In case you missed it, last week I went full vegan. I posted a video about it on my channel here:
Don't worry, this blog isn't going to become a fully on vegan blog and I'm not going to only be posting vegan recipes and the sort. I don't even know if I will stay vegan for the long term, but in the now, I'm excited to connect with the community.
Here are things I've learned so far:
1) Being vegan isn't a magical weight loss cure. In fact, it's super easy to overeat on a vegan diet.
2) Do your research about vegan food before you jump in. That may seem silly, but as I was trying to cut down on animal products previously, I didn't really think about food alternatives and nutrition sources. So, do your research!
3) Being vegan doesn't cut out your refined sugar supply, so it isn't a quick fix for cutting out refined sugar. Lots of junk food is unintentionally vegan (hello Oreos and Bourbons!), so you still have to exercise self-control.
4) There are lots of vegan options if you just look. I just went out for a meal at TGI Friday's, and though I kind of missed the cheesy nachos, I didn't really eat that much differently than I would before I made the leap.
5) There are so many types of vegans and veganism. You'll never be vegan enough for some people, and for those who believe in the woo that veganism cures autoimmune disorders, you'll also never be the right vegan to cure your issues--unless you happen to go into remission during your time as a vegan.
Those are my reflections for now. As I'm learning more, I love sharing, so maybe I'll do one post a week about veganism to keep it balanced...but I'm not promising as I find I make these promises and shit does not happen. Sorry about that.
What have you learned from being vegan, if you are? What have you learned from going back to animal products if you are a former vegan? (No judgement here, I think everyone's life is their own.)