Become a weekday vegan

Following a nasty break-up, I decided I needed to make some changes in my life, from little things like changing the bedding and colors in my room, to bigger things like committing to becoming a weekday vegan.

Photo: Victoria Davis

When I told many of my friends about my big change, many of them looked at me like I was crazy. Like, what’s the big deal? You’re already a vegetarian? And while going from vegetarian to vegan may seem easy to some, its really not as easy as you might think–at least not for me. I’m the girl who simply adores cheese. I love it shredded, melted, spread on crackers, sliced all by itself, and pretty much every possible way you can imagine (and yes, I’m writing this on a weekday and having a wet dream about cheese). But even aside from cheese, there are dairy and egg products in more things that you might imagine. Even some of my favorite dark chocolate bars contain dairy products. Trust me, I’m making new discoveries each and every day!

But even with the downsides to being a weekday vegan (or, errr, skipping cheese), I am finding that the upside to making this subtle change is that I feel absolutely wonderful. I guess it comes as no surprise, given that I’m eating mostly veggies, fruit, nuts and nut butters, seeds, legumes and whole grains like quinoa, wild rice, and amaranth.

Besides the natural physical effects of changing your diet, there are a lot of emotional benefits to making small changes like this after a traumatic event. It gives you a sense of control, accomplishment, and pride–not to mention something new to try! And lastly, its helping me save money: being a weekday vegan has considerably shaved my grocery bill, and who would complain about that?

Now, I can’t wait to share some of my favorite weekday vegan recipes with all of you!

Have you ever tried to alter your diet? How did you feel? What did you do?

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Comments

  1. Tamaray Starling

    This is a great concept! But what about on the weekends? Does depriving yourself of dairy (especially cheese) throughout the week make you more susceptible to over-splurging on the weekends…I would see myself falling into that “I had a rough week, so I deserve this” category.

  2. Jamie Walker

    Honestly, I only really will have cheese if I’m out at a restaurant or at a friend’s house and someone else is doing the cooking. I pretty much have stopped eating it all together but consider myself flexible. So, I guess what I’m trying to say is no I don’t go on crazy cheese binges…though it could happen…and when it does, I’ll be sure to let you know. 😉

    Its a great way to eat a little cleaner during the week…kind of forces you to always be thinking about what’s really going in your mouth.

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