The Vegan Elimination Diet: A 23-day endeavor

Happy glorious summer, all!

For my last month of freedom, I have decided to go on a very strict diet. Why? Because I am crazy.

Just kidding, it is because I am ready to up the ante a bit when it comes to my health and nutrition in order to 1) lead a healthier lifestyle, of course 2) discover the root of any acid reflux, fatigue, upset stomach, or irregularity/inflammation my body undergoes on the daily 3) to give my body a beautiful gift! and I guess 4) because I like a challenge.

I was inspired by a friend and fellow yogi to embark on the 23-day journey entitled
The Elimination Diet.

I really don’t like the word diet because of its creepy connotation. Usually I prefer something like a “lifestyle change” or “cultivating healthy habits” or something corny like that. However, this really is a diet! It is meant only to last for 23 days in order to act as a detox for the gut and vacation for the body from the usual garbage we consume. It is just enough time for the little antibodies (the guys who react to the food you eat) in your immune system to turn over, freshly, cleanly, and happily- and for you to learn what they like and don’t like.

If you happen to drop a few pounds along the way, as many do, that is just a side effect! And, hopefully by the end you have learned a thing or two (or a million) about your body and maybe have picked up some healthy habits to carry with you beyond the experience! This is all about taking care of YOU. Giving yourself a clean, bright, beautiful place to live in for the rest of your life.

So, alright already- what is the Elimination Diet? Here are the basics:

  • Soy-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free
  • Caffeine-free
  • Alcohol-free
  • Sugar-free
  • 23 Days

Here is the catch: I am also vegan.

So! Starting tomorrow, August first, I will be undergoing the Elimination Diet PLUS my usual vegan lifestyle (add meat-free). This means I cannot abide by the diet’s recommended 30% meat protein and 70% veggies. All “meat substitutes” are made of soy or gluten. Wah, wahhh.

Not to worry! I have a plan and I have the help of my favorite bloggers, my teensy kitchen, a lot of creativity and my mediocre cooking skills to get me by in a safe and healthy way. So we will call it the
Vegan Elimination Diet!

I will be blogging each week during the process to let you know how I am feeling, important or helpful tips I’ve picked up, and the highlight recipes I toyed with on a college kids budget that week! Yay! I am very nervous and very excited!

I cannot wait to discover what foods my body does not need in order to make room for what makes me flourish and glow, and I hope this inspires you to try the same! You deserve it. You do, you do, you do!

Wish me luck. You KNOW I will be enjoying a glass of wine tonight…

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