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21 Day Vegan Challenge Support Thread (February)

| 01/25/2014 | 14 Replies

This is the thread where you will post your before and after shots, your goals for the challenge, share how you stay motivated, and any tips and techniques for success. In your initial post, be sure to include the following information:

  • Your first name
  • Gender
  • Age (optional)
  • Current eating patterns (meat eater, vegetarian, heavy junk food, etc.)
  • Why you signed up for the 21-day Vegan Kickstart Challenge
  • What you anticipate will be your three biggest challenges to staying on track
  • How you plan to conquer those challenges
  • Any other information that you wish to share to help us know you better

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Shopping List for Transitioning to Vegan

PCRM 21 Day Vegan Kickstart Meal Plan – Includes links to shopping list for the 21 Day Kickstart, gluten free options, and how to use the 21 Day Kickstart plan.

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  1. Deborrah says:

    Your first name: Deborrah
    Gender: Female
    Age : 40+

    Current eating patterns: Eat meat, drink coffee, tear up some wine, eat eggs. Prone to skip meals.
    Why you signed up for the 21-day Vegan Kickstart? I feel bloated and experience inflammation and fluid retention. I want to get control of my health before it spirals out of control.

    What you anticipate will be your three biggest challenges to staying on track?
    #1 Eating regular meals. I skip breakfast and lunch a lot.
    #2 My food allergies. Soy and wheat are not my friends.
    #3 Laziness. It’s easier to throw some chicken on the grill vs. create a vegan dish.

    How you plan to conquer those challenges? Not sure yet. Giving that some thought over the next two weeks before the kickstart challenge begins.

    • Deborrah says:

      I’ve actually been doing very well thank you! With the two weeks I did before the kickstart began, plus the first week of the official program behind me, I’m now in my fourth week of vegan eating and loving it. I am eating a far wider variety of food than I have in years. Loving the colors, tastes, textures and smells of new dishes. Testing, modifying and even creating recipes has been fulfilling my creative side while I nourish my body. Not losing any weight, but I think that with my determination to start logging my food intake, that should turn things around. If you don’t already have a favorite food logging site, I highly recommend Nutrimirror at http://www.nutrimirror.com. That’s the one I have used off and on for four years.

      Looking forward to trying more new recipes and posting them on the blog for you to try as well.

  2. Donald says:

    53 years old
    Omnivore
    Signed up because I really need to clean out my body and a vegan diet is good place to start.
    My three biggest challenge will be the inconvenience of eating a vegan diet.
    I’ll need to really plan my meals in advance in order at vegan for 21 days.

    • Donald says:

      Well, folks, it’s been about two weeks since I started eating vegan. I have to admit it was quite challenging at first, mostly because I’m not used to really thinking about what I’m going to eat. Also, not only did I want to eat vegan, I also wanted to eat healthy. That meant I had to eat as raw as possible, give up late night eating, give up alcohol, and, most importantly, give up my go-to snacks and fillers like bread, chips, french fries, nachos, etc.

      So basically for the first week and a half, I pretty much lived on trail mix, grapefruit juice, and apples! During that second week, though, I decided to go grocery shopping. Picked up some broccoli, green onions, spring salad mix, tomatoes, alfalfa sprouts, heart of palm, garbanzos, kidney beans, black eye peas, black beans, cucumbers, a yellow onion, oranges, strawberries, bell peppers, bananas, quinoa, and avocados.

      So, for the last 4 or 5 days, I’ve been eating fruit for breakfast and salads (salad greens, green onions, broccoli, tomatoes, sprouts, sunflower seeds, and beans prepared in advance in mason jars) for lunch. Also, I made some vegetarian black beans and cooked up the quinoa with onions and vegetable broth; that’s been my dinners, sometimes with topped with steamed broccoli and sometimes with avocado.

      My snacks have consisted of fruit (apples, oranges, bananas, strawberries), raw bell pepper strips, and of course, trail mix! Haven’t been hungry and really haven’t had a craving for meat or junk food. Haven’t weighed myself yet (starting weight was 172), so not sure if I’ve lost any pounds, but I definitely feel better and I have more energy. Anyway, just wanted to update you.

