Want to try something extreme for weight loss this week like a vegan challenge? For the vegans out there, it is second nature to eat beans, nuts, and whole grains after giving up dairy and meats. But for the non-vegans that start their day with eggs for breakfast (this is me), have a grilled chicken for lunch, Greek yogurt for a snack and fish for dinner; going vegan for a week will be extreme. But if you are trying to lose weight and detoxify your body, it will be worth it! So, do you think this will be a week of starvation and diet deprivation? Actually, quite the opposite; most vegans never go hungry because they are constantly snacking on mini meals that consist of seeds, greens and beans. And since a natural vegan diet is without chemicals or artificial sweeteners, you will fit into your skinniest jeans in no time! So are you ready to do a 7 day vegan challenge for weight loss?
1. Commit to This
Now that you have made the decision to commit to a 7 day vegan challenge, make a commitment for the whole week to not eat, meat, poultry, fish, dairy or eggs and all processed food. Track your food intake each day with your new healthier swaps of grains, beans, seeds, nuts and greens. You will be amazed as you watch yourself slim down this week from this healthy commitment. Who know you may love veganism so much you want to go beyond 7 days!
2. Create a Menu for the Week
Search for vegan recipes on the internet and go food shopping for your new foods. Make sure you plan out every meal so there is no guess work involved. And enjoy becoming a vegan chef this week. You may learn to try new foods and even love them! I began to love all beans by trying this challenge!
3. Share Your News with Your Friends and Family
All aspects of life become easier when you have a healthy network of support, so share your decision to become a vegan for a week with your family and friends. Better yet, why not challenge them to join you as well. My husband who is a vegan challenged his father and guess what? His father felt so good as a vegan he has continued and has now lost 28 pounds and lowered his blood pressure in just a month! So pay it forward and share your goals with your loved ones!
4. Register with All Vegan Websites
There are so many websites that are strictly for vegans, with recipes, tips and motivation; all can help you. So register for these sites so you can receive newsletters and learn the countless possibilities in what to cook, now that you have embarked on veganism, at least for this week.
5. Prepare in Advance
To make your week as seamless as possible, prepare soup in advance, chop up veggies and even make your green kale shakes. If you are constantly on the go like me, you will find that preparing meals in advance can make your 7 day vegan challenge less challenging and your results will feel so rewarding!
6. Knowledge is Power
Read up about the health benefits of becoming a vegan. Vegans have a lowered risk of heart disease, diabetes, blood pressure as well as cancer. If you are a meat lover, I am not telling you that you should cut this out but if you understand the health benefits of giving up meat, you may decide to at least cut back. Every choice you make should be for the betterment of your health. Because you are worth it!
7. Share Your Success
At the end of the week, track your weight, how you feel and your inches! And share your success with your friends and family. How did you feel this week? Did you notice your mood stabilize? Did you feel more energy? Congratulations on completing the 7 day vegan challenge! You are strong, amazing, determined and disciplined!
So tell me now that you made it through the 7 day challenge, will you continue? Congratulations on choosing 7 days to better your health and waistline!