Six days ago, I decided to go vegan for 5 days. I wanted to know what that lifestyle is about, whether it’s a monumental task, whether I’ll look healthier or sickly, whether I’ll feel satiated or starved. What does it take to put the animals, our planet and our bodies first?
I decided to go cold turkey. I wanted to be aware of what I have been consuming in my daily life. I feel the best way for me to do this is to be face-to-face with my choices. Getting rid of the nonvegan and buying a pantry full of produce and canned beans won’t give me an honest reflection of my lifestyle. I decide that I’ll buy a few simple things that will be staples in my pantry and fridge. I’ll study what I see. Understanding why I make decisions is helpful to my making lasting changes.
The second reason I go cold turkey is because I love a challenge. Okay, okay, I’m a masochist.
For full disclosure, Hurricane Irma left me with more than my usual amount of canned goods. The good news is that there’s cans of beans left since the last time I made chili recently. My kids love my chili, and so do I; chili coupled with brown rice, and we’re good. The bad news about my canned goods abundance is that many of them are soups with animal products in them.
Goodbye, New England clam chowder. Goodbye, collard greens “slow simmered in a turkey flavored broth.” Goodbye, savory pot roast. Fuck my life. This is gonna be real goodbye to cheese fuck my life hard.
But I’m being negative. Maybe there’s some nasty vegan tofu sausage that I can add to it. Okay, that was negative as well. I’ve been eating purely brown rice and red beans for the past 24 hours, and peanut butter sandwiches, sometimes jelly included. The jelly times are the best times.
I’m starving as I type this. In the fridge– still sparse since I threw out most it’s spoiled contents after the hurricane– there are two nibbled on blocks of cheese, sharp cheddar and pepperjack. It get’s worse. I’ve also got crackers… I’m being negative again. I bury my hand in a bag of multi-grain Cheerios after quickly scanning the box. I’ll get GMOs, but no animal products, thank goodness. Halfway through handful number 5, I double check that they didn’t use honey. No honey, only real processed sugar, thank goodness. I don’t know how I’ve survived this long.
Please join me tomorrow for the second half of my journey to Veganville. Or Veganhood. We’ll see how it goes. Darn it, I’m being negative again. Anyway, come back tomorrow night, same time 9pm for my update.