Adam and I have decided to go vegan for the month of January.
Why? We got married 3 months ago. Beginning on our honeymoon and pretty much every day since, we haven't paid attention to what we've eaten, and I for one have rarely worked out. Now that the holidays are over, we've decided we want to do something about the extra pounds that have found their home on our midsections. We need to work out, but we also need to make healthy meal choices. There's nothing healthier than eating lots of whole fruits and veggies! Plus, we know of two people who recently went vegan and say that they have never felt better. A vegan diet completely eliminated my uncle's arthritis symptoms, and Adam's coworker lost 15 pounds in a month by cutting out animal products.
I don't think that veganism will be a permanent lifestyle for us (love you forever, cheese!), but I hope that this animal-free month will expand our culinary horizons. I'm looking forward to experimenting in the kitchen with new-to-me veggies and animal product substitutes like tofu, seitan, and vegan cheese.
Come February, we'll probably go back to our beloved meat and cheese, but I hope that we'll be a few pounds lighter and a little more educated about food choices when we do.
Have you ever gone vegan? Do you have any good vegan recipes? Any advice for a new vegan?