No, you’re eyes aren’t lying. You just read somewhat taboo word, veganism. I though it was about time I wrote a wee post about my passion for the way I eat. I keep my diet at all times, to be roughly a 90% vegan. 90% vegan — dafaq? Yeah it’s a thing. Read on beetches.
Reason for this blog post goes to Whitney Lauritsen - an active socialite in the online world and her latest YouTube video celebrating her 10years of vegetarianism. Check it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-z4Wk7RKiKM
My journey: part one
Basically I owe it to becoming fat in my first year of University. Between late February and early May of 2010 I put on 15kgs. I ballooned. To be fair, I was roughly 3-5kgs underweight initially so it wasn’t all bad. However what those extra kilos came from was – yes alcohol, toast, McDonals, multiple dinners, lollies in lectures. You name it, I definitely ate it. Plus I stopped exercising. For my second semester I told myself I would stop this, so I began exercising a little (think: 2-3 light gym sessions a week) and learnt to stop myself after one dinner and one ‘toast break’ a day. I’m not sure if I lost any weight here, but I defo stopped gaining.
Fast forward to October the next year (2011) and I had cleaned up my diet considerably, ramped up my exercise and even completed a half marathon, 2 minutes over the 2hr mark. I had toned up, gained a bit of muscle and was roughly 5kg lighter. However, I wasn’t completely satisfied.
I can’t remember what led me to it, but I purchased the notorious ‘Skinny bitch’ diet book. I bought it because I was determined to become one, and needed to know why I still had rolls of cheese fat surrounding my stomach and thighs. Although to my dismay, I had no idea its main idea was veganism.
It took me weeks to bring myself to read the dairy and meat chapters, as I could not bear tot think about life without them. I was addicted to cheese, ice cream, butter – you name it. Started my day off with bacon even, so I thought nooooo way.
Then I started doing some research on it before deciding to read it. That did spark an interest and I started wondering whether I should try it… so I bough Alicia Silverstones book ‘The Kind Life’.
I started on my somewhat veganism journey on the 20th October 2011, the day after my birthday (so I could eat dairy-laden treat fyi). I didn’t tell anyone. Not even my flatmates. Just said I was ‘experimenting’ cooking with tofu and eating dark chocolate (as it was dairy-free). I also hid in my room proclaiming I was ‘studying’ when in fact I was youtubing the fuck out of veganism and if I could really do it. I must’ve watched about 1000 videos. Randomly, I also discovered JennaMarbles during this time, as she had a video on her vegan diet. But I also discovered Eco-Vegan Gal – Whitney (as mentioned above) and loved her videos! Dispite much of the content being somewhat irrelevant to me being all over the other side of the world, she (unknowingly) inspired to and reaffirmed me that this was possible and I fantastic thing I was doing for myself and my body.
A few weeks later I went home for an early family christmas (long story..) and took my ‘The Kind Life’ book with me, as it had just arrived. Determined to read it all over the weekend and without my family knowing – I still hadn’t told anyone.. then my mum found it. And funnily, she had heard about this book and was wanting it! BOOM! So we discussed for hours over the next few days. So wierd. Then my mum decided to try it out, although she wasn’t as sure and as ‘knowledgeable’ about everything at this point.
In this first week I lost 6kgs.. through my ass. Yup I went there – all the built up sicky dairy and meat products didn’t feel welcome anymore. And I started to feel great…
…and never looked back since