I just returned from a vacation where the potato chip was king, the cheesecake was queen and the hamburger was the Jester laughing at me as my bathing suit became tighter and tighter throughout the week.
The reign of the fast food getaway has given way to my planned vegan return. I have a friend who has committed to eating only vegan food for the month of July. I told her I would join her for the second half.
On the Island of Crete, the tradition was to be vegan for almost half of the year. This was due to religious fasting. Veganism has been shown to be a very healthy way of eating as long as it is done in the right way. When I was 25, I lived with three roommates, one of them was a vegan. She always looked incredibly unhealthy and tired. If she were one of the seven dwarves, she would have definitely been dopey. I didn’t actually know her very well, but was amazed that someone who was a self proclaimed health nut could look so unwell. One day, I received a phone call for her and I entered her room for the first time to leave her a message. The entire room was covered with empty potato chip bags and vodka bottles. Vegan yes, healthy no.
My goal for the next two weeks, which began yesterday, is to eat 1) Mediterranean food, 2) Vegan (only plant based foods) and 3) gluten free (I have been gluten free for a few years for health reasons).
Here is what yesterday looked like:
My first day of Mediterranean, Gluten-Free Veganism went great! Lot’s of fiber for the first day so I was a bit farty in the afternoon, but felt great in the evening! No hunger pangs or cravings, just good delicious plant based food!