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The Great 30-Day Vegan Experiment of 2013: Week 4

The Experiment is over.  We stopped it early, because we decided we’re sticking to most of it.  I don’t want to offend Vegans —at least not any more than I offend anybody else— by calling ourselves Vegans.

[Just joining us on this adventure? See how it’s gone from the beginning.]

First I must confess that we cheated in a very big way.  We had Chick-fil-A Saturday night and–drum roll, please–Smashburger Sunday night.

My wife’s stomach didn’t take well to either.    I ordered the Cobb salad at Chick-fil-A, knowing I would get the chicken, but forgetting it has cheese, bacon and egg.  I felt great after Saturday evening and and the next day. I really need protein.  If I’m going to go without meat or chicken, I really need to learn how to get complete amino acid chains with plant-based proteins.  Okay, okay, chicken is meat.  I get it. 

I couldn’t finish my whole burger Sunday evening.  Don’t get me wrong, it was delicious.  We enjoyed the burgers.  I just couldn’t finish it.  I felt bloated and heavy Sunday evening and Sunday night.  I had planned on running Sunday night–something I could have done with a meatless meal–but ended up not being able to.  And my wife’s enjoyment of her burger was short-lived.  The bloating was not in our heads.  You could see our stomachs were visibly bloated. 🙂

I just totally added a smiley face on my blog post.

So we’ve decided to end the experiment and get on with our new lifestyle.  We’re going to start having tempeh at least once per week.  We will only have chicken once or twice per week.  We’ll only have red meat once or twice per month.  We’ll have seafood whenever we can afford it.  About 90% of our meals prepared at home will be gluten-free and vegetarian, if not vegan. We’ll just do what we feel like doing for any particular dining out experience.  That means we get to socialize with other people again!

I’m not going to try to convince anyone else to become vegan or vegetarian or anything else.  What you can or can’t tolerate will be different than what I can or can’t tolerate.  I do encourage you to try 30 days (or 20 in our case) without something you think you need.  See if you really need it.  See if you might be better off without it.  If you’re not better off, then go right back to it.  Incidentally, I haven’t had any chocolate since we started this Experiment.  If you find out you’re better off without whatever it is you thought you needed, then you’re better off.

The point is you have to try.  You have to experience it for yourself.

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