A rainbow. That’s the first thing that I tell people when they ask me what I eat now that I’ve started ‘this whole vegan thing’. And if I’m being honest, the rainbow tastes amazing.
Day 12 of the vegan pledge and I thought I’d give you a little update on how I’m feeling and how it’s going.
It’s so much easier than I thought it would be. I’m not missing meat and dairy at all. Okay that’s a lie I do miss it a tiny bit, but only when I walk into the Marks&Spencer’s food court and they have roasts and pies and baked goodness just sending its glorious festive smells into my nose. But that’s also the Christmas fever talking and that’s the only time I promise.
By nature, I’m a home body and a planner. I like to think of myself as Monica from FRIENDS, yeah, she was crazy sometimes but we loved her because of it right?! So that being said, I’m thoroughly enjoying doing my weekly shopping of all the amazing ingredients I’ve discovered that I can cook! I’m having such a good time planning my meals and it’s so easy that it doesn’t even take up that much of my precious study time. I’ve found some amazing recipes through various Instagram blogs that I’ll be sharing very soon.
I think the most misunderstood thing about vegans is that no one quite knows what they eat. In many cases when you mention veganism it gets very weird because everyone immediately imagines a boring salad for breakfast, lunch and dinner, not realising that anything you can cook with meat, you can cook without meat and add plant based alternatives which dare I say it, are even better. I think, from what I’m experiencing so far, being a vegan is an amazing outlet for creativity. I felt, when I was cooking meat, that all I had to do was fry some chicken or fish in a pan (burn the outside and somehow still have the inside raw) and then put it on top of some pasta with some tomato sauce from a jar. I felt that I was boring myself and running out of interest to find out new ways to handle the meat. With this new way of doing things, my interest has sparked again. I love food, and so there’s no way I’m going to be eating a simple salad all day and night. I’m forcing myself to read about all the options (and there are so many!) and I’m having so much fun discovering not only that I can cook, but that I’m loving the experience of trying new things and discovering new tastes.
Now let’s talk about the physical side of things. Where before I used to feel quite bloated and too full after indulging in a meat prominent meal, I genuinely feel so light these days. I don’t feel guilty after my meals because I know that everything that I’m eating is 100% good for me and only doing good things for my body. As a general habit, before I started this, I avoided fast food and junk food except to really treat myself, so now its not that hard to stay away from being a junk food vegan. Yeah I’m eating Oreos a bit more than I should but I’m cooking more than I ever have and my body is thanking me for it. I’m not filling myself with carbs either. I make sure that I have a bit of pasta with my veggies and not a bit of veggies with my pasta.
I did a food shop a few days ago and I thought I’d share with you some of the improvements I’ve made to my pantry since starting this month. I’ve become quite the pro at making the most of the space that I have and a lot of the fruits I’ve put in containers in the freezer to use as I need them. I know I love watching and seeing food hauls so I thought why not do one of my own. Unpacking everything when I got home just made me so excited so I thought I’d share it with you all.
In the dry food pantry I have:
- Muesli (fruit and nut)
- Eggless lasagne noodles
- Brown rice and quinoa
- Whole wheat pasta
- sunflower seeds
- crushed mixed nuts
- vegan friendly peanut butter
- strawberry jam
- vegetable stock
- olive oil
- agave nectar (instead of honey)
- baked beans
- mango chutney
- lemon juice
- plain flour
- a cheeky packet of oven baked sweet chilli crisps
My rainbow includes:
- sweet potato fries
- frozen raspberries and blueberries
- green grapes
- avocado spread (instead of butter)
- sharon fruit / Persimmon
- almond/soy milk (instead of dairy milk)
- vegan coconut yogurt
- a cheeky vegetarian sushi box
I’ve decided that since this isn’t a cooking blog I won’t post every single recipe that I discover because I’m still very much going through a trial and error process. Rather, at the end of the month I’ll put up one post with all of my favourite recipes of that month. I have big plans including soups, vegan pasta, winter smoothie bowls and the occasional cheat (but vegan) desert. So watch this space.
Until next time, I hope you enjoyed my little update, sit back, grab some Oreos, and let’s see what life has to offer us next.