In November 2015 I wrote a post about going vegan (here) and a couple of months later I documented my experience trying out Veganuary (week 1, week 2 & 3, and week 4) as I wanted to properly explore if going vegan was sustainable for me, and I thought it was worthwhile me writing an update post to let you know what -if anything- has changed two years on.
Going Vegan: An Update
This year I feel the Veganuary campaign has gained momentum with more people seeming to be taking part, whether it just be for the month, or to explore -like I did- if going vegan works for them long term.
Going Vegan, a Recap: January 2016 –
“Since becoming vegan, there is no doubt that I am suited to a plant-based diet, my body doesn’t miss meat and thrives on vegetables and the like and exploring the journey has in many ways given me a new found enjoyment for food preparation and recipe discovery. I also feel great both in body and mind (despite wedding stress, but that aside). To be fair, my diet changes haven’t been dramatic so my body hasn’t suddenly had to cope with a sudden change of diet. I haven’t missed cheese, my sweet tooth has definitely calmed and dare I say I feel better on the inside. While I don’t believe everything I read, there is a lot out there now on the benefits of living meat and dairy free (see this Cowspiracy infographic for example).
Going forward, I now live a 90% vegan lifestyle –that 10% allows me the flexibility to not deny myself the odd non-vegan treat if I feel I want it or if I’m in a situation where I cannot avoid eating something with dairy in it. And as I’ve said previously, while I care for bees, I still eat honey (but mostly I have now replaced this for maple syrup). Ultimately, I’m doing this because I enjoy it and not because I think eating animals and animal products wrong.”
Here’s what has changed (and continued):
1. I live more 85% plant-based, as opposed to 90%
2. I have re-introduced a small amount of cheese back into my diet. The vegan cheese I was buying was honestly just shit and expensive so I have returned back to normal cheese. But since turning to a more plant-based diet, cheese intake has still dramatically reduced.
3. I have 100% continued to adopt nut and soya milks -the day I banished cows milk was honestly one of the best things I have done. However, I struggled to find a way to use nut milks in my morning coffee without it congealing and looking disgusting (even though it tasted fine), so I now just drink my coffee black unless I purchase from a coffee shop.
4. I still eat cake.
The truth is, I love food, I love cooking and I love eating out. As someone on Twitter last week said, when you have to think too much about what you eat, it can become problematic. There are a huge number of people out there (maybe even you reading this) who naturally have food intolerances and therefore those of us choosing to remove certain foods because we can, need to be mindful of that. As I have said in the posts written previously linked above, being vegetarian/plant-based really suits me and I certainly do not feel (or look) deficient of anything… for now. The truth of everything really is to listen to your body and find out what works, and what doesn’t, to ensure it always functions at its best.
If you are thinking about exploring a plant-based diet (going vegan), or maybe just looking to incorporate more plant-based meals, I highly rate any of the books by Deliciously Ella (review here); and Eat Smart by Niomi Smart (review here), and Angela Liddon’s Oh She Glows to name only a few to get you started.
Until next time xFollow