I really love the reaction that I have been getting to my 12 Days A Vegan challenge. I have had people pumped and ready for the challenge. I have also had people clutch their pearls and scream dramatically like the world is ending. I especially loved the dramatic people. You guys are hilarious. If you are anything like one of my best friends you are down for the cause but need to know more details before you commit. Have no fear Tonnisha Deonn Fitness is here! “So, what is Veganism girl?”
Veganism is the most restrictive vegetarian diet and does not allow for any animal products, including eggs, dairy and honey. If my Fashionistas really want to take it seriously you all will refrain from buying/wearing wool, fur and leather. If my Make Up Goddesses want to take it serious you all will refrain from buying/wearing any products that are tested on animals. “Ok cool…So what can I eat?”
No need to panic! Thankfully there are a lot of meat substitutions so we don’t have to live a strict life like the OG Vegans. Morning Star is my favorite brand. It’s pretty much everywhere except at discount grocery stores. There is a vegan version of all of your favorites. I know that a lot of us are already on our fitness journey and your cheat meal brings you joy. I understand that that joy is probably fading away with every word that I type but trust me it’s not going to be that bad. Go to Ben & Jerry’s for your next cheat meal and enjoy one of their four non dairy ice cream flavors. “That’s cute..but why are we becoming vegan for 12 days?”
The owner of Lemon Lime Light Media and I were exercising one day. She mentioned to me that she wanted to try to be a vegan for a short period as a detox and to lose weight. I thought it was an awesome idea and thought that a challenge would encourage discipline. Look at our 12 Days A Vegan challenge as a detox, help to lose stubborn weight and help with your discipline which we all need along our fitness journey. If you want to get more details about animal cruelty and to understand what being vegan really is I encourage you to buy Russell Simmons’s book Happy Vegan. I originally bought the book because I admire and love Russell Simmons. The book is informative and funny at times because Russell is very blunt. I wasn’t considering being vegan at the time of my Happy Vegan purchase. I have been a pescatarian (seafood only) for 5+ years now. I made the change years back only because I have always kind of been grossed out by meat. I would get grossed out sometimes with skin, bones and when I saw veins. Eww right. Ever watch someone eat a drumstick? It’s kind of gross if you really think about it. Anyway, I’m doing the vegan challenge because I have a stubborn 5-10 lbs that refuse to go away and it doesn’t hurt that I am putting good energy out into the universe and not causing any harm to anyone/anything. “All of that’s nice..but I’m not trying to pass out!”
I totally get it. Some of the people that have accepted the vegan challenge haven’t started their fitness journey. This is going to be difficult and is going to take discipline. I want you to feel energized and refreshed during and after our vegan challenge. Please do not starve yourself. It is important to replace nutrients so that you don’t feel weak and to get the most positive results from the challenge.
- Vitamin B12: breakfast cereals, fortified soy products, nutritional yeast, or supplements.
- Calcium: dark green vegetables (spinach, bok choy, broccoli, collards, kale, turnip greens), sesame seeds, almonds, red and white beans, soy foods, dried figs, blackstrap molasses, and calcium-fortified foods like soy, rice, and almond milks; fruit juices; and breakfast cereals.
- Vitamin D: vitamin D-fortified soy milk, rice milk, almond milk, orange juice, and some cereals.
- Protein: soy, other legumes, nuts, and seeds.
- Iron: soybeans, tempeh, and tofu; legumes like lentils and chickpeas; and fortified cereals
- Zinc: nuts, legumes, miso and other soy products, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, tahini, wheat germ, and whole-grain breads and cereals.
- Omega-3 fatty acids: flaxseed, chia seed, walnuts, canola oil, soy.
Please share your experience with me! I would love to include your view on our 12 Days A Vegan challenge. Send video diaries and comments to TonnishaDeonnFitness@Gmail.com .