How’s it going?
I’ve been crazy busy working full-time, managing an internship and somehow working on the third draft of my post-apocalyptic novel so it’s safe to say that I’m just permanently exhausted these days – hence my disappearance. But, today I’m back with a topic that I’ve been dying to talk about with you guys!
Okay so I’ve actually been testing the waters of veganism for like 7 months, but I knew that with it being such a big lifestyle change, I didn’t want to write up something halfheartedly on here and then quit within a few weeks. That said, I’m super happy with my choice and am really excited to talk about it!
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What No One Tells You About Going Vegan
Why’d I Do It?
A major reason was that my body just didn’t feel right. I’m not talking about weight or not liking my appearance. It was more about how I felt on the inside – constantly sluggish, oily skin and breakouts, fickle eczema flare-ups. It just felt like, for a while now, my body has been trying to tell me something. Even meats that I’d always enjoyed eating started to look kind of meh and I thought – ‘why not just give it a try?’. So with some help and advice from a good friend who’d been vegan for over a year, I decided to give it a shot.
My skin has been so much clearer! Since cutting out dairy, my eczema has also been way more manageable – at first, I wasn’t sure if the two were connected, but after almost seven months of no major flare ups, I have to admit it’s pretty convincing that diet had something to do with it. Another big thing that’s changed is my energy levels – I have a lot more energy after meals and feel more in tune with my body. I feel like it’s easier to tell what I’m lacking but that might also be because when you’re vegan, you’re forced to more carefully track your vitamins, minerals, proteins etc.
What I’ve Learnt:
1.At first it is HARD. Hard to get use to, hard to learn, hard to adapt to. But if it’s something you’re really passionate about, you’ll slowly find your grove.
2. You’re not going to like everything you try but on the flip-side, there’s so many new things to eat.
3. You are going to have slip ups – it’s not the end of the world!
4. Being vegan doesn’t come with a strict set of rules – it’s your life, your style – other peoples rules need not apply to you! Your reasons and your motivations should be your own.
Things I Love and Things I Can Live Without!
My Vegan Staples..
- ‘So Nice’ Almond Milk
- Vege Chocolate Protein Powder
- Trail Mix
My Guilty Pleasures..
- Riviera Coconut Milk Yogurt
- ‘So Nice’ Cinnamon Cookie Dough Ice Cream
- Literally Any Vegan Cookie Ever – how are they always so rich!?
I thought – especially at the beginning – that being vegan meant I was limiting my eating options by a lot. But that ended up not being true at all…Being vegan meant there were dozens upon dozens of new meals and ingredients to try and even the things I thought I couldn’t live without (ice-cream, yogurt, bacon, just to name a few -) had a bunch of alternatives that I’m really happy I ended up trying.
Also, the price of things!! I know a lot of people think being vegan instantly means you’re about to break your bank on food alone. I thought the same way too. Sometimes the ingredients do get pricey but the knowledge that I’m eating cleaner sort of cushions the blow a bit – besides – I’m only one person and so not only do my ingredients last me for a while but my meals end up turning into handy leftovers too!
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And that’s my vegan story!
What’s your diet? Comment your favorite guilty-pleasure food down below 🙂 I’ve been thinking about doing a ‘what I eat in a day’…would that be interesting? Anyways, that’s about it for me, so have an awesome week Wanderers!