I’ve known the benefits of a vegan diet for a long time now- ever since I read Scott Jurek’s Eat, Run, I’ve been curious about the plant-based life. What struck me about Jurek’s story was that he was a good-but not great- runner for many years, before finding performance enhancements as he gradually eliminated first meat, then dairy, and finally all animal products from his diet. I was intrigued, but didn’t see veganism as a viable option for me.
Fast forward to last year, when I read Rich Roll’s Finding Ultra, and was again impressed by the benefits Roll had experienced. But at that time, I was living in Mexico, where veganism would be tricky at best. And then with marathon training (and my history of disordered eating), I decided to abandon the idea for a little while, and give my body what it needed (and more importantly, what was easiest).
But now I’m not actively training for an event, I thought I’d give it a whirl. So following the advice of one of my favourite vegans, Youtuber Brian Turner, I decided to gradually phase in veganism, starting with one day a week. Brian, AKA Humerus Fitness, is a vegan bodybuilder and really showed me that it’s entirely possible to live a vegan life without 1. being a dick about it, and 2. becoming malnourished or hangry.
The first few weeks I tried Vegan Mondays, I would wake up sleepy and put regular milk in my coffee by accident. Fail. So now I’m just picking one day a week at random, and making a conscious effort to eat vegan. I want to see just how difficult it is, both psychologically and logistically. I think it’ll be a really interesting experiment… and at the very least I’ll learn something!
I’m almost at the end of my first day of veganism, and it’s not as tough as I thought!
Any vegans out there? Give me your tips!!
What’s your go-to vegan snack?
Lots of love,