Okay, so my new meat and dairy-free change didn’t go as planned. Although I attempted the vegan challenge twice already, which lasted for 1-2 months (not bad!), it was still tough to redo it.
I would start my mornings just fine with toast and avocado spread. But then it will just go downhill from here. I find myself snacking on lemon yogurt, which is obviously not the dairy-free kind or chew on some rich chocolates. My first week on pushing myself to consume no animal products was bad.
Going VEGAN for 3 days and counting!
But wait I didn’t give up. I slowly eliminated one animal product after another from my diet, and now I’ve been practicing a plant-based diet for 3 days already! And I feel really good.
It wasn’t necessary hard to cut out the things from my diet, but it wasn’t easy either. It took some willpower, creativity and imagination when eating a plant-based diet and preparing vegan meals. The idea of cooking vegan dishes can appear very boring and bland at first, but with the right spices and seasonings it can be quite fun and exciting to do so. When I prepare a vegan dish, I would treat all the ingredients like in a regular meat dish- the only thing to remember is that a these ingredients needs more love- so don’t be afraid to hold back on the seasonings and spices.
What do I eat as a vegan?
In the mornings I usually start of my apple-cider lemon drink. I prepare this drink by putting 2 tablespoons of apple-cider vinegar, a squeeze of lemon juice, honey to sweeten it or any other sweetener is good, a dash of cinnamon, some ice cubes and water. You could either drink it cold or hot, I like mine cold. It tastes like an Iced tea. There are a lot of proven benefits of apple cider vinegar such as lowering blood sugar levels and cholesterol. Since it lowers blood sugar and insulin levels, there is no surprise that this drink keeps me full in the mornings. I’ve been eating much less in comparison to before. You should definitely give this detox drink a try.
For lunch and dinner, I usually eat more or less the same things. I usually cook a big pot of a particular dish that could last me for 2-3 days. I don’t mind eating left-overs and this way I don’t have to worry about what to cook next. I have been eating a lot of rice with lentils and avocado lately. I also like to add some soy-sauce to flavour my meal. The other day, I prepared red curry with lentils, potatos and corn, which was soo tasty and filling. Sweet-potatos and yams are my go-to snack. They are not only sweet and starchy, but are packed with so many health benefits and micronutrients.
As of right now, I don’t think I’ll stop my vegan days. I actually enjoy eating this way and my digestion has definitely getting better since. I realized that vegan food is simple and delicious at the same time. Stay tuned for more updates!
Have a great start into the week!