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I Went Vegan for a Week and I Actually Didn’t Hate It

I took the Great Vegan Challenge and followed the lifestyle for a week.

Elisabeth Andrews, Photo Editor

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This past week was definitely not the best of my life, but it wasn’t terrible either. I decided to go vegan for a week, whether it was a good idea or not, I enjoyed the experience. Even though most of the week was spent whispering “Are you vegan?” to food. It was something I had never considered before, so I just figured, “Why not?”

The first thing I did was make a meal plan. Most of it was just a vegan twist on what I usually love to eat. We don’t really have anything vegan at my house, so I had to go shopping. We found pretty much everything that we needed except dairy-free cheese. My dad and I were at Meijer for two hours and we still couldn’t find it! Eventually, we had to go to Fresh Thyme, where we quickly found the cheese I wanted.

The first meal I had was something I pretty regularly ate, bean burritos but with vegan cheese instead of the normal kind. It was actually pretty good. I couldn’t actually tell the difference between the regular cheese and the fake one.

For lunch, most days I had a little container of peanuts, cashews and a few strawberries. I honestly liked eating this more than eating the school lunches. I expected to be hungry all day but actually the snack was more than enough.

On my second day, I decided to try one of Dr. Praeger’s All-American Veggie Burgers. I was skeptical but figured I would have to try at least one weird thing. Cooking the burger was easy enough, but as soon as I picked it up to take a bite, it broke in half, and I was quite disappointed. When I finally took a bite, I immediately regretted it. It was just not very good.

The next day for dinner, I had salad with tomato and carrots. It was pretty much the same way I usually ate salad, just a little more bland without my Olive Garden salad dressing.

At this point,  I was really done with the project. I found it tedious having to check the ingredients list every time I wasn’t sure if something was vegan, which happened too often. I understand being vegetarian, but not being able to have eggs and milk was hard for me. It was difficult to look for the snacks I like. I would go to eat something like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but my peanut butter had honey in it.  You can still eat good things while being vegan, but for me, it was a chore.

The last night, I had a simple fruit salad for dinner. While grocery shopping my parents always forget to buy me fruit. It’s my favorite snack, so having a lot of fruit during this project was great.

I actually didn’t mind living vegan for a week though  I don’t think I could do it for longer than that. It’s great if you are vegan, it’s just not for me.

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About the Writer
Elisabeth Andrews, Photo Editor
Lissa Andrews, junior, is in her second year on staff. She is the photography editor and has recently won an Award of Excellence for her photography portfolio. She is also a volunteer library helper for Mrs. Isaac.
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