As embarrassing as this is to admit I truly believe that you cannot grow unless you are open about your failures.
I have been vegan – twice.
The first time was a transition from eating no red meat to then cold turkey a vegan diet. It lasted for maybe 5 months – which is a long time for when you are first starting out on something new. The thing is, I was oh so so excited when I first made the transition. It was great – I made all my own meals and for the most part my parents weren’t too against it. That being said they weren’t all for it. So here I am a little vegan for quite a while but eventually the love and passion began to fade. My diet became everyone’s bloody business and when there is no one who understands what you are doing you can feel extremely alienated. Not to mention the horrible feeling that you are a burden to whomever invites you over for dinner. Furthermore, when you are still living at home and in high school well its difficult because you don’t want you parents to have to spend extra money on you and your “special foods”. Additionally, being vegan can get lonely – when literally no one you know in person understands. They all say “wow I could never give up X” – whether its bacon or cheese.
Even so, the benefits of being vegan are amazing ! And trust me I totally understand the environmental footprint, the ethical footprint and the health benefits.
I am in a complete battle with myself – I love the idea of being vegan but to actually be vegan is a whole other sacrifice.
The second time I went vegan lasted about 4 months. I went to a dietician and she told me that I have hyperglycemia. She wasn’t against being vegan – she was actually really surprised at how well I was eating as a vegan. But she said that I had to have a palm size of protein with each meal. Now, I know all you vegans will probably be yelling at the screen – But Bella it is so so so easy to get protein as a vegan. The thing is, yes it is but when you are being told by a professional that you need a palm size of pure protein with each meal – tofu and beans just are not enough. One you get bored, two tofu is extremely shitty on your hormones and three beans aren’t so good in the gas region….
Also when you go to school like I do and are in your last years of school like I am it is hard to find the time to even make food let alone plan out delicious and vegan meals that have all the substantial nutrients that you need.
So here I am a year later – still feeling crappy about both my body and my diet.
I seriously want to go full vegan and you can’t say that I haven’t tried.
So calling all you wonderful plant eaters – what are some tips that maybe I haven’t tried yet ?