LF Reviews - Being vegan for three days
As seen in the November 2017 issue.
Written by: Victoria Chiu
I’m just going to start off by saying that being vegan really isn’t that hard. That said, it’s not necessarily easy for everyone, either. A lot of the ease of me being vegan for a few days without too many hiccups has to do with my normal day-to-day diet.
Food-wise, I’m a person of consistency. I can eat the same thing day in and day out without ever getting tired of it. And I really, honestly don’t mind the taste of vegetables, even if they don’t have any kind of sauce on them (they taste better with sauce, but I digress). I eat this one brand of soup, like, five times a week without ever getting sick of it, and I’ve been doing that since I was fourteen. That’s six years. And that carries on for most of my diet when I’m eating at home in general, which mainly consists of brown rice, sweet potatoes, oatmeal, and roasted brussels sprouts. So if you’re not really a “consistency” person like me, you might have to put more effort than I did to do the whole “vegan for three days” challenge. I’m also lactose-intolerant and can’t stand the taste of cheese, so...there are two of the biggest standard temptations right there.
Breakfast: Two bananas and a Naked brand Berry Blast smoothie
Lunch: Salad ft. romaine lettuce, three stalks of chopped celery, two chopped carrots, and two handfuls of power greens from Costco with a red wine vinaigrette I made myself
Dinner: Two cans of that soup I was talking about earlier (it’s Amy’s Lentil Soup, in case you were wondering—and yep, it’s vegan) with about a cup and a half of brown basmati rice
It’s really easy to eat vegan if you already have stuff that you like (ie. fruit) that’s vegan and just...eat more of it. If you don’t feel like you have to restart your diet from scratch, the change is mindless.
Breakfast: A gigantic bowl of seedless red grapes
Lunch: Stir-fried noodles with tofu
Dinner: Steamed mixed vegetables with brown rice and a homemade fruit smoothie
An important caveat: I ate a lot these days. When you eat a lot of fruit and vegetables, it takes a lot more volume to fill you up than it does if you eat meat. It’s not a bad thing, just something to keep in mind.
Breakfast: A bowl of oatmeal with sugar cinnamon
Lunch: A plate of pasta with tomato ragu
Dinner: Roasted brussels sprouts, baked sweet potato with maple syrup, brown rice, gravy, and ratatouille
Today was Thanksgiving. Surprisingly, aside from the turkey, my family’s entire meal was bizarrely already vegan without even planning for it. The universe works in mysterious ways.
Anyway: all in all, for me (and I have to stress the for me part), it wasn’t too hard to be vegan for three days. I ate more than usual, and I had to think a little more about what I ate. But if you make your own meals and plan what you want to chow down on ahead of time, it really, really isn’t as difficult as some people on the internet might make it seem. Viva la vegetable.