Dare to eat

Dare to Vegan – Part V. Final week and afterthoughts

The final week (and a half, really) were slightly different to the rest of the month only because I went away for a couple days. I needed a break and booked a mini city trip to Liège where I was actually forced to eat vegan out of the house, something I’d been avoiding up until then. I did my research, though, and found a lovely vegan place near the cathedral called Terre Mère, which had the most delicious vegan burgers and salads. Other than that I mostly stuck to bread, hummus and salads which are easy to find wherever you go these days. I don’t think I tried any amazing new recipes, mostly I stuck to the same favorites and a lot of fresh fruit (melons and mangos were on sale <3).

In the end, going vegan wasn’t nearly as difficult as I had anticipated, but it did make me feel a lot more energetic and just healthier overall. I ended up losing about a kg per week throughout the month and I also finally started to see the difference in the mirror which feels pretty good. I’m now down 13kg since the beginning of the year and I really do feel a lot better. I’m sure not all of it is related to veganism, but slowly cutting out meat and dairy definitely did have some influence.

Which leads me to the big question: Will I remain a vegan? Short answer: no. To be honest, I don’t think there is anything inherently wrong or unhealthy about having some meat and dairy, emphasis on some. I also genuinely love having a good piece of meat, fish or cheese every so often and while I know I can go without, I prefer not to. What I will keep on doing is mostly eat vegan at home and save the non-vegan stuff for when I’m out visiting people or going out to restaurants. That way I can have the best of both worlds.

I do have to admit I already had a (vegetarian) pizza yesterday which, interestingly enough, made me feel very sluggish and tired almost immediately. My stomach also had some issues adjusting to it though it was nothing too bad. This does reinforce my feelings that, a mostly plant-based diet is the way to go for me. Like I said, though, I just love eating too much to go 100% vegan, 100% of the time.

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