It’s a tad bit late, but today’s post is about my veganuary experience. If you didn’t know, Veganuary is a global movement where hundreds of thousands of people partake in a vegan challenge for the month of January and abstain from all animal-derived food products. It usually starts on January 1, but I was actually traveling until January 9th, so I started my Veganuary challenge January 10th and completed it February 10th. I signed up for the daily email challenge on their website, which was amazing as they sent out an email every day with motivational reminders and new information, so I learned a lot from their emails.
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What inspired it?
To start, I should probably say that I used to be a major major meat eater. Like, my favorite food was steak and the thought of not eating meat? Absurd. But I eventually started following some vegan youtubers (mainly for their yoga) and they were always preaching about their plant-based lifestyle. I did some research and attempted going vegetarian, which was actually not as hard as I thought. But I loved cheese and never thought I’d try veganism. Fast forward a few months and I finally looked into going fully plant-based and when I heard about “Veganuary” on Instagram, I decided to take the plunge!
Week 1: The first week honestly wasn’t very difficult. Coming from an Asian family, seafood and fish is a huge part of my family’s meals, so it was interesting to find some other alternatives. I also dug out my old bread machine and made my own bread, which was delicious! (I used this recipe and subbed maple syrup for the honey) This whole time, my parents were not entirely supportive of me going vegan – they were afraid I wasn’t getting enough nutrients, so I had to begin making my own meals.
Week 2: To be honest, I fell off the wagon a little bit this week. I was still making vegan meals and eating them 95% of the time, but one instance I had some spicydill chips (which are very delicious, by the way) my mom brought back from the store, and turns out they had milk powder 🙈whoops… but the funny thing is right after that incident, I received an email from Veganuary reminding me that “being vegan is about intention, not perfection” which was such a lovely reminder.
This week I also attended a dinner & performance, and they only served BBQ sandwiches and sides, so I ended up eating some coleslaw which was not vegan.
Week 3: After my few mishaps the previous week, I ate fully vegan this week except for one egg I had because I was so hungry and forgot to prep… haha but by this time not eating meat and dairy was not difficult at all and I didn’t really crave anything. This week, I watched “What the Health” on Netflix with my family, which surprisingly really changed their mindset about veganism. I highly recommend watching this if your family is reluctant on a plant-based diet. Veganuary also sent out some emails about the “true cost” behind the meat products we’re eating and the cruelty behind even things like cheese and milk. It was extremely eye-opening and made me look back on my former innocence (steak used to be my favorite food…)
Week 4: Last week of my veganuary experience and my friends finally stopped asking why I was eating only veggies 😂 I attended a couple celebrations but did not eat any cookies or cake which I was very proud of haha. But it inspired me to go on a baking frenzy in preparation for Valentine’s day, so I had lots and lots of vegan cookies and cupcakes around me :)) I honestly didn’t even realize when the last day of Veganuary occurred because I wasn’t counting down the days or anything. It was just so normal to me now!
- Cookie and Kate is a vegetarian food blog but she also posts a ton of delicious vegan recipes. I love her vegan pancakes so much (I actually had them this morning haha)
- Veggiekins is probably my favorite food blog of all time… you MUST follow her Instagram for the most gorgeous vegan food, plus her recipes are so delicious – try her banana bread omg
- Ashley Wicka on youtube is a vegan teen and I live for her “what I eat in a day” videos. Plus her attitude and healthy relationship with food is so refreshing and inspiring!
- Minimalist Baker is also another great resource for vegan recipes… they have a ton and their recipes are pretty delicious.
- Of course, I can’t forget Caitlin Shoemaker/FromMyBowl who has a ton of delicious recipes and I love her youtube channel.
All in all, participating in veganuary was a life-changing decision. It was extremely eye-opening to learn the truth behind the livestock industry. Plus, it allowed me to understand where people are coming from when they eat a plant-based diet. Plus, I felt lighter, bloated less often, and less tired in the mornings, which apparently are all advantages of a plant-filled diet. As for after veganuary, I might not go 100% vegan 100% of the time, but I will definitely remove meat from my diet and focus on whole foods and fresh veggies! I hope this inspires you to consider plant-based if you haven’t already 🙂
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