Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Veganuary Round Up.

January is over, can you bloody believe it! That also means that Veganuary is now also over. Now I know I haven't done a full month of Veganuary as I started at the end of my holiday (around the 10th Jan) but I thought I'd do a little round up of my thoughts, well, just because I can.

I've wanted to transition to a vegan diet for a while but always managed to find an excuse not to with the perception it would just be too much effort, but honestly, I've been pleasantly surprised. Actually, I've found it really quite easy. I already ate a largely vegan diet and had made the majority of the dairy free transition throughout last year (although that had gone a little haywire over the festive period), but I really needed a little nudge to take that final leap.

I guess for me it was more about diligent with my choices and checking a few more ingredient lists, however, I've had lots of support from some lovely friends and colleagues who are incredibly knowledgeable on a vegan diet and what you can and can't eat. What I've really been trying to do is to take foods that I enjoy and have grown up eating (that aren't necessarily 100% healthy) and make them vegan friendly along with experimenting with new recipes. I've really enjoyed this aspect of Veganuary and through this I've mastered a vegan roast (find out more here), vegan stew and some gorgeous Mexican style recipes (cheers Thug Kitchen).

So I guess the big question is will I be staying vegan now that Veganuary has finished? Well the answer to that one is...yes! For me it's a bit of a no brainer, a vegan diet has so far had pretty minimal impact on my life and the more I eat vegan the more knowledgeable and confident I feel in what I can and can't eat. If it's this easy then why wouldn't I want to stay cruelty free?

Did you try Veganuary? How did you get on? Has it inspired you to make any changes to your diet and lifestyle? I'd love to hear your thoughts either in the comments below, or drop me a tweet @mygenerallife.

While you're here, why not check out my previous post: First Try - Vegan Homemade Chocolates.

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