Sugar Is Not Fly…

I never thought I would seek out veganism as a choice, nor did I foresee myself yearning to go on a whole foods, plant based diet at least 90-95% of the time, but here we are. After a chain of events on July 29th, 2019, this is where I’m at in my vegan journey.

Since July 8th, I’ve been a dietary vegan. While I’ve researched a fair bit, I still have copious amounts of research still to do. Even so, I’ve managed to eat well enough, for the most part. I’ve even been active, which was something that occurred before I became vegan, but it is much easier now, I will say. Overall, I’ve done well, and the results I’ve felt and seen are enough for me to continue with this lifestyle for the unforeseeable future.

With that being said, a few nights ago, I consumed some homemade vegan cake, which did have vegan “butter”, sugar, and dark vegan chocolate. I had a small amount, but that mattered little to my body, which took that as an invitation to subject me to a number of symptoms afterward which had me rethink added sugar, and processed foods overall as being a part of my diet.

Before I began eating a plant based diet, I could not fathom leaving added sugar out of my diet, or carbs, for that matter. Pasta, as much as chocolate, ranch, bread, or even cheese, have been parts of my eating habits for as long as I can remember. However, if this year has proven anything to me, it’s that I can do more than I thought, and I should never say never.

This Meatless Monday, and Every One After

There are a number of labels or adjectives that one could use to describe me. This month I’m adding a new descriptor – vegan.

Last month, I began the process of transitioning from the omnivore I’ve been since I took up eating “real” food, to becoming a person who not only shirks meat, but also honey, eggs, dairy, and any other product that includes any animal’s unwilling contribution to it. If the person I was last year knew what I’ve done, they would be appalled. This older version of myself though is happier, healthier, and grateful that I’ve made the leap.

While I cannot say I am fully vegan yet, I’m getting there. As someone who grew up in Texas, where meat and dairy is consumed in large quantities, going cold turkey was NOT an option. I managed to do it for about two days, before I almost quit, which is not where I wanted to find myself a few months or years later. So, I resumed a mostly vegan diet, until I reach a time where I am able to have transitioned out all that is not vegan.

At the point of writing this, I’ve not eaten meat in over two weeks, and whole eggs in about a week. I gave up honey a while ago, due to the sugar content. However, dairy is probably the one that has taken the longest. I will say, even though I had some yesterday by accident, as a restaurant I ate at did not heed my request that milk not be added into my Thai tea, I prefer non-dairy alternatives to actual dairy, now. Despite the set backs I’ve had though, I’m making great progress towards leaving a less painful footprint on the earth as a whole.

With all of that being said, this past month has given me a break from the blog, as well as some time to think. The journey into, as well as the sustainment of the lifestyle, veganism will not be without its hard ships, mishaps, or fantastic moments. That is why, I’ve decided to begin chronicling those on this blog under the category title: Barely Vegan. Posts will be on “Meatless Mondays”, and discuss a variety of topics related to veganism as I experience and learn more. I look forward to sharing more on this topic. I hope whoever reads about it will enjoy it too!