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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  1. April 20, 2018 / 2:11 pm

    Oo, I’m going to save this video for the next time I do the washing up (my guilty YouTube video time!)
    I’m trying a more vegan lifestyle right now, without actually becoming vegan. I know that I am eating too many processed foods at the moment, particularly pre/post nightshifts and end up feeling so rubbish because of it. I drink Almond milk anyway, but have switched my cheese and yoghurts now and have signed up for a couple of Gousto plantbased recipe boxes to get ideas for meals that are easy to prepare and cook. I’ve found it has helped me think a lot more about what I am putting in to my body, and not be quite so cross if when my body doesn’t perform the way I wanted as it’s often food related!

  2. Nadine
    April 25, 2018 / 12:00 pm

    You lasted 7 days longer than me! We use to do meatless Mondays in our house. For me its such a struggle, I’m a real meat eater. I do try and make a conscious effort however when buying products etc. I have decided to try and go vegan elsewhere in terms of make up etc and try and be more ethical in other ways.
    The images are beautifully shot.
    Do you have a recipe for the veggie balls?

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