Updated: Aug 24, 2019
I chose to do Veganuary this year as not only was it something I wanted to try but I was almost there, to begin with in terms of eating. Over the years I have been taking the initiative to educate myself on where my food comes from and have found that in doing so I have been eating less meat with my meals and leaning more towards vegetarian foods. When Veganuary came up it was the last push for me to go the whole way and see if it was right for me. I grew up in a family that was very big on meat, every meal came with meat and every weekend was a big barbecue, it was a big part of my life growing up. At first, I thought it was going to be really hard but it wasn't, in fact, it was actually really easy and a fair deal less expensive then I thought. I have always been an animal lover but I was also one of those people who thought it would be expensive being vegan but that's only when you look at in terms of vegan ready meals and such, which is what I'm told is right, not many vegans buy them on a regular basis and instead prefer to make their own meals from scratch. I really enjoyed making my own meals from scratch and there are some delicious recipes out there for vegans, you are not as restricted to what you can eat as you may first think. I thought I would miss some of the foods I used to eat but there are vegan alternatives to pretty much everything and some of the vegan alternative taste a million times better, well at least I think so. I'm particularly loving Amy's Kitchen vegan lasagna, I haven't been making my own lasagna yet but I will do it soon. After spending a month being vegan I have to say I feel great, my skin hair nails and body feels great. No more bloated feelings that I used to get after a big meat dinner and I wake up feeling like I have a lot more energy. I will never be one of those vegans who criticize others for their lifestyle choices or tries to jam my ideas in front of them so I rather expect others, everyone has to right to make their own choices and I respect that. Though if anyone were to ask about how it is being vegan all I can do is be truthful and say is that for me it was liberating. Not only am I not contributing to the cruelty that is the animal industry but I am taking into consideration what goes into my body and home so I feel great. Overall Veganuary was rather enjoyable, so much so that I plan on continuing being vegan as well as educating myself more and further expanding my vegan recipe collection as well as finding vegan alternatives to all the other products in my house.
Did you participate in Veganuary? How did you go?