Life is really kinda funny. My life doubly so. January is a really busy month for me. It is like my social life goes into high gear, as well as my desire to change and improve things in and about myself. But to save a long wind up, I went vegan two weeks ago today. I have been hesitant to write anything about it. Mainly because the response you get when it happens is kinda…. bizarre. The most common response I have gotten thus far is, “Oh, I could never do that!” Rest assured, I’m not trying to recruit you, I promise.
The second response is people getting offended that I am vegan. They start rationalizing their eating habits, like I am suddenly judging their food choices. Truthfully, what you decide to put in your body is your business. I’m not judging you, I just may wrinkle my nose at that bucket of fried chicken because it smells pretty bad and the idea of eating fried chicken makes me physically uncomfortable. However, I do not particularly care that you are ingesting it.
The third one is people advising me how unhealthy it is because they know people who were vegan that had ___________ problem. Well, it’s true certain Doritos and Coke are vegan. There is a lot of junk food that vegans can consume, likely not even intentional by whatever company made them. I’ve known vegans and vegetarians alike that existed on junk food. People can eat healthy and unhealthy on darn near any diet selection. Trust me, I did my research. I’m a logical human being, if for some reason this doesn’t work for me I will take stock. But I ask that people let me sort that out. I plan on seeing a doctor in a couple months to check my vitals and touch base.
What I am really excited about is how good I feel. I eat mostly fruits and veggies, and kinda had to cut out most condiments as a side note. Food tastes better. My sweet tooth is slowly vanishing. I am making sure to get enough protein, iron and B vitamins with the food I am eating. I feel lighter, and healthier. My chronically dry skin is starting to get better. I naturally upped my water intake. I am lactose intolerant, and I really dislike eggs, so vegetarian was not a logical option for me. I leaned vegan as it made more sense based on what my body wanted and didn’t want. I feel really awesome.
I had been counting calories prior to going vegan, in an effort to lose some weight. What is kind of funny about this is that my choice to go vegan had nothing to do with weight loss. I swore off the scale for a few weeks while I transitioned. I did not want to pressure myself too much while sorting out my diet. I eat when I am hungry and stop when I am full. I eat smaller portions and more often than I did before.
I’ve lost about 7 pounds since I started, which is a bit of an awesome side note for me. I have more energy. I’ve been an insomniac most of my life, and I have been sleeping better than I have in years. My skin is getting softer and less dry. Normally I have to slather on the coconut oil on my skin to moisturize after a shower. Additionally, I have a pretty dry scalp naturally. Both of these have been clearing up pretty quickly. I’m curious to see how much it improves, as I find this pretty exciting.
I decided to go vegan ‘cold-turkey’ and did not really have a wind up time. I started with a date in mind, as I had a couple potlucks in one week and I didn’t want to try out being a vegan while still sorting out what I could and couldn’t eat. So, I started on a Sunday. I’ve been reading more and more, and I’m sure I’ve slipped up a couple times. But all in all, it has been pretty easy and I haven’t really missed any particular foods yet.
I decided to go vegan for the health benefits, as well as the impact that factory farming has on our environment is atrocious. It didn’t start as a ‘don’t eat things with faces’ diet. But knowing that my meal didn’t have to get electrocuted in it’s butt hole prior to me eating it makes me feel a bit better. Adam covers many of the reasons I went vegan in detail. It’s a really well written blog post, read it.
Eowyn is also on this journey with me. It makes it easier and we can experiment with our food together. Also, we can discuss any benefits or drawbacks we are having. Adam and Suzi also went vegan recently. They are a great source of information and fun facts. Suzi has given me a lot of reading material and documentaries to watch. I recommend throwing Forks Over Knives in your Netflix queue for starters, if you’re remotely curious. Suzi is letting me borrow Skinny Bitch, and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vegan Living. Those books have both been informative, and a bit entertaining.
Eowyn and I recently went to a local vegan restaurant called Quickie Too. It was so delicious! They even have vegan milkshakes, it was glorious. We have tried out some Daiya vegan cheese and made mini pizzas the other night. It’s not quite the same, but it is good. Also, chocolate coconut milk is the best thing on earth. Eowyn being the fantastic chef that she is, has been making some pretty epic vegan treats. She made a vegan red velvet cake the other day for a friends birthday and some coconut chocolate chip cookies. Both were phenomenal.
Now, the only random drawback I have found to being vegan is that my alcohol tolerance has been knocked to zero. I don’t drink that often, but we went out the other night and I was recovering until about 7 pm the following day. So I have a feeling I will be cutting back on my drinking a whole lot. All things considered, I’ll take it.
I am excited and happy about the changes in my life this year. Have any of you made any major changes in your life since the beginning of the New Year?