Its exactly one month since I decided to give veganism a try. Honestly, I thought it would be so, so much harder than it was. Admittedly, giving up cheese was much easier given that the only vegan cheese in my town is nothing but sadness and despair. And attempts at vegan french toast were less toasty and more bread and butter pudding. But with a bit of experimentation, 4 new recipe books, a world of vegan blogs and a fair amount of Jamie Oliver, I’ve managed to get by.
A learning curve
It’s a bit like learning to cook again. There’s no more adding a dash of cheese to any old bland meal. There’s no more quick meal deal lunches or popping up the shop for a snack. For someone who grew up vegetarian, it’s surprising how poor my cooking probably was.
It’s still not great, but I’m getting better at planning meals. I’m much, much more conscious of the ingredients in my food and together with the odd vegan quiche from Mama Jan we’ve thrown together a month of home cooked meals, tasty chickpea burgers, breakfast pancakes to die for, vegan pizzas to tackle those cravings and they’ve all been infinitely healthier than anything I’ve eaten before.
And it’s benefits
Speaking of being healthier… I’ve lost around a stone since starting (From where? Who knows…) without starving myself or going with out, and pretty much being as active as I usually was. And it’s continuing to come off! The fat I was eating has basically vanished, short of the odd peanut butter shake or some avocado on my burgers, and the sodium I was taking in has quartered. No more bloating or discomfort after eating, no more hunger stabs and far fewer sessions of eating as much as is physically possible in one sitting.
It hasn’t all been easy – see the day I was massively craving egg yolks and of course I miss cheese sometimes. It’s difficult being vegan in work and watching my co-workers eating entire chickens on their lunch hour and if I happen to miss a meal during work I’m literally left starving as there’s no easy access food- but I’m getting over it.
Mostly I’m just proud of sticking it out for a month- much longer than I was ever expecting. I thought I’d struggle through maybe a week at best. But I’m feeling better for it, and it’s a feeling that’s addictive. That, and the fact I’d feel guilty as hell for breaking it now.
Plus, you know, I always have time for learning to cook massive amounts of vegan-Mexican treats.