In November I posted about a new diet that I had been on since the summer. The paleo / caveman diet. It seems a new year has brought a new diet with it. Funny as it seems, I have done a complete 360 in the last week. I’ve gone vegan.
I don’t know if you could make a bigger diet change than from paleo to vegan. My diet up until last week was filled with meat and last Friday I had my last piece. Nearly one week in and it has definitely surprised me how difficult it is to transition.
The vegan diet consists mostly of whole grains, vegetables and legumes. There is no meat, dairy or eggs. In fact, the products you consume should have no animal parts in them at all. It is interesting because manufactures find ways to use animals in products that would be considered vegan. Peanuts are allowed on the diet but there are manufacturers that use Gelatin to get the salt to stick to the nuts better. There are many more examples found here.
Another thing that surprised me is how much food it takes to get the calories you need in a day. My grocery bag was quite a bit heavier last week than weeks before. Some of that was overbuying which I am find out but it also takes more food to fill you up.
My body has not taken the conversion as well as I had hoped. Eating lots of fresh uncooked vegetables leads to a new and quite embarrassing problem that I did not expect, gas. Apparently it is a pretty common problem with people switching over to vegan and I can verify it to be the case. I can tell you that cooking vegetables more seems to help. The funny thing is that I feel worst around the times I eat and then I feel great after my body digests the food.
The hardest part of the diet is finding new recipes and things that I really enjoy eating. I have found some fast food options like steamed vegetables at the chinese food place or grabbing a salad at Chipotle. Oh Chipotle, how I have missed ye. Another great option is the mongolian bbq place since I can use tofu instead of meat and load up on the veggies.
I don’t know if I’m going to stick with this diet permanently, but, I am willing to give it a try for a month and see how I feel. It will give me a great opportunity to cook some new dishes and try some new things. I’ll let you know how the month goes.