My First Week Vegan

I did it!!! I have completed the first week of my vegan challenge. I didn’t starve to death, I didn’t suffer epic food boredom.  And I didn’t cry over the cheese (OK maybe once). I packed away my leather boots, and have treated myself to some new Converse trainers.

It was a lot easier than I thought it would be. I signed up to the Vegan Society’s 30 Day Vegan Pledge, a great way to discover living a plant based diet and life of veganism with a daily email full of advice, recipes and inspirational memos. I did slip up a couple of times, caving into temptation (1 slice of margarita pizza and drinking gravy- something I love doing; not together, obviously). But I am not going to beat myself up over it. I did spectacularly for my first ever week, and I didn’t expect it to be that easy.

I have had great fun wandering the aisles in the supermarket, reading labels (this sounds like sarcasm, but it really isn’t) and I have had amazing support from some great vegan Facebook groups, some friends and even school gate mums who all have amazing advice and super shopping tips, such as great vegan treats that I never assumed were vegan (Jammie Dodgers. This is a dangerous vegan treat). My fridge has never been so full of brightly coloured fruit and vegetables. I am making smoothies for myself and the kids daily too. I haven’t made the kids or husband go vegan, but the girls are really enjoying making smoothies with me and they see it like a great treat, while I know it’s just a healthy drink for them. We have always done this so it isn’t something new that I have just started this week, But I have been experimenting with new fruits that I have never used before in my smoothies and vegan alternatives to milk and yoghurts.

I feel like I have spent a lot of time cooking this week, mostly as I am cooking up batches of various beans and pulses to keep lunches easy, while I juggle parenthood with 3 small children. In 7 days alone I have learnt so much and tried food that I had never even heard of before, such as quinoa- a lovely grain that is easy to cook, is very good for you and filling. I have found some eye-opening free online movies, such as Earthings (watch with caution, and pepare to be shocked) and have started to create a great bookmark of interesting websites. I even discovered Barnivore which shows me what alcoholic beverages are safe to drink (did you know some of your favourite tipples are filtered through fish guts? So f****ing gross).

I feel like I have a LOT of learning still to do, especially when it comes to discovering more of a  variety of foods and keeping things exciting. I am sure next week shall be even easier and I plan on trying some vegan baking and fun new recipes. I have a lot of learning to go, but I have felt very positive about my experience so far. Here’s to next week!

A Few Body Stats: Day 7

Weight: 10 st 12lb (< 4lbs)

BMI: 27.8 (< 0.5)

State of Mind and How I Feel: Great actually. I definitely have more energy and I have not had any real bad down days. I started Sertraline antidepressant for PND recently and I feel even better this week than when I was just on the tablets.

Skin: Still a little spotty, but I am PMS’y this week.




Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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