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My parents 30 day vegan challenge & where they are now...

Some of you may remember me blogging about my parents & their 30 day raw vegan challenge. I just wanted to update everyone on how it went & now more than a month after completing their challenge, I want to share with y'all where they are in their lifestyle/diet choices now.


They chose to take on the challenge not only for their health reasons, but to show their support for me. In the beginning it was a RAW vegan challenge, but they did not stay raw the whole time (but hey, that's ok) ... they tried to stay 811 but due to having trouble getting in enough calories they did eat foods such as rice, lara bars, cooked vegi's, etc. 


They completed the 30 days, lost extra weight & both lowered their blood pressure. They both have had high blood pressure, my dad has had high blood pressure for a good portion of his life - they are now both within normal range which I think is amazing!


Neither of them call themselves vegans at this point, though for the most part they have adopted a vegan lifestyle with the exception of a few foods. I have noticed they seem more vibrant, more energy, etc. This challenge has caused them to take a good hard look around them, at what people would like to keep hush hush such as factory farming, MSG in foods, etc. These are 2 people in their late 50's who never before even thought about giving up meat or dairy & then overnight completely changed their lifestyle. They also could have chosen to go back to fast food & such but instead they are insistent on pursuing a healthier lifestyle. 


I could write a lot more about this, but I fear I will end up boring everyone! But I am very excited for my parents & through this journey of theirs, a couple of their close friends have expressed interest in a more animal friendly lifestyle. :)



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Comment by Chen Zhiwei on June 27, 2011 at 2:48pm
Your parents are awesome xD
Comment by Christa on April 24, 2011 at 4:25pm

Thank you to everyone for your supportive comments!

I will write a longer version of their story when I get some time to collect my thoughts (as well as theirs). What I can say is, I just saw them tonight & they are still doing great & have not slumbered when it comes to the issue of their health, the planet, animal cruelty, etc. We talked about planting a garden this summer (at both their house & my house) as well as them checking out the local farmers market. I can tell they are excited. My mom also texted me the other night about how she read in the bible in the book of Daniel about his fast. My mothers faith is very important to her & she thought it was so cool that the fast he described was pretty much 811. I later did some more research on the daniel fast (i've heard friends talk about doing daniel fasts & having so much energy & feeling great, shedding pounds, etc). Come to find... it's 811!!! :) 

Comment by littlescale on April 23, 2011 at 1:45pm
What a great post! It's fantastic to hear of parents that are supportive of veganism. I would love to read a longer post covering some of the details - it's would be the opposite of boring ;D
Comment by nadien alexandra m on April 23, 2011 at 11:56am
I think it would actually be really nice if you made a nice long story about this. I really want to encourage my parents to do a 30 day challenge and I KNOW that if they read about YOUR parents (who sound like they come from a very similar lifestyle and are close to the same age) that they would be so much more willing to take on the challenge.
Comment by Leonie on April 23, 2011 at 5:56am
Not boring at all!! It's a wonderful beautiful story!! :))
Comment by Chris P. on April 23, 2011 at 3:11am

That is wonderful!


And NOT boring at all! :)

Comment by Melanie Bouffard on April 22, 2011 at 7:25am
Thats wonderful ! Wish I could do the same with my parents !!!! Whats your secret ?
Comment by Jack on April 20, 2011 at 8:48pm

They chose to take on the challenge not only for their health reasons, but to show their support for me.

I salute your parents for showing what being a parent is all about.

Comment by Hannah Day on April 20, 2011 at 6:02pm
Bore us???? hello, these are fellow vegans you are talking to ;)
Comment by ednshell on April 19, 2011 at 4:48pm
More, do share more! :)  I think this is a dream for a lot of us!   Just lovely to hear!  Are others noticing how vibrant they are?


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