Whole Foods Veganism – Update

So, almost two weeks ago now, I made a post on this blog about deciding to go entirely wholefoods vegan for January. It was one of my first posts here and I was extremely optimistic about it.

In this post, I’m coming clean about the fact that it hasn’t been entirely going to plan.

Now, it hasn’t been a complete disaster. I’ve definitely been eating considerably better over the past few weeks, and I haven’t been bingeing and using food as a crutch, or starving myself the way I would have done a while ago under similar circumstances. I’ve been eating tons of fruit and veg and I’ve also stopped snacking on anything that’s extremely sugary and/or processed, which I’m quite proud of.

The fact of the matter is, I just haven’t been feeling great recently. January is always a difficult month for me and my mental health is something that I struggle with. Transitioning to veganism two years ago really helped me with my depression (which I might write a post about soon), and travelling, therapy, and working out have done wonders for my anxiety. However, I still have depression and anxiety and, although I’m better and dealing with them now, they’re always there, running in the background.

Because of this, it’s been tough to find the energy to make sure that everything I eat is a whole food. I haven’t been able to find it in me to really care that much if I eat something with olive oil or something that’s a white carbohydrate. Making sure that I actually eat decent meals at normal times when I’m feeling low is a challenge in itself, let alone making sure that what I eat fits in with a set of rules that I’m unfamiliar with.

Being mostly wholefoods vegan (by which I mean about 95% of the time) is a goal of mine and it’s definitely something I’ll try to achieve by the end of the year. However, I think I would benefit from easing myself into it and giving myself time to get used to it, rather than trying to go all in and feeling like a failure when it doesn’t work, which is kind of what’s happening here.

I’m also heading up to London this weekend and I’ll want to be able to eat at my favourite vegan places there. It’s something that I’m really looking forward to and it’s helping me with the fact that I’m feeling quite grim in general.

I’ll for sure be continuing to explore different wholefood recipes and integrating them into my life, but I think I threw myself in at the deep end with trying to do it for the entirety of this month and I feel like a bit of an idiot.

Thank you for reading this blog post, if you’re here it means a lot to me.

5 thoughts on “Whole Foods Veganism – Update

  1. I feel you! I’ve been trying to do a moderate low carb/vegan diet for January (I’m normally a pretty standard vegetarian foodie) and while the vegan part has gone great, the low carb part is so hard! In general though, I definitely have been eating better which is the most important thing! I think you can definitely reach your goals by the end of the year, but it’s so hard to try to do it all at once!

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    1. Ahhh low carb diets are definitely challenging. My mum cut out carbohydrates completely a few years ago and it was difficult for her at first, but she finds it extremely easy now. Well done for your success with veganism though, that’s something to be proud of! Wishing you the best of luck going forward 🙂

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  2. Cutting out things are always difficult from the get-go because your body knows it can’t have it so it constantly craves it. Our modern world diets are also centered around sugars and ingredients which don’t exist in natural food but our bodies have come to depend on them. I tried a detox a couple of years ago which was aimed at only eating wholefoods and it was just too much. I felt hungry and lethargic a lot and it just wasn’t sustainable. I also became very bored of eating the same thing so often because so many things were ‘not allowed’. It’s great that you’re giving it a go but don’t beat yourself up for not taking to it like a duck to water. Maybe if you focused on doing 3 days a week for now to introduce your body slowly, it would give your mind a chance to adapt too. Good luck and let me know how you get on!

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    1. Yeah, I really feel my body craving sugar sometimes, especially over the past few days. Introducing myself to a wholefoods diet slowly is definitely what I intend to do from now onward. Thanks so much for your comment and I hope you have a lovely day!

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