going vegan: keep it simple…

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Happy Wednesday folks, how are you this week?

It’s been a while since I rambled on about going vegan, you might remember that in January I took on veganuary, and loved it, so much so that nearly every post that month referred to it in some way! I felt like I had maybe overloaded you all a bit with it all, and I didn’t want to put none vegans off coming to my little part of the internet so I laid off talking about it for the past couple of months. However, I have stuck with being vegan, loved every moment of it, and a few of you wonderful readers have asked for advice and updates so I thought I would share a little bit more about this change in my diet.

Without a doubt the most common reaction I get when I tell people I’ve gone vegan is ‘isn’t it really hard?’ or some variation of that, including ‘I couldn’t do it’ and ‘what about cheese though?’ I understand these reactions, these are all thoughts that crossed through my own mind when I was considering taking on the vegan challenge. I expected it to be difficult, I expected to go into a shop and after spending an hour in despair, not knowing what to eat, find myself sobbing in the cheese aisle. But that didn’t happen. There are a number of reasons for this, but the main one is, being vegan, is actually really simple.

I read the research, bought the cookery books, and was overwhelmed with confusion about millet, and quinoa and protein, and supplements. What’s a grain and what’s a pulse? Do I need a new smoothie maker? And why is Quinoa pronounced Keen-wah? In all honesty, I’m still not sure what the answer is to most of the questions. And I will never for the life of me understand that last one, but then I realised, I was oly looking at being vegan for a month, so why over complicate things for myself?

When it comes down to it, there is one rule to being vegan, don’t eat anything that came from an animal.

So you walk into a shop, looking for lunch on the go and you can pretty much rule out the entire sandwich section. And the dairy section. So what does that leave you with? Crisps, snacks, sweets? Ok. These things are a bit more complicated, you pick up any of these items, look at the ingreedients list, and chances are it will be in tiny print, trying to fit all on to the packet. EEEEP. What are these things? Do they come from animals? Hang on, should I really eat something when the ingredients list gives me the same sweats as my gcse chemistry exam did*?

Probably not.

Healthy food, vegan or not, is simple. You should look at it and know exactly what it is you’re about to consume.

So whether you’re currently trying to slim down, on a health kick, or looking at going vegan, there is one very simple rule. Keep it simple. Walk into the shop, pick up a banana, a box of salad, or if you want to a sandwich. I’m not saying never eat a snack again, heck, I still snack, all I’m saying is don’t over complicate things for yourself in the beginning.

You can worry about all those supplements and fancy ingreedients a little further down the line, for now, just go back to basics. A salad with sweet potatoes, a mango for dessert (yup I eat whole mangoes) it’s actually not hard, it’s actually delicious.

Live life & keep it simple x

*I was actually inexplicably good at chemistry when I was at school, in another life I’m probably a scientist making much more money than I do in the arts.

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20 thoughts on “going vegan: keep it simple…

    • Exactly, some days I obviously crave something I know is terrible for me, but most of the time, now that I know what certain ingredients are when I see them it makes me feel a bit queezy! Like the time a girl in my science class ate some beetroot we’d been pouring all sorts of different chemicals on! xx

  1. Hi! I’m not quite ready to go vegan (ie give up cheese and Cadburys!) yet, but I was wondering if you have any good recommendations for cruelty-free makeup and toiletries? A lot of the blogs and information online focus on US products, but I thought as a fellow Brit, you might have some ideas about where to shop for animal friendly cosmetics on this side of the pond? Obviously I know Lush and The Body Shop only stock cruelty-free products, and have just discovered that Superdrug have a great range that is suitable for vegans, but are there any other products you’d recommend? Well done on a successful 3+ months of veganism! πŸ™‚

    • Hi Holly, I’m not sure I can call my creations recipes, but I am going to start sharing some meal ideas and things so hopefully, even if it doesn’t transform peoples kitchen abilities at least I can make lunch a little more inspiring xx

  2. Great post! I’m not vegan, but I eat a lot of vegan food, and it’s actually so much simpler than I ever thought it’d be. Would love to see some recipes or meal ideas, if you’d feel like sharing them πŸ™‚

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

    • Hi Mimmi, meal ideas I can definitely do, most of the time everything I cook or make is so simple I couldn’t justify calling it a recipe! I think people would be surprised at just how often they could eat vegan food without even noticing they were doing so! xx

  3. Great post- although I’m only vegetarian and gluten-free, I try and be really careful about what I’m putting into my body. It really worries me the amount of food people eat where they have absolutely no clue about what the ingredients are. Hormones and chemicals are certainly not what I want to be eating!

    Lizzy from Nomad Notebook

    • Exactly Natasha, I don’t think ‘keeping it simple’ is a rule that should be applied only to specialist diets, we could all do ourselves and the world a huge favour just by looking at what is in our food, what that really means, and what we really need xx

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