30-Day Vegan Challenge: Week One
This passed weekend my friends and I went on a very casual, yet very awesome bar crawl. We hit up the hottest places in Wrigleyville and Lincoln Park, ending our night in the South Loop. My friends stopped for beef sandwiches, where cheesy goodness oozed from the buns, and looked oh so tempting. “Erin, here, we got you one,” says a friend. I politely decline and simply say, “No thanks, I’m vegan.” Jaws dropped.
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I crave chocolate like a smoker craves a cigarette with cocktails. But not any chocolate, I wanted milk chocolate. Realizing the extent to how badly I wanted this simple dessert showed me how addictive sugar can be in habitual foods.
Indian food, my new found love made me a trip to Devon, where every restaurant flashed vegan friendly signs. My friendly waitress told us to order Cholay, an Indian chick pea curry, and a very popular vegan dish that is high in protein. Epicly awesome!
I wanted the cheeseburger but opted for the veggie chili, I craved steak stir fry and picked the tofu instead. These sound like sacrifices, but I have not had a food coma in a week. My digestion system is regular, I have lost two pounds and my energy level remains consistent throughout the day. Reaping the rewards from a vegan diet outweighs any meatball sub.
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