It’s been just shy of a month since I began my vegan journey. Most of it has been wonderful, but some of it not so great. I’ll start with the not so great, because there are only a few. Then, on to why I’m enjoying this change of lifestyle.
“Make sure you’re getting enough protein, it’s going to be hard to do that you know.” If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard that comment since Alex and I started this blog, I’d be able to afford a month of hot yoga classes. My answer is always the same, “I get plenty of protein through beans, nuts, and green leafy vegetables, but thank you for your concern.” People! The average American eats too much protein, I’ll be more than fine.
I occasionally crave cheese. That can get annoying, especially when I walk past the fromage section at Whole Foods. That used to be like a candy store for me. I’d love to linger over the displays and imagine arrangements for my next neighborhood happy hour. Oh well, it’s for the animals. I’ll get over it.
Store bought vegan baked goods aren’t so good. I’ve created a vegan chocolate cake, and brownies, that are the same consistency and flavor of the conventional ones I used to make. If I can do it, why can’t others, especially if they’re selling them? Vegan baked goods don’t need to taste like sand has been added to the mix. It’s that kind of thing that turns the potential vegan away from this lifestyle.
That’s it. Those three things are the not so great part of my vegan journey. Now, on to the good things.
I feel amazing! Food moves through me at the pace it’s supposed to. Nothing is rotting in my intestines while my body breaks it down. An icky thought, I know, but it’s an important part of being healthy. If you’re in the Metamucil club, I encourage you to take the steps to being vegan. As Alex wrote in an earlier post, take it one step at a time.
My stomach is flatter than ever! I’ll be honest, I hit the genetic lottery when it comes to weight (thanks mom!), but I’m 50, the time when life changes are supposed to create unwanted physical changes. Yes, I exercise daily, but so do most of my friends, who just can’t seem to blast the midlife bulge. Diet is key here, I really believe that. I’m not talking about going on a diet, something I don’t believe in, it’s all about a long term, lifestyle change.
My energy levels are higher than they’ve been in a long time. I contribute that to eating more vegetables, not eating blood sugar spiking yogurt, and not eating food that sits in my intestines for days.
I pay closer attention to what’s in my food than I used to. Who knew that some corn chips contain dairy products? I didn’t, now I do. I had never heard of carrageenan, a type of seaweed that has been linked to gastrointestinal inflammation, and colon cancer in laboratory animals. Imagine my surprise when I realized that this food additive was in my favorite almond milk! Stay tuned for more on this topic.
I’ve searched out and found some amazing fashion and beauty products that are cruelty-free. Most of them are less expensive than what I used to buy, a big bonus. And, most of them are just as comfortable and well-made as the leather products I used to buy. I bought Alex the coolest vegan leather tote for Christmas. She gets compliments on it daily. It cost me $65. I’m smiling, yes, I’ve got a great big smile on my face.
Finally, for now anyway, veganism has ignited my passion for cooking. My husband is a phenomenal cook, so I always felt a bit inferior in the kitchen. No one ever complained about my food, in fact, there were always compliments at the dinner table. But, he has always been better, so I cooked because I had to. But now my mission is re-invention. I’m bound and determined to turn everyone I meet into believers. Vegan food is delicious. My challenge is to convince every foodie that great food doesn’t need animal products. I love a challenge, just ask anyone who knows me.
There you have it, one month into this vegan lifestyle and I feel noticeably better, my stomach is flatter, I have more energy, I’m paying closer attention to what’s in my food, I’ve found awesome vegan beauty and fashion brands, and I’ve re-discovered my love of cooking. So what do you think? Want to join me?