After coming onto the blogging scene i’m a lot more aware of vegans and their lifestyle. I follow quite a few bloggers who share vegan recipes and their experience with going vegan and how it’s affected their life, whether that be good or bad. I’ve never been vegan or vegetarian in my life but recently i’ve thought about trying a vegan based diet for a week in order to see if I could maintain. However, I hate most vegetables and looking into vegan recipes i’d have been eating just pasta and mushrooms for a whole week so instead I decided to Interview 2 of my blogging friends who are vegan and asked them the same questions to see how their lifestyles differ even though they follow the same diet. (All photos are either from Sophie or Sophie, so credit to them for their fab food photography!)
Sophie from Glowsteady
- Why did you choose to go vegan? For me it was mainly a health thing. I was never a vegetarian but I didn’t eat much meat (maybe once a week) and I was getting some rashes on my face. I realised they cleared up when I ate less dairy and slowly started to cut down subconsciously. When I moved home after uni I thought I’d try it for two weeks to see how it went and the two weeks turned into three and a bit years.
- How long have you been vegan? It was three years in June!
- What’s your favourite thing about being vegan? I get way more excited about food now! And it made me a better cook. It’s like a little challenge to make vegan versions of non-vegan things. I feel healthier and obviously it’s great for the animals and the planet too.
- What (if any) are the negatives that you find to being vegan? I don’t feel that many negatives now. In the beginning having to read labels every three seconds and not really knowing what/ where you can eat is tough. Other than that it’s the daft judgement you get from people or the people who think you only eat lettuce….
- Do you think more people should try going vegan? Absolutely! I think everyone should at least try it for a little while and see if they like it. Even if you don’t cut stuff out completely, you might find you like it more than you thought and end up having a vegan day or two a week.
- If someone was thinking about going vegan, what would you say to encourage them? Don’t think of it as restriction and cutting things out, think of it as adding new things in. You can still eat pretty much anything you want, it’s just a different version.
- What did you personally find are the benefits of being vegan? Well I haven’t had one of those rashes in three years now which is a big thing for me. I sleep better now, my digestion is better. Lots of little things that make me feel healthier overall. It’s cheaper too! I know a lot of people think it’s really expensive and a few things are, but if you compare the cost of things like beans and lentils to meat, you save so much!
Sophie from Purrpale
- Why did you choose to go vegan? I chose to go vegan because I was a veggie for 4 years prior and I still didn’t feel like I was doing enough for the planet and the animals in it. I accidentally stumbled across a video showing inside the places where the animals went to die and it broke my heart, and I’ve been vegan ever since.
- How long have you been vegan? I’ve been began just over two years, I went vegan in January 2016!
- What’s your favourite thing about being vegan? My favourite thing about being vegan is how much I’ve started to love food again. Everything is so colourful and tasty! So many things make subtle changes such as the type of plant milk you use. Baking and cooking as a vegan never gets old!
- What (if any) are the negatives that you find to being vegan? The one negative that springs to mind is that it’s not accessible as the standard American diet. Whilst there is a TON of began options everywhere, I have to think it through. I can’t just nip to the local corner shop and pick up a sandwich. Hopefully in time though, this will change because we’re already seeing a huge development of vegan options being available.
- Do you think more people should try going vegan? Definitely! Personally I love it and I feel like many people will if given the chance! IT is portrayed as such a difficult thing to do in today’s world but it truly isn’t if you have the dedication to do so! You’re not removing anything at all from your diet, you’re replacing it with vegan alternatives.
- If someone was thinking about going vegan, what would you say to encourage them? I’d ask them what their favourite meals are and give them suitable ideas on how to veganise them! Say their fave is a standard mince spaghetti bolognese, it’s simple- many vegetarian mince (no Quorn though yet!) is vegan and you can use that as a replacement and most pastas are already vegan by default. Or say it’s mac and cheese, i’d give them an easy cheese sauce recipe that I use! Like i’ve said already, people assume that vegan diet is so restrictive but it really isn’t. Sure, you’re getting rude of diary milk, but you’re replacing it with a dozen plant milks. That’s far from restrictive!
- What did you personally find are the benefits of being vegan? I feel more awake! I used to be a nap fiend but now I rarely nap, because I don’t need to. I have far more energy because I’m not getting bloated after every mea, i’m getting energy from them instead. I know plenty of people are going to wonder if I lost weight going vegan and all i’m going to say is, I did. I did within the first six weeks of going vegan but the following six after that, I out it back on and more haha! A benefit I already mentioned is that it’s given me such a larger love for food. Before veganism, yeah I liked food but I just ate it because I had to survive but now I LOVE food. After eating breakfast, i’m already planning my next meal in my head.
If you’re thinking of going vegan, there’s all sorts of information online. Health Labs have kindly sponsored this post and bring to you 25% off (with the code ELLIE25) all of their online vegan tests including Should You Be Vegan and tests to see if your vegan lifestyle encounters any nutrience deficiencies. It’s important to make sure that when changing your lifestyle quite drastically you see if it’ll be good for your body.
What are your thoughts on veganism?
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