At the start of November I set myself a personal challenge and that was to go Vegan for a whole month. The concept scared me a little because I barely went a day without meat so the thought of a month was enough to get me breaking out in a cold sweat.
You might remember I reported after my first week and in all honesty I feel great. I have not missed meat in the slightest, even walking past Nando’s twice a day hasn’t been enough to sway me. Dairy items are pretty easy to find in most supermarkets and i’ve been enjoying trying and making new things.
Over this month the only thing i’ve struggled with is eating out. I’ve been quite lucky in that I’ve had control over where I’ve gone on most occasions but I can on a longer term factor that it might become tricky for birthdays, work meals etc where I have little control over the location. I feel that in most vegetarian options they cut out the meat but automatically replace it with some form of cheese, but this is a challenge i’ll have to work on going forward.
When I started on 1st November I thought i’d do a month of it, prove to myself that I could do it and then revert back to normal eating, perhaps with a little less meat. But I have decided as a general rule to carry on my vegan lifestyle as I have felt so much better for it. Losing dairy from my diet has made me feel less bloated, and losing meat has not left me feeling heavy and icky after eating like it would sometimes.
There are going to be odd times when I go out where I really fancy a little bit of meat, or a side of halloumi (I’m only human). But for me this is going to be a rare occasional treat and not a norm. I am so glad I made the change and gave it a try.