Hey everyone and thank you for following me on this journey. If you’ve been following me on social media then you already know that I wasn’t able to complete my 30 day vegan diet challenge. I was only able to make it 13 days. This was not due to the fact that I was craving meat or anything of the sort. It was due to my own stupidity of buying one of my trigger foods.
By trigger foods, I mean a food that I will eat if it’s in my house. I stupidly bought Ben and Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk, 2 of them because they were BOGOF at my local super market. I don’t know why I bought them. Probably because I knew how good they would taste, despite how bad/calorically dense they are, let alone not being plant-based/vegan. FYI Ben and Jerry’s does have dairy free ice cream. I ate the Chunky Monkey version. It tasted good but not the same as the normal one, plus they were almost a dollar more and were not BOGOF!
At the end of day 13, after I had completed a 40 minute lifting session with my friend Erica and then walk/jogged the bridges ~3.5 miles with my friend Nicole, I pulled a pint of Ben and Jerry’s out of the deep freezer and devoured it all instead of having a post workout meal/dinner. That was not my intention at all. After that it was all down hill. The next day I ate the other pint of ice cream. This girl can eat some ice cream.
Since then I have not gone back to eating a vegan diet nor have I bought any more ice cream. Ice cream, quite possibly the combination of sugar and fat inside the ice cream, has an addicting effect on me. I wish I was one of those people who didn’t like sweets. You could put a bag of chips in front of me and I wouldn’t touch it, but put a cookie or pint of ice cream down and it’s game on.
One thing I have done is cut down significantly on the amount of dairy and meat that I consume. On most days I do not have any meat or dairy until dinner time. On the rare occasion that I do it’s because I had an egg in my breakfast burrito or I had yogurt as an afternoon snack.
Meal prepping as enabled me to significantly reduce the amount of meat and dairy that I consume and also has caused a decrease in my already low grocery bill! Vegetarian/Vegan food is not always more expensive than a regular western diet unless you chose to eat the processed meat replacement items. Some of them are quite tasty too and are super handy on the days that you don’t want to cook.
Today I ate entirely vegetarian, even when I went out to eat for dinner. I opted for a vegetarian pizza instead of a meat ladened one.
I’ve concluded that small steps work better for me as I make my way towards a vegan diet. If you were wondering, since starting and failing at a vegan diet I have maintained a 2# weight loss. I took initial measurements too, but I am going to wait on measuring again until I am able to sustain a vegan diet for some time.
In the up coming posts I am taking part in #BrunchWeek with a bunch of fellow bloggers. One post contains meat and dairy and the other containers dairy. Both were made last week. Both tasted delicious. I left one with my friend Erica for her and her husband to enjoy and the other my boyfriend took the leftovers for lunch.
I’m taking small steps in the hopes to make this a permanent lifestyle change. Follow my Instagram for a more depth look at my journey towards a vegan diet and lifestyle.