I started my journey as a vegan on the countdown to my 50th birthday, back in June. It has been about two months and when this is posted on the 10th or 11th I will be one or two days away from my BIG birthday! So people, myself included, are asking what next? Will you remain a vegan? What do you miss?

I am honestly trying to get this all figured out as I write this since I’m facing a birthday weekend full of food-focused celebration in Asheville, NC with my hubby. I’ve booked and looked at vegetarian restaurant, vegan-friendly places and other super trendy places to eat. From the looks of things, food is both art and culture in Asheville!

So, what do I miss?

Sometimes I miss an egg for breakfast or as an ingredient.

I miss feta cheese on my salads and I miss Caesar salad.

I do not miss red meat. I am now appalled at the color of beef and the smell of raw chicken is revolting to me.

Salmon sounds good. Zaxby’s tongue torch and Chick-Fil-a spicy chicken sandwich sound tasty.

So where does this leave me?

I feel great. I’ve lost 9 pounds in 2 months. My workouts are strong.

Here are my pros and cons to remaining vegan…


  • Consuming a lot of fruits, vegetables, grains, beans
  • Increased fiber intake
  • Very very little fried foods (occasional French fries…they’re vegan, right!)
  • No fast foods
  • I can easily coach my clients on the why’s and how’s of adding in more plant-based meals


  • Eating out is very limited
  • I’m a little tired of beans
  • I have to deal with family and friends’ questions (some of which are obnoxious)

Well, it seems pretty clear from my reflections that I will or should remain on a plant-based diet. I think perhaps my “-ish” may be the answer! I’m thinking 85 or 90% plant-based and 10-15% add in some free range organic eggs, and dairy and maybe even one piece of salmon per week…. I will let you know what happens over my birthday weekend, but I hear what happens in Asheville, stays in Asheville…

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