I’ve Been Plant-Based (Vegan) For The Past 3 Weeks – Here Are My Thoughts
Plant-Based diets or Veganism has been on the rise! To be honest, it’s begun to turn into a “trend” if you will, especially after the documentary “What The Health?” was released on Netflix.
And with veganism on this rapid rise, the food industry has been in a frenzy to keep up with it, which means that there are WAY more options for vegans/vegetarians than ever before!
I am sure we all know at LEAST one person who is vegan nowadays. Even professional athletes are switching to an all plant-based diet for performance purposes, which left my husband and I curious.
Don’t get me wrong- we have always been extremely healthy people, but we had not tried anything new in so long that we were eager to give it a go!
And honestly, this was kind of a “spur of the moment” thing right before we were going grocery shopping. Initially, we ended up deciding we were going to PLAN before jumping into this, so we waited another week to look into everything.
Here are some of my thoughts as I am 3 weeks and going strong into this lifestyle:
- Being vegan can be as expensive or cheap as you want it to be. That’s right, you read correctly! With this lifestyle being on the rise, there are more (affordable) options than ever but there are expensive options as well. You most DEFINITELY can make this fit to your budget (hello, hi, yes I am a huge bargain shopper).
- Have a PLAN before making this lifestyle change! We wanted to make sure we were getting COMPLETE proteins, all our vitamins and minerals, etc. We looked into many recipes and food combinations to make sure we would not end up deficient. Of course, at first, we tried to make the switch last minute (cue palm to face) which ended up with us having to wait another week. Looking back now, I am SO glad we pushed it back and planned more accordingly.
- PREP your food in advance! Especially as a beginner. It is hard to “wing” meals at the last second when you are a newbie to such a significant lifestyle change. Once you are accustomed to it after a few weeks, it’s easier to make last minute meals or get creative at the end of the week with just whatever is left in the fridge.
- Bloating has gone done SIGNIFICANTLY! We both agreed that we hardly ever bloat anymore like we used to, which is great because bloating can be so painful/uncomfortable!
- We both feel like we have more sustaining energy. We are definitely eating hardly any processed foods, and consuming more fruits & veggies, which is more than likely why we are feeling more sustained energy!
- Initially, you will have to constantly look things up to double check that if it is plant-based or not (like gum- uhm what?! Yup- some brands of gum are not vegan-friendly, and I am gum fanatic!), but once you get the hang of it then you are good to go!
- Be ready to go outside of your comfort zone- especially cooking wise! This my have been one of my favorite parts about this lifestyle: we’ve really had to step outside of our comfort zones and cook more than we normally did! I felt like this really pushed me to try new recipes and experiment more in the kitchen.
- Overall, I feel like this has been such a fun lifestyle for us! It has really pushed us to go outside of our comfort zone in terms of trying new foods, cooking, what to eat/drink on the weekends, etc.
It’s caused us to be more excited about trying different foods and recipes, and we are feeling even healthier than we were before from the inside out. I can 100% say that I am SUPER pleased that we decided to give it a go, as we have no plans to stop anytime soon. Although, I do not believe that ANY diet is superior than others: I think that there are SO many different approaches to a healthy diet, you just have to find what works for you!
I will say that I feel like we had an easy switch from being a healthy carnivores to healthy vegans and mainly because we already ate very healthy 90% of the time. That isn’t to say it’s impossible to go from a not-so-healthy lifestyle to veganism, but I will say I felt like we were at an advantage with the switch because we already had very clean diets prior!
With ANY diet you do, always remember baby steps! It NEVER has to be this big, dramatic change to your life that doesn’t make you happy or is not sustainable for you personally.
The moral of the story is this: in order to find something that you may like, you have to give it a try in the first place. It’s always a stressful trigger at first to go outside of your comfort zone, but you could be missing out on something that you would have loved in the end.
If you are thinking about trying a new diet, do it! You NEVER know, it could end up being EXACTLY what you needed!
Cheers to trying NEW things that push us outside of our comfort zones <3
Sidney Bitterle is a certified personal trainer with Teacup Wellness, specializing in fitness and weight loss. Sidney can help you overcome your personal obstacles and reach your wellness and fitness goals.****