Let me start by setting the scene. I am very much a fish finger sandwich for dinner kinda girl. I’m a rubbish cook and still, even at 34, can’t name every vegetable in the local green grocers. I thought the prerequisite of becoming vegan would involve some of the following qualities; To be already a vegetarian, to be passionate about animal rights and/or to be a bit of a foodie. I am none of these things. So I guess you are thinking ‘what the hell’ at this point.
Basically I watched a documentary on Netflix called What The Health which really highlighted the negative effects of eating animal products had on your health. It was a very bleak and shocking documentary which obviously had the desired effect on me. As the very next day I went from a cocktail sausage snacker to a full fledged vegan.
One week in and what I would say is that I have tried lots of different diets for weight loss and NEVER have been able to stick to them. However since becoming vegan I haven’t eaten any chocolate, cake or crisps and I am actually snacking on fruit and nuts. I also want to add I haven lost any weight but I am definitely feeling so much healthier. (Si has been sticking to the same diet as me and has lost weight)
A typical days food looks like this.
Breakfast : Porridge made with almond milk, with grated apple, cinnamon and raisins.
Lunch : Pita pizza (pitta topped with vegan pesto, peppers, mushrooms and tomatoes)
Dinner : Spicy bean wraps (Mixed beans, tomato puree, tobacco sauce, avacodo, peppers and onions in a tortilla wrap)
Snacks : Fruit, nuts and dark chocolate.
What shocked me about the transition was the constant need to buy more fresh fruit and vegetables. I find the I am going to the supermarket everyday. Granted this might be as I am new to this type of eating (the freezer is my best friend). Also I haven’t changed the boys diet yet as I wanted to see how I felt before changing the way they eat.
How am I finding it then? Well I’m not hungry but I am very tired. Im getting much less done (probably because I haven’t factored in the amount of time Im spending on the toilet since I’m consuming ALL THE BEANS) So its not all rosy but the most amazing difference has been that I haven’t been having any low moods this week. I often struggle with some anxiety and just days when I feel really blue. I haven’t had any of those days this week. Coincidence? Maybe but maybe not. Potentially its just due to all the nutrients I’m adding to my diet rather than the ones I have taken away.
We go on holiday in a few days so I feel like I will have to be a little less strict. I won’t be eating meat but I will allow myself the odd ice-cream otherwise WHAT IS LIFE? I do want to continue this new lifestyle change however and look to introduce it to the boys. It hasn’t been anywhere near as hard as I imagined it to be.
If you know any vegan recipes then hook me up!