by: Dzenita Korkutovic
For my project, I’m trying out veganism for the very first time. To have a vegan diet means that you cannot eat anything that comes from animals (dairy, meat, fish, and eggs.) This means a really restrictive diet from what I’m used to.
I chose to do this diet because it is something that is out of my comfort zone. I am a very picky eater with a lot of food items, but there are still many things I love to eat. In addition, my aunt has been a vegan for almost five years and I have always been interested in trying the diet to see how different you feel when eating vegan products versus eating animal products, and how it changes your body.
Also, I want to consider the changes that your body may go through from changing the diet and kinds of food you are putting in your body.
I was at my aunt’s house for almost two weeks so she could help me with planning vegan meals. We planned many meals with products like vegetables, fruits, meat alternatives or plant based proteins, and dairy alternatives. It was hard at first because of the fact that it was not what my body was used to.
I love products like chicken, beef, cheese, and milk, all of which come from animals. I had been tempted a couple of times to give up and eat some chicken but I did not.
Eating or drinking the alternatives, such as veggie meat or soy/almond milk had a huge impact on my digestive system, as my stomach was hurting for the first few days because my body was not used to eating and drinking all of these new food items.
I have learned and begun to appreciate things throughout my journey so far. The most important thing I have learned so far is how my physical health has noticeably increased since beginning this diet.
My body has been feeling so much healthier and I have more energy to do everyday things that I normally do. Next week, I hope to accomplish the diet without any cheat days or any temptations. I feel like it will be easier because I am beginning to get used to the new foods I have been eating to stick to the vegan aspect of the diet.
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