      Curious to know how other folks are doing. Check back in a few days for another update.

      Cheers!

    • Donald says:

      My meals yesterday:

      Breakfast: Strawberries and bananas
      Lunch: Spinach salad with avocado, red onions, and olive oil and vinegar
      Dinner: Quinoa with onions and raisins, avocado, cucumber, and tomatoes
      Snacks: sliced bell pepper strips, apples, and oranges

      The best thing about eating vegan is that I can eat as much as I want and I can eat all day, so I’m never hungry.

    • Question: What leafy greens are best eaten raw? And combined with what other foods?

    • Well, the challenge is over, and all I can say is that I feel much better. Can’t wait for the March Challenge: http://blacksgoingvegan.com/21-day-vegan-kickstart-challenge-march-7-28th/

  3. Robin says:

    Your first name: Robin
    Gender: female
    Age (optional): 50
    Current eating patterns : I eat little to no meat (turkey bacon once a week, canned tuna a couple times a month, no chicken, no pork, no beef). My stomach has let me know in the past couple months that it does not like eggs and most animal dairy products (eggs, ice cream, cheese). I am have been doing quite well with no pasta, rice and bread. I am working on lower my intake of vegetable starches (potatoes, corn, etc).
    Why you signed up for the 21-day Vegan Kickstart Challenge: To make myself accountable. I have asthma and a small heart condition, pre-menopausal
    What you anticipate will be your three biggest challenges to staying on track: My Sunday morning turkey bacon sandwiches.
    How you plan to conquer those challenges: exercise, meditation and staying focused on moving forward to a healthier body.
    Any other information that you wish to share to help us know you better:

  4. MamaRose says:

    Name: MamaRose
    Gender: Female
    Age: 66
    Current Eating Pattern: Vegetarian
    Why you signed up for the 21-day Vegan Kickstart Challenge:
    – clean out body toxins
    – enable me to rid myself particular my allergies.
    – have more energy.
    What do you anticipate will be your three biggest challenges to staying on track:
    – making meals that will be nutritious
    – making sure I get enough to eat
    – making meals that will help my husband with his diabetes
    – making meals that will last for than one day
    How you plan to conquer those challenges:
    – Planning my shopping needs better
    – making efficient use of my time

  5. Cherese Essien says:

    Your first name: Chere’se
    Gender: Female
    Age: 32
    Current eating patterns: Transitioning from meat eater to vegetarian…veggie most of week.

    Why you signed up for the 21-day Vegan Kickstart Challenge: I want to get healthy!! My blood pressure has suddenly become an issue for the first time in my life and I am heavier than I have ever been as well.

    What you anticipate will be your three biggest challenges to staying on track: Eating on the go and learning to fight temptation when with others.

    How you plan to conquer those challenges: Preplan and prepare meals ahead of time, bring food with me.

    Any other information that you wish to share to help us know you better: My goal is to become at least 50% Raw Vegan..my favorite restaurant is Tassilli’s Raw Reality her in ATL. Love it there!!

  6. Robin says:

    I can’t believe how easy this is! Pinterest has been my resource for vegan recipes. The presentation pictures look so mouth watering. I made the chickpea salad, I admit I used mayonnaise, and it was so yummy! I am not hungry all the time which is a major plus. Also, this challenge encouraged me to cook more and think outside the box!

  7. Bridgette says:

    ◾Your first name: Bridgette
    ◾Gender: Female
    ◾Age (optional) 52
    ◾Current eating patterns (meat eater, vegetarian, heavy junk food, etc.) No red meat, little diary, admit to a sweet tooth.
    ◾Why you signed up for the 21-day Vegan Kickstart Challenge: Diagnosed with early R.A. must change to reduce all inflammation in my body
    ◾What you anticipate will be your three biggest challenges to staying on track: Being restricted, preparation and dealing with withdrawl symptoms.
    ◾How you plan to conquer those challenges – Endurance, perseverance and determination to do different!
    ◾Any other information that you wish to share to help us know you better:

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