This post is a bit late and even after my amazing optimism for 2015 I have still been very lazy with my blog but I have reasons! I went on a trip to Brussels with my Student Council and got caught in a flu epidemic, which I then brought back with me. For the first time in well over a week I have been capable of, and even looked forward to, getting up and dressed before noon. Even worked out!
Anyway, that’s not what this is about. This is about Veganuary and living on a vegan diet for 31 days. It started off really well. I felt fantastic and I felt like what I was doing was right. But then I couldn’t help notice my face and chest were breaking out uncontrollably and it just continued to get worse and not better. Then I started feeling tired all the time, probably from skipping meals. You see the thing is I know a vegan diet is better for me. However, my calorie consumption plummeted throughout the month because eating outside of my house is very difficult. When I’m on the college campus and have no time to go home and eat I’m limited to Oreos or skipping a meal altogether. That’s not healthy either.
So basically what I’m doing now is eating vegan as much as I can but when I’m out of the house I’m willing to go for the vegetarian option when a vegan one is lacking. The vegan police may have a problem with this but you know what, being an ethical vegan means minimising the damage inflicted upon animals as much as possible. I can’t be an advocate for animal rights when I’m tired and sick all the time. People may think this is a cop-out but for me and my body I feel like it’s quite necessary. Being vegan isn’t about being perfect.
At midnight on Saturday I had a cheese pizza with jalapenos and mushrooms and I’ve probably never jumped out of bed so fast to answer the door in my life! I was just so tired and hungry. That’s another thing; I have a small stomach so on a vegan diet I would have to eat pretty much constantly in order to stay full. That’s simply not feasible. Thing is, I got too excited and had the pizza and then for breakfast I had a toasted sandwich with cheese and for lunch I had a whole quiche. I also had some freshly baked chocolate cookies thinking I’d missed them. Never felt so sick in my life. So while I may not be 100% vegan, cheese and eggs will be eaten at a minimum and I will never be eating chocolate again. I survived without it for so long that the first bite made me ill.
All that said, I’m really glad I tried Veganuary. I discovered a lot more foods that I love and like I said, in as many situations as I can control I will be sticking with it. I just have to learn to compromise outside of my home. That’s just a quick (but late) update on what’s going on with me. Feel free to debate with me in the comments but prepare for my regular blogging schedule to return this week. 🙂