Tuesday, January 1, 2013

"Vegan In 30 Days" and Day One.

Happy 2013, folks!

A couple of weeks ago I picked up a copy of "Vegan In 30 Days" by Sarah Taylor at the thrift store. After reading through it, I was impressed with her emphasis on health, rather than the anti-meat message on overdose that I've seen in so many other vegan books.

I have to admit that I haven't been feeling well lately. I haven't been eating even remotely like I should. I've gained a bunch of weight so that I now weigh more than I ever have before. I'm tired a lot. My joints ache. My whole body feels slow and lumbering. I have no energy. I don't sleep as well as I used to.

With that in mind, I figure I have nothing to lose by trying this, but everything to gain. I didn't plan for it to start on the first of January, but... *shrug* All the better to help me keep track of what day it is, I suppose. I can't promise that I'll be able to post every day, but I will take notes so that I can put in an entry for each day.

Each of the 30 days has a task assigned to it. The first task is to clarify the reasons you want to go vegan (if only for 30 days). Sarah encourages us to make it something more meaningful than "I want to lose 10/15/20 lbs". The more meaningful the motivation, the more likely we are to stick with it. So.... here we go.

Day One: Why do you want to be vegan?

I want to be vegan because I want to feel healthy and energetic again. I want to be vegan because it fits with my goal to consume less of the world's resources and be kinder to the enviroment and the other creatures that live in it.


  1. May I ask why you feel going vegan is necessary in order to be kind to animals?

    Also, I'd be very careful with considering it a way to optimize your health. Humans evolved eating animal protein, and it is necessary for optimal health.

  2. Because I don't believe I can claim to care for animals and support an industry that inhumanely raises and slaugters them. My dollar is my vote, and I'm choosing not to spend that dollar on meat or dairy products.

    I've done a great deal of research into the vegan diet, and we've been lied to by the meat industry that we "need" meat to live. The vast majority of people don't. Plant foods provide an astounding amount of protein and calcium - more than adequate to meet our daily needs - without raising our cholestorol and expanding our waistlines. If anything, Americans suffer from eating far too MUCH protein, and we've come to see this excess as "normal intake".

    I can't affect what others do, but I can make the choice for myself.

    I think the healthy, active vegans out there (whose numbers include Olympians and bodybuilders) would disagree with your assertion that meat is required for optimal health.