Results of 8 Weeks of Vegan Challenge

December 14, 2014
8 weeks of vegan challenge

As you may have heard me speak of on twitter & instagram, I was challenged by my friend Melissa to go vegan for 8 weeks…I’m always up for a challenge!

My reasons for agreeing to this challenge were health, global consumption and animal cruelty-based.

Knowing I had to ‘endure’ this for 8 weeks while consuming enough nutrients to support nursing, I planned meals for each week the Sunday beforehand. To do so, I enlisted the help of vegan cookbook Oh She Glows by author and fellow Canadian blogger Angela Liddon. Another great source I recently found was this post on 5 Simple Raw Vegan Recipes to Try at Home!

Oh She Glows Cookbook vegan

The pictures in this book are enough to make anyone want to go vegan! I can honestly say I never felt hungry nor like I was suffering. I found each meal to be easy and exciting rather than daunting because I cooked large portions and then re-heated meals as needed.

Results:

I was able to lose the remaining “baby weight” (I still have inches to lose but the lbs are gone). I felt energized & balanced.

elle lindquist, vegan, 8-weeks-of-vegan,

Beginning of Vegan Challenge

 

elle lindquist, vegan, 8-weeks-of-vegan,

End of Vegan Challenge

So am I Vegan?

Short answer no. I’m serious about animal welfare. I can no longer justify the cruelty that animals endure because of the monster that is the food industry. Having said that, Dan works with a lovely woman who raises chickens that she cares for with love. Because of this, I have reintroduced egg consumption on occasion from her farm.

I don’t believe in letting food become your judgement of yourself. While saving my full reasons for another post, I will say that mindsets like these lead to unhealthy relationships with food.

But I want to be able to enjoy salmon sashimi should I crave it without judgement of feeling like I’ve “fallen off the wagon” or that I need to attend a ‘vegans anonymous’ group. I do feel I cannot continue to eat meat for both animal cruelty & global consumption reasons (if we all ate like we do in the west there would be massive global food shortages in very little time). Like my friend Mike said, “What’s good for the planet is often good for our bodies.”

So what am I then?

I would like to present the term #Elletarian. Not as narcissism but rather a humble way of saying I have changed the way I think about food and I eat differently because of it. An #Elletarian eats perhaps 80% vegan for animal cruelty, health, and global food consumption reasons. He/she eats aprox 20% animal derived food (dairy or meat) when said animal has been treated with respect. Most importantly an #Elletarian eats without judgement of themselves or others.

I happily invite you all to become #Elletarians!

What are your thoughts on diets (vegetarian, vegan, paleo)? Let me know on twitter or in the comments…I’d love to hear from you!

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11 Comments

  • Reply melissa (@diimondsanddogs) December 20, 2014 at 12:13 am

    Aww Elley! I just read this, and I’m so glad that you enjoyed it and didn’t feel deprived! You’re a compassionate, educated and aware individual. Every #Elletarian, #meatlessmonday (and the like)… shifts the trends into a more desirable bracket… We’re talking world hunger, pollution, animal welfare, health status, water supply, deforestation… We need more you’s!!! xo’s

  • Reply Lexie December 26, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Elletarian? That’s a little ego centric. There’s already a term: flex atarian

    • Reply Elle Lindquist January 21, 2015 at 10:39 am

      I meant it tongue-in-cheek not narcissistically but I can see how it could be taken that way. I hadn’t heard of the term flexatarian until after the post but I’m glad I know about it now! I was trying to touch on how I think it’s important for people to follow their own calling and not be guilted into others hence the “me” connotation. Thanks for your comment!

  • Reply Margie December 27, 2014 at 11:07 am

    I think that’s called flexatarian?

    • Reply Elle Lindquist January 21, 2015 at 10:37 am

      you’re 100% right! I hadn’t heard of this term until after the post haha

  • Reply Catherine December 27, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    I do judge people on what they eat when it takes the life of an innocent creature — I don’t think “judging” in that sense is anything to be ashamed of as you imply.

    • Reply Elle Lindquist January 21, 2015 at 10:37 am

      Thanks for your thoughts. I certainly know what you mean and I can empathize with your point of view for sure. I think sometimes if people shame others by their actions it makes them more defensive of their actions rather than look at their actions objectively. I try as much as possible to approach people from a love-to-inspire approach which is more what I was getting at. Thanks for your comment!

  • Reply Sara December 29, 2014 at 3:47 am

    Did you know there’s aomething called a “flexatarian” ?

    • Reply Elle Lindquist January 21, 2015 at 10:35 am

      You know I hadn’t heard of that until after the post but someone told me about it. An ‘Elletarian’ is basically interchangeable with a flexatarian. SO glad these terms exist!! Had I heard of it before I probably would’ve just used that term in the blog post haha.

  • Reply Sara December 29, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Do you think going vegan helped you lose the last few lbs?

    • Reply Elle Lindquist January 21, 2015 at 10:34 am

      I think it made a difference in my water retention and such. I do. I think it made a difference. I don’t think ONLY going vegan would necessarily cause dramatic change but it definitely helped. Especially since when you’re eating vegan it’s often much cleaner eating in general. Thanks for the comment!

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