It’s over! My thirty days of being vegan are done. And I must say, it wasn’t all that bad. So I thought it might be fun to do a little recap and tell you all about how my last weeks were.
The one question I get a lot now that the Vegan Challenge is over, is if I really didn’t eat any animal product at all during those thirty days. Unfortunately I cannot say I did. I ate an oliebol accidentally and at one point I got pretty sick and my throat felt like it was being stabbed by knives, so I put some honey in my tea. It was the only thing that helped so I’m sorry cute little bees!
So yeah, I didn’t succeed but I think I got close enough. I did learn a lot about being vegan and why we should all start eating more plants and less animals. If you’re interested too by the way, I have some very nice book tips for you. Like 20 Dagen Vegan, Plant Power and De Vegarevolutie. These are all books that explain a lot about why eating just plants is a right choice, what it does for the environment and your body and – maybe the most handy thing – how you can eat vegan easily.
So of course being vegan is not all sunshine and happy faces. There are some I came across that I didn’t like. For example going out to dinner to celebrate my parents wedding and not being able to enjoy desert or a delicious latte after. Or that time I got sick and someone suggested it was probably because I ate ‘funny’. Also, I don’t like explaining or even defending myself all the time. “Why eat vegan? You can’t eat anything anymore! You need the protein.”
I found out lots of people think of vegans as extremist, whiny people that complain about everything and never eat anything. Which of course is not true. I still could eat cookies (hello Oreo’s!), ice cream (I love you Prof. Grunschnabel) and cheese (yay Wilmersburger). Also, when my brother celebrated his birthday I made a delicious coconut pie that indeed was vegan. I can assure you, I could be an obese vegan. Easily.
Conclusion? After three days of shamelessly stuffing myself with cheese, milk chocolate and a milkshake I decided I’m going AVAP. Say what? As Vegan As Possible. At this point I’m simple too… let’s call it ‘lazy’ to eat a hundred percent vegan. But as I said, I learned a lot this past month and I believe in the power of plants now so I might not be totally vegan when there’s a birthday cake or ice cream dessert in front of me. Or when my mom made a home cooked meal or I eat at my friends.
If there is a vegan choice however, I will choose it. And I will be a vegetarian from now on. Babysteps, I call them.