After 30-day vegan challenge

So now it is time to think the past and tell you guys what happened in my 30-day vegan challenge. How it went and what I learned? What I ate and drank? Some of you commented on my post that you would want to know how it went and what I thought about this vegan challenge. And how I made it for a month without meat, dairy products and processed foods.

In the first week I noticed that my body started to clean out and my skin started to heal. I had some bad skin problems and few spots. I had planned every week’s foods for the whole month and I am telling you more about these plans when we go on. So, cooking was fun, and I wanted to follow the food choices, what I have made in the beginning of this month. I think this was a good thing for grocery shopping and shop list planning. It made my grocery shops easier because I had already decided what I ate and really needed. So, it was helpful and easy to do grocery lists. In this first week I did some exercise, like yoga and walking outside.

My second week started with pilates. During the second week I felt lighter and my digestion worked very well. Yes, that’s so straightforward and honest to say, but it seemed like eating vegetarian and plant-based food, it digests very well. In this week my skin problems got worse. I tried to drink more water and used some skin products to help my skin situation.

I notice that I had cook new and healthy foods already a lot, while it’s just middle of the month. I enjoyed very much cooking and healthy food choices. I started to write posts about the vegan foods what I cooked, I write down the recipes and take some photos from food preparations. I got some tasty and wonderful new recipes. I cooked multiple new vegan foods, what I never had try before this month. I was very proud of myself and I wouldn’t ever have quested that it would be so easy.

I add here my January food plans and comments about how it changed, just few things.

My food plans for January

Week 1
– broad bean tortillas and salad
– vegan soup

Week 2
– lentil soup -> I made coconut lentil soup
– vegetable steaks, veggies and sweet potato -> I left veggies out and potatoes changed to  fries

Week 3
– pureed beetroot soup
– broad bean steaks and mashed potatoes -> I got broad bean steaks ready from shop and mashed potatoes changed to fries

Week 4
– broad bean macaroni casserole
– avocado pasta -> This changed to curry bean sauce and basmati rice

Here is some photos from my cooking and snacks.

In third week I notice my jeans didn’t squeezed or felt tight like beginning of the month. This week I did some yoga at home. In this week I tried new recipes and cooked some good food. I really didn’t feel any hunger or weakness. I ate well and fresh food.

At the last week I felt normal and healthy, I haven’t eaten any meat or dairy products for a month. I succeeded in doing so well this vegan lifestyle and I didn’t miss the meat. I think my meals was very healthy and comforting. I think that throughout the month I ate very healthy, plant-based foods and cooked my meals from the beginning itself. I didn’t feel any hunger, full or bulky.

At the end of month, I had lost about 2 kilos weight. I thought that was well. I didn’t even try to lose weight. I would want to keep up this vegan lifestyle in February too, because it made me feel so good and light. I think I am going to take some fish and eggs back to my nutrition for the future. I miss healthy fish and some healthy baking from eggs.

In February I want to eat more berries and fruits for snacks. I want to cook more fresh salads and try veggie pizza in home made. I want to eat less sugar, ready meals and especially produced foods.

So I am going to write and post these vegan foods recipes or drinks, that I made at this month. I want to share these tasty and healthy plant-based foods for you. I am ready for continue this journey with plant-based nutrition and keep on sharing foods what I discover or develop in the future.

What you thought about this post? Have you done some healthy food choices at this month? Have a tasty week! 🙂 
-Tiia