Anyone else feel like it’s been January for like 6 months?! It’s always such a long month full of daunting tasks like paying off Christmas, attempting to stick at New Years Resolutions and waiting five weeks until the next pay day. Ugh. It’s just a bit rough.
So if you didn’t know already, I decided to kick of the new year with a bit of a health kick by participating in Veganuary, which basically involves going vegan for a month. No meat, no dairy, no animal products. At the start of the month I did a blog post on how I felt about my post-baby body, and let you all in on how much I weighed right at the start of the year. For this post, I thought I’d just give you a little update on how my vegan month has gone, how I’ve found it, and whether I’ve lost any weight (drum roll please…) Surprisingly, I’ve really enjoyed eating vegan this month. Dan is dairy free anyway, so giving up dairy wasn’t really that hard for me because we just don’t keep things like cheese and regular milk in the house. Meat also wasn’t too hard for me to give up either – I have this thing where I’m like overly paranoid that I’m going to get food poisoning from chicken, and that’s kind of 90% of our meat intake so it was like having a weight lifted more than anything…
My favourite thing about Veganuary was having ‘picky’ style lunches. I can never really decide what I want to eat on a normal day (thanking pregnancy for that), so having a big variety of stuff on my plate for lunch kinda solved that problem for me. I also discovered the best hummus I think I’ve ever tasted, so that’s here to stay too.
To address the elephant in the room – did I stick to it? Well, no. And here’s my justification. At the beginning of the month, as some of you may know, I was a bit poorly. Basically had a cold/flu type thing, but when I’m ill, ALL I want is comfort food. So did I give in to a Chicken Bhuna from our local curry house? Yes I did. And towards the end of the month, I was poorly again (FFS January)– this time I had a pretty bad sickness bug that knocked me sideways for a number of days. I tried to heal my stomach with all of the Vegemite on toast my body would take, but nothing would settle my stomach. So did I give in to a McChicken Nugget meal? Yes I did. And did it absolutely heal my tummy? Yes it did. It was quite miraculous. Oh the healing powers of McDonalds. And since then, I’ve been away with friends for a weekend, and if I’m totally honest, I have not eaten vegan.
Here’s what I’m taking from my month of veganism. I’m going to continue to keep limited dairy products in the house. I will still drink Almond Milk instead of cow’s milk, still no cheese (I’m honestly OK without it), and I actually prefer dark chocolate. When I cook at home, unless I really fancy it, I’m just not going to have meat. It saves us money, and actually I’ve found some really nice recipes that I prefer to recipes with meat in. But if I go out for a meal with friends and I fancy a big greasy burger, I’m going to have it. And I’m not going to make myself feel bad about it. I feel like some vegan is better than no vegan. Baby steps.
And here’s the real reason I want to carry on with these habits. This month I have managed to lose 5lbs! Which may not sound like a lot, but considering that I’m pretty sure my body just does not lose weight, I’m pretty chuffed with that. Long may it continue to decline until I am back to my pre-pregnancy weight and can squeeze my arse back into my Topshop skinny jeans.
So there it is. The whole truth about my month of Veganism. I have found it’s just helped me to make healthier food choices and as a result, I feel a lot better.
I did a little ‘what I eat in a day’ video over on my YouTube channel, so if you fancy checking out some of the recipes I tried in video form, you can watch it here: