I did it - I kept vegan for well over forty days (56 to be exact, as I started early, and Lent is actually longer than 40 days).
There were only two slip-ups:
1. A taste of some dip at a party that I was told was okay for my diet needs, but had a tiny amount of bacon in the mix
2. A spoonful of peanut butter that was a special honey infused peanut butter.In both cases I did not know, and neither had a measurable amount non-vegan ingredients. Thus, they were not really slip-ups.... but instead just part of living in the real world.
So how does one break the "Vegan for Lent" adventure? Duh, ..... BACON!!!
And waffles (there are eggs in my waffle recipe) with real butter!
It has been a great experience, and I expect to continue as a pseudo-vegan going forward. I will be making mostly plant-based choices, but will not remain 100% vegan. I think I will make a fairly good effort Monday-Friday, but then have more options on the weekends.
Last night we attended a 50th Birthday Party for two friends. It was quite an event. There were vegetarian / vegan food options, but the birthday cake and the surrounding "cake balls" looked amazing. I almost rationalized at 10 PM that we were only two hours from Easter.... and thus could eat the dessert (it was already Easter in some parts of the world). But alas, I stayed strong (knowing that bacon was awaiting me this morning!).
Thank you to everyone who shared in my adventure, read this blog, sent me recipes, gave moral support / encouragement, and even those who mocked me for my "Vegan for Lent" decision. It was a difficult Lent commitment.... but well worth the experience.
And special "THANKS" to my wife, who supported me through the whole process. She is a great cook, and her vegan meals were among the best food I had during Lent.