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*?
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.