I’m sure most of us have tried switching up our diets before, but how many actually stuck with it?
I’ve been trying and thinking about going vegan for the past year or so, but I’ve only taken action about 2 weeks ago.
I’m a transitioning vegan. And I’m here to voice my worries, complaints, and recipe suggestions.
I wouldn’t really call myself a vegan per say, but I would say that I’m on a plant based diet. I don’t think I’ll ever be VEGAN, but I’m working on it.
I think a lot of people think that vegans only ear fruits and veggies, and to be honest, I thought that too up until I started transitioning.
Vegans actually eat rice, pasta, beans, nuts, fruits, veggies, and a lot more plant based foods. And most of the food really does taste better than regular food.
Okay, well I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s start off with why I wanted to go vegan.
I first got the idea of going vegan from… Freelee from Freelee the Banana Girl. Surprise surprise! She’s seriously been spreading the message for years, and I’ve been watching and not doing anything.
I wasn’t really eating that much red meat, even before transitioning, but I was eating a lot of chicken and a bit of fish. So I wasn’t really that bad in the meat department. I think that part was the easiest.
I think that cutting out meat is a very good choice for everyone, for many reasons actually and I don’t know why not that many people have done it before.
Reasons to cut meat out of your diet
- You’re killing an innocent animal.
- You’re putting a dead animal’s fat into your body and expecting to be happy and fit when the decaying flesh is still inside you.
- Several studies have linked meat-free living with longer life. On average, vegetarians live about 7 years longer than meat eaters and vegans live up to 15 years longer.
- The production of meat can have some heavy negative effects on our planet.
- Cutting out meat and eating more meat-free recipes will cut your risk of contracting coronary heart disease and strokes.
- Studies have shown that plant-based diets help to protect against many types of cancer and soya protein inhibits tumor growth.
And just for the people who say we need meat to get protien, you can check out this infographic that I found on a site a while ago.
As I said, I’m still transitioning, so I’ve only cut out meat, eggs, and direct dairy products. But I still eat indirect dairy products (cookies, cakes etc.), and I’ve been cutting down on those. I also still wear my leather watch, but I don’t think I’ll be getting rid of that anytime soon for sentimental reasons.
The main trigger that made me go vegan was a doctor’s appointment. I hate going to the doctor, that’s just kind of a fact (I’m planning on writing a whole post about that later), but I got really sick and had to go get checked up on.
I entered the office and he immediately told me that I had to change my diet because my weight is negatively affecting my body.
I always knew I was fat, but I never really took into consideration how it was affecting my health so that was kind of a surprise to me.
On the car ride back home I decided was going to cut out all animal products and see how that affects my health.
I’m not going to lie, I haven’t seen any difference, but I know to not expect too much in such little time. But I do want to say that I feel better about eating when I’m hungry.
Before I started transitioning, I would feel guilty if I went and got an extra plate of food, now when I reach for another apple or smoothie, I don’t feel bad because I know that this food is good for my body and is being broken down easily.
I feel better about eating mentally now, but I’m sure the physical differences are going to start showing up soon.
Now to start talking about cravings and what I miss most.
To be completely honest I don’t really miss meat at all, maybe sushi. That’s kind of the only craving for meat I’ve had, to be honest.
As for eggs, it’s been easy. I used to eat eggs for breakfast, but now I just eat hummus with veggies or a smoothie.
Dairy, on the other hand, has been a bit harder. I haven’t tried soy/almond milk yet, so I’ve just laid off the whole ‘milk’ area. I accidentally had milk with my smoothie one day, so it’s a bit of a problem for me, but I’m getting better lately.
One of the things I was concerned about when I was transitioning was getting hungry, so I always had a snack with me, and these are some of my favorites!
I found this little image/infographic with some snack ideas so I thought it would be helpful to put in here. I also put some of my favorite snacks below for you to check them out.
- Peanut Butter and fruit platter
- Baked (and seasoned) potatoes
- Dried/Dehydrated fruit
- Hummus and veggie platter
- Stuffed Dates (Stuff them with almond butter, peanut butter, nuts, anything!)
- Guacamole and chips
- Frozen grapes (this legit tastes like sorbet. TRY IT!)
- Baked sweet potato fries
- Air popped popcorn (with no butter of course)
- Smoothies (SO MANY KINDS! GO CRAZY)
I found this great infographic while I was researching, and I think it could be helpful for someone who wants a bit of a guide for their smoothie.
I also wanted to share some videos that I found very helpful down here. And if you want, you can check out some of Freelee’s videos, I put some of my favorites down here.
Much love, Rawan