My First Week Of Being Vegan

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If I had told myself a few months ago that i’d have gone a few days without meat, let alone a week i’d have laughed in your face. But this week I have. I had been toying with the idea of trying a Vegan lifestyle for a while and November seemed like the month to give it a go. It also happens to be National Vegan Month which I didn’t know until starting.

My reasonings for eating Vegan might be looked down on. Yes I care about animals but I am not doing it because my conscious suddenly got the best of me, i’m doing it for health reasons. I’ve battled with my weight my whole life and after re-joining slimming world it’s been up and down and my weight isn’t shifting how i’d like it to be. I had always read things online about people changing to a Vegan diet and losing weight even if they weren’t trying, so I thought i’d take the plunge. I also thought it would be good to prove that I can go without meat.

I’ve found eating a Vegan diet has actually been much easier than I expected. Tofu isn’t as horrible as i’d have expected, I haven’t yet had a chicken craving (and I walk past a Nandos everyday to and from work!) and you can get diary free cream cheese (yay). I’ve spent the past week trying things I never thought I would and surprising myself by actually liking them. I knew i’d have to spread my horizons cutting meat and diary out of  my diet and it’s resulting in me eating veggies (which never happened before!)

The only issue I think will be eating out. One of my friends is a vegetarian and other than that all of my friends and family are cheese loving carnivores. On my first night I went to Zizzi’s and did manage to find one dish which could be made vegan by removing the mozzarella, and I even had the resistance to watch a table full of people eating desert and look on. I can tell eating out is going to lead to a lot less choice but I think I can handle it.

Overall i’m really happy with how my first week has gone and although I don’t think I could ever go Vegan completely (I love a good Nando’s and Christmas dinner), I do think it’s something I can do for longer periods. Plus I had a great weight loss during week 1 despite eating dairy free chocolate and having some treats so fingers crossed for the rest of the month.

Have you ever tried being a Vegan or Vegetarian?
November 8, 2015
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  • Reply Frey de Fleur

    I've considered going vegan a few times but thought it would be too much of a drastic lifestyle change so I'm really interested to see how you get on. Great post!

    November 8, 2015 at 5:49 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      It really hasn't been as hard as I thought it would, but we'll see how it goes later this month 🙂

      November 8, 2015 at 6:09 pm
  • Reply Rosana

    I never considered going vegan or vegetarian, it's not for me. However, I do congratulate you on trying a new eating style. R

    November 8, 2015 at 7:51 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      Thanks. Everyone has their own preferences so I thought i'd give it a go x

      November 8, 2015 at 8:39 pm
  • Reply Nicol

    ah glad that its working for you since youve seen the positives. I'm the type who craves in so easily haha

    November 8, 2015 at 8:54 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      I like proving myself so I can stick to things pretty well like that! x

      November 9, 2015 at 10:05 am
  • Reply Chelsea Coulter

    Glad to see it's working for you. I'm such a fussy eater and don't eat fish or eggs etc but I love meat and cheese so could never do it but well done on your new lifestyle choice!

    Chelsea |

    November 9, 2015 at 10:23 am
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      I was such a fussy eater in regards to vegetables so this is forcing me to try things I wouldn't have normally. x

      November 9, 2015 at 10:42 am
  • Reply Anastasia Soldatos

    I'm always toyed with going vegan and this made have swayed me a little! xx

    November 9, 2015 at 1:49 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      It really isn't as difficult as I thought it would. 9 days without meat and I haven't yet been tempted x

      November 9, 2015 at 2:32 pm
  • Reply ana de jesus

    I am a vegetarian but I could never be Vegan I love eggs and cheese too much! Well done on your weight loss so far!

    November 9, 2015 at 4:57 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      I don't think dairy free cheese tastes much different to normal cheese. I do miss having omelettes though. x

      November 9, 2015 at 6:11 pm
  • Reply Hannah Renton

    Becoming vegan has always seemed like a much cleaner and healthier lifestyle but I don't think I'd last longer than a day! Well Done for lasting a week!

    November 9, 2015 at 6:27 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      It's been good to see if i've had the determination to do it x

      November 9, 2015 at 9:43 pm
  • Reply kj19

    I have been vegan for a week also… I'm doing plant based… look into forks over knives!..

    November 9, 2015 at 7:26 pm
  • Reply fashion-mommy

    Well done on your will power, I was a vegetarian as a teenager, but that was a long time ago.

