Six weeks ago, my husband (M) and I decided to do a vegan detox.
Our friends openly laughed at us. They started taking bets on how long we'd last. You'd know why they were laughing if you've met us. The man loves his meat. And me? Well, give me a spoon and a pint of my two best friends, Ben & Jerry, and I am a happy lady.
So, when we told people we were giving up wheat, gluten, meat, all dairy, sugar, and anything that was pre-packaged or came in a box, they were understandably skeptical. Remember, I am a girl famous for my homemade apple fritters.
At first, we were only going to do one week.
That went so well that we decided to go for a second week.
It's been six weeks and we are still going strong.
In those six weeks, I have lost 5 pounds and, more importantly, two pant sizes. I am finally fitting into jeans that I haven't worn since before I got pregnant with our daughter.
In those six weeks, my husband has lost. . . wait for it. . . 28 pounds.
We both feel much better in general. Much more energy, less headaches, less digestive issues, and just an overall "lighter" feeling that is hard to describe unless you are feeling it.
And that is without restricting portions, counting calories, carbs, points, whatever. We actually eat a lot! Also to note, I have served my friends many of the meals that you'll see featured here and they have enthusiastically requested seconds - and the recipes!
That being said, there are no illusions with this blog. We didn't set out to be vegan permanently and I don't know how long we'll go. However, I don't think either one of us had any idea that we'd embrace this lifestyle in the way that we have and go this long. We even ate this way (quite happily, I might add) through the holidays.
We will mostly likely add some food groups back in later on. Then again, who knows? We might not. We might eat like this forever. . . or we might just chuck the whole thing tomorrow and run to McDonald's for the biggest Big Mac there is. I think what will eventually happen, is that we will add back in some food groups, but incorporate the healthier eating habits that become second nature over the past month and a half.
In the meantime, if you are considering trying a vegan detox, or just want to h ave a healthier meal option here or there, then hopefully, you can find some inspiration here. I love comments and questions. I am just making this up as we go along, so I am also open to suggestions and recipe ideas!
Obligatory disclaimer: I am not a doctor or any sort of medical professional. Please seek the advice of your own physician before beginning any sort of dietary modifcations.