I’m pretty sure that in at least one (or more) of my other posts I have talked about the fact that MK and I frequently act like small children. We bicker about things and rat each other out to our trainer and laugh pretty much daily. I recently informed KB about an injury MK had been “hiding” and at some point she’s going to throw me under the bus for ordering Jimmy Johns yesterday.
My eating habits tend to be one of the things we banter back and forth about a lot. MK is a vegan, I am not. What does it mean to be vegan you ask? Per About.com: Veganism is a type of vegetarian diet that excludes meat, eggs, dairy products and all other animal-derived ingredients. Many vegans also do not eat foods that are processed using animal products, such as refined white sugar and some wines.
Now, I will openly admit this is a healthier way to eat, in fact the only “negative” things I have found are that this style of eating can lead to a serious lack of some vitamins and minerals and this is very easy to correct. Having said that I feel giving up everything I love to eat is by its very definition “negative”. Let’s face facts, if I liked fruits and veggies, I’d be eating them now!
Mk frequently makes posts on social media about eating healthy and the vegan lifestyle and I frequently poke the bear! I think she has made it her mission to “convert” me to at least dome kind of healthy eating and I have made it my mission to not convert, mostly because I’m stubborn. In fact she is not the first person to take on this challenge, but most simply give up. Please keep in mind this is all in good fun, I have the utmost respect for MK’s dedication to living an active, healthy lifestyle, I just like to give her a hard time =)
It is out of this respect that I have decided to get a better understanding of something that is extremely important to her, her diet. This is not the first time I have done something like this. I feel that if you truly care for someone you need to understand the things that are important to them. And while it’s ok to disagree with the people in your life, you owe it to one another to have an informed and intelligent opinion. CK and I have had to agree to disagree on multiple occasions; it’s actually one of the coolest parts of our friendship.
Ok, on to “the Deal”. I have decided to “go vegan” at least for a short period of time. I have a vacation planed with a relatively large group that is my family and I plan to eat what is served during that trip. This should give me a better idea of what this is all about, but gives me a time frame I think I can live with. The idea of never eating pizza again makes me want to cry in public! In fact I’m trying really hard not to think about what I just agreed to do at all or I damn near have an anxiety attack! What’s the point of living without thinks like meat, cheese, pasta, dairy? Ok, I have to stop thinking about that stuff!
There were a few stipulations for me to agree to this.
- This deal is good until I leave for vacation.
- MK has to go grocery shopping with me.
- This cannot break the bank!
- I will eat how you tell me (within reason, I do NOT eat mushrooms, onions or peppers)
- MK has to get KB to agree to this... If she thinks it's a bad move we a no go!