“Intentions create a framework of awareness, a motivation for why and how you want to approach something.They’re more about the process than the end result.
Goals, on the other hand, are about end results, and there is nothing more satisfying than returning to a list of goals and crossing off the accomplishments you set out to do.”
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, 30 Day Vegan Challenge
This chapter has a series of questions for the reader to answer before diving into the challenge. I reflect on each of these questions: before I started the vegan journey, my experience during the first six months, and how I would answer the question now.
… you don’t know how much of this stuff you’re eating until you stop
… it takes three weeks to change a habit
… our habits do not reflect who we really are
.. a habit is just a behavioural pattern we’ve created over time
Some habits you never thought you’d be able to let go of will fall away effortlessly and some habits you never though you’d form become second nature.
Colleen Patrick Goudreau, 30 Day Vegan Challenge
This time last year, if you had told me that I would voluntarily choose to never eat cheese or eggs again I would have thought that was impossible. In large part this was based on ignorance of what I was really eating, The knowledge was deliberately, by myself and my culture, keep just out of sight. Every now and then I would glimpse its shadow, and quickly turn away. A not insignificant part of my not knowing, was not wanting to know.
“Being vegan is not an end in itself, it’s a means to an end. And for me that end is unconditional compassion: doing everything we can to make choices that cause the least amount of harm – both to ourselves and others.”
Colleen Patrick Goudreau, The 30 Day Vegan Challenge
Chapter 2 – Definitions
I thought this would be the quick and easy chapter, but instead I got side tracked reading up on Pythagoras and Buddha (more on that later).
In Chapter Two Colleen defines ‘vegan’, giving her readers a clear understanding of what she means when she uses the word. Definitions can be slippery. It is all too easy to assume everyone will understand the meanings of words in exactly the same way you do.
Until I started thinking about and reading further on some of the references in the chapter, I hadn’t really clicked to how important figuring out what ‘vegan’ (as a label or as a word) really means to the process I am now involved with.
“… you just don’t know where it’s going to take you.”
Colleen Partrick-Goudreau, The 30 Day Vegan Challenge
Before getting into the challenge proper, The 30 Day Vegan Challenge by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau (know henceforth as 30DVC) spends several chapters on set up. For the most part, 30DVC assumes its readers already know why they are going vegan, and instead focuses on providing information and perspective on how to go vegan successfully – the reason why I am reading the book.
Over the past six months, I have done a lot of random trial-and-error research. I am hoping that this book will pull it all together into a more cohesive, foundational whole.