I wanted to go vegan for such a long time and now I’m finally able to do so. Today I’d like to share with you my thoughts after one month of being vegan. Let’s go!
What I eat now?
My diet is based on veggies, fruits and legumes. I drink a lot of veggie juices, and with the pulp of juicing, I make fritters. I also love cream soups, and I often make a pumpkin or spinach one. They are super easy and taste like heaven.
I taught myself to make hummus, vegan mayonnaise and vegan pancakes!
About going out with friends, I eat out quite a lot, and I’m not having any trouble finding vegan meals.
I read a lot of horror stories online that first few days of a vegan diet can be hard. As for me, nothing happened. My digestion is still okay, I have the same amount of energy and I’m not experiencing any of skin breakouts. Honestly, I feel amazing!
The thing that improved is definitely my sleep. I used to have such a hard time falling asleep, I tossed and turned for a few hours. Now, as soon as I go to sleep, I fall asleep. I have no idea why, but I’m sure it has something to do with going vegan, cause it’s the only thing I do differently now. I also wake up more easily. Weird, isn’t it?
I don’t crave snacks so much. I eat breakfast, lunch, dinner and supper and I don’t need to snack between the meals! I often have to remind myself to eat nuts and goji berries I brought with me cause otherwise I would forget.
With not craving snacks goes not craving sweets. I used to love to treat myself with chocolate and I was having moments of ‘I need to eat chocolate or I’d die a terrible death in this exact moment’. Now I don’t even look at it in the store. Crazy!
My friends reacted to the happy news with compassion and understanding: they know that I wanted to go vegan for a long time and they are more than supportive.
(Recently, me and my friends were invited to a sleepover in my friend’s new house. Of course, I had to tell her that I’m vegan since she wanted to make us some food. It turned out that she had a hard time cause I’m a vegan, my friend is gluten intolerant and the other friend has various food allergies including carrots and rice. A bit of a challenge, isn’t it?)
However, the strangers reactions surprised me.
People want to catch me eating animal products. I’m a vegan rookie, so I’m not experienced enough to know every snack with animal products in it, and when I was at a party snacking on chips, someone came up to me with a weird smirk on his face and said: you’re not vegan, you’re eating those chips with animal product within. I was like: why are you telling me now when I’ve already eaten it? I didn’t get a response, unfortunately, but I felt like this person was really happy that I failed. Totally my fault, I know, but it still wasn’t okay.
Also, I’ve received a few “Have you finished being vegan yet?”, and it made me a bit sad. Trying to diminish my choice as just a silly phase that I will grow out of is extremely rude.
I taught myself not to react aggressively to this kind of behavior. If someone confronts me, I’m trying to be as informative and non confrontational as possible.
As they say, be the person you wanted to meet when you were younger. Now I also want to be the vegan I wanted to meet before going vegan!
Lots of love!