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Monday, 7 January 2019

Why I'm Taking Part In Veganuary

2019 is the year I want to take small steps to better myself, and a way I thought I could do that is to set myself small monthly goals.  I've always been an all or nothing kinda gal, so I would try and take on every task I want to get stuck in to all at the same time, only to inevitably fail, then eat my emotions away at my own pity party.

By splitting my goals in to 12 manageable chunks (One goal per month), I'm allowing myself to completely focus on that one area, plan how I'm going to meet that goal, and reflect on how I feel as a result of it.

I briefly spoke about it in my 2019 Goals post, but I'll say it again; the latter half of 2018 saw me at my worst diet wise.  I wasn't being in any way mindful of what I was putting in to my body.  I'm pretty certain I could have single handedly kept McDonald's afloat even if everybody else decided not to eat there ever again, and I was opting to order in and eat out far more often than I'd like to admit.

My bank balance was taking a massive hit, my waistline was growing, and I was seriously feeling the affects of eating so terribly.  It's lucky that I have flexible start times at work, because I was really struggling to get out of bed and in to work at a normal hour, concentrating on my work whilst I was there was near on impossible, and I just felt lethargic, hormonal and generally rubbish.

I was having full on sugar binges, shoving whatever sweet treats I could get my mitts on in to my mouth, which resulted in actual sugar hangovers the following morning.  Seriously, those headaches were some of the worst I've ever felt after a binge.

I was stuck in a vicious cycle.  I wasn't in the best place at the end of 2018, so I was eating to make myself feel better, but eating was making me feel even worse, so I ate even more to make me feel get the picture.

One of my priorities for 2019 is to nip my eating habits in the bud once and for all, so I decided my first goal for the year was going to be to challenge myself to Veganuary.  I attempted Veganuary in 2018 as well, but after only four days failed miserably, and instead of picking myself back up and carrying on with it I just packed in the challenge altogether (See what I mean?  All or nothing!).  I do remember feeling better within myself in just those four short days, so I decided to try again this year, but this time give it a proper shot.

There are a number of reasons I want to do Veganuary this year.  I want to get more experimental with the food I make, I want to see if it works out cheaper or more expensive in my weekly shop to eat vegan, I want to see how I feel within myself (For longer than four days!), and I want to feel like I'm doing something for the environment.

So far I'm a week in to Veganuary.  I've managed to successfully make it through the entire week without caving (Yey me!), and I feel great so far!  I feel great just for the fact I've fought off any cravings for non-vegan food (And trust me there have been a few!  There is a 750g bar of Toblerone waiting for me to not be doing Veganuary anymore!  Also, I miss McD's).  I've got experimental in the kitchen and made some delicious (And not so delicious!) meals, and I feel great within myself.  I feel less sluggish, I have more energy, and I think that's all thanks to the fact I can't just turn to my usual sweet treats when I'm having an emotional moment.  If my sweet tooth kicks in I have to turn to fruit mainly, which means I'm easily hitting my five a day with the amount of veg I'm eating in my meals too.

The only downside is that so far my vegan eating has not resulted in a cheaper shopping trolly at checkout.  I'd day it works out around the same, so it's certainly not making me worse off, and it's definitely not anywhere near enough of a reason to put me off continuing doing this.  Either way I'm spending the same amount each week on my food shop.

So far I'm really enjoying the challenge.  So much so that, although I'm not sure I'd continue a fully vegan diet after January (I love eggs too much!), at the moment I think I'll be willing to eat a mainly vegan diet, with maybe the odd chocolate and sweet treat on special occasions.

I'll check back in at the end of January to let you know how I get on, but in the mean time excuse me whilst I go and find myself one of those controversial Greggs Vegan Sausage Rolls.


Team O'Sullivan said...

Lovely to see you back blogging, I am going to devote some time to reading through all your posts that I missed.

Jane x

Siobhan Emma said...

I've only just seen your comment! Thank you so much! It's good to be back blogging! There's not too much to catch up on at the moment so it shouldn't take you too long! I've seen you're off to Florida this year on Instagram. I'm so so jealous! I miss it so much! xxx

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