The Vegan Thing

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.

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  1. Kristin @ Peace, Love and Muesli
    Twitter: kristinglas

    Amaranth is listed as a complete protein too. Do you eat amaranth? It’s on my to write a post about list.

  2. Jessica Anne says:

    I did eat it after your make your own museli post, but I haven’t recently. :) I’ll get some next week though. Should be good in oatmeal, I think? I’m putting hemp powder in it now, but I’m not loving the taste. Maybe amaranth and hemp seeds?

  3. DaenelT
    Twitter: DaenelT

    So glad it’s working for you. I go back and forth between wanting to become a vegetarian and loving meat. Maybe I should try it for a week and see how it goes. Most of the time I cook separate meals anyway because of my schedule. Hmmm…. Something to think about.

    • Jessica Anne says:

      I’ve been really liking it. I started by eating vegetarian 5 days a week. You still get a lot of the benefits, but don’t have to completely give up meat.

  4. Sofia's Ideas
    Twitter: SofiasIdeas

    Congrats on this! From someone who has had it as a goal for at least 6 years to become vegetarian, I applaud you!!!

    Reading your post has lit a little fire under me to take this goal a bit more seriously – can you recommend your favorite cookbook thus far? I really appreciate it! My email address is in my profile if you don’t want to post it here.

    • Jessica Anne says:

      So far, the only vegan cookbook I have is The 30 minute Vegan by Mark Reinfeld and Jennifer Murray. I just got it, so I haven’t tried many of the recipes, but they look good and quick. :)

      I started out going vegetarian 5 days a week. It was easier than just switching all at once.