Vegan Diet: Failure or Success?

cb-lazymansguideebook-final4Today, another vegan diet update from Craig Ballantyne…


Vegan Diet Road Trip: Failure or Success?

Oh boy did I screw up.

I only made it 6 days on the vegan diet experiment before I ate something from the banned list.

And to be honest, it’s kind of embarrassing…but there I was Fridaymorning, having just finished breakfast, when I realized…

There’s animal products in hotel restaurant pancakes.images

Like I said, embarrassing.

I’m a total dork, right?

I just, you know, forgot I was stepping it up from vegetarian to vegan…and it wasn’t until I was done that I realized it.

So a tiny mistake along the way…however, the rest of the weekend was a big success.

I stuck to the vegan eating plan through airports, airplanes, seminars, restaurants, and room service (with the exception of those pancakes).

Overall, I ended up eating a lot of nuts, seeds, and fruit at the airport and on my short flights to Atlanta and back to Toronto.images1

At the hotel, I spent a couple of nights chilling in (watching the World Series finale and some more sports on Saturday), and I ordered salad, pasta with tomato sauce, and broccoli.

Plus, on Saturday for lunch I went to the Atlanta Hard Rock Cafe and had their veggie burger and a side of vegetables.
Now I know, I know, that a veggie burger from the Hard Rock is clearly not the highest quality veggie burger in the world, but that was the best I could do. (And it tasted really good, not gonna lie!)

So that was my weekend of vegan eating on the road. And I’m not letting that one little pancake mistake stop me from finishing the month strong.

Oh, and by the way, on the way back from Atlanta I read a powerful raw food nutrition book.

I’ll tell you all about it later this week…

To your health and vegetarian vitality,

Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
Author, The Lazy Man’s Guide to Vegetarian Eating

PS – Tonight for dinner I had…edamame

- 2 cups of edamame
- 1 portobella mushroom burger
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 banana
- 1 cup of a big smoothie I made earlier (apple, spinach, walnuts,
almond milk, cacao nibs, maca powder)

Click here for more vegan recipes and meals

Back at you with some tips on eating a raw meal plan later this week.

12 Comments Leave a Comment

Comment by Marilize
2009-11-11 01:16:07

What made you decide to go vegan?

Comment by Kardena Pauza
2010-02-14 04:04:03

Slowly eliminated unhealthy foods from my diet and experimented with eliminating meat and dairy. I felt so much better, had more energy, didn’t get sick anymore, no infections or colds of any kind. I feel better than ever before. that’s how I knew it was right for me.

Comment by robyn
2009-11-11 05:32:29

i have been vegan for 25 years- its a lot easier now than it was back then- it really isnt hard at all- there are many things to eat always- did you check out the burger at the hard rock? many veggie burgers use and the one thing i was always aware of is never order soup out- there is always hidden ingredients-

Comment by Kardena Pauza
2010-02-14 04:04:28

That’s true. much much easier

Comment by Kardena Pauza
2009-11-11 08:17:41

Marilize, November is World Vegan Month.

Comment by Debz
2009-11-11 09:08:35

Don’t beat yourself up! It is tough, sometimes,to remember that even simple, everyday foods can have animal products lurking within, but your awareness and intention are what count! I’ve been vegetarian for over 10 years and vegan for two and a half – and my biggest challenge (which isn’t that big, after all) are “well-intentioned” family members and friends trying to sneak in some animal products into seemingly vegan dishes when we dine together, as they are afraid for my health… ME, the one who is NEVER sick, works a full day-time job, then teaches several yoga classes and does energy work on clients after that, and DJ’s and does Sound and Light design for bands on the weekends, as well as spending lots of playground time with my grandsons. Yep, my vegan diet is obviously bringing my health and energy down – LOL.
Much luck to you and thank you for going so public with your new lifestyle. Fitness afficionados and people wanting to get into a better, more healthy lifestyle need someone of your visability to look to in these important matters.

Debz SHAKTI Buller
Kansas City

Comment by Kardena Pauza
2010-02-14 04:10:01

Wow Deb! you are a rockstar in my eyes! I’m going to look you up if I’m in Kansas City :) Funny how peoples perceptions are so skewed. You run circles around them and they are focusing on the wrong thing. They should be asking you how you do it all!!!
I am right there with you. I am fully busy 24-7 and have not gotten sick in over 5 years. I should just relax more, but that’s another story.

Make it an energizing day,

Comment by Mary
2009-11-11 09:50:53

A raw food plan? Yeah!!! I was wondering when you were going to get around to doing that!! :-))))

Comment by Debra
2009-11-11 14:40:41

Hi Craig,

Do you think you will keep doing the vegetarian style of eating? What results have you seen or felt?

I find, just like with omnivorous eating that keeping the food real and simple works best.

Good luck on the new food adventures!

Comment by Lake
2009-11-11 19:36:38

Doesn’t pasta contain animal products too? Eggs?

Comment by Kardena Pauza
2010-02-14 04:12:20

Not necessarily, some pasta contains eggs, so you do need to check before you buy.

Comment by michelle
2009-11-15 08:32:19

I’ve been waiting for one of you fitness guru’s to starting address the raw food community. I’ve been following Craig, Isabel, and Holly. Their programs are great but no one has address how to use their fitness programs while being raw. Especially the whole post workout drink or meal. I hope some one comes along really soon from you guys circle who I trust.

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