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Wednesday, 13 April 2016

VEGANUARY 2016 | Three Months On

Earlier this year I took on the challenge of going vegan for a month and it was one of the toughest but most rewarding months of my life. 

No one was more surprised than me that I actually managed it - I actually managed to go a whole 31 days without meat or dairy - and this is coming from a girl who would happily stuff her face with a double cheese burger from Maccy D's each week without a second thought.

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After completing the challenge, I blogged about what would happen next. If I'm honest, I felt a little constricted. I wanted to stay vegan, but there were just some things that I couldn't give up completely, like my dads roast dinners and a curry on a Friday night. 

I vowed to attempt to be around 85% vegan - to make a conscious effort to be but not kick myself when I sometimes failed.

Have I stuck to this? Day to day - probably not. I find the hardest thing is when I have no dinner plans and it's late and making a quick run to Maccy D's is the easier option. But, I know that to prevent this happening, I just need to plan my meals better like I did in January and although I do this some weeks, other weeks I find it hard to find the time to sit down and do that.

I haven't given up my curries or roast dinners.

But overall, I am eating a lot more healthy and a lot more vegan. As a whole, I've cut down meat a lot and have found a good balance which is much better then the one I was on before I tried my vegan month.

My curries tend to be once a month now rather then once a week (I know, I know, that was really unhealthy) and now if I find myself without anything for dinner, rather then always driving to Maccy D's, for the most part I tend to make sure I have a couple of Avocado's sitting at home for some Avocado on toast which, isn't really a dinner, but is filling nonetheless.

I've found that my whole lifestyle has become healthier overall, especially when it comes to snacking. I'm still snacking on Nakd snacks and choosing healthier crisps (although not vegan) like Sunbites instead of Walkers for example. My lunches almost always consist of some salad now, whether that's thrown in with a cheese and onion sandwich or just some rocket salad on the side.

So in that sense, I suppose I'm in the mind set of the one I was when I finished Veganuary. I may not be 100% there yet, but I'm a hell of a lot healthier/closer to being Vegan then I was at the end of NYE when I stuffed my last sausage roll into my mouth drunkenly, knowing it would be the last for a long time.

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With that in mind, I do feel like I need a little push to just get to that point where I'm only eating meat maybe once a week, more so if I find myself in a situation where I'm out for dinner, and eating meat socially if that makes sense.

Especially since it's not long until my holiday and I want to feel more healthy and toned for that. So when Fry's Vegetarian got in touch to ask me if I wanted to take on their Fry's Family Food challenge of eating seven days of meat-free dinners, I just had to say yes,

I figured this would help transition me from being, let's face it, 50% Vegan/Veggie to 85% which is as much as I'd like to commit to right now.

I'm hoping that it will make me feel more positive about how my almost-vegan diet is going.

I'm also hoping by giving up meat for a full week, it will also help detox me a little and put me in the right frame of mind where afterwards I am introducing meat to my diet once or twice a week, rather then going from still eating meat to cutting it down.

I believe the transition will be a lot easier that way.

My challenge starts on Monday, so keep your eyes peeled for that!

But overall, I am fairly happy with my progress after Veganuary and I'm still glad I did it.


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