The first week (nay, day) I quickly realised that real key to being vegan is simply being prepared. Finding food in a pinch or on the go that you know contains no animal products is pretty limited and maybe I'm a baby, but it's stressful.
Food prep is seriously worth it's weight in gold and by week 2 I had pans of flavoured nuts roasting, mushrooms and tomatoes sauteed for brekky and a number of different vegan cuisines bookmarked.
The other thing I learned pretty early on is that vegan does not equal healthy. I ate double, sometimes triple, the amount of carbs I normally eat just because they were easy to come by and I knew I wasn't going to mess it all up by having it (which I did on auto-pilot in week 1 by pouring cow's milk onto my cereal).
I am a BIG meat eater, so it surprised me that I didn't really miss it all that much. It was more of a convenience thing to eat a chicken dish I realised. I did miss coffee though! I still had it, but with almond milk and while I'm hardly a big coffee drinker but it just wasn't the same *sad face*.
The biggest downside because of my oh-so-popular lifestyle was eating out. It was ruined. Nowhere caters for vegans and I often got stuck eating fries. I did make a point to go to a dedicated vegan restaurant, the Nourishing Quarter in Sydney, though and try their cuisine and it was delicious! It's just such a shame that many places don't even bother having ONE vegan option. So yeah, dining out left me feeling like I was missing out, but I couldn't deny how flat my stomach was so I persevered!
By week 3 I was cruising and I had SO much energy (plus was looking slim AF). The 30 days were up quicker than I'd thought and I was actually shocked by how simple it was in the end. Is it the lifestyle for me? I don't think so BUT I do plan to follow a vegan diet more often, making my breakfasts and lunches all vegan. They were the simplest meals to swap out for me and while I realise it's not for everyone (heck, I didn't even think it was for me!) I do think it's worth a try.
So what did I eat you ask?
Breakfast was usually peanut butter on toast with bananas or strawberries. If I was after savoury I'd dig into avocado on toast with vegies, but my personal fave quickly became baked beans and avo. HOLY SMOKES IT IS GOOD. I also had some honey free cereal (always read the ingredients well, they're few and far between) and almond milk in reserve in case I was running late.
My personal lunch time favourites were this Moroccan tagine (all those chickpeas are ideal for getting your protein) and this veggie noodle bowl (pretty much everything from Oh She Glows is suitable for vegans or can easily be subbed). I'd just make up big batches and live off it all week. I'm too busy usually to worry about getting bored with lunch.
For dinner I tried to mix it up a bit though. I tried lentil burgers (you can find these in the cold section of most supermarkets or make your own if you prefer), I made up my own recipe for vegan burritos using taco seasoning, but sometimes I'd go for comfort and whip up a batch of roast potatoes, pumpkin and carrot.
I'm a HUGE snacker so having stuff on hand to satisfy every craving was important. I would make up batches of maple roasted nuts every week or these vegan muesli bars for sweet cravings. Savoury munchies were sorted with air popped popcorn, Vegemite on Ryvitas or hummus on crackers (again, check the label, not all hummus' are created equal).
With a bit of planning it's easily doable. Plus you get to eat ALL the acai 👇
There you have it! The story of how one meat-loving lady stepped outside her comfort zone and lived to tell the tale! After reading this would you try vegan?