It took me at least two years to gather enough (cooking) experience, courage and information to help convince myself to become a vegetarian – but it only took six months to go vegan.
After having successfully adapted to a vegetarian diet, I thought to myself: “Why not go all the way out and try out veganism? You’d only have to give up a handful ingredients, can’t be that difficult”.
Not the best-founded argument out there, but this is what I kept telling myself before making the decision. Of course the fact that dairy products tend to feel heavy on my stomach helped, but I was struggling when it came to eggs. Once more I told myself it’s just one small thing to give up and if it doesn’t work out I can always go back to being a vegetarian.
This is when I launched my July Vegan Challenge and blogged about my experience.
Honestly, the transition felt pretty natural. If I observe my recipe posts before starting the challenge, they had all been vegan-friendly for a couple months, it’s like my mind was subconsciously asking or preparing for it.
The whole thing kicked off in an amazing way!
The moment I posted on my social media outlets that I was going vegan, I was flooded by supportive messages from regular followers as well as people I had never heard of before. It’s as if I had unlocked access to this lovely vegan people community and everyone was happy to welcome me and help me make this as easy and fun as possible.
Even though adaptation to this diet was pretty smooth, a couple things did slightly change (all in a positive way).
I was already a label-reading freak, but now I had to take it a lot further and polish my ingredients knowledge some more since now I had to filter out some things I didn’t have to before (planning on writing a post about label reading some time as well).
I now carry a lunch box with me most of the time just to make sure I have at least one proper meal when I’m planning on spending most of the day out (or at work). I prefer having something to rely on than leaving it to luck to find a restaurant serving vegan food (happy to see them slowly making an appearance on the map though). Fortunately, this has become a fun habit since I have to come up with meal ideas that I can easily carry.
My cooking has been injected a lot more colors and creativity.
I’m re-discovering vegetables and spices, some of which I had never used before. I’ve narrowed down the foods that I eat so better make the best out of those I still consume.
Fruit is where it’s at!
Sometimes I might be short on time to bake myself some vegan treats so I’ve noticed that I end up snacking a lot more fresh fruit (read bananas) which has resulted in a slight preference for these instead of pastries or other flour-based desserts.
This week marks two months and a half since I went vegan and I have no plans of going back. The stories and information I’ve shared over this Going Vegan series of posts are more than enough reason for me to keep it up. I believe that by giving up meat I’m contributing to make this a fairer world for every single creature living on it and that thought makes me quite happy.
Closing off the go green rambling – hope you enjoyed my testimony and found some interesting food for thought in it.
Now, let’s bring back the recipe sharing on my next post, stay tuned!