In both an effort to lose weight, feel healthier, and out of sheer curiosity, I decided to try out the vegan diet. I haven’t been feeling so great the past few weeks. I’ve been having a lot of nausea and intense burning in my stomach, it’s been horrible. I had been interested in the many benefits of a vegan diet for a while and I thought now would be as good a time as any to try it out. I figured I would try it for a week to see how I liked it; maybe it would even help me feel a little better, couldn’t hurt, right?
I don’t eat much meat to begin with and I stay away from dairy because I’m lactose intolerant, so I didn’t think this would be too hard for me to accomplish. But as I soon found out, being vegan means being very careful about every little thing you buy and eat. Some things that you wouldn’t at first glance think about as being non-vegan, are. If any product you buy is made with the tiniest bit of milk, eggs, or honey…boom, not vegan. I eat pretty healthy to begin with, mostly whole foods and anything packaged I always read the ingredients list to ensure its made of good, healthful ingredients. But now I found myself having to watch even more closely.
I decided to plan out all my meals for the week and make a big shopping trip to get everything I’d need. I knew my best bet would be to prepare as much as possible. So I perused Pinterst and found some great recipes, made up a shopping list and headed to the store. Like I said, you have to be very careful about everything you buy when you’re trying to maintain a vegan diet. You can tell if something is vegan by looking at the ingredients but one thing I found pretty helpful as well is my “Fooducate” App, I put in my dietary preferences that I was vegan, so every time I scanned an item it would tell me if it was vegan or not. I love this app, it’s really helpful to make good healthy choices at the grocery store and even offers alternatives to any product you scan that might not be so good for you.