I sort of promised to give you all a heads up once I finished my vegan experiment. (To any new readers: I decided to try veganism for one week just to see what it was like.) So here it is!
I understand that one single week is not enough time to actually get a real feel for it, and to experience all those health benefits I’ve heard about, I would probably have to keep it up for at least four-five months — which is not gonna happen any time soon… Because my experience was a rather bad one actually.
I did my research beforehand, so I knew what I was getting myself into (gosh, it sounds like I was about to give up eating all together, but you get my point) The cafeteria here at Augie has a pretty great vegan department where you can find everything from hot dishes to salads, beans, lentils an all that jazz, so finding good tasty food wouldn’t be a problem.
The first couple of days went great, and I told myself on multiple occasions that “I think I could make this a lifestyle, seriously!” I didn’t have much of an appetite, but I felt that I ate plenty, loved the food and I left the cafeteria feeling full after every meal, so full I didn’t get hungry again for hours.
However, the problems didn’t really reveal themselves until day three, when my appetite just disappeared completely. I still tried to eat as much as I could, and I felt full, but it’s ridiculous how whole foods fills you up! The caloric density of vegetables, beans, lentils, tofu and grains is pretty low, so you really need to eat lots of it to get enough “fuel” — something I remember struggling with back in my fitness days when I ate loads of lean meat and veggies as well — it kills your appetite.
Anyway, this time around I tried to add more nuts and peanut butter to get those calories in, but as you may know, I usually swim 2-2.5km (1.2-1.6 miles) or run 5km (3 miles) every morning, so the equation didn’t exactly add up.
By the end of the week I was so fatigued I wanted to sit down in the shower after my workout. I also lost almost 2kg (4 lbs) during those days, (most of it was probably water, but still) and I wasn’t feeling well at all.
So I do not recommend veganism to anyone who struggles with eating enough of those low-calorie foods… It sucks, and I’m not going to give it another try in the near future, that’s for sure.
There ya go! That’s all I have to say about veganism for now.
Have a delightful evening,