Following a nasty break-up, I decided I needed to make some changes in my life, from little things like changing the bedding and colors in my room, to bigger things like committing to becoming a weekday vegan.
When I told many of my friends about my big change, many of them looked at me like I was crazy. Like, what’s the big deal? You’re already a vegetarian? And while going from vegetarian to vegan may seem easy to some, its really not as easy as you might think–at least not for me. I’m the girl who simply adores cheese. I love it shredded, melted, spread on crackers, sliced all by itself, and pretty much every possible way you can imagine (and yes, I’m writing this on a weekday and having a wet dream about cheese). But even aside from cheese, there are dairy and egg products in more things that you might imagine. Even some of my favorite dark chocolate bars contain dairy products. Trust me, I’m making new discoveries each and every day!
But even with the downsides to being a weekday vegan (or, errr, skipping cheese), I am finding that the upside to making this subtle change is that I feel absolutely wonderful. I guess it comes as no surprise, given that I’m eating mostly veggies, fruit, nuts and nut butters, seeds, legumes and whole grains like quinoa, wild rice, and amaranth.
Besides the natural physical effects of changing your diet, there are a lot of emotional benefits to making small changes like this after a traumatic event. It gives you a sense of control, accomplishment, and pride–not to mention something new to try! And lastly, its helping me save money: being a weekday vegan has considerably shaved my grocery bill, and who would complain about that?
Now, I can’t wait to share some of my favorite weekday vegan recipes with all of you!
Have you ever tried to alter your diet? How did you feel? What did you do?