That’s it! My 30-day vegan challenge is over, but don’t you dare go thinking that I’m going to go back to my old diet.
When I began this challenge, I would say that my diet was about 50% vegan to start with, but I was daunted about what it might mean to try to be as vegan as possible for a month. To my surprise, it wasn’t hard at all.
Changing your diet is really about changing habit, so eating vegan at home is easy as pie so long as you plan your meals and snacks to make sure you have what you need in the house. As I mentioned in my previous weekly updates, eating out is where it’s difficult to eat entirely vegan.
Some restaurants / cafes / eateries are really easy to eat vegan at, a couple of examples I’ve experienced are:
- Costa Coffee – their soy lattes and fruit crumbles are delicious
- Handmade Burger Company – they have a good selection of vegan main courses, and their rosemary salt chips are out of this world
However, some places make it impossible for me to eat vegan because they either have no option, or one option, which usually seems to be salad, which I hate.
All in all, I’ve found it easy. I will be doing a post over the next week or two about what I’ve learned from being vegan for 30 days. In short though:
- I’ve discovered new food and I actually feel inspired by food, which is something I’ve struggled with for a long time
- I’m taking an interest in what’s in my food and feel I’m eating a more balanced diet for it
- I feel more energetic, and I think that’s a result of eating a more balanced diet
- I’m cooking meals, instead of just dessert
- My Mum and I are having a lot of fun talking about food and cooking together
I’m glad I took this challenge because it finally gave me the push to kick the cheese to the curb. Aside from one meal out, I’ve not eaten cheese for a month – something I considered unthinkable before, and I haven’t even missed or craved it.
I definitely will not be returning to my old diet and I’m looking forward to discovering so many more tasty vegan recipes.
In keeping with the other updates I’ve done for this so far, here are a couple of recipes I’ve really enjoyed this week:
- Peanut butter and jam cupcakes – these went down a real hit with everyone
- Spicey falafel and roasted veg naan-wich – after seeing this pin, we decided we had to try it. We used the falafel recipe from Mayim Bialik’s Vegan Table, made our own avocado sauce, and it’s not hard to roast your own veg
If you’ve got any questions about becoming vegan, or need some tips, let me know because I want to put a blog post together helping people switch to a vegan diet.