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Vegan 4 Day Breakdown - Geek Turned Athlete

Vegan 4 Day Breakdown

Hello All!  I hope your weekend went well!  Mine is already nearly over with already!  After I go over today’s eats including a massive FAIL at my attempt at vegan muffins, I will go over my thoughts on being vegan for the past few days.  🙂

This morning I was craving my pumpkin blueberry muffins and wondered if I could make them just as good vegan.  I was wrong.  I’m not going to blame this mishap on vegan baking in general because I know that it is possible to create wonderful vegan baked goods, but this was a horrible recipe.  I’m not even going to share it.  Just know that I got it online, and substituted cow’s milk with soy and eggs with a flax egg just like the recipe told me to do.  The batter tasted great, so I thought that these were going to turn out tasty.DSC03865

Instead, they tasted like poo, and this raw inside even after I cooked them for 20 minutes longer than I should have.  I’m so confused.  I consider myself a great baker, and I got this:  Bleh!!!DSC03866

After wasting 2 hours on breakfast, and it being 11am at this point, I settled for another bowl of Life cereal with soymilk.  Of course, this was after I ate about a cup of the batter while waiting 45 minutes for each 12 to halfway cook.DSC03869

Lunch was better.  Leftovers from last night…

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And a repeat of yesterday’s lunch for dinner:DSC03873

I know it was a repeat of yesterday, but Steve had to work literally all day and wasn’t home for dinner.  Why should I cook a huge meal if I’ve got vegan leftovers in the fridge?

Okay, so as you all know, this meat-eater went vegan for 4 days.  Today was the last day of this little experiment orchestrated by Michelle and Katy.  I originally wanted to do this just to see if I could go 4 days without dairy or meat.  I love a good steak and a nice piece of stinky cheese.  So needless to say, I was a little scared, but I love challenges.  It ended up being more than just seeing if I could survive 4 days without my macaroni and cheese and some filet mignon.

I have always been a conscientious consumer, or so I thought.  Steve and I don’t eat a lot of processed food, so I wasn’t reading labels as much as I would imagine the average person having to do for this little experiment. In addition to seeing what artificial ingredients are in our processed food on a regular basis, I now had to check to see what animal products were in our Newman’s Fig Newtons for example.  I was surprised to see how many animal products are added to things you wouldn’t expect like Fig Newtons (can you tell I’m upset about this?) and most granola (because of the honey).  I can’t really think about any other tricky ones off the top of my head since everything we eat is pretty self explanatory that it is not vegan, ie. Havarti, Brie, cow’s milk, honey, any kind of meat, etc.  I didn’t have cravings for meat except for the first night, and actually my cravings for dairy were the worst!  I realized that I put cheese on just about everything!

I have always thought about where our meats came from before this experiment, but not really all of them.  We do buy free range organic eggs though.  We buy organic milk, and I’m pretty happy with Organic Valley’s ethics, but I also never considered the other dairy products that I buy like my Greek yogurt, cheeses, and sour creams.  This 4 day run of being vegan forced me to think about all of that.   Now, I’m just really overwhelmed and even more confused.  I think there are ways to humanely slaughter an animal.  I’m sure that others just think that is an oxymoron, but we will just have to agree to disagree.  I really think that humans were meant to eat meat, but the unethical treatment of animals and the subsequent degradation to the environment kills me!  The European Union is better than the U.S. with their farming regulations, but they still aren’t where they should be.  I’m pretty sure that we are eating chicken produced in Germany, but not our beef which I think that is produced in the states.  We are Americans that shop at a military grocery store, and our options are very limited when it comes to choosing our meat products.

I ordered the Omnivore’s Dilemma and In the Defense of Food today on Amazon in addition to a flexitarian cookbook.  I’m thinking about becoming flexitarian, and seeing how that goes before I make any rash decisions.  I’ve read Fast Food Nation before, and I found it so interesting!  Steve and I don’t eat a lot of fast food so it didn’t change any of our habits, but it was still really interesting to learn about.  I’m hoping that the other two books will shine some light on more of these issues for me!

Are any of you vegan or vegetarian?  How and why did you make the transition?  To the meat-eaters, have you ever considered any of this before?

{ 9 comments… add one }
  • Greg November 23, 2009, 3:29 pm

    I’ve loved reading all those books, and while I’m still an omnivore, I feel it’s very important to eat meat sparingly and conscientiously. I pretty much only eat eggs and beef, in terms of meat, and only just enough beef for the nutrition I need as a serious endurance athlete.

    The inhumane and unsafe practices in our food production has led me to consider becoming vegetarian, but for now I’m not ready to make that step. I AM ready for Life cereal with soy milk – delicious!

    • Nicole November 23, 2009, 3:31 pm

      I am worried about getting enough protein b/c of my marathon training and triathlon training too! You know? I know that you can get protein from beans and tofu, but I don’t think that I could eat that all the time!

  • Charisa November 23, 2009, 6:27 pm

    I’m vegetarian – grew up that way, always have been, so it’s really all I’ve known. I tried fish at one point and did not like it. AT ALL. Probably sounds weird, but true. I also eat a lot of cheese, but I’m kind of ok with it (I like it) 🙂

    Have you read the book Animal, Miracle, Vegetable? I think you might like it.

    • Nicole November 23, 2009, 6:33 pm

      You are sooooo buff, and you don’t eat meat?!!! Well, that just goes to show that you can get enough protein, I guess! I grew up eating meat with every meal. I’m having a hard time cutting it out, but I really want to make it one of my goals to cut at least some of it out! I have that book, and I am planning on reading it on my cruise this week!

  • Yum Yucky November 23, 2009, 7:29 pm

    Uh oh! Muffin fail! I so forgive you. It still looks good.

  • Allison (Eat Clean Live Green) November 23, 2009, 8:37 pm

    Great post! (sorry about your muffins!)

    I agree with you – I think humans are meant to eat meat. But I think that meat should be treated, and slaughtered, humanely. So I try to buy all of my meat from a local farmer’s market, where it is free-range, and often organic. It costs more, but it’s worth it.

    I loved In Defense of Food and Omnivore’s Dilemna, I think you will really enjoy them! Which cookbook did you order?

    • Allison (Eat Clean Live Green) November 23, 2009, 8:38 pm

      I should clarify my loved/enjoy re In Defense of Food/Omnivore’s Dilemna. Obviously they aren’t happy reads, but really well written and interesting. 🙂

  • Faith December 3, 2009, 1:10 am

    I did a 5-day vegan diet two weeks ago to try it out, as well. I’ve actually incorporated a lot more vegan meals into my diet since then. I feel a lot better (less tiredness, bloating, etc). I don’t think I’ll ever fully give up dairy. That’s just wrong.

    The book I’m reading right now is FABULOUS. It’s called “Eating Animals” by Jonathan Safran Foer. It’s funny, but gets right to the point about vegetarianism. I highly recommend it.


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