Hey guys and welcome to the second day of Blogmas!
Today I am going to be taking about something that I’ve spoke about a lot on my YouTube channel. After doing my nutrition course, I realised my diet was far too high in animal based products – I was totally dependent on them and it was completely unnecessary. My vegan friend recommended my giving the plant based diet a try. I’d seen a lot of big YouTubers try this, with varying degrees of success, and I wanted to be sure if I was going to do it it was going to be something I did properly.
I started, as I would recommend everyone does, with educating myself on the reasons why people choose a solely plant based diet. I watched Earthlings, What the Health? and Cowspiracy as well as what must have been 100s of videos from YouTubers. I researched everything and I decided it was something I would like to try. Myself and my friend went shopping and everything I came home with was plant based. Everything.
Over two weeks has passed now and I wanted to share with you my experience so far. I have to say, it’s been really surprising. I’ve not missed anything. I’ve had no cravings and, if I have, there has been a vegan alternative that tastes the same or better (I’m looking at you Alpro Coconut Icecream). My shops have been considerably cheaper and the food has all been pretty delicious. I find now I am having to consider everything I eat, my meals are far more balanced and generally a lot better for me.
In terms of my health, I feel pretty good. At the risk of TMI, my IBS is a lot more under control (if you know what I mean…) and, despite the initial bloating, I now feel slightly leaner. I’ve got plenty of energy and, surprisingly enough, I’ve actually seen a lot of improvements in terms of my training and general fitness. Before I was all about the protein. Protein bars, protein powder, protein pancakes. Literally put ‘protein’ in front of anything and I’m up for it. Now, don’t get me wrong, protein is important but my god the amount I was eating was not necessary. Not even just not necessary, it wasn’t healthy. I can get the amount of protein I need easily from a plant based diets without having to resort to supplements. Plus, there are some fantastic vegan protein supplements out there so it really isn’t a problem!
So, all in all it’s been a very positive experience. But what now? Christmas is on the horizon and the turkey and cheese board is calling my name. I never started this journey planning to become vegan but I also didn’t start it planning to give up after 2 weeks. What would have been the point? I’ve learnt a lot from my journey and have made the decision that a plant based diet is the most ethical and suitable for my body. I also know that going cold turkey was a huge thing for me to do and, now I have completed my ‘trial’ period shall we call it, I am ready to make changes to my diet in a more controlled way. I’m proud of myself for making this change and I’ve made some massive steps and I have learnt so much. I am now starting the process of becoming entirely plant based and that is an extremely positive thing. I don’t expect it to happen over night. Not because it is hard because it really isn’t, just because I know I will face a lot of external pressures, however, this is not going to stop me. I am not making this change for others, I am making this change for me.
If you have ever even considered briefly trying a plant based diet or cutting down your animal product intake, I really do urge you to give it a go. Every idea I had about veganism before starting was completely wrong. I haven’t been living on nothing but salad, I’ve been able to go to restaurants, I’ve had energy and seen progress with training. I can’t really fault it to be honest! If you have any tips for my transition or recipes that I can try, let me know.