It’s time for a self-intervention. Lately I’ve been so unhealthy!!! I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had time to really look after my body; I’m not exercising anymore when I used to run at least 2 miles a day; I’m not eating healthily as I just stock up on carbs to get through my busy work shifts… and my body is paying the price. I feel sluggish, my skin is pretty bad, people have remarked on how pale I look when I usually have quite an olive complexion.
Anyway, yesterday I went out for a meal with my friend and after eating a tonne of carby foods such as deep fried king prawns and croquettes plus half a bottle of wine, I realised that I have to do something to cleanse myself.
I’ve wanted to do a vegan week as a cleanse for ages now and have decided to stop putting it off. There’s never going to be a ‘perfect’ time to do this as it’s a huge commitment and will take a lot of work whenever I choose to do it; although probably over the Christmas period wouldn’t be my best bet!!
I’m going to follow a vegan diet from today until Sunday to test myself and see what health benefits I might discover. I’m fairly confident that I’ll see this through as I was a vegetarian for 9 years from the ages of 9 to 18, so I am used to restrictive diets that require the control of certain elements. So, no meat eggs or dairy. It’s pretty daunting actually.
If I was doing this for a longer period time (and who knows, perhaps after this week I’ll decide to persevere further!) then I’d pick up B12 and Iron supplements as I wouldn’t be finding these nutrients in the animal products in my diet anymore; however seeing as I’m only following this diet for the next week, I’m just going to eat foods that are naturally rich in these vitamins such as legumes, leafy greens, citrus fruits and broccoli (which will also give me Vitamin C).
I’ve heard that aside from the obvious health benefits I’ll reap from not shoving all of these animal products into my body, I’m going to feel happier. Strange I know, but apparently animal products contain arachidonic acid that drags down your mood, so without this on a daily basis I should start to feel a lot happier in myself- what a great bonus!
World Vegan Day is on the 1st of November to celebrate the start of World Vegan Month and there are loads of helpful websites to help you plan out your new vegan diet and understand more about the health benefits of this diet. I’ve included a couple of handy websites to refer to and that I’ll definitely be using for reference especially if I carry this on further after this week!
I’m really excited to try this as a cleanse for my body and cannot wait to see what recipes I can come up with to make it as interesting as possible- very important for a foodie like me! I’ve even got a little baking treat that’s a completely vegan recipe so I’ll be making that later in the week and posting it on Sunday. I’ll also do a follow up post along with the recipe and tell you all how I did with my challenge.
Wish me luck!