New Year’s Resolutions: Could you be a weekend vegan?

New Year's Resolutions

Oh, New Year’s resolutions! Why are you so hard to stick to? Actually, I’m pretty sure that I know, and I have a proposal for you!

It’s so easy after a few too many cocktails to declare big, broad New Year’s resolutions, but come January second. Or third. Or come July, those big declarations are a little tougher to stick to, aren’t they? What if this year you made a manageable, sticko-to-it-able resolution instead? What if you resolved to eat vegan just on the weekends?

Obviously I would love to see everyone eat vegan all of the time, but I also understand that not everyone is ready to dive head-on into a vegan lifestyle. Think of this New Year’s resolution idea as a way to dip your toe into eating vegan. And just maybe with enough dips, you’d start wanting to incorporate more plant-based goodness into your life! Your health and the planet will thank you!

Liz Thompson over at our sister site Feelgood Style did a weekend vegan challenge last January, and I thought it was such a cool way to try eating vegan without going whole not-hog. You can read Liz’s article from Feelgood Style below!

Feelgood Friday :: Vegan Challenge

by Liz Thompson, Feelgood Style

For this weekend challenge let’s try going vegan…

Have you considered going vegan?  It may sound scary if you are new to veganism, but a plant-based diet is way healthier than one containing meat and dairy.

Studies continue to show a plant-based diet prevents, and sometimes even cures, disease.  The doctors who created Forks Over Knives believe there would be no congestive heart disease if we all ate the vegan way.

So, why is meat and dairy so prominently touted as our best sources of protein and calcium?  These are big businesses, especially here in the US, and they also have big marketing budgets.   I tried going vegan last year and was particularly concerned about whether or not I was getting enough calcium from the veggies I was eating.

After watching Forks Over Knives and reading several books recommending vegan dietary guidelines for health and beauty, it became apparent that many of these experts feel too much emphasis is being placed on calcium.  Particularly that we have to get so much of it each day, and the best way to do this is by drinking cow’s milk or consuming dairy products, like cheese and yogurt.  Even your pediatrician delivers the annual calcium speech each time you take your child in for a check up.

Experts in veganism report that if you are eating a healthy plant-based diet, and not just filling up on junky non-meat/dairy foods, you should be getting plenty of calcium.  That is reassuring, but I don’t want to get osteoporosis and I’m sure you don’t either.  So, how much calcium do we need?

In my review of Kimberly Snyder’s The Beauty Detox Solution from last year, I wrote about her thoughts on calcium and why she feels dairy is not something we should consume at all.  Our own Becky Striepe shares her own thoughts on calcium and eating vegan – definitely worth a read if you are considering going vegan.

Now, let’s talk veganism.  Do you want to give it a try?  Afraid it will be too big a switch?  Don’t know where to begin?  Last year at this time I gave it a go, but just could not make it last.  Now I feel that my main mistake was completely switching over all at once and thinking too long term.  Maybe the all or nothing tactic works better for you, but if you are a baby steps kind of person, a different approach may be all you need to make this healthy lifestyle switch stick.

Are you up for a vegan weekend challenge?  Try eating only vegan this weekend.  Here are some great vegan recipes to get you started.  Or simply try eliminating dairy this weekend and add meat to your don’t eat list next weekend.  A two day challenge may be just what it takes to test the waters, see how eating a vegan diet makes you feel, and whether or not the switch is right for you.

Please share your comments, questions or helpful tips on going vegan with the rest of us!

{Image Credit: 2014 image via Shutterstock}

  1. jc

    I lost weight by going VEGAN! I did it 25 years ago and lost 25lbs in about 2 months. I’ve kept it off, even after having a knee injury that keeps me from running. You can do this FREE through the non-profit organization Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Sign up for the 21-Day Vegan Kickstart to begin receiving tips and recipes the first of January, all based on research by Neal Barnard, M.D., one of America’s leading health advocates. Do yourself a favor and go vegan. I consider it one of the best decisions of my life! http://www.pcrm.org/health/diets/kickstart/kickstart-programs

  2. Marion

    It’s been about 35 yrs + ago that I considered my food choices. It began one day with meat table scaps I fed my cat at the table. Strange, I thought, you are eating this, but not Mushi (the cat) – and so it began. I started out small, eliminating this and that and over time became veg. Educated myself, then went vegan some months later. I will never change, for me it’s simply about ethics, that’s all.

  3. Dawn

    I haven’t eaten any meat for 3 weeks…wasn’t planning on going vegan but I’m finding more yummy recipes ……I seriously have been cooking sooo soo vegan not so much because of the inhumane way the meat comes to consumers….more of a health and weight thing…although I hate the way our meat comes to us…..my biggest problem is parting with that melted cheese goodness that my past meals had :-( ….I’m sure I’ll get over it in tie ….heck if I can give up a pot roast and make lentils taste similar……and yea ;-) lol

    1. Tanya Sitton

      Woot for exploring new foods!

      You might surprise yourself — I hadn’t been off the cow sauce long before it just started looking and tasting gross, to me… taste is learned, and (often more than we realize) taste is habit. After you’ve been eating other things for a while, your tastes just change, and you find yourself craving other things. That’s my experience, anyway; people are different and all, but that’s how it worked for me!

      Maybe there’s some helpful stuff here, as you lean into new ways of cooking…? http://eatdrinkbetter.com/2012/08/28/a-joyful-weaning-embracing-a-dairy-free-life/

      Happy New (Food) Year! :)

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