May 4, 2011


I was on Facebook the other day and noticed this post by my local Whole Foods Market:

Being both (a) in Chicago and (b) a blogger, I jumped at the chance, and I am so excited to report that I have been selected to take part in this challenge!

Essentially, I will be switching to a plant-based diet for 28 days. I am being compensated for this: in addition to a Whole Foods gift card to offset some of the expenses, this is so freakin sweetI will also be receiving tickets to a premiere of a movie about plant-based eating, a copy of a book on the subject (and one to give away on my blog!), cooking classes, and more.

In exchange, I am committing to eating this way for the full four weeks and writing a minimum of two blog posts about the challenge. Whole Foods Market will be offering Healthy Eating 3-day intensive workshops in Chicago beginning in June; they will not only give people tours of the store and samples of products, but also, the link to my blog "so that they can be inspired and gain insight on [my] personal experience." How exciting is this?!

(For ease of linking [as well as another 101-in-1001 goal crossed off!], I have converted to self-hosting my blog - - anyone still using the Blogspot link should be redirected to the new site, but be sure to update your Google Reader if you still want updates!)

I'm really looking forward to this - besides working on two of my 101-in-1001 goals (#10 [going vegetarian for four non-consecutive weeks] and #11 [going vegan for one week]), I'm excited about trying something a little different with my eating - hopefully mixing it up will give me the push I was hoping for with going scale-free.

I'm also thrilled about expanding my recipe horizons - I'll be sharing my regular recipe updates on Sundays, but I will also be writing challenge-specific updates on Tuesdays (since the challenge will start next Tuesday, May 10) with the label "WFM" for easy access.

I have a lot of research to do. Right now, most of my protein comes from chicken/fish and the occasional post-run protein bar - though I love tofu and often use it in my bucket salads. But Lady cannot live on salad alone! Worth noting, the 10k race I am training for will fall within the 28 days of the challenge - so I need to make sure I am fully nourishing my body pre-, during, and post-race, even without meat.

It isn't impossible, it's just not what I am used to. And I'm up for the challenge!

What about you? Are you now or have you ever been vegetarian/vegan? What are your go-to resources for meat-free recipes? What are some things you are interested in reading/learning about with regards to a plant-based diet?


aschmalz83 said...

My husband is vegetarian so that's what we eat at home. I received La Dolce Vegan by Sarah Kramer as a wedding gift. I love that cookbook!

Usually, I go to the internet for vegetarian recipes. If you'd like, I can email you some of our favorite recipes! Just let me know!

squashcakes (at) yahoo (dot) com

jayme @ Losing Half My Weight said...

so jealous. was bemoaning the absence of whole foods market here in UK just this morning. and yeah, figure out that protein!! i've gone back to eating some meat, but on the whole i find i prefer vegetarian stuff now....but am still tracking protein intake until i get the hang of it.

Maude said...

I'm a meat eater with no interest in changing that, but I also eat plenty of fruits and veggies, so I'm really looking forward to reading about this! What a great idea from WF. Good luck on your new challenge!

Amanda said...

Oh how fun! That's awesome that you get to participate. I've never gone vegetarian or vegan, but I've always thought it would be interesting to try. I don't eat a whole lot of meats in the first place, but I've never made a conscious decision on it either. I can't wait to see some of your recipes and results! :)

Myndie said...

That's so cool!! Have fun!

Hyla said...

Congratulations!!! Sounds like a great challenge!

timothy said...

sounds wonderful and good luck with the swith, looking forward to the results!

Spoonful of Me said...

That sounds great. Congratulations.

Anonymous said...

That is super exciting! Can't wait to read about it as I've been considering a change myself.

Hungry Girl Fan said...

That's awesome that you were selected! Congratulations and good luck! I was a vegetarian for over 5 years, and during that time was vegan for about 4 months (my roommate for the semester was vegan, so it was easy to eat vegan while living with her).

My go-to meals when I was vegetarian were veggie sandwiches (full of tons of veggies and a slice of cheese), tofu stirfry, my super-chunky veggie tomato sauce over pasta, veggie burgers, and soups and salads. I also had tons of vegetarian cookbooks that I just recently got rid of (hubby is NOT a vegetarian, so I figured I will probably never cook out of them again - time to let go :( . Have fun with it and experiment lots!

Just start looking at labels and you will be sur

downsizers said...

This is great. I am so happy for you. You will be able to educate all of us about this eating plan and recommend foods for us to try. Can't wait!! I know there are different vegan eating plans - there are differences concerning dairy, eggs, fish, etc. I can take or leave meat. I don't have to have it at a meal but every now and then it sounds good.

Krista said...

omg that is so cool! I'm so jealous, I would love to do something like this!!

Anne H said...

I was Vegan once for many years. And Vegetarian for many more.
Then one day - I stopped. Just like that. Got tired of PETA ads!

Tim said...

I challenged myself to become a vegetarian for a month because I found that I ate meat with every meal and the last time I tried to become a vegetarian for a week, I failed on my first meal. I blogged about it here:

Feel free to check it out if you've got a few spare mins.