Monday, 12 February 2018

My (honest) First 3 Months Vegan

For World Vegan month in November, I decided to go vegan. It was the second time in 2017 that I went vegan having completed Veganuary in January.
In January, I always knew I'd go back to being a vegetarian and I was fine with that. I have wanted to go vegan for years and knowing what happens to male chicks, male calves and how the chickens and cows are treated, I felt that I couldn't participate anymore. After a couple of heated debates on Facebook, I felt more determined than ever to go vegan so I entered November with every intention on remaining vegan. So how have my first 3 months vegan gone?
My (honest) First 3 Months Vegan+
My (honest) First 3 Months Vegan+
I struggle to put on weight and drop weight easily. This may sound like most women's dream but it is not my dream. I need to put on weight due to various health reasons. Going vegan, I was expecting some weight loss and knew I'd have to be really wise with my food choices. It has now been just over 3 months since and the last time I was weighed at hospital, I had maintained my weight. My blood results were all good so I am going in the right direction health wise.

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Has is been difficult? No. Compared to all my failed attempts, for me, it has been an easy step. I put this down to three key factors:

1. Veganism has skyrocketed, making it easier than ever! My nearest shop is 2 miles away. Despite living in the middle of nowhere, vegan options are available. Obviously fruit, veg, grains and pulses (the bulk of a healthy vegan diet) can be bought almost everywhere, but I adore faux-meat. My town sells a few Linda McCartney products and if we travel further out, I can usually pick up a couple of things in my larger Tesco. I go to uni in Cardiff near a giant Tesco which also helps a lot.
Due to the increasing popularity of an ethical, vegan diet, I can eat in almost any restaurant. Even Pizza Hut do vegan cheese now and their "bacon bits" in the salad bar are vegan too. Amazing!

2. I have been part of the cruelty-free blogger network for years now so I have many supportive vegans on my Twitter feed and have read many posts about all different aspects of veganism. I also joined 'Gloucestershire Vegans' on Facebook. These online supports have been so helpful. Not sure if somethings vegan? Feeling bad for making a mistake? Want to eat out locally with the family? No problem. There's always someone to help judge-free. In fact, I'd recommend all veg-curious to join their local counties vegan Facebook group.

3. Prior to going vegan, I had been consuming plant-milks for years and only ate cheese on a pizza. I also didn't eat eggs except in products. I would even describe my diet as around 85% vegan. My downfall was Quorn, some crisps, biscuits and the rare piece of chocolate - Junk food. Did I want to give up junk food? Definitely not! I love crisps. I just check the packets now (something I'm used to as companies are always changing their ingredients). It has made me cut down which is a positive thing, but I still enjoy my favourite salt and vinegar Walkers Squares. Quorn have even released vegan sandwich slices recently which will make my lunchbox happy again.
ASDA Meat-Free Popcorn Chicken
ASDA Meat-Free Popcorn Chicken
Korean Fried Cauliflower Balls
Korean Fried Cauliflower Balls
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Have I made mistakes? Yes. Am I kicking myself about them? Nope!
In the first or second week of going vegan, I cooked a vegan Quorn spicy "chicken" burgers next to my mums regular Quorn chicken burger. As I was eating, I was surprised at how un-spicy my burger was. We had got our burgers muddled. Throwing away the rest of the burger would have been wasteful so I ate it and just made sure not to repeat that mistake.

My partner bought me a wicker weaving day for Christmas (so relaxing and fun!), ran by his veggie band-member friend. He made us some toast from some local, delicious looking bread. Before I had the chance to say, he had buttered every slice. I didn't want to be rude at his generosity of sharing his bread so I ate it. He also made us tea with plant-milk, sweetened with honey. He has already added it before I could say anything and would have felt very rude asking him to chuck it away and make me a new cup. I am ok with this.

I still have a body lotion, shampoo and an almost empty lipbalm containing honey. I enjoy using them and will continue to use them until they run out. Will I buy more? Of course not. I have done quite a bit of research on the honey industry since going vegan and have been shocked at what I have discovered so I will definitely not be buying anymore.


Little mistakes are what makes us human. It is how we learn from these mistakes that matter most.
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Finally cruelty-free <3
Finally cruelty-free <3
Whilst some may disagree, I believe my first 3 months as a vegan have gone very well. Better than I ever expected. I am enjoying making vegan foods and sharing it with my omnivorous and vegetarian family. I just need to perfect those Yorkshire puddings and I'll be sorted! My next 3 months will be focused on getting my nutrition spot on.

Are you a vegan? If so, when did you become vegan and why? If you are not vegan, have you ever tried going vegan? What made you stop?


Helen x 


+ Photo by Miika Laaksonen

13 comments:

  1. Well done on three months vegan! I have been vegan for 10 years and I agree that there is no point being upset about the little slip ups. I think every vegan has been there! I am glad you are finding it easy this time round :)

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    1. Thank you very much. I love that my family are all trying more vegan food too. So delicious!

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  2. I've been vegan for nearly two years and I couldn't be happier or healthier. I adore that you've turned vegan and that you're loving it, I wish more people would become vegan. Thank you for sharing 🌸✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie x | www.alishavalerie.com

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    1. Thank you. More and more people are becoming vegan by the day which is just fantastic. Hopefully one day we will stop abusing animals for our tastebuds.

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  3. This is a brilliant post, Helen! I love reading other people's reflections on going vegan! I tried veganism for the first time in January for veganuary and really enjoyed it, right now I am eating up any non-vegan products that I happen to have in my house and only purchasing vegan options to make the switch more permanent! I did lose a bit of weight when I first started vegan January but my body has adjusted and I'm finding it easier to maintain now! I'd love to see more updates from you in future so please keep going with them!

    Abbey xx http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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    1. Thank you for this lovely comment. I intend on writing more updates as time goes by and other relevant vegan-daily occurrences of interest.

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  4. That’s so dope. I hope to one day switch over to veganism completely. Right now I try not to eat meat and I’ve already substituted from cows milk a long long time ago! Almond and silk milk is the way to go. I’m trying to be more on a plant based food diets which can be super fun. You’ve inspired me and thanks for the honesty. You seem to have lots of support and that’s great. My boyfriend doesn’t eat meat at all and hopes to be vegan fully so I kind of have that support in a sense lol. Great post

    KeepingupwithMJ.com

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    1. That is amazing! Good on you and your partner. Reducing your consumption is really great. It took me a long time reducing until I felt ready enough to finally just do it. Even if you can just be totally vegan 1 day a week, that is a positive step in the right direction.

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  5. It sounds like you’ve done incredibly well. I’ve heard lots of people say about the weight loss in the first few months. I’m sure everyone makes mistakes for a while. It’s easily done

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    1. Thank you. Small mistake a do not bother me. They are irritating but there's no point worrying about it. If I can avoid the same mistakes in the future then that is what I'll do.

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  6. I think its good that you have stuck with it. I could go veggie but not vegan

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    1. I'm pretty certain every vegan has said something along the lines of "I could never go vegan" before. I know I did haha.
      If you look into animal agriculture, it becomes very difficult very quickly to continue putting your tastebuds before the suffering that goes on - to the animals, the environment and your health.

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  7. Our backgrounds sound so similar -- maybe it's time for me to fully switch to a vegan diet! You make it sound so much easier, and I know I love the majority of vegan food I've tried and made myself so it wouldn't be that big a change for me. Thanks for sharing :)

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