7-Day Vegan Challenge: Day 1

I decided today would be a great day to start something I’ve been interested in trying for a couple of weeks now. I woke up this morning and started the 7-Day Vegan Challenge!

I wanted to try the challenge out for a couple reasons; mainly to try to give myself a new perspective on what being a vegan means. I have some idea of what it’s going to entail, as I was a vegetarian for a couple years. However, I was not a very good one. In my late teens I had trouble with meal preparation and cooking at home. Unfortunately this bad habit has stayed with me into my twenties. I currently have a restricted diet of no beef, and limited amounts of pork. I mainly eat chicken as one of my staple sources of protein.

Being a vegan or vegetarian is about discipline. Even though restaurants are getting better at creating alternatives for vegans and vegetarians in their menus, I can’t rely on going out for food that often. It would also undermine the entire experience of this challenge.

I have two priorities tomorrow

  • Go through my kitchen and determine what items I have, and what items I will need to buy.
  • Go shopping

I was lucky that tonight my girlfriend and I were going out for dinner. I’ve never had Ethiopian food before, but it was something I was interested in trying. We went to Lalibella Ethiopian Restaurant near Ossington Subway Station in Toronto.

Dinner looked something like this. minus the egg.

LalibelaPlatter

I’m not sure Ethiopian food is my thing, but I probably will give it another shot. The rest of my meals today involved fruits, salad, nuts, soy, hummus, and ritz crackers. PETA has a great page called Accidentally Vegan, where they list food that was not created with the purpose to be sold or marketed as vegan. Hence why I ate a ton of Ritz crackers today. I have a weird craving for rice mellow and coconut milk. I’ll be sure to post more pictures of some of the food I eat over the next couple of days.

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