I am a student, employee, daughter, sister, friend, and wanna-be-vegetarian who simply cannot resist a juicy homemade burger fresh off the BBQ—no I am not a southerner, I was raised in Cambridge, ON. I’m 22 years old, and a healthy weight according to my doctor. My blood levels are fine, and apart from a minor deficiency in iron I am in great health.
My reason for wanting to try out the vegan diet is not that I want to fit into my 16-year old sister’s clothes (though she does have great style), but rather I want to feel healthy. By that I suppose I mean, I desire more energy, I want to kick my brothers’ butts in volleyball this summer, but most importantly I want to really put to test all these great testimonies I hear about plant-based diets. I am curious what kinds of improvements a plant-based diet will have on my already relatively healthy lifestyle, and who’s body better to experiment with than my own. I chose the 21-day challenge, because I know I can stick to anything for 21-days. If it really conflicts with my schedule than I will simply return to normal after the 3 weeks is up.
The question remains whether vegetables are really what its all about or if the whole 'gotta eat your broccoli' mentality is just a result of dictatorial mothers wanting to inflict pain and torment on their young impressionable children...
This section will look at:
- Physical--where I will take note of any physical changes such as weight, skin, hair, vision/hearing, etc.
- Emotional--this is where I will evaluate levels of stress, anxiety, optimism, etc.
- Mental--here I'll take a look at my focus ability, mental fatigue, etc.
- Energy--this will include drowsiness, dizziness, and fatigue levels.
- Digestion--here I will evaluate any stomach, bowel and/or cramp issues/progress
- Physical--I'm beginning this challenge in relatively good health, just a minor iron deficiency, slightly blurred vision (because I refuse to wear glasses), and my teeth and nails could be stronger (brittle/weak).
- Emotional--I can't say that I suffer from significant anxiety or stress...though I'm still coping from my week of 7 exams just before Christmas. I would rate my mood as generally optimistic and good-natured, but after 10pm I get cranky (and my roommates know to watch out!).
- Mental--I have some difficulty with focusing for long periods of time. In the evenings I generally find I crash.
- Energy--I have been suffering from some minor dizzy spells recently, when getting up suddenly...or in the hot tub too long ;) Drowsiness and fatigue usually hit me in the evenings, when I become more or less useless.
- Digestion--I have often found that I get severe bloating after eating ANY foods, and this occasionally comes with drowsiness as well.