“If you think that being vegan is difficult, imagine being a factory farmed animal.” -Davegan Raza

I finally made it through veganuary and it’s safe to say it was delicious. The surprising thing for me was the lack of sleep I suddenly have gone from needing 6-7 hours per night to 4-5 hours and feeling fine with it. I am less bloated and have lost 5lbs in the first month. This is mainly because being vegan has forced me to ditch the fast food and take away in favour of cooking for myself. Although now that veganuary is over I am going to mainly be sticking to a vegan diet, however, I am going to introduce some dairy again, really just eggs as they are what I miss the most back into my diet. And certainly, while I try and figure out the best balance for my body, everybody is different therefore needs different foods. I find my body loses the most weight on a high protein, high-fat diet whereas some people would gain a lot of weight doing that.

I will probably never eat meat again as the thought of it actually makes me feel like a little sick and I believe the cutting out of the meat is the reason for me feeling less / needing less sleep.

Tofu fish and chips, my first experience of tofu and it was delicious. in the past Just the name tofu was enough to put me off, not to mention it’s just a white blob. But I saw it through and was more then pleasantly surprised about its taste, however, the texture was exactly what I expected.  Weirdly enough for a pub restaurant that did tofu fish and chips it didn’t do a milk alternative for my coffee.

I still have a long way to go yet and being vegan isn’t something you can do half-heartedly, it’s just not a case of giving certain foods up, it’s about educating yourself and fully understanding you your body needs.

Vegan sources of iron

Iron is essential for the production of red blood cells. A vegan diet can be high in iron, although iron from plant-based food is absorbed by the body less well than iron from meat. Good sources of iron for vegans are:

  • pulses
  • wholemeal bread and flour
  • breakfast cereals fortified with iron
  • dark green leafy vegetables, such as watercress, broccoli and spring greens
  • nuts
  • dried fruits, such as apricots, prunes and figs

Vegan sources of vitamin B12

The body needs vitamin B12 to maintain healthy blood and a healthy nervous system. It’s only found naturally in foods from animal sources. Sources for vegans are therefore limited and a vitamin B12 supplement may be needed. Sources of vitamin B12 for vegans include:

  • breakfast cereals fortified with B12
  • unsweetened soya drinks fortified with vitamin B12
  • yeast extract, such as Marmite, which is fortified with vitamin B12

I’ve also learned that our food labelling is extremely poor. Some foods labelled “vegetarian” are actually vegan, and many vegan foods are not labelled at all. Without Google, I would’ve been hopelessly lost – I’d check a brand and find the answer on a website somewhere. Perhaps a third of biscuits are vegan, but you wouldn’t know it. Original Hobnobs are vegan but some Digestives aren’t. Manufacturers are missing a trick. Which can make the switch very daunting and seem very expensive, when I imagine some of the foods you are already eating are in fact vegan.

“Why are vegans made fun of while the inhumane factory farming process regards animals and the natural world merely as commodities to be exploited for profit?” -Ellen Page



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