How is June over already? It doesn’t feel like the first of July, and I’m not sure I like that the summer is flying by!
While I jumped in last minute and wasn’t entirely prepared the first week, I think I did pretty good.
I was not perfect. The birthday breakfast Nick made me was bacon and huevos rancheros, and I ate every bite. (Pretty sure he didn’t even know I was eating vegan the majority of this month)
Secondly – those couple of weekends I was out of town/on the road were tough. There were a few things I ate that were not vegan simply because there were no other options, but I feel like I did the best I could.
Overall, I had a fun month and I learned more than I thought I would.
Being a vegan in a small town had its challenges. We do have vegetarian/vegan restaurant that I didn’t even get to during the challenge, but other than that, it would be extremely hard to eat out in any other restaurant. Most vegetarian dishes at regular restaurants aren’t exactly healthy and are usually covered in cream sauce or cheese.
I tried so many new things that I now love!
I had my first ever soy milk experience, and it wasn’t so scary ;)
I made my own whole wheat pitas and sweet potato falafel!
Overnight oats made with the kefir and Almond Breeze is just as tasty as with regular yogurt and milk.
I made the best chocolate cake so far for Nick’s birthday – and he didn’t know it was vegan until I told him.
My best batch of sourdough pancakes were vegan, too!
The most important thing I learned is that I’m not vegan – at least not at this point in my life.
But eating this way for a month was so eye-opening to me! I knew what vegans did / didn’t eat, but actually doing that for a month showed me that I can.
That I won’t starve without animal products.
That my food can be just as delicious (if not more!).
I am really happy I did this challenge. It definitely took me out of my comfort zone (especially with planning meals for myself), but forcing myself to try new things was a good thing.
As for what I’ll be eating now?
I’m going back to what Nick and I were trying to do before and what I kept up for him while I was doing the challenge.
Supporting local farms and markets. Buying organic when we can and when it matters. Keeping to mostly home cooked, scratch made meals.
Whether or not you ever do a vegetarian or vegan challenge or whether you eat that way already, I think the most important thing for all of us to figure out is how we can eat while also supporting things that matter to us and help the world around us.
Nick and I try to buy as much locally as possible. We want our money going back into our community to help the farms around us keep going. That ultimately means eating less meat because buying local and/or organic is more expensive, but it’s worth it.
I shop at the farmer’s market as much as possible to get local produce – it tastes 100 times better, it was probably picked that morning or the day before, and I know exactly where it’s coming from.
I do love vegan baked goods, though, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be doing more of that. I almost always have the ingredients, everything is delicious, and it’s typically healthier.
What about you?
Are you vegetarian, vegan, neither?
What do you support with your eating habits?