Veganuary 2018 Results
A month ago I created a post called ‘Veganuary 2018’ in which I pledged to be vegan for the first month of the year. Being a meat eater and dairy lover previously, I knew this would be a struggle but due to seeing ‘vegan’ posts filling my insta and blogs I love, I thought it’d be an interesting transition. I wanted to see if the benefits vegans have previously claimed was to be true.
It’s now a few days into February and I’m happy to say… I DID IT ! There were a few mishaps along the way (cheese is the lover I could not seem to steer away from) but aside from the minute incidents, I ate completely vegan for 99% of the month.
How did I find it?
I didn’t take the method of slowly cutting things out (meat then dairy etc) one by one, but rather just cut both out on the 1st January. I knew that method would work best for me as I’d just get too impatient otherwise.
During the first two weeks, I definitely had cravings for meat (namely chicken and chicken nuggets!!). As mentioned in the previous post, I’m a very picky eater and have always relied on chicken during meals out and even when at home. I don’t like a lot of other meats but I ate chicken in very large quantities. So to suddenly not be eating it at all was definitely a shock but I think I’m finally starting to unconsciously reject the idea. I didn’t cave in both Mcdonalds and Nando’s!
Another thing, I’ve never been a good cook (unless you count burning baked beans and somehow smashing a bowl in the microwave whilst melting chocolate as good) but being vegan really pushed me to try new things and to cook lots more! This is something I really enjoyed, much to my surprise due to past failures. Also, instead of craving chocolate and ice cream, I’m now craving veggies (v v v strange for me) and sweet potato! Definitely lived off sweet potato in the past month, I didn’t even like it that much before.
I found not eating dairy much more difficult than the meat. Not drinking cows milk, was easy as I just switched to almond milk but cheese was not. That’s where I slipped up. I had cheese a few times which is why I said I’d been vegan 99% of the time, rather than 100%.
I found that you have to eat soooo much more than before which is great if you love food, but as I have a smallish appetite I actually found this difficult. Not something to complain about at all, it’s definitely a positive because you’re able to have more food than before but just something I thought was worth mentioning.
Also, I lost weight. I didn’t do this to lose weight at all but I’ve definitely noticed a change in my body – as have my friends and family. It was like excess weight just fell right off me, wasn’t expecting it to be like that at all! With how much I ate I didn’t think it would be possible, but it clearly was!
Skin wise, I’ve always had fairly clear skin – barre the odd spot or two when it’s that time of the month – which remained consistent throughout this month. A friend did compliment me on my skin the other day so maybe it’s even more clearer than before but it isn’t something I’ve particularly noticed, but also something I haven’t really been looking for.
It’s now a few days in February and I had no idea what I wanted to do after the month was up. I’m still kind of undecided. I, despite having a weekend away with my friends and eating out already this month, have stuck to no meat. At the minute, I would just feel too guilty indulging in meat, I don’t know whether this is going to last a lifetime or for a short period. Now that I’m back home, I’m eating mainly vegan however I did have dairy when I was out – a bar/restaurant didn’t have any vegan meals aside from salad but due to being drunk all I wanted was pizza so I had that.
So, for the time being, I’m eating vegan/vegetarian but am hoping to be mainly vegan again.
I surprisingly loved the past month, and felt better than ever! I’d definitely recommend giving it a try if you haven’t done so.