This afternoon, my one month vegan challenge was accepted by Scott Andersen, the guy who originally taught me how to cook some of my favorite vegetarian and vegan dishes.
When suggesting this challenge to many of my friends and acquaintances, some laughed it off saying they “love meat too much,” while others said it sounded like a good idea but they just weren’t up for it.
I consider veganism, which I practiced for 10 years before I got married and became an ovo-lacto vegetarian, to be a 100% positive thing, and not any kind of sacrifice at all. I look at it as the way to do something right in a world that does this thing, eating, mostly wrong. Instead of depriving myself of something, I think of it as giving myself something, the most nutritious foods possible.
I won’t kid you into thinking all vegan diets are healthy, since they can include as much fat, simple sugars and calories as any diet can, but when done well, which I know how to do, a vegan diet change turn your health around, and I know we can all be healthier. If you are giving it any consideration at all, now might be a great time to give it a try: September 11 through October 11, 2014. It’s on!
I feel a food log is not warranted, since breaking the challenge only harms myself, and I know I won’t.
This is an exciting challenge.
We learned at church on Sunday that God has something to say about all this. From a letter from Paul to the Romans:
“For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak , eateth herbs. Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth : for God hath received him. Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth.”