I wrote a while ago about how I have become vegan. It’s been about three months now. It’s going pretty well. I’m definitely a baby vegan and I’ve cheated and had some cheese and a hamburger (gasp), but for the most part I’ve been sticking to it.
My primary motivation for trying this was for the health benefits, and it’s amazing how much better I feel. I was eating vegetarian five days a week, having fish one meal a week, and chicken or beef one meal a week before, so I wasn’t expecting a noticeable change. And, I wasn’t feeling bad to begin with. In fact, I was feeling downright good, so I’ve been surprised by the noticeable changes in my energy levels and how I feel overall. I’ve also been surprised by my weight loss. I had already lost my baby weight before going vegan and didn’t really think I’d ever get much thinner. I’ve lost seven pounds by doing nothing but eating vegan. Yes, I eat vegan ice cream and dark chocolate and I bake vegan cookies. So, for the most part, cutting out cheese from my diet has gotten me back to the same weight I was at 22. And, I eat frequently and large volumes, so I’m not hungry for the most part. Needless to say, I’m enjoying that benefit. I’ve also been surprised to find cheese and meat don’t really taste that great to me anymore.
It’s also not been as hard as I thought it would be. I’m cooking separately for myself and it’s not as big a pain in the tushy as I thought it would be. Eating out has been a little challenging. There’s a lot of cheese out there. It’s not impossible, but it can be hard to find even just a salad without cheese on it. And who wants to eat just a salad when they go out?
I’ve been trying to decide if I want to stick with it or go back to being semi-vegetarian or just vegetarian. I think I’m going to stick with it for a while at least. I’d like to give it at least six months and maybe a year before I decide it’s not for me. I definitely have room for improvement and I want to try to get more dark, leafy vegetables in my diet and try tempeh and seitan.
So my plan is simply to try my best and to ease up and eat vegetarian if I’m out somewhere and having a hard time avoiding the dairy. (Like as Disneyland, for example.) Luckily (kind of), we don’t go out very often. I’m also trying to be very cognizant of my protein levels. I got a new cookbook from my mom, so I’m going to try out a lot of the recipes. They sound really good. I’m going to make a chocalate ganache pie with a live crust on Friday, so I’ll let you know how that goes.
So far, a plant based diet seems to be working out pretty well for me.