As you may know, I spoke a bit about wanting to transition to veganism, seeing as I’d previously been vegetarian for two years. Time really does fly!
I used to be one of those people who could never imagine themselves eating differently.. and now look where I am- a vegan just trying not to eat too much junk food.
Before we get into the post, I’d just like to quickly mention that this post is in collaboration with the lovely nika from nicculent.
Nika has been a vegan longer than me so her post will be somewhat different to mine, but I think two different topics will make for more interesting reading anyway.
As with many new things, veganism has been an adjustment, but undoubtedly a necessary, kind and helpful one.
One month in and I’ve realised so much and been witness to a few changes- they were fairly immediate, if I’m being honest. The first thing is this- veganism isn’t that hard.
There’s a surprising amount of food you can still eat- in fact, my diet hasn’t changed all that much. A lot of the food I ate as a vegetarian also turned out to be vegan, which I was really pleased with. Small blessings, you know? They make a difference 🙂
What does get a little harder is finding vegan desserts or food you can buy while you’re out. This has meant that I’ve gotten creative though- If I want a burger, I can do that as long as I tweak the order a little. Most fast food chains are okay to do this for you as well, which is really good. I get my burgers from Oporto. I can’t have any from McDonalds, and don’t really like theirs anyway. There’s other chains like Hungry Jacks too, who have just released a vegan burger, but I honestly don’t trust the quality of their food, so I stick with what I know. Other times I go for foods like fried rice.
As for sweet foods, I love to make my own. Since becoming vegan, I’ve missed eating desserts like cheesecake- something I didn’t always like but quickly became addicted to!
I decided to look online and came upon this wonderful recipe which I’ll link here..
I can tell you 100% that it was incredible. It bypassed my expectations by far, even though I’d tweaked the recipe and made a few adjustments. My whole family enjoyed it and once I started eating it, it really became hard to stop!
Oh, and it turned out super pretty- the filling was a light purple colour. I swear I snapped a picture.. but I can’t seem to find it. Will definitely be making it again though, so photo opportunities shall come soon!
Another thing I feel is worth mentioning is how veganism has helped me shift the way I feel about my body, in yes, thirty odd days. It doesn’t seem like much, but for someone who has personally suffered from somewhat disordered eating habits and body image issues for longer than I can remember, it’s really changed things. I haven’t worried about food at all- I can eat literally any food, any amount, and it no longer crosses my mind to feel guilty about it. I think this is due to the fact that veganism sits well with me on an intuitive and subconscious scale. Everything is aligned now, so it makes sense for all the good to suddenly be flowing into my life and the negative to be releasing.
As my last point, I’d like to talk about growth- veganism is something I’ve dedicated myself to. It’s important to me and benefits everyone. However, there have been times where I’ve slipped up or eating vegan wasn’t possible for whatever reason. When it’s the former, which has happened twice, I think, I try and remind myself why I’m on this journey and I rededicate myself to it. I don’t mentally beat myself up like I might’ve in the past because I finally realise this is no race and in the bigger picture, I am a good person. When it’s the latter, on occasions like family dinners when there’s no vegan food, I do what I can. It’s important to recognise that true strength doesn’t always come from being in control of everything.. it comes from being mature enough to know that making the best of a situation is good enough.