Search YouTube for vegan videos, and you’ll find their second-most watched offering — with more than 24.5 million views — is TheOdd1sOut’s animated 7 Day Vegan Challenge Baby (solves all your problems).
James begins his narration describing how he’s decided to embark on a 7-day vegan challenge he discovered on the YouTube channel “Infinite Waters (Diving Deep).”
Although skeptical that it will solve as many problems as its promoter promises, he decides to go “… out of my way to suffer for a whole week for views.”
He’s certainly been rewarded with “views,” but it appears a negative mindset short-changed him on proven health benefits of plant-based eating.
Cartoon James announces, “I did some research into what was vegan — and apparently Reese’s Puffs and Oreos are VEGAN!” The scene then shifts to real-life James crumbling Oreo cookies onto his cereal with almond milk and proclaiming, “Well, this is going to be super-easy!”
Later in the video, he observes “Also, I want to mention that while I was doing the Vegan Challenge, I would lose my breath just by going up the stairs. Some vegans would say that I was malnourished. And I probably was.”
His conclusion after Day 7?
“You would have to pay me a very, pretty penny to get me to be full vegan. Like no joke, a minimum of one billion dollars. Am I glad I did the vegan challenge? YES I AM.”
He’s is quite clear that another vegan challenge isn’t in his future. Perhaps, however, James would consider a seven-day plant-based challenge. If so, I’m offering seven rules to help the week succeed where his vegan challenge failed.
7 Rules for 7 Days:
Be prepared. Take time before beginning to search online for whole-food, plant-based recipes. Or purchase a plant-based cookbook. Then stock up on a week’s worth of the ingredients in the dishes you find most appealing. Finally, treat yourself to a meal at a health-focused, plant-based restaurant such as Fruitive.
Keep it authentic. Avoid all junk or vegan imitation foods. If a vegan restaurant serves cheap imitation burgers, oil-drenched French fries or greasy pizza, stay away.
Listen to your body. Eat plenty of veggies, fruits, beans or legumes and whole grains — but stop a bite or two before you feel full. Don’t go hungry during the week!
Inform yourself. Take the time to read the PlantBased.com daily blog posts and one plant-based book from my Top Ten list. Listen to a plant-based podcast. Or watch some outstanding vegan documentaries, like Forks Over Knives, The Game Changers or Earthlings.
Don’t go it alone. Accountability is incredibly helpful. Share your experience with a friend and on social media. I’d love to hear from you as well.
Take care of yourself. Set aside daily time for deep breathing, stretching and exercise. Stay hydrated and get plenty of sleep.
Live in the moment. Treat the entire seven-day challenge as a body-mind experience. Instead of dreaming about the steak waiting for you on day eight, focus on enjoying every plant-based bite.
Most importantly, stay open-minded about what the challenge’s impact will be on your life!