Thursday, January 7, 2010
21-Day Vegan Kick Start Diet
Free is nice and over at The Physicians Committee for Responsible Eating, they're offering a 21-day vegan kick-start diet for those interested in adopting a vegan diet. This is "diet" as in what you eat more than "dieting," so don't be put off by the title, but do note that a big selling point for this program is that people tend to lose weight when adopting a Vegan diet without counting calories. They offer meal plans with linked recipes, grocery lists, etc.
I remember when back in the day friends try to adopt a "vegetarian" diet as Freshmen in college, they often ended up eating mostly french fries and salads. Vegetarianism and most definitely Veganism isn't easy to adopt without some guidance because we do need vital nutrients to survive (see B12), but a program like the KickStart (at the beginning of the year, worked out by medical professionals, etc.) is a great way to try to eat this ethical diet.
I'm not a vegetarian or vegan--I'm trying to be a more ethical eater which will hopefully involve cutting out factory-farmed meat/dairy over the next few years--but I'm not quite there yet. I do like to eat vegetarian and vegan meals regularly. This is for full disclosure.
So dear readers, have any of you tried to become vegan/vegetarian through a program or with the help of a mentor?