Plant Based Life

I’m 4 months in.

Monday January 7th was my first day as a vegan, and I’ve only buckled twice.

The first time with a Salted Caramel Baileys, and I was so annoyed with myself I didn’t even finish the glass.

The second time was when we were in Seville – it would have been possible, however, it was a holiday to celebrate my husbands 40th birthday, and I didn’t want the food options to be all about me….I also wanted to come back still married.

I had some ham and didn’t enjoy it, so I stuck to the relatively easier option of being vegetarian for four days.

However, as soon as we landed back in Blighty my vegan hat was firmly reinstated.

I refuse to beat myself up about it too much, I feel bad, but I also really enjoyed my holiday.

I can appreciate there are staunch vegans who would be horrified, but I’m doing this the best way I can – better to be vegan most of the time, than never. Lame excuse, granted, but I DID go from full on carnivore to vegan literally overnight.

So, I’m not claiming to be an expert, just someone who has REALLY enjoyed making the change. This is what I’ve learnt, and what I wish I knew beforehand….

  • SO many people have an opinion, and 99% of the time, it’s negative.
  • People are more judgemental about veganism than they are about getting blind drunk.
  • Cheese is not as important as you think it is.
  • If it IS, there are some very good cheese substitutes.
  • Sainsbury’s have the the best ‘Free From’ range, in my humble opinion.
  • Coconut yoghurt should be in everyone’s life. Fact.
  • Eating out can be super inspiring or impossible.
  • Due to the above, research vegan cafes/restaurants BEFORE you visit a new place.
  • Family will not hold back with their opinions, and are actually the most awkward when it comes to providing a vegan option (I had 2 family events where I ended up eating a family size bag of salt & vinegar crisps for my dinner).
  • Chickpeas are my new best friend.
  • Nutritional yeast is a great addition to soups/sauces/salads etc, to give an additional boost of B12 and to thicken/creamy it up.
  • Lactose turns up in so so so many things. For example, in Salt and Vinegar Pringles, but I’ve not seen it in any other salt and vinegar crisp 🤷🏼‍♀️
  • There is a vegan alternative for nearly everything.
  • I’m totally inspired to actually cook now, it’s so exciting to find new recipes and try something new.
  • It’s amazing the variation of foods you eat when you don’t rely on meat to carry the dish.
    There are so many different milks, almond, coconut, oat, soya etc. I find soya the best alternative in my tea and on cereal – try them all til you find the best fit.
    You cut so much unnecessary fat out of your diet – I dropped 1/2 stone in 10 days, and it’s stayed off.
    It’s possible you will experience wind like you’ve never known before….
    Being vegan is really absolutely NOT just about carrot sticks and houmous.
    It’s possible to learn to love dark chocolate as much as milk chocolate.
    It makes it dead easy to nail your five a day by lunchtime. Or not, if you prefer a Greggs vegan sausage roll and crisps for lunch. Ahem. Not me, obvs.

If you’re thinking about it, give it a whirl, even if just for one day a week, what have you got to lose?

Apart from saturated fats and gaining a clearer conscience, of course….

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