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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Vegman Comes Alive!

Hi folks.  Top of the mornin' to ya. Vegman here.  (That's pronounced VEEG-man with the long e- sound, not VEJ-man).  This is my first "official" veg-post.  The purpose of this veg-blog is to track the misadventures and progress of a regular guy (who hates vegetables with all the fury of Zeus), going completely vegan for 30 days.  Not just vegan, but whole foods vegan. 

Ever since I can remember, I've been anti-veg.  As a kid I would never touch a vegetable other than corn and potatoes.  Oh, people would try to get me to eat veggies.  For a while I got by with a simple modus operandi: "I'll try vegetables when I'm six".  This (oddly) seemed to satisfy my parents.  As if this made perfect sense.  As if a 3-year old is prepared to make such life choices.  I imagine the conversation went something like this:

VEG-MOM
Oh little Veg-man, you have to eat your spinach, it's good for you!

VEG-MAN 
(probably while eating a cheesesteak)
I'll eat vegetables when I'm six!

VEG-MOM (aside to my father)
Will you tell your son to eat his vegetables?  It's not healthy.

VEGMAN, Sr.
Oh, no, it's fine babe.  He said he'll do it when he's six.

Lazy parenting or genius ploy of reverse psychology?  Well, 6 came and went, Veg-folks.  I hadn't dared to touch a carrot and I steadfastly refused to hang out with broccoli.  I wouldn't even eat a sandwich if it had touched lettuce or a pickle on the same plate.  And so, with little progress, went the first 31 years of my life.  I'm still a meat and potatoes guy and I'm deathly afraid of cauliflower.  I love cheese more than anything in the whole world. Complicating matters, as it would happen, I fell in love with and married a vegan.  Whoopsies!   

Lately, even though I exercise and try to eat well, I've been feeling tired all the time.  One night, after another meal full of processed foods, I just felt toxic.  I brought this up to my wife, "Veg-min" (small vegan wife), last week and she issued me a challenge: Could I go 30 days without meat, cheese, milk or any other animal products?  Could I try vegetables?  What would happen if I only ate things that came from the earth?  Would I feel better? Would I feel so good that I would want to continue even after the challenge was over? We’ll see, Veg-folks.  Challenge accepted.  Vegman is born.

See you in the vegan trenches.  Wish me luck.  I'm gonna need it.

Your pal, Vegman.

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