One Month Vegan

Last month, James and I decided it was time to go vegan. Both of us had been toying with it for months, maybe even nearer to two years and I'll admit, I was the one who was the most reluctant, simply because my relationship with food hasn't always been the healthiest. I'm a huge lover of things like cake and chocolate and have never been that adventurous with the important foods like vegetables...the thought of having a 'plant based' diet made me feel awkward and I was worried it would be too much to cope with. This is what a lot of people think I guess. It didn't take long however, to get into an entirely different mindset after doing further research into going vegan and although I had already seen the barbaric footage from the insides of slaughter houses and have been a vegetarian for 18 years, I'd never made myself look into what goes on behind the scenes of the dairy and egg industries. I know talking about this is quite sensitive and there are people who say that obviously this footage is most likely the worst of the worst that goes on behind closes doors, but that shouldn't be the point; it still happens. The past four weeks have definitely opened my eyes a whole lot more so here we go...

1. Food Isn't As Restricted As You Think
These days, there is so much more of an option for vegans than there was say 10 years ago. I've still been able to get my chocolate and cake fix, have found vegan sweets and apart from having to read packaging a lot more than before, nothing has really changed. We've found vegan cheeses to try, yoghurts, puddings, crisps, garlic bread, burgers, sausages and even 'popcorn chicken'. I've also been getting really into tofu and although I've loved tofu for ages, I've been experimenting a lot more with it and making mock scrambled egg and even mock chip shop fish. I wrapped some nori seaweed around the tofu blocks to give it a seafood taste and deep fried it...man was it good!






2. Rude Comments
I'll be honest, I've personally had more of a negative response from other people than a positive and the first week or so I found it a little disheartening. One bitter sweet scenario was when we got invited to a pop-up burger shack down at one of our favourite coffee shops in town; James is a regular here as it's his pit stop for a lunch break during work and the owner was aware we'd recently turned vegan so he made us vegan burgers specially and asked us to go down that evening to support this trial burger menu. This was super nice of him and we felt very looked after, however when we ordered our food the table next to us felt it necessary to swing around in the chairs and say 'oh no, you're not vegan are you?!' Er sorry what?

3. A Lot Of Questions
If people aren't asking why you're a vegan (pretty innocent question) they're questioning where on earth you get all of your protein or how long it will take for you to shrivel up and die. I've also had people ask if it's safe to be a vegan and whether or not I've thought it through enough. On the other hand, I've got some awesome friends who have said 'I respect your decision' and in return the least I can do is respect theirs. Some have even admitted it's made them think twice about eating meat and becoming a vegetarian which to me is one of the most wonderful things anyone could say. My Mum has also been incredibly supportive, buying us vegan cooking magazines and always asking after what we've been trying. This week I'm making her some vegan sushi after she saw a photo of the meal I made last week - she was practically begging to try it!

4. The Detox Period
Whilst I've never suffered from full on acne, I've had my fair share of spots...who hasn't?! But I'm currently going through what I have been advised is the detox phase of a vegan diet. After all, your body is flushing out diary and this can be a little bit of a shock to the system. My face is the worst and despite having a few days off from makeup, it's spotty especially around my t-zone and hair line. It's also become quite oily, something my dry sensitive skin never really experiences but I'm hopeful that soon this will clear up as my body gets used to this new diet. I've been using eucalyptus oil for my skin, adding a couple of drops to my daily moisturiser and I immediately saw a difference. This stuff works wonders as it's an antiseptic and a healer, without being too harsh on your skin.

5. More Energy
I've always been a bit of a lazy one, being completely honest. Exercise motivation is a killer and I can never seem to find it in me. I'm not sure whether it's the sudden burst of a new and exciting lifestyle that's changed me or the fact I genuinely have more energy, but I'm actually enjoying exercise and watching my body transform, one week at a time. I've been doing at least 15 minutes everyday, whether that is following a workout video on YouTube or busting out a solid bout of skipping for cardio, granted actually starting seems like the toughest job in the world but I feel fantastic afterwards. I've lost at least 5 pounds already and I've wanted to loose a bit of weight for a long time, I could just never get into exercise and ended up going round in circles not being comfortable with my body and not trying hard enough to do anything about it. It is after all how we feel in ourselves that matters.



People ask, 'how do you feel?' and I'm not even kidding when I say this was the best decision I've ever made for my health. It's sparked off a fitness journey, I'm being more adventurous with food and my relationship with it is definitely improving. I'm also feeling so much more love for the animals (hence the excessive animal drawings I've been pumping out recently!) and I'm beyond excited for how I'll feel in a few months time.



Thanks for reading,



4 comments

  1. I'm so glad it's going well for you! I'm sorry you've had to deal with some negativity though. The meals you've shared photos of look SO good!
    Hels xx
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    1. Thankyou so much! I really enjoyed making them :) x x

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  2. Being vegan/vegetarian is awesome I remember when I became vegan around in 8th grade I used to weight around 300 pounds and over the couple of years I start loosing them it still a journey. I'm planning on going back vegan again and educate my mom about the health style hopefully she will understand.

    Michelle| www.brokebutflawless.com

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