As it’s been 6 months since me and my husband made the decision to go vegan, I wanted to share with you some of my experiences, feelings and any benefits/changes I have noticed along the way.
For the most part I have found the transition to be relatively straightforward and I can honestly (hand on heart) say that I have not had any moments of weakness during these months. Any cravings that I have had have been quickly satisfied with a vegan alternative. Yes, the alternative may sometimes take an hour to make but it is available to you nonetheless. What isn’t readily available however, are very many options when you are out and about and have left your lunch at home. There have been a few days when I have not been prepared and tried to find a packaged sandwich and failed. I have since discovered that Tesco do a Falafel and Hummus wrap which is rather agreeable. Waitrose does a delightful Vegetable, Buckwheat and Quinoa pack which you pop into the microwave for 3 mins and Bobs your Uncle – a healthy delicious lunch. On a sweeter note, I’m happy to report that there is a LOT more choice if you have been plagued with a sweet tooth. Green & Blacks and Lindt 70% dark chocolate are great options and totally delicious. Raw desserts from the Naked Deli (Newcastle) are incredible and really satisfy a sweet tooth while containing excellent ingredients and hey, even the Co-op sells vegan friendly donuts! So sweet things are not so much of a worry, which is great news for a dessert fiend such as myself. I think the main change for us is the preparation involved because of the lack of pre-prepared meals out there – I’m pretty much cooking from scratch what feels like 24-7, but that’s fine by me I love to cook! I tend to make raw chocolate brownies or granola bars every Sunday for the week ahead as well as a couple of batches of pasta or curry for lunch throughout the week.
I have noticed some changes and benefits during the last 6 months which I know is always interesting to hear about, from a health point of view.
- My energy levels have definitely increased since I made the change in my diet, I feel less sluggish and lethargic. I’m yawning less!
- I had pimples on the tops of my arms, they have now gone
- My digestion has improved dramatically
- My skin looks brighter
- I feel more positive and purposeful
- I don’t feel the need to ‘diet’ anymore. This is a great thing for me as I have been on a diet since I was 19 and now that I eat plant based and avoid processed foods 90% of the time there is no need worry.
I have to say that becoming vegan has been one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life so far. I cant imagine eating any other way now – I only wish I’d done it sooner! I hope this post has been helpful, whether you are thinking of becoming vegan yourself or if you are just interested in the lifestyle.