Plants only for 30 days

If you follow me on twitter you may have noticed a new hashtag, #vegan720.  I have decided to try a totally vegan diet for the next 30 days.  I am not doing this because of animal rights issues or any type of personal  statement.  I am doing this for two reasons.  First, I have managed to put on about 6-10 pounds since my Ironman in May and I want to lose the weight.  I have been trying to “watch” what I eat and all I have seen is a a lot of Twix bars go into my belly and on to my hips! It just wasn’t working for me.  I am hoping that a very strict rule like “no animal products at all” will actually be easier to follow then just trying to eat healthy.

The second reason I am trying this is because of how many people have reported an increase in energy levels due to a totally plant based diet.  I am a busy person.  I am a single mother of two young boys who wants to continue to improve in endurance sports not to mention I work full time.  I need to have energy or I just can’t get everything done.

So I am 4 days in, feeling pretty good, and just hoping I get the results I am looking for.  My starting weight was 141 and I would really like to maintain 130 (although 125 would be awesome, just not sure I can easily stay there).  I will try to do some weekly updates as to how it is going but so far so good! Any advice or tips or recipes would be GREATLY appreciated!


  1. We have the same starting weight and weight goals! Pound for pound! I call 125 my “pipe dream” and I decided I will buy white pants if I ever get there!
    I started a few weeks ago and am down a few pounds using
    I found it hard to lose while totally vegan, but my husband lost a lot of weight when we took animal products out of the house! Go figure. I’ve added ff dairy products and find it much easier to stay on track. I hope vegan works for you!!! Good luck, Becca!!!

  2. My advice is to always bring snacks everywhere – nuts are a life saver !!! Although I haven’t gone 100% vegan, I’ve been eating about 99% vegetarian and 90% vegan for the last 2 months. I have found that if I want to make this a lifetime change, I need to at least be able to make an exception to eat real pizza or a filet mignon on rare occasion or I don’t think I could do it! However, the most successful weight loss plans I’ve ever been on involved an all or nothing approach, I totally get why you’d do 100% vegan for one month! I can’t wait to hear how it goes for you!

    Another tip – don’t substitute meat with a lot of soy products. You can get plenty of protein from beans, whole grains and veggies. Soy has been shown to have some nasty long term health effects.

    1. I am trying not to use too many soy products in different forms. I do enjoy tofu but I am trying to eat it in moderation. The all or nothing approach is working well but no real weight loss yet. I am thinking I need to watch my gluten intake next.

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