Today I am celebrating being Vegan for 2 weeks! I have to say, I’m proud of myself for sticking to it as I can be a bit undisciplined when it comes to lengthy “challenges” whether they be food, fitness or work related. But as I sit here and write, I feel as though this isn’t so much a challenge as it is a new perspective on health and wellbeing. It’s something I believe deep down and I have felt compelled to try for a few years now since embarking on this wellness journey. It’s conscious living at its root.
I’m not only ecstatic that I have stuck to it for 14 days straight but also because it is a lifestyle that allows me to take a stand against the cruelty that exists in this world…To start making even just the smallest change by altering my food choices.
So why Vegan?
Firstly, I LOVE animals and I believe we are here to look after them. But the push came after I watched the Forks over Knives documentary. Although it was the second time I’d seen it, I felt different. I realised I was at a point in my life, my journey, where I was ready to take the next step in living more consciously. So, I signed myself up to the Sydney Vegan Club 30 day challenge!
Veganism has always interested me from the animal compassion perspective but admittedly has also scared me a little because it means (or so I thought) ‘giving up’ a lot of life’s simple pleasures. Things like my morning latte (dairy), poached organic free range eggs on the weekend (just because it’s organic doesn’t mean chickens don’t suffer the same consequence), fresh Asian salads (often containing fish sauce), and Christmas Turkey! But I have come to realise that this is not necessarily the case.
What I’ve learned so far is that, similar to moving to a clean diet, it’s all about finding alternatives. Finding replacements instead of setting restrictions. So, instead of a regular latte, I have found a cafe nearby that sells almond milk lattes. The perfect substitute and still tastes great, which was a nice surprise! 😉 I’m excited to learn more about how to substitute foods so that I can work to sustain this new lifestyle. I’ll be documenting this in more posts to come, so watch this space!
How do I feel?
I am happy to report that I am feeling full of energy, my skin has started to clear up on my face and I’m not hungry or feel lacking in any way, common to popular belief. In saying that I should mention that I have upped the anti in terms of morning green smoothies, aiming to have 2 per day, and always one before work. That way I’m sneaking more greens into my diet without too much hard work.
I am keen to see whether my skin will continue to glow with the new lifestyle, as I have been prone to pimply skin from a young age, and whether or not fuelling myself with more greens will help rid me of the nasties too.
So, onwards and upwards from here I hope.
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