One day (whilst procrastinating at work) reporter Laura Dennison thought: “Hey! It might be a really good idea to complete a 30-day vegan challenge with PETA UK and then write about it.”
Turns out it all worked pretty well for her, and this is why.
1. Veganism isn’t all about saving animals and patchwork clothing
My impression of veganism initially (as it probably is with most people) was that the sole reason for choosing to adopt a green diet would be for ethical reasons.
I hadn’t ever considered reasons such as health and the environment before.
2. The vegan diet is far better for your health
You can’t help but eat more fruit and vegetables when you are vegan, unless you are happy living off bread and water.
3. I lost weight with minimal effort
I lost five pounds in a month, which is a lot considering I was eating three-course meals every other night at swanky, vegan restaurants.
A vegan diet leaves you less open to spontaneous binging. If vegan junk food isn’t immediately available, you simply don’t eat it.
4. There’s a really welcoming vegan community in London
I met some really lovely people during my month as a vegan. They were just so pleased that I was trying to contribute, if only in a very small way.
During the month I did not meet one “pushy” vegan.
5. A lot of people who work in catering don’t know what a vegan is
6. Most food packaging doesn’t specify what is vegan
Food packaging, most of the time, only specifies if a food is vegetarian, not vegan.
If you want vegan options, you almost always have to research in advance.
7. It isn’t expensive
Vegan products generally average out to cost as much as, if not a bit less than a diet which includes meat and dairy.
But obviously, this varies for the individual. Once you become more health-conscious, you might choose to shop in more high-quality places.
8. I’m less tired
I used to have a nap every day after work. Literally, every day. I could sleep anywhere, at any time.
Now I sleep approximately eight to nine hours and it doesn’t take me half the day to wake up. I have an unbelievable amount of energy.
9. My sweat smells less
Honestly. This is a weird one, because no one told me that this might happen.
I’ve actually stopped wearing deodorant now. Overshare?
10. Veganism is far easier than you think
The first two weeks are a bit painful. You will miss cheese and bacon, but once you get over that, the cravings fade and you find a new appreciation for healthy foods.
Plus, facon is actually quite nice.
11. My skin has improved a lot
I wish someone would’ve told me in my teens that if I gave up meat and dairy my skin would clear up.
It would’ve saved me a lot of money on Miss Sporty concealer.
12. The ‘protein’ argument is completely redundant
Have you ever known anyone to be deficient in protein?
Nope? Didn’t think so.
13. I suck at video diaries
(But you can’t have everything.)
Laura Dennison on Twitter
You can read the full story on this blog: MoodVegan