I have thought a lot about what it has meant to be Vegan, especially challenging myself to be vegan for the whole entire week last week. So what did I learn throughout the week?
- It’s not that hard to be vegan
- It’s harder to go out if you’re vegan
- I did miss eggs
- It has made me SO aware of the animal products in food, clothing, beauty equipment, and even animal food
- I felt AMAZING eating a vegan diet…for the most part
- It challenged me to think ‘outside of the box’ when making recipes/food
When I say ‘the most part’ I am finally understanding my stomach. I am convinced that beyond gluten, dairy, sugar and alcohol that I can’t eat…Fiber is a MAJOR culprit in making me not feel well. However, fiber is something that is in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. This is the essential underpinning of a vegan diet. My stomach and intestinal tract is the most important thing for me right now. I am not exactly sure ‘what I have’ however I know that meat and rice (basic, basic) is what helps to take the pain and runs to the toilet away.
Thus…I will eat meat. I know..start throwing stones at me. I will chose the following when eating meat:
- I will only buy and serve organic and free range meat
- I will only buy and serve organic and free range eggs
- I will make and effort to eat more seafood then chicken/beef/pork
- If served meat, I will use my own discretionary caution in how much I eat.
I have to admit that being vegan wasn’t that hard. I never felt disgusting after meals, so even the meat which I may eat won’t be that much when compared to how much I may have eaten before.
Overall the whole experience, for myself, being vegan was awesome. I would also like to say that the response that Vegan Week and Vegan -4-A- Day garnered was more than ANYTHING I could have imagined. When Katy and I innocently talked about his week via Twitter, we never thought it would have catapulted the way that it did. I know that it made more people aware of their food choices and that is really what I hope this week would bring.
The last and most important thing, is that I owe Katy a HUGE THANK YOU. We chatted on g-mail, twitter, and even over the phone. She was organised, lovely and such a help. I owe her so much credit in this whole weeks’ success. I am just sad that I will probably never meet her. (her husband Lucas deserves a gold star as well, he did the whole week)
Thank you again for all of your support. Although I may eat meat….I feel as though this week has changed the way I look at food.
Has your opinion of food or the way you’ve eaten changed over your life?