Hey y’all! Welcome to Little Things and Sunshine. I know it’s been forever since I’ve posted anything. I could blame this on school and numerous other things, but honestly I just haven’t felt very driven. Maybe it was just the mid-semester slump or something. Anyways, here I am moving forward again at full speed:) One of my goals for September was to go vegan for the month. Now I’m sure many of you are asking, “Why on earth would you do that!?”. Well before September began, I read a lot of articles and watched many videos about the vegan lifestyle and it’s pros and cons. My normal lifestyle being mainly plant-based, I figured it would be an interesting way to challenge myself without having to make many changes.
I honestly don’t have anything negative to say about the experience. Being vegan made me rethink the way I prepared and ate food. It was definitely much harder than I expected it to be. I couldn’t just go to the fridge and grab what was most convenient, but had to think through the ingredients and timing of my food. I also had the opportunity to try new foods such as tofu, tempeh, and almond milk yogurt. It was really fun to recreate some of my favorite foods, including brownies, ice-cream, pho, and alfredo, in a healthier and vegan style. Pinterest was definitely a lifesaver for times when I ran out of meal ideas. Eating vegan had a positive effect on my health and the way I look at food for sure.
Now the month is coming to a close and, no, I will not be going vegan permanently. It just wouldn’t be practical at this point. For me, continuing with a mostly plant-based diet that includes locally sourced animal products will be the best. I am blessed to live in an area where my family can purchase milk from a local creamery and eggs from a lady at our church. Because of that, I know that the animals producing those parts of my diet are in a happy, healthy environment. The products are also minimally processed if at all. Eating meat has never been a huge part of my diet and will continue to play a very small role.
My experiment really did teach me what it means to eat to fuel my body and not just curb hunger. I also had to learn to be ok with not eating a treat just because everyone around me was (a bad habit of mine). What do you think about “going vegan”? Let me know in the comments!
I hope you all have a great day! Get ready for many vegan friendly recipe ideas in the future;)
Disclaimer: I am a highschooler, not a doctor or nutritionist. My mother, who is a nutritionist, supervised and encouraged me throughout this entire process. Making a major lifestyle change, such as becoming vegan, can have a negative impact on your health if it is not executed correctly. This post is simply meant to inform you on my personal experience. Before making a diet change, please consult your doctor.