I feel healthier for it. Will my body crave animal protein? I know I’ll be craving my daily yogurt breakfast. But, if I give it up, will I start to feel like I need it less?
Another reason? I’m doing it to encourage my family to eat from our home more. It’s not exactly easy to go out and order vegan fare, so for at least one week we will likely be eating most, if not all meals from our own kitchen.
And, last but not least, it gave me another topic to pin about on Pinterest. And y’all know how I love to pin. For a glimpse at what I’m considering for our vegan menu, click here. If you have any vegan recipes to share with me, I’m all ears. Our Week-of-Vegan begins on Sunday. Wish me luck and a bountiful selection at the farmer’s market on Saturday!
P.S. Graham and Will will not be doing the vegan challenge along with us. I don’t think either of my kids would wanna give up their milk for starters. But, I will have them try the vegan foods we make and supplement with some of our more usual fare.