28 Day Vegan Challenge
Over the summer I’d like to challenge you all to eating healthier. After all, in the Northern Hemisphere it’s summertime which is the perfect time to be eating healthy…and you’re already showing more skin. Let’s tap into that good groove and take it up a notch by eating even better!
I’m starting a 28-day Vegan Challenge beginning today, June 1st. Here’s how it works:
Each day over the 28-day period you will build upon the next. Take it one day at a time, making changes as you go.
Week 1 (Days 1-7)
Eliminate Dairy: This means replace your milk, butter, yogurt and cheese with a plant-based version. There are so many great brands out there to try so experiment until you find the ones you love. Giving up cheese is usually the hardest part for people. Cheese contains casein which has narcotic-like effects, making it addictive. Keep this in mind and recognize that it may take about 2-3 days for you to get over your cheese cravings. Your digestive system will thank you!
Week 2 (Days 8-14)
Switch to Whole Grains: Just by switching to a whole grain diet will drastically improve your digestion and health. Whole grains are filled with fiber which aid in cleaning out the body and ridding it of toxins. Think you won’t like whole grain pasta? Try it for a few weeks before ruling it out completely. Or if you’re really struggling, use half white pasta and half whole grain until you get used to it. Experiment with spices and seasonings and you may be surprised what new foods you like!
Week 3 (Days 15-21)
5 Days of Plants Only: Now it’s time to try 5 days in a row of going vegan. Then take 2 days off if you need to. This takes the pressure off of yourself so you’re not filled with guilt. Use the “Plants Only” eBook to help you plan your meals and try some new recipes!
Week 4 (Days 22-28)
7 Days In a Row Completely Vegan: By now you should be more familiar with plant-based foods and feeling darn good! The key to sticking with a vegan lifestyle is to plan ahead. Take the time to meal plan, make some recipes ahead of time, check out your grocery stores and farmers markets to see which stores carry the vegan foods you like or try a new veg-friendly restaurant.
-Jot down notes in a journal throughout this process to track how you’re feeling, good or bad. I’d like you to be able to reflect back on how you felt prior to starting this 28-day challenge to compare how you feel after. Or maybe you’re having some emotional trouble giving up one of your favorite dairy items (hello cheese!), etc.
-Take a before and after picture. Most people’s skin becomes “clearer” after switching to a plants-only lifestyle. I don’t mean like if you had zits before hand and they cleared up. I mean you’ll tend to glow and just exude a healthy quality. Maybe you’ll experience people coming up to you asking what you’re doing because you look great!
-Each week try to learn something new. Whether you prefer to get your information via internet, books or DVD’s, there is a ton of helpful information out there. Check out my Recipe Index for meal ideas. Learning about the health benefits of going vegan is motivational and finding new recipes you like is inspiring.
-Share this with a friend! Having a partner to make you accountable is extremely helpful in this challenge. Or better yet, get your family involved! Remember, you only need to commit to 28 days so don’t stress!