The month of May is now upon us and this means my vegan experiment is officially over. Here’s my take on things:
- After choosing this diet for a full month, it has become quite easy to follow, as long as I continue to cook at home (which I generally do). I think I’d be willing to institute vegan weekday dinners permanently.
- I definitely noticed a difference in my weight and how I digest foods by eliminating hard cheeses. I have now decided that cheese is for weekends only and if I’m going to eat cheese, it will be organic, vegetarian and higher quality.
- I’m going to introduce yogurt back into my diet, as I do feel that it was a void during my experiment. Again, organic, local dairies will be my priority.
- I was never really a fan of milk and have decided that I don’t really need it in my diet. I’m not against it, but there are much tastier sources of calcium (greens, broccoli, etc) and Vitamin D. I read somewhere that most of the Vitamin D added back to milk is synthetic anyways – I might as well count on my multi-vitamin for this source. Also, most egg free desserts are better when made using a vegan recipe, and for that I can continue to use almond or soy milk.
- I was recently telling someone about being vegetarian and they asked if I was a healthy vegetarian – I proudly responded that I was and I will continue to be. There’s always a time and place for some Gardein, or some “meatballs”, but I’d rather choose a diet that includes a lot of fresh vegetables, legumes and grains.
- I still have a lot of recipes that I wanted to try during my experiment but just didn’t get around to – I’m especially determined to master a vegan cheese recipe at home, since the fake, store-bought options were not edible in my opinion.
I would highly recommend trying out a vegan diet for a month – you learn so much about where you need to include more healthy options into your meals. I also found that I was eating larger portions of healthy vegetables (which from a caloric standpoint are “free”). That being said, I don’t think I could commit to this diet unless I truly believed in it (maybe some day, I will be converted) – the health benefits are not enough to keep me going. Now back to my lacto-veg ways – there’s some tzatziki calling my name in the kitchen!