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Going Vegan: Weeks 4 & 5

Hey Everybody!

So my brother and I have just finished weeks 4 and 5 of our vegan exploration. Originally we planned on just going for 4 weeks, but decided to tack on an additional week. All in all, going vegan wasn’t as difficult as we both thought. The first week was the toughest because we didn’t really know about the volume of food you would need to eat in order to feel full. Constantly eating veggies kind of make you feel like you’re always eating while sitting at your desk at work. On various occasions I know I have told friends that I feel like a cow just chewing food constantly. From this whole experience I feel so much better on multiple levels. First off, once I shifted away from eating the processed soy stuff to more fruits and veggies, I could notice myself looking and feeling leaner. It seems like in a way it was a detox for my body. As for weight loss, I did not lose much (maybe 7 pounds) but that would be because I wasn’t as active as I normally am. Also, I have developed a better appreciation for vegan foods and eating more fruits and veggies. Yes, vegan foods don’t look as appealing as other foods, but if you get over the looks and try them, they can be quite good. I was lucky because being in a large metropolitan area made it easy to find vegan options when I went out to eat with friends. I only recall one time where I had to settle for a salad because there wasn’t a vegan option on the menu, but I should have known better since we were going to country French café. From this experience I know that I will incorporate more fruits and veggies into my diet along with more whole organic foods. I also know that after staying away from processed foods and the revitalized feeling it gave me, I’ll try to scale back on the processed foods I eat in the future.

 

I want to take this opportunity to thank everybody who took the time to read my blog during this adventure and to all of those who supported my brother and me during this time. It was an adventurous journey and I’m looking forward to see how this experience will change the rest of my life.


Going Vegan: Days 5-7

Hey Everybody! So far going vegan has been a fun adventure that has not been as difficult as I first thought. As the weekend approached, I was worried that going out with friends would present a challenge because in DC it seems like the major social activity is going out to eat. As many of you know, late March through early April is Cherry Blossom Festival time in DC. It is a magical time where people from all over the world embark on a journey around the Tidal Basin to see the March 27, 1912 gift of Japanese Cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo City to the city of Washington D.C. If you have not had the opportunity to see them, you must make a trip out. Seeing these trees bloom as the weather shifts from winter to spring, has such an invigorating feeling to it. Part of the festival’s events is a Blossom Kite Festival which took place this past weekend. Hundreds of people had flocked to the National Mall to fly kites and enjoy the great weather. Naturally, being a transplant to the DC area, a bunch of friends and I decided to partake in the fun. This is where I thought being vegan would present its challenges.

We all brought snacks to munch on as the day progresses so we wouldn’t get too tired out by the day’s activities. I made sure to stock up on vegan options for the group so I would be covered. I grabbed a bag of Craisins, pistachios, a bunch of Cliff bars, and of course some good ol’ water.  As the day wore on and the activities started to take a toll on our activity levels, we decided to go into Penn Quarter / Chinatown to grab some sustenance. The Penn Quarter / Chinatown area is lined with restaurants so I did not think it would be much of an issue trying to eat out here. I figured if the group decided on a place that didn’t have a vegan option I could just find a salad place close by and grab something real quick, but I forgot how awesome the group of friends I was with are. Know about my vegan adventure they suggested that we try Protein Bar. Protein Bar focuses on “… healthy food that can be served in a quick, engaging way for active, on-the-go customers,” plus they have vegan options. I ended up getting their Vegan Original which is a grilled burrito with Marinated tofu, house-made seasoned black beans, organic quinoa, vegan cheese and cilantro. This guy was quite yummy and I enjoyed it a lot. The only issue I had with it was the fact that I wish the portion size was a little bigger, but I just ate some pistachios along with the burrito and all was good.

We decided to toss the Frisbee around for a bit – until we hit a lady going down the escalators into the metro – and then called it a day.

All in all, it was a successful weekend being vegan. Mad props to all of my friends for trying out the Protein Bar with me and supporting my vegan efforts! You guys rock!

Washington Monument @ The Cherry Blossom Kite Festival

Washington Monument During The Cherry Blossom Kite Festival