Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Thirty Days Vegan

I can’t believe that Day 30 is here and the 30 Day Vegan Challenge is over. It absolutely flew by. The first week was extremely rough. The second week was mildly challenging. And the third and fourth weeks started to feel more comfortable and normal. It has been an exciting and eye-opening experience, and I can’t wait to continue the journey. Jason and I both plan on maintaining our vegan diets (with the exception of BBQ eating when his Dad comes to town).

Overall Health: Everything I said on Day 15 of the challenge stands true today, and even more so. I no longer require caffeine to get me going in the morning, or caffeine to keep me awake in the afternoons. I don’t feel the need to come home and collapse on the couch after a day of work. I feel light on my feet and my brain feels sharp. I have energy like I've never had before, and overall I feel fantastic.

Weight: As of today I've lost a whopping 12 pounds! Boom! And for the record, 2-3 pounds a week in weight loss is completely healthy (says Weight Watchers) in case anyone was concerned. ;) I’m pleased as punch with these results.

Migraines: I’m happy to report that for the month of April, my migraines were down by 70%. That’s pretty good considering I was spending 15-16 days a month nearly incapacitated. I can’t even explain how amazing it feels. My doctors have prescribed every drug under the sun for my headaches. Nothing changed except for the addition of some unpleasant side effects. No, I don’t want migraines + weight gain and extreme mood swings. No, I don’t want migraines + the inability to think (yes, they impacted my cognitive function and made me stupid. That’s a blog post for another day). No, I don’t want migraines + an allergic reaction, my throat closing, and a trip to the ER.

Yes, I would like a significant reduction in migraine frequency + weight loss + overall good health + the ability to stuff my face with flavorful food every meal. I think I've found a winner.


  1. I know I'm a few weeks late, but I have to tell you how SUPER PROUD of you I am... and how thrilled I am this is making such a difference! You're an inspiration and it's exciting to see all these benefits of going vegan! WAY TO GO, GRETCHEN!!!

  2. Aww, thank you so much Chrissy!!! And you must know that you/your journey have been such an inspiration to me!! And you know I never would have started blogging without you :)