Have you ever seen a traditional Chinese family go vegan before?
My whole life we’ve been straight up carnivores. But after spending a whole week on a cruise with my family, I decided to go vegan.
It could of been the fact I was eating 5 appetizers every night with dessert. Or eating reused steak 24/7 on the cruise. Or maybe it was because of the food poisoning LOL.
But here’s the thing.
I’m pretty active and I’m on keto diet. And in the powerlifting/bodybuilding world, there’s this thought that we’re just going to shrivel up and die not eating meat.
So I challenged myself by going vegan for a week. Here’s what I learned.
1. Do what’s easiest for you
What’s the hardest thing about dieting for 99% for most people?
Eating shitty tasting meals that take forever to prepare.
So back when I did my article with “In N Out Keto diets”, the reason why it worked so well was the simplicity of the diet.
Honestly I hate cooking. It takes time. And who wants to spend 1-2 hours cooking after a 12 hour pharmacy shift? Fuck that.
So I started looking online. And you gotta love YouTube. I found this vegan concoction that resembled cereal. Perfect.
Chia seed, almond milk, hemp shell, coconut oil, berry, and peanut butter combo. Looks nasty, but it’s bomb as fuck.
The best part?
It requires the same effort as cereal. Easy AF. Throw a vegan protein shake and some veggies and we gucci. It fits my macros perfectly. Did I mention it’s cheap as fuck too?
What I learned about this is that it’s important to be real with yourself.
How many times have we told ourselves “IMMA SPEND EVERY SUNDAY MEAL PREPPING” only to find ourselves waiting at McDonald’s drive through?
Figure out a realistic solution instead.
(…by the way if you eat this, prepare your butthole. You will be regular.)
2. It’s not forever.
A lot of people go wrong thinking that “I HAVE TO DO THIS FOREVER… FUCKKKKK”.
That’s like marrying your first girlfriend.
One of the things that really helped me out when I first started keto was giving myself a set date so you can test it out.
Another mistake people make is not being specific enough.
Ever here this before? “I want to lose weight by this summer.”
That’s great. But when is “this summer” specifically? One of the things I like doing is choosing an exact date.
You can circle it on a calendar. You can see the clock ticking. Shit gets REAL.
When you’re in those moments of self doubt, just remember pain is temporary. It isn’t forever… unless you make that choice.
In most situations, you can always go back to your old habits.
3. Get in the habit of breaking habits
Let’s take marriage as an example.
Monday through Friday you go to work. Maybe every night you come home and Netflix with the boo. To be “adventurous” on Fridays you go out to Korean BBQ with the boo. Maybe once in a blue moon, you have sex… but it’s the same old doggystyle/missionary.
As you fall into autopilot, maybe doubt sets in.
“Fuck. Is this what my life is going to look like for the rest of my life?”
There’s nothing wrong with that. But I noticed that an unhappy relationship is a predictable one.
Maybe that’s why we like surprises. Us humans need a sense of adventure or new stimulus.
And for me that’s what going vegan was like. For most of my life I’ve always eaten meat. But what is it like on the other side?
So maybe going vegan isn’t like “skydiving”. But for me it’s something new and something that I probably wouldn’t normally do.
But I think that’s the mudda beauty.
It teaches us to build the habit to seek out new adventures and makes life more interesting.
Doing unfamiliar things is good for us.
It teaches us to think outside the box and to see life from other people’s perspective.
And face it. We don’t get better doing the same shit. You get better by doing uncomfortable things.
Think about it.
- Getting ripped doesn’t happen by eating chips (I wish). It comes with working out and being mindful of food selection.
- Being rich doesn’t happen by dreaming. It comes from moving your money in bank account to an investment vehicle.
- Your next relationship doesn’t happen by watching PornHub in your bedroom. It comes with dating and rejection.
So let me challenge you. Go vegan for a week and hit your macros. Let me know it goes in the comments below.
If you’re dreading this challenge, just remember my favorite quote from Rush Hour.
“I AIN’T NO PUNK BITCH”