So, this week I had kind of a big realisation… I’m not going to go back to eating meat after January.
This is a pretty big deal and one that I had no idea would ruminate once I started this. I thought it would satisfy my curiosity and maybe lead me to cut back on meat and dairy in the future. But honestly? I haven’t missed meat at all and the thought not only doesn’t appeal to me, but i’ve done so much research since starting this (first just to help me along and justify why I was doing it, then more curiosity, then I genuinely become quite gripped by it all) and it’s cemented ideas that were literally a tiny seed a few weeks ago. A strawberry seed. So small they barely existed. I’m not going to preach on here but if you can, please watch Forks over Knives and Cowspiracy and then do a little research of your own. I was a steak girl, a burger girl, an I-can’t-eat-out-without-choosing-the-meat-dish girl but my entire mindset has changed.
The aim for the future will be to cut out dairy, but i’m going to begin with meat and slowly reduce the rest. I’m a bit worried if I do it all at once (I know that’s a bit rich coming from someone who did a whole month cold turkey but a month and a lifetime are slightly different timespans) then I’ll cave. I’d love to be completely plant-based at some point but going vegetarian will be a big change for now so i’ll do it in steps- try vegan a couple of days a week once January is over. I’ll try and use up most of the stuff I already have in my cupboards after January and make a conscious effort to not buy anything new that contains dairy. It’s become really commonplace now that I try and read the ingredients of everything I eat – i’d advise you to do the same no matter what. It’s been so eye-opening, not just for hidden dairy but the random stuff companies will throw into products.
As for the rest? I’m having more fun than ever cooking food, this week i’ve had pizza, pad thai, waffles, avocado toast (duh), sweet potato fries, “cheesy” pasta, lasagne, smoothies… I’m not bloated at all anymore, I feel lighter physically and mentally, and and I feel a lot stronger in the gym. Thank you carbs. I’m probably eating wayyyyyyy more peanut butter than I should, but peanut butter is not just for Veganuary. It is for LIFE.
I’m also having the oddest cravings which is a weird side effect. Sometimes it’s non-vegan stuff like buttery toast (which can easily be made non-dairy cos of Tesco’s avocado oil spread which is amazing) but most of the time it’s things like bananas and peanut butter sandwiches and yesterday it was liquorice. I don’t even LIKE liquorice. Apart from that, and a bit of extra energy, I don’t really feel any different. I haven’t come out in boils or rashes, it hasn’t rained frogs and when I tell people about it it’s mostly met with an “oh, that’s cool” and not the “but what about bacon?” i’ve been expecting. I think that has been the biggest surprise to me in all of this, more than how easy i’ve found it and even my desire to not eat meat, but people’s genuine interest and acceptance of it all.