If I’m completely honest, I’ve always had a ‘good’ diet. But it wasn’t until April that I started prioritising plant foods. Apart from animal cruelty, there was no other reason behind it. I didn’t want to lose weight. My health was absolutely fine. I loved fitness and nutrition so I just thought to myself ‘why don’t I do it?’ It benefits my health, the environment and my conscience. There was nothing stopping me from living the lifestyle I admired.
For me, there weren’t any radical changes. I didn’t really like meat so I cut it out altogether. I also upped my fruit and vegetable intake and added more grains, pulses, seeds and nuts to my meals. I tried milk alternatives and found that I actually preferred them to regular cow’s milk. I already liked tofu, soybeans and other plant proteins. I hardly ever ate junk food. Therefore, the switches were easy for me.
I’m not strictly vegan. I still eat some animal products such as fish, Greek yoghurt and honey. Occasionally, I eat (free range, organic) eggs. They’re things I couldn’t give up overnight. Sushi is my favourite food ever! However, I wouldn’t rule out becoming a total vegan. Never say never!
My only real concern with a plant-based diet is getting enough protein. Since I don’t eat meat, I need to make sure that I’m getting the protein from other sources. Especially as I do weight training 3-5 times a week. Fish, nuts and seeds are my staples. Along with soy protein shakes and bars. It’s not difficult but I do have to make a conscious effort to include as much protein as possible. Otherwise, I won’t be able to build and repair muscle as effectively.
As I’ve said, the transition to a plant-based diet has been relatively easy for me. In fact, it was much easier than I expected. But it won’t be as simple for everyone. It takes commitment and dedication. Not to mention planning and organisation. You’ve got to work out what’s best for you, try new things and do your research. I’m always reading books and watching informative documentaries about veganism. I don’t find it a chore, I find it empowering and exciting.
Is it worth it? Absolutely! Since I’ve gone plant-based, I’ve noticed a high sense of wellbeing. I feel stronger, healthier and leaner. I’ve got tons of energy; my skin is glowing and I’m full of vitality. Combined with my fitness routine, I honestly feel like a better person. It could be down to other factors, but I’m a firm believer in you are what you eat. For me, it makes total sense and I can’t wait to embrace this lifestyle even more in the future.