There is no doubt that the health and moral benefits of veganism are significant – such as protecting us against hypertension, type-2 diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases whilst also preventing the ill treatment of animals.
But with an unplanned vegan diet you can be at risk of bone fractures, iron deficiency and loss of important muscle!
So, on a whim – in the spirit of Veganuary – I decided to trial veganism for 48 hours. From my experiment I have found that becoming vegan is no easy life decision but certainly one that is possible to make.
As a 19-year-old student with a chaotic lifestyle and non-vegan housemates the task of not eating ANY animal products was a challenge (even for just two days).
This is compounded by the fact that so many foods do not seem to contain animal products until you CAREFULLY examine their contents.
Take the red starburst (my personal favourite) for example. On the first day of my adventure I was about to eat it before alarm bells rang in my head to check that I could, and funnily enough… I couldn’t. In addition, I personally don’t gain any satisfaction or fulfilment from snacking on raw spinach on a Saturday night.
This was a low.
Despite the challenge, I do believe if veganism were the norm or if my household were vegan it would be so much easier – it wasn’t pleasant being tempted by the devil every time I opened the fridge.
In terms of a balanced diet, I certainly got enough of the green food group…….
To be quite honest I didn’t fully commit to the cause: I didn’t buy a load of vegan friendly products because they are a) spenny and b) not worth it for only 2 days. That’s my bad. I think if I went vegan for an extended period of time I would’ve become more familiar and aware of what I could eat.
Fortunately, I would say snacking was much healthier because I would often opt for fruit as the safe and easy option rather than a chocolate bar, or sweets.
On reflection: I take my hat off to the current vegans out there, deprived of red starbursts! More seriously, with planning and a smidge of effort then the vegan diet is wholly possible for everyone and anyone!
Ellen’s Veganuary Ideas
If you’re thinking of going vegan (or just trying Veganuary) here are some awesome ideas to help you plan your meals out & to convince you that it isn’t just kale and quinoa!
Everyone is obsessed with Gigi Hadid’s vodka pasta – people swear by it. Here is a gorgeous vegan version, super easy to make when you really aren’t feeling up for something new & complicated – a classic weekday tea.
If you don’t like mushrooms I don’t believe you. There are so so so many different types of mushrooms that come in all shapes and sizes! They take flavour really well so you can just make them taste like something completely different – try something simple to start with lots of garlic and lemon juice. Plus, they are super high in protein and iron which is great for you!
We’ve come a long way with plant based meats in the last couple of years – there’s more than just Quorn on the scene. Get yourself to your nearest supermarket, skip the meat fridges and head to the veggie section. You won’t regret it! P.S we back Squeaky Bean’s “meats” as the most realistic.
If you’re really craving some fast food but (as we well know) the Mc Donald’s vegan options are slim you should try these vegan corn dogs. It’ll get you feeling like you’re in an American teen movie. YUM! This recipe is by @nomeatsdisco on Instagram – they’ve posted loads of other great recipes & ideas.
There are various supporting and opposing arguments associated with veganism. A vegan is someone who does not eat meat or consume any other animal product such as eggs or milk.
Many people strongly support this way of life and would never go back to eating animal products.
Another huge reason for bypassing animal products is to help protect the environment. Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll be aware that the current issue surrounding climate change is serious: our planet is currently under threat.
Animal agriculture is THE leading cause of climate change. Indeed, 51% of greenhouse gas emissions are due to livestock (compare that to the measly 13% due to transport).
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”– Mahatma Gandhi
Moreover, it is believed that a vegan diet can cut your carbon footprint by 50%. Animal agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, and habitat destruction so, many would say the solution to saving our planet is staring us in the face.
If you want to read (and be further horrified) about the effects of animal agriculture check out this resource! Also, comment below or message us on any of our socials if you’re vegan / are trying Veganuary we’d love to hear what you’re eating!