Simple Definition of vegan
: a person who does not eat any food that comes from animals and who often also does not use animal products (such as leather)
Yes, I’m going there. For no reason other than seeing if I can, I am challenging myself to go vegan for the month of April, #VeganApril .
Okay, I’ll admit that’s not entirely true. There are other reasons such as culinary creativity, nutrition, and overall health. To be very, very clear though, I’m not looking at this as a weight thing. Now would I like to lose a pound or 10? Sure, but that’s not my reasoning here. Also, don’t look forward to some sort of going vegan sale sign pointing to my closet. I will not be going full force and giving away my shoes and handbags.
As a individual and family, I feel that we eat rather healthy and balanced, but I want to see what other ways there are to increase vegetable intake within our meals, and reduce or eliminate meat. This second part is tough given our mid-western upbringing focused on the idea that all meals should center around and/or at least contain meat in some form. Jim has very clearly stated to “not feed [him] any vegan crap”, which I plan to respect, as I’ll only feed him vegan meals that are tested as delicious, and don’t want to force my choice for the month on anyone who isn’t as excited about this as I am. I am excited though. As I’ve gotten closer to “V Day”, I have been falling down rabbit holes of blog links and recipes that I am finding are pointing to the fact that the elimination of animal products is more inspiring than it is limiting. Here’s hoping I feel the same way on day 17!
So, there you have it. I will be posting weekly updates on what I ate, recipes I’ve enjoyed, and my thoughts around what’s been easy, challenging, and how I’m feeling this experience is impacting my health and family mealtimes. Also, if you’re interesting in what I may be making in the upcoming weeks, please feel free to checkout my Vegan Pinterest Board for ideas and inspiration.