January 2019 marks two years since I finally transitioned to veganism, after taking part in Veganuary on a whim and almost immediately noticing the difference in my physical and mental well-being. These past two years have had their ups and downs, trials and tribulations, but I wouldn’t trade the personal growth that I have made during this time for anything in the world. For me veganism is and has always been a journey. I have had moments of weakness, I admit that I have given into temptation and deeply regretted it a couple of times. I have certainly had my low points, but I’ve always been able to drag myself out of them and resolve that I can and will be a stronger and better person. My one crutch during these times though, my sweet and savoury safety blanket, has been this; vegan junk food.
Which makes what I’m pledging to do now even harder.
I’ve decided that to honour the two year anniversary of me making that life changing decision, I’m going to go the extra mile and see where it takes me.
For a while now I’ve been aware of the fact that a wholefoods vegan diet is one of the healthiest ways to fuel your body, as well as having a much more minimal impact on the environment. I’ve known this, and I’ve made a concerted effort to include as many wholefoods into my diet as possible, and yet I’ve still never been able to push myself all the way. The call of vegan ice cream and chocolate is always too strong for me to resist. Fried potatoes are my kryptonite. Veggie burgers visit me in my dreams.
For the sake of my health, the planet, and my waistline, I’m going to cut out these things completely. At least for a month, let’s see how it goes.
I’m not certain what to expect from this or whether or not I’ll even be able to fully execute it. I know that I need to give up vegan junk food, but after that there seems to be a bit of a grey area regarding what is a whole food and what isn’t. Can I still eat hummus or brown bread? I’m confused. I’m giving myself a whole new set of rules to learn and I know that I’m going to make more mistakes.
By the end of January I hope to have more energy, and to feel cleaner from the inside. I really hope to reduce my cravings for junk food and start craving the things that my body actually needs. I also want to produce less waste, I’ll be making an effort to eat seasonal vegetables from my local greengrocer rather than overly-packaged veg from the supermarket.
I’ll make a post on this blog next month as a update to how I’ve been doing.
If you’re a wholefoods vegan yourself and you have any advice for me, please leave a comment! I would truly appreciate it.
Wish me luck!