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.