    November 10, 2015 at 12:26 am
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      Thanks, it has taken a lot of willpower when I go out for dinner! x

      November 10, 2015 at 9:57 am
  • Reply Kitty Wood

    I've been vegetarian for 15 years now, but haven't made the switch to vegan for a variety of reasons, so go you! I always find tofu so hard to get right, I think I just never let it squish and drain enough. Quorn just bought out their first vegan products and I'm determined to find them and give them a go!

    November 10, 2015 at 10:43 am
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      I am still trying to find the Vegan Quorn range. It made me up that the normal Quorn stuff is made with egg as I do love it! x

      November 10, 2015 at 11:31 am
  • Reply Laura Hartley

    I really want to try this!! I don't think I'll ever give up meat forever but I've given it up for lent twice and have massively cut down at other times too. I have that book by deliciously Ella (actually two copies!) so may give some of her stuff a go this Christmas 🙂 Good luck!

    November 10, 2015 at 11:04 am
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      I love the stuff in Deliciously Ella, need to give some more stuff a go. I think even after this month is over and I am going to massively limit my meat intake as I don't think I could give it up forever x

      November 10, 2015 at 11:32 am
  • Reply Leighanne M

    I got to listen to Ella tell her story about going vegan earlier this year at Britmums. I've been a veggie in my teens and seriously thinking about going vegan. We know so much more about food nowadays, vegan doesn't have to mean boring

    November 10, 2015 at 1:40 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      Oh that sounds amazing, I love her book! I haven't been bored at all, and I know i'm only 10 days in but I think it's totally do-able and I didn't go a week without meat before x

      November 10, 2015 at 8:44 pm
  • Reply Helen

    I dabbled with being a veggie in my teens and then I had a veggie month a few years back. Although I like animals, I couldn't do it on a permanent basis – I like meat too much. However, I am very aware of where it comes from.

    Quorn have just released a new vegan range you may like to try out. I also used to live with vegans and cooking was a lot of fun – we made lots of soups, tomato based stews with vegetables, mediteranean risotto, all sorts.

    Have fun – there's so many tasty foods out there waiting to be discovered!

    November 10, 2015 at 1:44 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      That's one of my biggest things, going vegan has started to introduce me to new things which i'd never eaten before. I am trying to find the Vegan Quorn range, i'm hoping it appears in my supermarket soon x

      November 10, 2015 at 8:45 pm
  • Reply Nicola Keane

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    November 10, 2015 at 8:37 pm
  • Reply Rhian Westbury

    You're right so many tasty recipes. My old housemate used to be veggie so we'd always do a big dinner between us! x

    November 10, 2015 at 8:45 pm
  • Reply Kitty Kaos

    one of my best friends is vegan and she writes an amazing blog with lots of recipes you should check it out her mac and cheeze is amazing


    Miss Kitty Kaos (Adventures Of A Riot Grrrl)

    November 11, 2015 at 10:01 am
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      What's her blog name? I have been craving mac and cheese so much haha! x

      November 11, 2015 at 10:22 am
  • Reply Georgia C

    I became a fully fledged vegetarian last month, I'd been toying with the idea for almost a year, I didn't eat a lot of meat so I just had to cut fish out, I actually watched a horrific documentary about how animals are treated in slaughterhouses and just a humans general attitude to animals and believing they don't feel pain! That opened my eyes massively! I'm not quite ready to go full vegan yet because I do love my dairy & eggs! I'm actually writing a post about it to go live this week! Good luck with your veganism sounds like you're doing really well!

    November 11, 2015 at 10:33 am
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      Thanks. I think the cutting out meat bit is much easier than cutting out dairy. I can deal with Vegan cheese and you can use powdered egg in cooking, it's more the amount of milk/ cheese/ egg within meals (especially when you go out!) x

      November 11, 2015 at 11:31 am
    • Reply Georgia C

      Yeah I imagine it's so tough actually finding food you can eat in a restaurant that doesn't contain any dairy! I think as veganism is becoming more culturally acceptable, I say acceptable because i know a lot of people find vegans odd which is silly, places should offer a vegan option and it really wouldn't be that difficult to do! I've only ever seen a veggie option in places and still sometimes that contains fish hahaha!

      November 18, 2015 at 9:57 am

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