The Joys of Being A Part-Time Vegan

The Problem with Veganism:

For a couple of years now, I’ve given veganism my best shot. I like the ideology behind it – not harming animals, looking after the planet, yada yada – so in theory, I’m completely on board. But there’s something about donuts. I just can’t give them up completely. And the donuts at my local bakery are just divine. And no doubt they have animal products in them – eggs, milk, etc.

A Solution: Being a Part-Time Vegan

So I’ve come up with a concept for myself. Something that is practical and obtainable and sustainable. I’m aiming to be a part-time vegan. What does this mean? Well, usually when I’m cooking and eating at home, I eat vegan wholefoods – think veggies, legumes, tofu, and fruit. But occasionally, I just really want some Cadbury dairy milk snack, or a jelly bean or 3, or a mint slice biscuit. Sure, there are lots of vegan dessert recipes out there, and maybe when I’m further along in this journey I will go to the effort of making them for myself. But right now I want to have my cake and eat it too (metaphorically and literally speaking) and that’s actually okay.

Reap the Benefits of Being Vegan As Much Of The Time As You Like

Because what this part-time vegan thing does, is it obliterates all or nothing thinking. You can be a little bit vegan or a lot vegan. You can be vegan on a Tuesday or a Saturday afternoon. You can be vegetarian, that spin-off of veganism. This is great because it means eating more fruit and veg becomes accessible to all. You don’t have to do it perfectly and you don’t even have to call it veganism. But you can still reap the health benefit of a semi- or mostly- vegan diet.

Eating Vegan Food Makes Cooking Simpler

It’s so simple, cooking without animal products. So much so, that I actually prefer it now. There was always that worry about cooking chicken, for example. Have I cooked it enough? Am I going to get food poisoning? Have I cleaned the chopping board sufficiently? Eating fruit, veg, legumes, and tofu cuts out those worries and makes for simpler recipes.

You Can Even Lose Weight

Then there’s the benefit of weight loss. Because vegan foods are less calorie dense, many people find that when they eat whole food vegan cuisine, they start dropping pounds. One of my favourite recipes, Cabbage and Lentil Soup, is a minuscule 123 calories per bowl, and that’s for a whole meal that fills you up for hours. The secret ingredient? Low-calorie veggies (which is just about every veggie you can poke a stick at).

Look, there are heaps of diets out there. I’m not saying you need to become like, fully vegan dude. But nobody can argue with the fact that eating more fruit and veg is good for you. So why not try it out?

Something to Turbo Boost Your Weight Loss Efforts

By the way, if you’re on a weight loss journey right now, I’ve just found out about a really awesome tool that I want to share with you. It’s called Noom and it’s a paid phone app. It helps you lose weight by providing 5-minute educational audios on ways to help you meet your goals, and it provides a central spot for all your weight loss metrics like food tracking, weigh-ins, step counts, and water intake. I’m only been doing it for less than 2 weeks, and already I’ve lost 1 kg and my weigh-ins are trending downwards. I’m also learning heaps about healthy eating for weight loss, and the best thing is that with Noom’s traffic light system of food categories, I can still have my cake and eat it too (just keeping an eye on the amount). So if you’re interested in a free Noom trial for 2 weeks, with 20% off the subscription fee if you decide to stay on board, use the following link: https://www.talkable.com/x/l5uxUP

I hope you get as much value and pleasure out of using Noom as I have done. In the meantime, keep eating those fruits and veggies! *Note, Noom is not just for vegans, it suits any diet preference out there.

Sending you so many blessings,

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