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, I 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 - http://www.asmallloss.com - 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?