102 Day Check In: Turning a Vegan 30

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Today is my 30th birthday. It’s also my 102nd day as a vegan. What a glorious day!

The Old, Sluggish Jenny

To prepare for this post, I went back and re-read my very first challenge entry. The words that sprung out at me were:

…. my body was telling me it was time for a change. For the last year or so, I had been feeling drained, heavy, and lethargic. I didn’t have the energy I used to. My skin had lost its glow, and even after a full night of sleep I didn’t feel refreshed. I felt old, thick and loaded with toxins.

Wow. It’s like reading the words of a different Jenny. Since becoming vegan, my energy has been excellent, I’ve lost weight, and I’ve received oodles of compliments on my skin and my appearance. I feel vibrant, I feel healthy, I feel sexy, I feel…..young!

Cleansing Brings  Newfound Clarity

Ridding my diet of meat has had a spill over effect in other areas of my life as well. I’ve become more mindful. I take the time to prepare food that I know will nurture my body. I check in with myself on a daily basis and ask: How am I feeling?

I’ve learned to nurture myself, and it in doing so I’ve also found the inner strength to end an unhealthy romantic relationship.

I’ve cleansed my body, cleansed my mind, cleansed my spirit, and found a startling sense of clarity that I never anticipated.

Decisions are now much easier to make. If it’s going to make me healthy and happy, it stays. If it’s a source of negativity, it goes. This applies to food, friends, social engagements, emails, texts…everything.

Crunching the Numbers

I still have friends who like to tease me about being vegan, and they often say that one person doesn’t make a difference.

That’s a good question. Does anything that I’ve done in the last 102 days, make a difference at all?

Being the nosy accountant I am, I decided to crunch some numbers (using the 2007 Stats Canada figures). This is what I found:

Average Meat Consumed Per Person in Canada
(In lbs)
Per Annum Per Day In 102 days
Red meats, boneless weight 89.8 0.2 25.1
Poultry, boneless weight 51.9 0.1 14.5
Total fish 20.9 0.1 5.8
Canadian average meat consumption 162.6 0.4 45.4
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/21-020-x/2007001/5211828-eng.htm
*All data from 2007 Stats Canada

To translate, the average Canadian eats 162.6 lbs of animal flesh per year, or 0.4 lbs a day.

By going vegan for 102 days, I’ve foregone 45.4lbs of meat. That’s about a 1/3 of my entire body weight. Wow.

It would seem that one person can make a difference.

Back to the Future?

If I had the chance to go back and undo the last 102 days, would I? Would I give it all up, and chow down on 45 lbs of meat?  Could I even bring myself to do it? Not a chance. After my relapse at Christmas, I’ve learned my lesson.

What’s scarier is to think of how I would feel today if I hadn’t become vegan.

Would I be overweight and lethargic? Would I feel as old as I did back in September? Would I still be in the same toxic relationship? Would I be staring the age 30 in the face and cowering in fear, as most do? Probably.

Being Vegan and 30

Becoming vegan has been such a positive force in my life, I can’t even fathom going back to my old lifestyle.  I’m welcoming the next decade with open arms, a warm heart, and an unshakable sense of optimism. I kinda feel like I’m 20 again…

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JENNY!

~The Vegan Project

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