36 Days Until 2014: 15/50

After a lot of fun lists and challenges, I want to do something I haven’t done in a long, long (loooooong) time. Eat vegan for a day.

Although not a vegetarian or vegan, I eat mostly vegetarian in my daily life. We have lots of veggie burgers in the fridge, I love lentils and chick peas and I make an awesome veggie-pasta dish.

You wouldn’t think it if you’ve seen how much cheese I’ve been eating lately, but I also love vegan food. I don’t just love it for the delicious recipes but also for the eco- and animal-friendly lifestyle that it entails. I fully endorse, adore and support De Groene Meisjes. I think they’re doing something wonderful with their website, their message and let’s not forget their recipes.

For quite some time in 2012, I was actually eating lots of (vegan) raw food. I felt really good when I was doing that. In retrospect, I don’t know if it was really the food. Maybe it was just my ego for being so proud of myself for doing it. BUT, you can cook healthy and delicious meals when vegan, and raw food (or food as natural and unprocessed as possible) gives you tons of energy.

Mind you, I haven’t completely fallen off the healthy-wagon. I take my vitamins. I drink lots of water and tea. I have overpriced coconut water after yoga. I drink smoothies (sometimes. I eat salads again (finally).

But I stopped drinking green juice.

After my last green juice I became violently ill — I suspect it was a batch of spinach that had gone bad. It was BAD. Manfriend had to hold my hair while I hung over the toilet and cursed a lot.* I am still slightly traumatized.

But you know, I have to get over it sometime and rather sooner than later, right?

For today, I’m going to at least get over my irrational recent fear of green juice…as well as eat fully vegan for a day!

I’m going to revisit some of my favorite vegan/raw foods I used to eat in that time (click here and here to see what they were), try this Buda Bowl thing Lin wrote about yesterday  and totally use this as an excuse to buy myself a vegan cupcake.

I’m not going to go full-on vegetarian or vegan**, but  I do want to implement even more vegetarian and vegan food into my lifestyle. It’s just one day to start with right now, but it’s because I want to make bigger changes in my general diet with more vegan food.

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That is your potential assignment of the day too: Change something in your diet today!

Cut something out like the options above (but it can also be anything else that you feel would most benefit you.)

It doesn’t have to be a huge change: It’s still good to try a change in diet. It offers you the chance to try out new foods as a substitute, or maybe you’ll find out it’s easier than you expected (or harder!) to not-eat something.

Let me know how you’re doing in the comments and remember…Save a cow, eat a farmer.


I think I’ve been watching too much Hannibal.

*Quite the milestone in our relationship right there.

**Life is more fun label-less. 

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  1. Vandaag ga ik voor een no dairy meatless Tuesday.
    Ik bedenk me net dat ik dit soort dingen eigenlijk vaak genoeg doe zonder er bij na te denken. :’) Des te beter om daar eens bewust iets mee te doen. Succes vandaag!

  2. having another vegan day is on my list of things to do before the end of ’13, so this is fabulous incentive to get down to it. today wasn’t a good day for it (flat out of tasty vegan food for breakfast, had some nice naan bread i wanted to finish off), so tomorrow. BAM.
    hope your day is going well!

  3. Your story reminds me of my very first green juice. I juiced leek and some other stuff. Spent the evening with my face hanging over the toilet. Uh. It took me months and months to dare and make green juice again…

    Anyway, your post reminds me that I want (and need – to avoid my ever-swollen belly) to shift back to the foods I was eating last spring (blood sugar balancing meal templates that is). I’ve been cooking to please husband and family too much lately, and not to nurture myself…

  4. “Save a cow, eat a farmer.”

    It’s nice to have an old friend for dinner. Hehehe.

    Slightly more on topic: I’m not a fan of meatless days. I think I’m going to try out that treasure chest assignment though, i.e., I’m going to try to do this one before Christmas. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