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A brand new vegan!

On January 12, 2011 I took a 30-day vegan challenge. We were enjoying this process at work, each of us taking on a fun, inspired and challenging 30 day goal. Some cut out sugar, others caffeine – I went vegan. I’ve done it before, it felt right – I went for it.

A few days after I started, I opted to cut out gluten as well. This began initially as a way to up my game even further (read: outdo the boys I work with 😉 but was informed by a distant reminder, from a few years ago – that we’re better off without it. I was also genuinely interested in forcing myself to cut out refined products. Cutting out gluten would help with that right? So I went for it.

3 weeks into my challenge I knew this was a change that would stick. I just felt too good to ignore it. My heart breaks for the animals but more than that – I honestly just feel amazing. I know there are health benefits but I’m learning to do things by feel at this point in my life – trust my intuition…I’ll read up on all the health benefits later and you can follow along with me.

I am a marathon runner who developed a nagging injury after running the Walt Disney World Goofy Challenge a few months ago. Over 24 hours, I ran 39.3 miles – or 63.3 kms – and as a result – had to take some time off of running. I normally need the running to manage my weight, and I have – in my running career – had to adjust my caloric intake to compensate for drops in training. Since this vegan journey started, these concerns are a distant memory. I’m eating well, to satiety, and my weight is stable.

Let me tell you that I’m a Mom, wife and non-drinker. My husband is an avid-crossfitter who follows the Paleo diet as best he can and our 3 year old son is a very fussy, dairy and gluten free food snob. Add to this: we love to eat at restaurants. We eat out about 5 times per week. Date night on Thursdays with my husband, family date night on Fridays and I grab lunch twice a week when I’m working downtown. Add to this that I frequently have plans with girlfriends and family – and this usually involves eating out.

I’d say I’ve always fallen into the category of “foodie” – defined really (by me) as being totally geeked out on food. Willing to pay more for organics, being fussy about ingredients and loving the process and ritual of fine dining. I don’t want to, nor do I think I should have to, give this up. There are too many great restaurants out there willing and able to have us. I’ll tell you about them here!

We live in the Greater Vancouver area and I’m inspired here to blog about:

-my experiences at Vancouver restaurants as a gluten-free vegan (restaurant reviews with a focus on how the restaurant was able to accomodate me)

-my cookbook reviews – telling you about the book, which recipes I’m trying and what’s working/what’s not

-my honest and candid journalling of my ups and downs. I can’t get this right overnight. I ate the chocolate that my son gave me on Valentine’s Day – knowing that it likely had milk solids in it. I ain’t about to break anyone’s heart, let alone my own family’s, over this. This is not a hill to die on – it’s a journey – it’s me: making meaningful changes for myself andmy little family and it’s about feeling amazing.

Thank you for reading and I look forward to sharing this journey with you.