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Veganary Update: Week 3

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We are trucking along quite nicely. Interestingly, we don’t really feel “deprived” (like we thought we might, missing out on cheese, in particular!). Mark is probably still missing his cow’s milk in his coffees, though. But overall, we are doing well.

I was trying to think of what is “different” this month in our diet, and some observations I have noticed (coming from a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet), is this:

Mexican food – one of our staples during Veganary

  • we probably eat more Mexican themed meals – the refried beans are a great and easy source of protein, along with the avocado. We don’t miss the cheese addition much, because the Mexican flavours pack a punch
  • a bit more of a focus on snacking to include protein sources. So for me, that means having a handful of nuts every now and again. Mark is already pretty nuts about nuts, so probably no difference for him!
  • way more diligence about label reading at the grocery store. Some surprises in the ingredient lists on some staple items – like olive tapenade. Was hard to find one that didn’t have anchovies as an ingredient!
  • bought a chewable B12 supplement. Probably not a huge deal if we revert back to our vegetarian diet, but you can’t be too sure! A good (vegan) friend of ours has pernicious anaemia, and requires B12 injections, so we are aware of the necessity to have enough B12 in our diet.

Was pleasantly surprised to hear that other friends of ours are also having a go at Veganary. Word is clearly getting out! And much love to our dear militant vegan friends (who shall remain nameless), who have been delightfully supportive of our attempts. We love ya!

We watched the great documentary “Conspiracy” last night.  It has been on our “to watch” list for quite a while now, but we thought it a good idea to make sure we viewed it while we were actually vegans!   Both of us thought it would be quite brutal re: graphic shots on animal cruelty.   And although there were two moments when both of us closed our eyes, overall this documentary is great, and it ISN’T all about abattoir shots, caged hens, etc… it is all about the number one causes of climate change (spoiler alert:  it ISN’T what you might think).  Highly recommended.  Particularly if you call yourself an environmentalist!

Finally, I feel “lighter”.   And I know this probably won’t be a surprise to fellow vegans.  But I was a bit surprised at this change.   Have to assume it is associated with the lack of cheese in our diet (rather than the eggs).   A good friend has suggested that when we re-introduce cheese and eggs into our diet, we do it one at time, just to see what it is that causes the heavier feeling.   A good idea!   Will let you know how it goes.


Written by Mar(k)

January 22, 2016 at 3:59 pm

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  1. Great account, Mar and Mark. It’s hard to fully identify that incredible ‘feeling of lightness’ but I do think it’s the absence of sluggishness I used to feel with animal fats sloshing around in my blood circulation. I also agree that it’s useful to make an active point of choosing nuts, seeds, beans and pulses (and tofu!) as comparatively unprocessed vegan protein, ensuring there’s a high protein source in every meal. Lots of people worry that they will feel weak and listless if they only eat plants. Was that your experience, at all? Thanks for your great account!


    January 22, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    • Thanks for the (ongoing) support! 😃 Given that we were already vegetarian, i guess i was not really expecting to feel much different. I would have expected omnivores to maybe have that feeling after becoming vegan, as their diet would be more dramatically different. So it is still a surprise to me that either the cheese or eggs would make that much difference. We certainly don’t feel listless!


      January 22, 2016 at 5:18 pm

  2. Loved Pt 3 if your Vegan journey! Just a q… Does Mark notice any energy loss cycling?



    On Friday, 22 January 2016, Mar & Mark as Volunteers wrote:

    > Mar(k) posted: “We are trucking along quite nicely. Interestingly, we > don’t really feel “deprived” (like we thought we might, missing out on > cheese, in particular!). Mark is probably still missing his cow’s milk in > his coffees, though. But overall, we are doing well. ” >

    Ron Ogden

    January 23, 2016 at 6:34 am

    • Hi Ron. Glad you are enjoying our Vegan journey 😃 Mark reports no energy loss!


      January 23, 2016 at 9:45 am

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