A Week Living Vegan

Staring from Monday the 3rd of August, I challenged myself to go vegan for a week. A challenge with very little true reason, other than the fact I wanted to see if I actually could do it, because being a big meat-eater and dairy-lover makes me anything but a vegan!
Before I started I researched what I could and couldn't eat, and to my surprise there are actually are  a fairly large amount of products out there that are vegan - for example Kingsmill white bread, who knew! (there was me thinking it was only tasteless rye bread I'd have to live on!) To be honest, I'm quite open minded when it comes to food, I'll try anything and eat it if it looks nice. I've always been a lover of fruit and veg (I was the girl who got seconds on carrots in primary school!) meaning for this challenge I was actually looking forward, rather than dreading the lack of meat!
All week, a big love developed between me and Alpro Hazelnut milk - regular milk being an actually hate of mine (I only having it warm on cereal and in coffee - because you can't taste it) and I love nut flavoured things, therefore this will be something I'll actually carry on drinking!
With dairy alternatives, I found the brand Alpro in general to be a great discovery - their yogurts and milk made with soya tasted exactly the same as the regulars!

In terms of actual meals, stir fries, soups & Linda McCartney sausage sandwiches were eaten religiously. To be fair, I think the reason I loved this diet so much was because I was actually making myself homemade food every night, with sauces and fresh veg. I actually made the effort, a few nights to make homemade sweet potato fries and my god, they tasted like a gift from heaven!
All in all, whilst shopping for foods, almost all food is packages with the allergens highlighted in bold. Meaning, when I was shopping I'd pick something up, lets say Quorn sausages and look at the main ingredients; from that I'd be able to quickly see if there was milk included or anything along those lines!
For me, I proved to myself that I can live off the food of the earth, as opposed to the foods from animals, though it was only for a week, I've learnt so much and there are a few different foods that I'd never have tried otherwise! hazelnut milk and vegan sausages will definitely be staying in my everyday diet - as well as soya cinnamon lattes from Costa! - thanks vegan diet!!

1 comment

  1. I've wanted to do something similar for a long time. I've been a vegetarian for some time now and don't drink milk as I'm milk intolerant. The only thing that keeps me from going vegan is cheese. I think I'll accept the challenge when I've settled in my new apartment.