I first got inspired by Frayed Laces, who asked if we could do something for 50 days, what would it be? I said that I wanted to try to eat raw vegan for 50 days. However, 50 days is a really long time, and seems like kind of a daunting task! I’ve been trying to eat raw vegan lately, and I’ve been doing pretty well on the vegan front, but not so much on the raw front. It’s really hard to eat raw vegan at restaurants or with friends, and at home, there are just many times when I want cooked food.
So I decided that I’m going to declare September to be a “challenge month” for me (this challenge-for-a-month idea was inspired by Charlotte). I love the idea of challenges (and am doing pretty well in the Worth the Weight challenge: I’m down 4 pounds since we started!), but don’t feel like waiting a month to see how I’m doing, so I’m going to set a new challenge each week (or maybe keep the same challenge if I feel like it) and try out some new things as well as form some new great habits.
Finally, I’m going to throw in some inspiration from a comment that Chia left on my last post. (Among other things) Chia said:
When I was really fretting about being vegan, I suffered a lot of aches and pains as well. When you eat a meat/dairy diet, you’re getting quite a bit of fat in comparison to a true vegan experience.Fall in love with healthy fats. Avocados, olive oil, flaxseed oil, even an evening primrose oil supplement… these things all helped my aches, pains, and ails quite a bit. Fats cushion your joints and if taken properly can actually help you lose weight.
This made SO much sense to me! My diet has been really low-fat lately (perhaps even dangerously so), especially since I haven’t been making an effort to include the healthy fats. Here’s a chart of my fat intake for the last month:
It’s really low! There were only two days when I hit the recommended intake. Therefore, my challenge for the next week is: to include a healthy fat in every meal. No more just veggies or just fruits; I’m going to expand my horizons and be sure to get nuts, oils, seeds, etc in there.
For breakfast, I made a kale-banana-coconut milk smoothie, but I threw some all-natural organic peanut butter in there to add healthy fat. I didn’t like it very much (it sat very heavily and made me feel a little sick when I drank it – I’m so used to the fresh feeling of just fruits/veggies), but I think that’s actually a good sign – it probably means I wasn’t used to getting much fat before. I’ll work on it, and keep you all appraised of my progress!