I have officially transitioned to veganism! Hurray!!! For years now, I’ve been slowly incorporating more and more plant-based foods into my diet. It was getting to a point where the only time I ate dairy or meat was when I was invited to dinner. It was time, and today marks my 1 week veganersary. I am extremely happy with my choice and here is what I’ve learned so far (in such little time).
1.Some people won’t be supportive, and that’s okay! It’s not your job to defend yourself. You can make your own choices, and if some people in your life don’t accept it, it is their problem, not yours. They will come around eventually!
2. Some people will be extremely supportive! There is such a great vegan community on the internet, especially on instagram and youtube. Some people will be very encouraging, give you tips about restaurants or cafés you should try and ideas for recipes.
3. The first week is fun! I find myself wanting to go to every single vegan restaurant or café in my city. I want to try every vegan sweet or dish I spot! It’s a total rediscovery of food! I have discovered seitan, different non-dairy milks (notably oat and macadamia milk), vegan cheeses (some good/some bad), and to my own surprise, vegan comfort food. I always thought that vegans couldn’t really have “cheat meals”, but you can really have anything. There’s vegan mac & cheese, ice cream, pasta carbonara and croissants. The world is a wonderful place! Although I value my general health and my ultimate goal is to become a whole foods plant-based eater, I’m allowing myself to have some fun this week!
4. Don’t expect perfection just yet. Yes, I still have leftover Dove deodorant, Burt’s Bees lip-balm and a non-vegan shampoo. It takes times and you need to do some research to find brands that don’t test on animals. Everything should be done step by step, and that takes time! Don’t stress and don’t be overwhelmed by it all.
5. It’s hard to keep your mouth shut and not be the “annoying vegan”. Yes, it is exciting to embark on your vegan journey, but you don’t have to shout it off of rooftops. Your “carnivore” brother doesn’t need to hear about the absolute destruction that eating meat and dairy brings upon the world and his health. Focus on yourself and your actions!
6. Stay curious, excited and motivated! Watch documentaries, search for recipes, plan your meals, and talk to people in the community. This is a fun and educational period.
Overall, I feel great and I encourage all of you to try it if you haven’t already. Stay tuned, I will continue with the updates for the weeks to come!
Weekly discovery: The Vegan View on YouTube! I will link one of their videos!