Almost 2 months ago my husband and I decided to become Vegan – you can read more about that in my Becoming A Vegan post. I thought it was about time I checked in and share with you what I’ve learnt since becoming a vegan.
- I don’t miss anything – I honestly thought I’d be craving things like cheese or milk but I really haven’t. We’ve managed to find some amazing replacements such as rice milk (which is lush on cereal) and some pretty tasty yoghurts that are made with soya.
- Toileting – Oh M Gee, I never knew going to the loo could get any easier and I’m sorry if you don’t want to hear this but pooing is fabulous! TMI ALERT!!! Most of the time if I needed to go I could be in the loo 10 minutes, struggling but now I’m in and out within a minute – it just flows.
- It’s cheaper – Our monthly shop costs have already gone down and that’s even with buying some of the meat replacement products (which we hope to reduce over the next month). I did a chilli the other day and worked out that it was almost £4 cheaper to do just because I left the meat out and still tasted amazing (with all the same nutrients minus the massive saturated fat content as meat!!!).
- Eating out isn’t that bad – I worried about this, even though there are now over half a million vegans in the UK many places still don’t offer vegan options but I’ve only struggled in one place – the local Fayre and Square pub but that was a disaster all the way through. We’ve eaten in Las Iguanas who are AMAZING for vegans, we’ve had Toby Carvery, Handmade Burger Company and we’re trying to find the time to get to Zizzi as well as a local place called Twisted Burger Company. There are plenty of options.
- Milk and milk powder is hidden everywhere – We’ve had to really check labels because even things you wouldn’t expect milk to be in has it in. Things like wine, yes we’ve seen milk listed on wine (ARGH!). I’m so glad for the app “Is It Vegan?” – it makes life a little easier.
- I feel great – Within a week I was feeling fantastic, within two weeks I was no longer bloated and by week four I felt like a different person. I’ve lost weight, my eyes are brighter, my skin is clearer and my body seems to be functioning fantastic – I’ve even got the energy to go to the gym.
- The longer you’re a vegan the better people react towards you – When we first switched friends and family almost mocked us, didn’t understand and were kinda ignorant. Now they ask questions, understand why we did it and can see the changes in us. I’ve had a few people talk to me about how to go about making the switch which feels great.
- New foods – We have discovered many new foods since doing this that we probably wouldn’t have thought about trying unless we had made the change. I was always put off tofu but when prepared right it is a wonderful thing. Seitan is amazing – I made a lovely kebab with it several weeks back. This morning we had chia pudding (check out the recipe HERE from The Minimalist Baker) for breakfast which was delicious.
- The world is backwards – Did you know that if the world went vegan that we could end world hunger? Yup! The crops we currently grow to feed the animals that we then kill to feed ourselves could be used to, well you know – FEED US! We pump the animals full of things like antibiotics to stop them infecting us and making us ill BUT that’s making us immune to those antibiotics so when we are ill there is nothing we can do. I actually watched a documentary the other day about a woman who was fighting for her life and the antibiotic that could of helped her no longer can because she’s become immune to it through animal product consumption. It’s bonkers.
- The animals – Becoming vegan was never about the animal welfare to begin with, that has become a part of the reason through research into becoming vegan. Some of the stuff I’ve seen and read is heartbreaking and disgusting. The manufactured meat and dairy industry are just as bad as each other, and I think the dairy and egg industry is actually worse than the meat industry. I’m not here to preach or guilt trip so if you’re interested in what really happens for your meat, dairy and eggs then drop me a message and I’ll fill you in – it’s a real tear-jerker.
It’s quite good that I planned this post for today which is World Meat Free Day, so today is a great way to make a difference. Even just having one day a week which is meat-free is making a difference – one day turns into two days, two days ends up half the week and so on.
I’d love to know what you’re having today – we’re having meat-free meatballs made with tempeh in a homemade marinara sauce and spaghetti. Also, if you have any questions about the things I’ve learnt since becoming a vegan then please feel free to ask – I’m all about helping.