Can This Omnivore Go Vegan for a Week?
When I read this article by Leah Blunt in Earth 911, I did some soul-searching – again! It’s about Leah’s story of challenging herself to go vegan for one week and to eat more than Oreos and bananas. Can I do this? Where would I begin given that I am a picky eater already? How could I make it work for me and not be hungry all the time? I still don’t know if I have the courage to do it and pretty much admit I would need the help of some friends. But I wanted to share some things that kind of shocked me as well as share the great article. Here’s the link and I encourage you to read it in its entirety.
Shocker # 1 going meatless for just one meal a week is estimated to save about 84,000 gallons of water per year. Yes- you read it right. Give you pause too?
Shocker # 2 – there were at least three things Leah wrote about that I admit I have never heard of:
- Daiya: Dairy-free cheese that is sold shredded or by the wedge.
- Tempeh: Touted as an alternative to tofu, this is a high protein, soy-based product that can be prepared a variety of ways.
- Seitan: Pronounced “say-tan”, this is also an alternative protein source, but is a gluten-based product and can take on the textures and flavors of meat better than other meatless alternatives.
Have you? Thoughts?
Shocker #3 – The thought of doing this scares me to death – especially doing without dairy. Leah was so brutally honest about the challenges and presented the truth about what it would really take, that I admit to not being sure I am up for the challenge. What’s up with that?
Anybody out there ready to take it on with me? Maybe I can ask one of my guests on Mrs. Green’s World green talk radio show. Sigh.