This is now my third week Vegan and as I reflect on weeks 2 and 3, I cannot help but question Why? Why did I not try Veganism sooner?
During week 2 I found that, I definitely had more energy since switching out ALL dairy products. Food doesn’t sit in my stomach making me feel overly full and bloated for hours on end. You know that feeling you get when you wake up in the morning, having been out for a meal the night before and feeling totally full to bursting like you can’t even manage breakfast? I used to get that feeling after meals, even as a vegetarian. I’d feel slow and sluggish, like getting out of bed as if I weighed 50 stone or something insane.
In my second week, upon waking up I have energy. There is no effort to get out of bed, unless I am just overly tired. I’m excited for what the day has to bring. My outlook is much more positive. My mind feels less clouded and I feel like I can be more productive.
The second thing I noticed in week 2 was my lessening tolerance of animal product promotion. For example, I was watching TV and the ‘happy egg company’ advert came on. Promoting “happy chickens”, laying happy eggs. 3 weeks ago I wouldn’t of batted an eyelid (and I was vegetarian -all about the animals). Now, total and utter frustration and anger. Inside my brain I had what I can only describe as an inner fight with myself. (No one else was around, so to argue out aloud would’ve made me seem somewhat mad!). It wasn’t just that the company was promoting happy chickens -seriously it almost like the chickens were smiling, but I just kept thinking about humanity.
Everybody thinks that Veganism is just about the animals. Whilst, yes the main element of veganism is about the animal rights and compassion for animals, I also feel it is compassion for humans too. In that 2 minute advert, all I kept thinking about is how much grain is used to feed one laying hen? 1.8-13lbs of grain is needed per day to feed one laying hen (ucdavis.edu).
Just think that the grain used to feed chickens for laying eggs and eating, could be used in poverty stricken countries to feed starving children and their families. If it takes 130lbs grain to feed 10 chickens, so the western world can gluttonously eat more than their fill, whilst third world countries still starve, why are we not questioning this morally? I could go on about this, but I think it’s an in depth topic for another day.
‘Accidentally’ Vegan shopping & Making Meals Fun
I have begun college this week and have found keeping my calorie intake high rather difficult, as I am there 2 nights a week with no real time for dinner. Thus, I have learnt to plan ahead. Dubbing Sundays as ‘batch cook Sunday’. I try to make one pot meals that I can then separate into smaller batches to freeze, then take them out as and when I need them as quick and easy meals before college. It does mean I have to get creative with my flavours and ingredients, to prevent a batch of various curries or bolognese, but I’m enjoying just chucking everything into a pan and seeing what happens.
Also, this week I had the pleasure of “bumping” into a fellow Veganuary participant in my local Sainbury’s. Said lady, was trying to promote Alpro’s Coconut, Almond and Soya yogurts, but felt like she wasn’t getting anywhere. After both discovering we were on the Veganuary journey for the first time, and talking about our love of cheese and how hard it has to initially give that up and the lack of understanding from some avid animal eating friends and family members, I think we both left with a sense of renewal fr why we were trying the Vegan lifestyle and our end goals for the challenge.
Nature Programs make me emotional! #bigsofty
I’ve been watching the ‘Spy in the Wild’ documentary series on BBC One this month and last weeks episode had me choked. I watched as a wild Orangutan was filmed sawing into a piece of wood with a hand saw. Never taught, never trained to do so. There was something so magical about this animal, whom looked so different, yet acted so much like us. So why was I crying again? Deforestation! Other species are clearly so very intelligent. So, why are we not intelligent enough to know we should be looking after them. We cut down their homes to make more agricultural land. For what? More meat consumption? In that moment, watching that clip, my heart broke. How are we still so compassionate-less to the plight of other species and the detrimental effect we have on their survival?
*Watch the orangutan clip here.
Craving the good stuff- loving my veggies!
I have never enjoyed vegetables and fruits as much as I do now. I find that when I’m feeling like my energy levels are low, and I’m in need of a boost, I’m now more inclined to steam some broccoli and boil some rice, then I am to reach for the vegan chocolate bars. Throw some soy sauce on it and its good to go.
So, that is what Veganuary has bought me in weeks 2 and 3. I am still resolved to try some Vegan baking before week 4 comes and goes. Next week is the last week of Veganuary and I have a lot of soul searching and more research to do. Next week I will need to decide if Veganuary was fun but vegetarianism is more for me or whether this lifestyle is for me forever now? I have an idea of where this month has, is and will take me, but I’ll let you know for sure in next weeks blog.
Have you been trying Veganuary? If so how are you finding it? Any tips from dab hand Vegans to newbie Vegans? What do you think my next steps should be? Leave a comment below.