I tried – 7 Day’s as a Vegan! (& I filmed it!)

Where do I start?

Okay, at the beginning!

I’ve noticed that the vegan diet has been a massive buzz word in the past 12 months, I’ve read that the number of vegan’s in the UK has risen 360% in the past 10 years. Naturally, I was curious, whilst I’m a huge animal lover and completely understand the ethical reasons, a small part of me wonders if some well-known people are using the diet as a way to raise their profile and or another diet in disguise.

Call me a hypocrite, but I could be wrong and I want to understand the lifestyle more, the best way for me to do this was by trying a vegan lifestyle for 7 days. 

So…What is a Vegan?’

“Veganism is currently defined as a way of living that attempts to exclude all forms of animal exploitation and cruelty, be it for food, clothing or any other purpose”.  In simple terms, I wouldn’t be eating any animal products for the next 7 days, I’d try to avoid wearing my favourite leather shoes and bags, you’ll have to excuse the fact I drive a big ole SUV with leather seats. 

I went to the supermarket, what did I BUY?

I picked up our normal essentials but I made an effort to buy a wider selection of vegetables, dips, and grains -I went in expecting to buy ‘Quorn‘ and quickly realized that this isn’t Vegan-friendly, so I settled with some tofu and vegan cream cheese. 

I had some objectives:

*Buy food I’d use after the challenge.

*Buy food which was cost-effective, nutritious and tasty. 

*Avoid buying vegan junk food (Note: I totally ate this!)

So, the 7 days started and here’s how I got on…

What have I been eating?

Oh, Vegans only eat salad” – Dream on!

I started by mass prepping the basics for my first few days of lunches, which were – soya beans, kale, veggie balls, lentils and hummus. After such a promising ‘Health Blogger’ start, I just made it up as I went along and followed by cravings. My cravings and lack of time led me to the unglamorous world of fried tofu in English muffins and beans on toast. 

I settled down to a huge plate of vegan pie and a mash, I found vegan cheese so I made vegan cheesy vegetables, vegan pie and mash, creamy coconut oats…

I even went out for dinner and ordered a vegan pizza, which wasn’t that bad at all! There were days when I missed rich salty butter, but I swapped to olive oil which wasn’t all that disappointing and used flax seed instead of eggs. I don’t drink cows milk, so my usual almond milk was no change, alongside my standard soya yoghurt and Ben’n’Jerry’s dairy-free ice cream as a wonderful addition. 

I’ve noticed that Vegan’s aren’t too forthcoming about how bad vegetable farts smell…

I filmed a  YouTube Video where I’ve gone into a little more detail about my food prepping and what I ate during my 7 days – You can watch that below.

What I didn’t expect…

Trying 7 days as a Vegan was relatively simple, I didn’t feel too restricted, but for the first few days, I was extremely hungry. On the other hand, I made a very considered effort to eat wholesome, varied food, take my supplements and ensure I was eating enough calories. I can see how easy it would be to restrict food, but with a little effort and some prior research, I rarely felt restricted. 

One thing I will mention is the fact that people rarely have a protein deficiency but Iron and B12 deficiency is a lot higher in frequency for people who are following a vegan diet. Don’t forget those supplements, alongside Omega 3 and a multivitamin, if you’re considering making this change to your lifestyle.  

Filming myself each day was so much harder than writing a blog post, I felt pressured at times and unsure how to describe how I was feeling and how much information, is too much information? Am I an emotional wreck? Should I film in my dressing gown? sod it…

Will I become a Vegan?

In a simple answer, no. 

What I will do, is have one meat-free/vegan day each week, take more consideration into the meat and eggs we buy and continue to eat a more varied diet. I know Veganism is hugely topical subject, with many people for and against and after trying this for 7 days, I can see both points of view.  I don’t, however, agree with the aggression towards for Veganism or against it, I believe that we should live and let live. Due to this simple fact, I actually kept my 7 days as a Vegan a secret (until now) on my social media, a small part of me is hesitant about reading the reactions this will receive, however, how can we learn about something new unless we try? 

Are you thinking of switching to a Vegan diet?

You might find these articles interesting…

17 Things you should know before becoming Vegan

NHS Advice

5 Small Changes to Make a Big Difference

My video…

What are your views on this topic? 

Katie

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