Day 7 – The End
Monday. Back to work and back on track with the vegan challenge. We owe it to ourselves to finish this thing right and go out with a bang. I pack a lunch of last night’s leftovers, some fresh cut fruit and a box of roasted ‘sea laver’ which I found at T&T in the snack aisle.
It’s a paper thin seaweed snack that has a fishy salty ocean taste, mmmm. This keeps me full and satisfied throughout my work day until its time to go home and prepare a scrumptious dinner, cheat free.
Even though we had some major cheats on the weekend (oh ya, I forgot to mention we had pho for lunch on Sunday! I was embarrassed to disclose it on the last post because the experience was so much more worth it than the sushi but I feel ok with admitting it now) I think overall the diet/challenge was a success. We didn’t have any objectives really with the challenge when we first started out, other than just doing it for a fun new experience, but we definitely learned a lot. It gives you a new perspective on what you eat and why. Once I got past my bad attitude on the diet’s restrictions and tried it out for a few days I realized that its really not that different from how we were already eating. However, by just making a few simple changes and substitutes, I did notice some major physical changes.
The first of course was the effects of detoxifying. Anytime you have changes to your diet, it will affect your p- – ps. Both Jesse and I had gas that rivaled our fowl little Fartston Terrier. We had to keep 2 fans going in the house at all times to avoid asphyxiation at night. Also, when you gotta go, you gotta go now. I publicly apologize to the people whose bathrooms I defiled in my time of need. Truly. Deeply. Utterly.
I also got a breakout of pimples and oily skin, which surprised me. This wasn’t a huge tragedy or embarrassment but let’s just say fine lines and pimples don’t really mix so I’m happy to have my skin back to normal again.
The end result: Well, we will continue to eat and enjoy animal products but not as the main focus of our diet. We proved to ourselves that we could live for a week (well, most of the week) without meat and that we actually genuinely enjoy vegan cuisine. It was fun using our creativity to come up with new recipes and trying new ingredients. Now that we know we don’t have to eat meat every meal, I think we will make more sustainable choices as well, like only purchasing organic, free range, ocean wise, etc. If everyone cut back on animal products and made more sustainable choices, just those few small changes we all make could make a difference for the environment.