For one month now I have been eating vegan. I wasn’t necessarily intentionally vegan but I have some auto-immune struggles and I have tried several ways of eating to make my life easier, my health better etc… My failures led me to vegan. I tried to tell myself vegetarian was “enough” but then I realized I still wasn’t feeling as good as I knew I should so I switched to vegan. I feel much better than I have in a very long time. My next step would be to eliminate nightshade vegetables but so far I haven’t felt the need to do so and boy do I love them.
I will start by saying I don’t really do anything special for breakfast or lunch. Honestly for those meals I eat something really quick like an apple and chocolate hummus or tomatoes and salt and pepper. But supper – I truly look forward to supper all day long no matter what it is.
Here are some of the foods I have been trying…
I find that I almost never eat fast food anymore – after all what would I eat? Salad? I can get plenty of that at home and custom to my desires and healthier because I can add in spinach and kale to the greens. I have had veggie burgers at fast food restaurants but there was something about them that literally made me feel sick three days straight. Perfection would not define my journey – there were setbacks but every single time I felt physically uncomfortable immediately so lately I would much rather have what I want and purposely bought for myself.
What makes it difficult? No one else in my house is interested in a vegan lifestyle. That doesn’t mean I am tempted by their choices – because I am not. It does mean however that there are different meals that need to be made all the time.
Choices? I am eating some things that I never imagined I would because I am trying just about anything I can think of. When I first started I overbought big time because I wanted to try everything. Now I try one thing new each week and if I don’t like it – I won’t buy it again. For example – eggplant; nope can’t do it. Mushrooms however I have always disliked but I am determined to find a way that makes me want them. Avocados and onions? I seriously could eat them all day every day.
Since switching to vegan I am losing weight without any real effort; my blood pressure which was never high has dropped significantly and 100/69 is more the “norm” now. I am also not diabetic but since I get my blood checked once every six weeks I do expect those numbers to be even better with my next blood test in two weeks.
Fortunately we have two fridges in our house and I have taken over one for all my vegan foods. Not that I care if anyone eats them but they don’t want them in the way of what they are trying to eat. Fine by me… I have my own space.