Today is the first day of my 30-Day Vegan Challenge, and I’m excited! After work in a previous “career” in agriculture, I learned a lot about how different foods are produced, and the effects which some of the things which are used to produce foods have on our bodies. For example, many foods are produced with pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides and nematocides— natural and articifically-developed chemicals which could impact human reproduction, hormonal balance, and so on.
So, why am I embarking on this challenge?
The answer is multi-faceted, so here goes:
- Yes, I want to lose weight! I’ve gained a lot of weight within the past few years after suffering from an illness, and I need the weight to go away!
- I want my lean, flexible, and strong physique back— and this time, I’m keeping it!
- I feel great when I eat fresh fruits and vegetables, so I’ve decided to give my body more of the healthy foods it’s been craving.
- The things I’ve learned about food production have caused me to look at food differently. Therefore, I want to produce and consume foods that are as fresh, clean, and natural as possible.
- I want to inspire others to be as healthy as they can be.
- I want to feel and look my best.
- I want to stop eating meat altogether, and be a lifelong vegan— it just seems healthier than consuming meat.
- I’m interested in learning about the variety of fruits and vegetables which I can eat for optimal health (and to satisfy my curiousity about different foods).
- Foods from the ground are generally full of vitamins and nutrients, and there’s nothing like being nourished with good whole foods.
- I like to try new things and challenges can help us to build character and to grow in our walks of life.
So, what do I expect during my 30-Day Vegan Challenge?
- To lose weight.
- To feel and look healthier.
- To decrease my desire to eat unhealthy foods.
- To inspire others that they can have their best bodies, and enjoy good overall health.
- To give people ideas on how they can make small, and simple, changes which can have big and positive results in their overall health, fitness, and life, in general.
- To inspire others to lead healthy lives.
- To gain an appreciation for healthy eating and living.
- To successfully complete this 30-Day Vegan Challenge— I like good challenges every now, and then.
- To be an example of the positive change which I want to see in the people I love, and in the community where I live.
- To set the tone for how I want to live the rest of my life— a life full of good and healthy habits which can influence others to do, and be, their very best!
So, what about you?
Do you have a challenge which you want to overcome? And, have you ever embarked on a challenge of this sort? Leave your comments below. Be sure to let me know if you are participating in any kind of health, or fitness challenge, and share the details! We can learn from each other.
- “This Is Why Millennials Are Turning All Vegan” by Daisy Meager
- “30-day Vegan Challenge” Here’s what happened when we gave up animal products for a month” by Yvette Caster for Metro.co.uk
- “Here’s Why Black People Don’t Go Vegan” by Nzinga Young
- “How Millennials Are Changing Food As We Know It” by Beth Hoffman