Playing with my food: VEGAN BEAUTY!
Hello I’m Charlotte Emily an artist, educator, and explorer. Since deciding in July that I want to explore veganism I slowly began adapting my diet in order to live August completely vegan. Now I am two weeks in and time has flown by and I really wanted to share with you some of my experience so far.
I have always had time to listen to the way people explained their diets and food choices. For the first 10 years of my life I grew up as a ‘vegetarian’ who sometimes ate prawn curry on a Friday and fish and chips on a Sunday. My Nana also used to excitedly sneak suet laden cheese scones in my mouth when she looked after us as if we were starved a good flavour. I am defiantly no stranger to the complexities of diet labelling.
When my parents split up so did the romantic reasoning’s behind being vegetarian. It meant that all of a sudden I discovered a whole new array of foods previously not allowed. Instead of veggie sausages or Quorn chilli’s it was the real meaty thing that came with a whole new smell and texture I had to get used to.
As I grew up I also enjoyed cooking and baking foods but still found myself choosing veggie options when out and when I began Uni I almost never bought meat. Now a few years post Uni I feel like a culinary explorer as I tackle new recipes and enjoy eating healthily. I am passionate about creating nutritious foods and buying local high quality produce that supports local farms.
Before recently I thought the idea of having a vegan diet would be impossible for me. I loved milky bowls of cereal and porridge in the mornings and adored local cheeses and eggs. I guess the challenge aspect of it made me even more determined to try and see how it felt.
I’m not going to lie, since adopting a vegan diet, two weeks ago, I have had moments where I’ve really wanted melted cheese on something or to have a square of the dairy milk that my friends munching on. But on a whole the more days that go by the less I desire these things or even think about them at all.
The thing I’ve found since adopting a healthy vegan diet which is so hard to deny is the health benefits. I feel less bloated. My skin, hair and nails look the best I’ve seen them in years. The most noticeable to me is that my eczema is now non-existent. I have so much energy and feel less fatigue than before. I even feel like I’m sleeping better. These amazing benefits alone make me easily get through the small cravings.
The question I keep getting asked the most from my intrigued friends and family is WHAT ARE YOU EATING? To the ones that live close by I invite them to come round for meals or let them taste my pack up lunch or meal I order in the restaurant. I will write a separate post soon about exactly what I’ve been eating, how I’ve planned my meals, and how my shopping habits have changed soon.
So far, I’m really enjoying this new experience and am so happy I met Hannah who has defiantly inspired it!
Lots of love
(This was written for http://www.oopsimavegan.com/ )