Exactly 84 days ago I decided to change my life around a little bit by becoming a vegan. Now there are many forms of veganism, however I decided to apply it strictly to my diet. This basically means that I don't eat meat, fish, eggs or dairy anymore. Difficult? No. Easy? Sorta.
So what do I eat? Good question. On a day to day basis I tend to eat a lot of vegetables and beans together with the carbs such as potatoes, pasta and rice. For breakfast I eat oatmeal, which I already did before almost every day anyway. As snacks I love to have peanuts, fruit, carrots with hummus and these bars I recently discovered; Nakd bars.
Now as a little disclaimer; the one and only reason why I became a vegan is because I never really liked to eat meat of fish anyway. When I was little I was practically forced to eat these things, since they would help you 'grow in to a big girl'. Now that I'm officially an adult I think it is right to decide myself what I will and will not eat.
Apart from that, I'm a pretty sensitive person; I get allergic reactions very easily. However test results never conclusively gave me a product or herb I am allergic to. In the past I always felt bloated, tired, slightly depressed and just not a 100% myself. I would wake up in the morning with a (as far as my belly is flat) 'flatter' belly, but after even the tiniest amount of food would make me feel so bloated. I just knew something I was eating made me feel this way, however I could never find out what.
After doing quite some research on the internet I decided to go crazy and just try this 'vegan thing' out. Honestly I would have never thought that I would keep it up this long. I have to admit that I had a few 'cheat days' and I don't really pay attention to products like chocolate or cakes because I just love those too much. Also in bread and pasta you would probably find milk and eggs produced into them, as I mentioned before I'm doing this for myself so I'm not too strict. In order for me to keep this up I must keep things simple, otherwise I will fall back into my old pattern within no time.
Basically what I aim to do is; stay away from 'raw' dairy products and eggs, meat and fish are completely off the table however, which I funnily don't seem to have difficulties with at all. My aim is to be 100% vegetarian and 80% vegan, some things I just can't resist or substitute. As I said before I'm not too strict when it comes to dairy, simply because it is very hard in The Netherlands to eat out when you're a vegan. There are always plenty vegetarian options but they always seem to contain cheese or eggs, which I can't eat either.
I might post a few recipe posts in the future, but for now I'll give you my two go-to websites when it comes to recipe inspiration.
I hope to keep this up, but if it becomes a bit too difficult in the future I might just be a vegetarian since that's a bit easier (especially with eating out etc.)
Honestly, I have never felt better before. Ever since I cut out these products I feel more energised, I don't feel bloated anymore and I'm just a lot happier. It might seem like an impossible diet, but to be honest it isn't at all. My advise would be to just try it out, you will be surprised by the positive affects it has on your body and wellbeing.
Lots of Love,