So, I’m “going vegan” for a month. This month, specifically.
Back in September, I got a press release informing me that November is World Vegan Month. “Hm,” I thought, as a fledgling idea popped into my brain.
Eat vegan for World Vegan Month.
And then – because I’d about it – I basically had to see it through. Because that’s how my brain works.
I’m going to post a lot about this during the month:
- what I expect/hope to get out of it
- my worries/doubts/concerns
- any challenges I come up against
- tips/recipes/brilliant ideas* I come up with (*if relevant)
- what I learn from this experience
- whether my macros have to change and/or how difficult it is to keep them the same
- whether or not I’ll stay eating vegan afterwards
I’m also planning on interviewing a few vegan athletes, bodybuilders, and generally sporty people so you can get some really useful and substantial advice from people who are actually real vegans!
A quick note before we go on: no, I am not a vegan. I am doing this as a personal experiment. That doesn’t mean I think veganism is a joke. I will be taking this seriously during the month, avoiding any animal products, and eating/drinking only 100% vegan. I won’t be extending my temporary veganism to leather or anything like that. (I’m not planning on buying any shoes or handbags in November anyway tbh). I will not be getting into any discussions or debates about the ethical side of veganism. It’s beyond the scope of this blog series. Please trust that I am a decent person, I care about the environment, I love animals, and I won’t even kill a wasp 😉
My initial thoughts as my first day of veganism comes to a close.
These are in no particular order; I’m really tired and want to get this post up.
- If you haven’t prepared for veganism, you won’t have much to eat. Obvious, perhaps, but I discovered this by lunchtime today. Breakfast was barely different to normal (my usual “protein porridge” but without the splash of liquid egg whites, and with a vegan blend protein powder instead of whey. I use this vegan protein powder from Bulk Powders – who kindly sent me it in support of this blog series. I will do a review another time). If you’re going vegan, go food shopping first, and cook up some beans and pulses!
- It is more of a challenge to eat protein (than on a non-vegan diet). This is because vegan proteins are all “connected” to other macros. So if you just ate chicken (say), that would be mostly protein with a tiny bit of fat. White fish would be basically pure protein. Egg whites are also pure protein. But there seem to be very few pure protein sources from plants. Most of them are also quite carby. This is fine, it just means you need to think a bit differently about meeting your macros.
- Food shopping is an eye opener. I dashed to Tesco after training tonight, because I had no vegan food ready for dinner. Shopping for vegan food really made me realise how people might feel when they first start “eating healthy”. You have to think hard about everything. Read labels. Compare things. My subsequent vegan shopping trips will be much faster, but this one took ages! And even things you assume are vegan – like Quorn – are not, unless specifically labelled as such. There were vast areas of Tesco that were totally irrelevant to me as a vegan shopper. Most of it, actually, apart from the fresh fruit and veg part.
- Thank god I really like vegetables, salad, and fruit.
Here are the questions I hope to answer by the end of this vegan month:
- did I feel any healthier eating 100% vegan?
- am I sleeping better?
- has my body changed at all (composition and/or size?) I’ll be weighing myself and taking waist measurements
- is my training performance affected at all (better/worse)?
- do I feel hungrier?
- how easy (or not) is it to hit my normal macros? and, if I can’t, how do I feel/perform/look on the new macros?
- what kind of recipes/meals do I end up cooking, and will I keep any of them in my regular diet?
- will I carry on with all or any of my vegan food choices after 30th November
Right, I’m going to bed!
Also… if at any point you realise that I’ve totally screwed up and eaten something that’s not actually vegan, please for the love of God tell me gently. I don’t think I can take it! 😉
Nicola Joyce – the Fit Writer – is a freelance copywriter and journalist with 13 years experience in writing content and direct response copy for the fitness industry. Get in touch via Facebook, by sending a message here.