Whole Foods 28-Day Challenge: It’s Day 28!!!

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It’s almost over!!! Just a few more hours!!! I’m in the home stretch of the Whole Foods 28-Day Challenge. I’ve gone 28 days without meat, dairy, oil, or refined sugar (except for a few bites here and there).

Here’s what I’ve learned about being a vegan:

1) It’s not so bad. There are a lot of delicious plant based foods
2) I don’t need to follow every meal with dessert. Giving up sugar wasn’t as difficult as I thought
3) It’s exhausting – There is a lot of preparation that goes into making all of your meals.
4) It’s not for me

I think I can easily become a vegetarian, but vegan is too much. I love cheese and yogurt. Come to think of it, I love fish and carnitas and eggs, too. So maybe I’ll just become someone who eats a lot of vegetables.
One of the things I really embraced about the diet was experimenting with food. I made lentils with curry and coconut milk, cookies with no sugar, and chocolate pudding with avocado and date paste. I would not have tried and liked these recipes without the challenge.

But the main thing I learned from this diet is that I can go days without sugar. I don’t need to eat a piece of salted chocolate after a long run. My low sugar, all natural sports drink is enough.

I kept joking that I’m going to eat a donut on day 29, but I think I’m going to stick to parts of the diet for a while including no sugar (or very little), and no dairy for as long as I can stand it.

It was a long 28 days, but it was worth it.

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  1. Olson Family June 28, 2011 at 6:31 pm Reply

    Greetings! I "found" your blog because my sweet friend, Karen, linked to you from her blog. What a fun blog you write! After reading several of your past posts, I came across this one and just had to smile as our entire family just finished — today — 21 days on the Daniel Fast, which is basically vegan except with more restrictions. We ate only fruits, vegetables, whole grains, 100% fruit juice, and water. I totally smiled when I read your list of things you learned because, well, we can relate. We all agreed that it was definitely a worthwhile project… but my husband and children also said they are "glad it's over." smile. (Still, I think I'll "steal" some of your vegan recipes to make for my family on an occasional vegan night. Thank you for writing!)

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