Day 1 :: Starting a Vegan diet

I don't know how long I'll be able to stick with it, but today is my first day as a vegan. Remember when Alicia was in town? Well, after reading her book, I decided to give it a go. I feel like I've always been talking about it with the hubby and others, but for some reason, I never took that leap myself. My dad, for health reasons, eats mostly grains and vegetables and eats minimal amounts of sugar and meat. At my old job, I felt like half the unit was vegan or some derivative. Everyone has their reasons, but for me, it's for better health. For the past couple years, I've been eating less and less meat and it wasn't for animals... I just stopped enjoying it. I got severe dehydration a few years ago after a hike and that night ate pork chops for dinner while in the throws of a migraine and nausea... after that I couldn't eat pork anymore. Slowly, I lost the appetite for beef.... and then chicken started to follow thereafter. I don't know why... it just happened.
So here goes... I'm cutting out meat, fish, dairy, eggs, processed sugars, coffee, and some other "nasty" foods (according to Alicia's book) and I'm going to assess how I feel in a month. The meat I can live without, but the thing I'll miss most is cheese, mainly in the form of pizza and in salads. So sad. I think that sometimes, I might give in a touch when I'm visiting family, but all the rest of the time... pretty much vegan. I'll let you know how it goes. Hopefully, I can go a month, but I'm worried I might cave at the sight of good pizza, lemon cake, or a mocha. Oh! I should add that I hope that by blogging about it, I'll be more honest with myself.

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