Vegan: a strict vegetarian; someone who eats no animal or dairy products at all - that also means no fish (because yes, fish counts as a "meat" too), cheese, yogurt, and chocolate.
Why would anyone in their right mind give up all of those wonderful things?! Especially chocolate!
Add to this giving up virtually all processed foods from my diet.
But let's back up a little bit so I can provide some back story. Last summer I decided, much to the dismay of my parents who both grew up on farms eating meat and potatoes, to go vegetarian for a month and a half as an experiment/challenge to myself. Having read lots of conflicting info on what was good to eat, what was bad to eat, and being mildly confused by it all, I thought that it couldn’t hurt to try it out for a bit and see what happened.
It made me feel great - not in truly definable terms other than that I had more energy, I just felt better. After going back to residence in the fall though, I went back to eating meat because sometimes the veg options there just don’t cut it.
Now that my school year is over and I am living on my own for the summer, what should land in my inbox but an invitation to join this Gutsy Yoga Challenge. Hooray! I like doing challenges like this because it’s a fantastic way to get to know yourself better while doing something good for your body and having fun too.
My general goals for this summer were to start eating a healthy, balanced diet again (after having endless pasta, pizza and beer in Venice for the past month) and to get my body into good physical shape – good enough to do a Sprint Triathlon. So for this challenge I’ll be making those goals more specific by following a meal plan (The Thrive Diet, this is where the vegan stuff comes in) and an exercise schedule. Oh yeah, I’m also a jobless bum for the summer so I’ll be doing all of that on a tight budget.
Here’s the deal for the next month (and potentially the whole summer):
- Follow the Thrive Diet – so no coffee, no alcohol, no meat, no dairy, no eggs, no gluten, no corn syrup, and no white sugar, white flour, white rice,or white potatoes. Phew!
- Do yoga for 1 hour, 3 times per week
- Bike for 1 hour, 3 times per week
- Complete a swim workout (provided by a friend) 2 times per week
- Run for at least 30min, 2 times per week, working up to a 5km
- Take a rest/cheat day once a week, for my own sanity, to eat some forbidden food
And tomorrow it begins! I have enough fresh veggies and things to tide me over for a few days but a trip to the local whole foods store is definitely in order. My debit card is already trembling.
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