It’s been a good few months since I decided to go vegan, so I thought I’d share an update on how I’ve been getting on. I’m still very much finding my feet, experimenting with new and exciting foods and continuing to learn about how my change in lifestyle will be beneficial in the long run.
The experience has almost completely been greatly rewarding. I feel mentally and physically healthier, and have been having so much fun trying new recipes and ingredients out. I have never eaten such a varied, nourishing and delicious diet in my life; while I don’t think you necessarily need to be vegan to eat like that, it has really helped me be more imaginative and daring with what I eat.
What’s been working?
I’ve been sticking to the guidelines I set myself back in August. Though I haven’t yet brought myself to watch Earthlings, I am feeling more ready to. I have been moving towards buying mostly vegan cosmetics, and have subscribed to vegan vloggers on YouTube for ongoing inspiration and tips. I haven’t beaten myself up too much about screwing up and have continued to accept that this transition is a long, learning curve, to be enjoyed.
I’m lucky enough to work in Oxford Circus, which happens to play host to a bunch of vegan-friendly eateries. To keep costs down, I try my best to bring leftovers for lunch, but on days when I fancy a treat I head out for a wander. Recent favourite spots are Ethos, Kin and Vantra. If you’re in the area, I’d definitely recommend checking them out!
What’s been tough?
Eating out at places other than vegan restaurants has proven to be a little inconvenient. We had friends visiting a month ago and spent most of the day at the pub (as you do…) but, due to there being no vegan options on the menu, my boyfriend and I had to sneak off to grab a burrito nearby before rejoining the group.
At the same pub last weekend, I asked after a dessert which sounded vegan but turned out not to be (it’s a cruel world!). Embracing my vegan junk food loving alter ego, I popped to the corner shop and stocked up on Hobnobs, Oreos, pink wafers and Bourbon biscuits which I spent the next hour surreptitiously eating out of a plastic bag. Classy.
The barmaid had been genuinely interested in veganism and had asked me lots of questions, but neglected to see if there was anything they could make for me to eat. Thankfully, her colleague overheard and warned me against the chips I’d just ordered, as they are fried in the same oil as the fish. I ended up with a nice, customised salad instead – every non-meat eaters’ dream meal to eat after hours of day drinking. It’s the thought that counts, I guess!
We’ve also been gearing up to let my boyfriend’s family know what to expect when we come to spend Christmas with them. So many of the snacks I enjoy when I visit my in-laws in Sweden are not vegan, so it will be a case of bringing treats with us to have while we’re there. My in-laws have always been super accommodating of our vegetarian diet so I’m confident they’ll be just as willing to work around this change, too.
So, there you have it! Living the vegan life has so far been a fantastic, inspiring experience full of new and tasty food and a happier outlook. I couldn’t be more satisfied with my decision.
More thoughts on veganism
| Rae’s honest account of her health issues and experiences being vegan
| Rose’s sassy af reaction video on SeaWorld (I’ve watched it 3 times, it is that good)
| Besma’s thoughts on eating ethically produced eggs