I’ve stayed mostly vegan for about 7 weeks. I did have a cheat day or dish here and there; sometimes, it’s hard when you are out with friends and scallops looks so tasty. So, like maybe once a week or so.
Plus, the first week or so was HARD. Genuinely HARD.
I was thirsty and incredibly hungry (and honestly, a little uncomfortable and bloated; whoops, tmi?). I was also bored, I felt like I was eating the same thing every day. Despite checking out tons of blogs and magazines, everything tasted like chili – a Mexican style chili, an Asian style chili – lots of beans and rice. Oh, and the cravings – I found the meat much easier to give up than the cheese. Maybe there is a little something to that addictiveness of cheese.
Around day 10, I started to feel much better. My belly was starting to handle the foods a little better. Plus, I figured out that I wouldn’t crave all the “bad” things if I was able to snack throughout the day. I brought apples with peanut butter, crackers made from beets to dip in hummus, and a few vegan breakfast bars with me to work. After some meal planning for lunches during the week, I had salads and leftovers that made it much easier to get through day. I began to actually craving the fruits and veggies, and could care less about meat and dairy.
All in all, my body loved being Vegan. My taste-buds eventually came around. It’s much easier than you think and it’s amazing for the world and your health. I want to keep at it long-term, but I see myself moving to a more flexible style diet. Where mostly vegan, with a side of vegetarian at home, but a little more freedom to try out chef’s creations.