It has been nearly a month since I decided to go Vegan. Figured, since I needed to change my diet, lower my cholesterol and lose a few pounds, what was the point of just cutting select items from my diet. I made the decision to go full vegan and cut out all the crap. For those of you that may wonder what is the difference between a vegetarian and a vegan, the answer is quite simple. A vegetarian will still eat/drink dairy products (and in some cases eggs and fish), where as a vegan abstains from anything that has a face attached.
Some of you may be thinking to yourself that you could never do this because you love meat, and dairy too much. To those, I would say, you would be quite surprised. There are so many products out there designed to help people like me and others make the transition. There are many dairy and meat alternative products besides soy, and tofu. In fact, I have found a vegan ice cream that I would challenge any ice cream aficionado to tell the difference (used to love Ben & Jerry’s and this ice cream is much better).
Since I started my new diet, I have lost 10 pounds and have kept it off. I mainly eat lots of salad, veggies, and fruits. I found a veganaise (vegetarian mayonnaise) that taste the same as the real deal and made cucumber, tomato and avocado sandwiches. The other day I made vegan tacos with a meat substitute that tasted similar to chorizo and was delicious.
Long story short, the products available today have come such a long way from what was available years ago. As with any new diet, if you are thinking of changing your routine, please check with a medical professional before making any drastic changes.