Yesterday I went to bed post skinny latte and my vegan journey was in question. I woke up this morning and went for a morning cardio session inspired by Supermom Ashley Honer, I ended up jogging for 2minutes and walking for 58mins while trying to convince myself that walking is better for me.
Anyhoo post workout I was faced with the big question AM I STILL VEGAN? I did the 'opening the fridge pondering' thing you do when you are scavenging for food and the answer was staring me in the face . The answer was Eggs, I have been having eggs for breakfast (mostly whites) for years and that had helped me maintain my weight and regulate cravings. During my 2 days as vegan I weighed 1.5kg more, felt bloated and produced weapons of mass destruction that could destroy any marriage it must have been all that rice, lentils and broccoli.
I informed my Husband and Sister about my decision to quit and they laughed at me of course then tried to convince me to stick with it. My mind was pretty made up about it, I believe in the health benefits of the vegan lifestyle but I do not think it is for me. Here are my reasons.
- It is very high in Carbohydrates - A Vegan diet is a high carb diet and if you are naturally active it might work for you. Youtube Vegan advocate Banana freelee girl and Duran Rider are extremely active that is why they can eat all those carbs and still be slim. If you are more on the Sedentary side you are very likely to gain weight.
- Getting Protein is not easy - It is possible to get your daily protein requirements from a Vegan diet but it is difficult. Most vegan protein sources also come with carbs and fats like most legumes , nuts and seeds. I found that for every gram of protein I was also getting a tonne of carbs which meant an increase in my daily calories total.
- I was always hungry- I wonder why no one tells you this, a vegan diet will make you hungry! On a day I think I ate my body weight in food but was still hungry. I am gluten intolerant so can't eat most grains so I ate a lot of rice and was still hungry, I was so hungry it was distracting.
- My body responds better to a low carb diet- My protein sources pre-vegan experiment were mostly from eggs whites and seafood both low in saturated fat which I ate with a lot of vegetables and snacked on nuts. I easily maintained my weight this way, hunger was kept at bay thanks to the protein and healthy fats AND I did not have any problems with those nasty insulin spikes.
I would love to hear from you, have you tried any lifestyle or diet and your body said NO?