Soooo I did a thing. A thing that I did once before back in high school, but not to the same extent. For the past two weeks I have been completely plant based. I started by committing to two weeks because I wanted to set a realistic goal I knew I could complete. A couple things happened throughout the last two weeks I believe are important to know for anyone who is thinking of going vegan.

- I really enjoy this definition of Veganism by the Vegan Society -

"Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose. From 'junk food vegans' to raw food vegans, and everything in between, there's a version of veganism to suit everyone.

Now, just to be clear, my vegan journey the last two weeks only consisted of the food parts not the clothing part. I have been wanting to convert to a completely cruelty free, non-toxic lifestyle but... one thing at a time. 

5 Great Things 

 I stopped overeating.

- My meals leave be satisfied and not disgustingly full.

Food becomes simple.

- Weird I know, you probably think it would make it more complex.. but no. When I make meals for myself the ingredients are simple and its easy in my head to not overthink food.  I have been seeing food as nourishment rather than something I like to do... all the time haha.

Less bloat than usual

- Contrary to what you may think, the amount of vegetables I have been eating are not bloating me. I actually feel lighter and healthier throughout the day. Everything moves well.

You are not alone

- You realize how many people are doing this, and how accessible it is as long as you are open to trying new things. 

& there is a lot of support out there. The vegan community knows how great it makes you feel, so all they want is to see other people enjoy that feeling.

5 Things To Get Used To

Taking the time to really look for vegan products

- This can be tricky naturally, but is why my meals have become more simple. My mom and I found ourselves often wishing there were a completely vegan market near us. I assume overtime I will find products I like that are completely vegan, it is just hard to weed through all the non-vegan stuff out there.

Some people will judge you

- There will always be people who judge everything you do. Going vegan is no different. Some people are passionate about their meat and will defiantly express it. My advice is just to ignore it and laugh it off. (you're the one winning in the long run hehe)

Being open to eating different foods.

- Typically I am very open to trying new things but I need to get used to eating more salad. I used to love salads but lately I just don't have a taste for them. 

Communicating your preferences to waiters, servers, grocery people etc.

- You gotta be confident in your decision because you will be discussing menus and ingredients when you go out to eat or are at an event. You can't really be picky all the time with these things. Again just make it simple.

Not turning to carbs ugh

- I found myself turning to carbohydrates way more than before. It is easy just to make some pasta or rice and beans.

What Now?

 I am going to be continuing this lifestyle, but with my own modifications. Day to day I plan on staying completely vegan. But, every now and then I will not turn down the occasional egg breakfast or sushi dinner. I think for me it is important to keep these two aspects of my diet being as practical as possible and to their minimum.

I am a strong believer in letting yourself do/ have things that make you happy, and sushi does that for me.  I won't take it out completely but I will let myself have those foods every once and awhile.

 I truly believe there is a way for anyone to convert to a vegan lifestyle that is practical for them. I feel energized, happy, and overall lighter only feet. When I decided to go vegan my whole mindset changed. I found the focus I had lost since the end of the school year and the energy and passion that was so firey in me before. I am very thankful I tried this and and excited to continue. 

Keep checking back for more recent versions of this article as the journey is always changing.