I passed my one year on a vegan diet anniversary about a month ago. Yay!
I have been a vegetarian for many years, but suddenly, and I don’t know what took me so long, it totally didn’t make sense to consume dairy and eggs when I was shunning meat.
I thought it was going to be way harder than it was, but no, just felt right.
So what are some of the things I have experienced on this vegan year of mine?
One milestones were to find a dairy substitute that I really liked (Oatly ikaffe). I tested my way through the grocery store’s plant milks and I even did some of my own. I like oat milk the best and soy milk comes in as a close runner-up.
I’m not so into the nut ones, which is not so terribly surprising since Im not that into nuts.
And yogurt products are best made on soy!
Realising that mostly just skipping the substitute meat parts, was a big one. You really don’t need the soy nuggets and chickpea-hotdogs. I started making great meals using fruit, veggies, cereal and all those good “nature” made things.
After a few months I started noticing that my period was getting shorter and different… unpredictable. I believe this was from all the hormones and stuff that is present in milk products that I was no longer consuming. My period has now stabilised into the same length as before but with fewer days of bleeding. Score!
I am also feeling lighter, fresher, its hard to explain. Of course I still eat candy, chocolate and sometimes junk food, but mostly its easy to be healthy on a vegan diet, and I have lost a few pounds without even trying. And I am pooping more regularly, yes I went there.
A negative thing is being social. You can’t have a fika (coffee and a cake) at a café if they don’t serve vegan stuff and have alternative milks, (I need milk in my coffee) you can just awkwardly sit there watching.
When you get invited for dinner or a birthday party, I always ask if I should bring something, and I always feel like I am such a bother, not just eating what everyone else is having. It makes social gatherings a bit les fun. Usually though everything works out fine, its just me feeling awkward.
I don’t know if you noticed, but in the first sentence of the blog I said that I had been one year of a vegan diet, not that I had been vegan for one year. A full/real/hardcore vegan, or whatever you want to call him or her, does not use any animal products at all.
And I still do. I do knit with wool, but I know exactly where the wool is from, I eat locally (guy down the road) harvested honey, and I still use my leather shoes, belts and bags.
I am trying though, I do my best to make the smartest decision in every situation, and I am getting further and further, but most important I am getting more and more educated about all things vegan, and I do think I inspire and influece the people around me.
This has been a good year! Veganism gets five out of five radishes!
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