Monday, 31 August 2015

Veganism 2.0

Sooo, with the end of this month the end of my little vegan experiment has come and here are some of the experiences I made during this time.
It wasn't always easy to shop for groceries since you always have to keep a very close eye on the actual ingredients of that product, I noticed that 'traces of egg or milk' are literally contained in the most absurd groceries that you would never have guessed. However, I was also equally surprised at how some foods that I would have sworn contained milk or egg, don't. Did you for instance know that dark chocolate is often vegan? Most noodles you can buy in the supermarket also are vegan!
But don't be fooled here! When I did some research on vegan snacks that I could still eat in the beginning of my experiment I often ended up on websites praising 'Oreos' but when I actually went to the official Oreo website and checked the suitability in the FAQ it was strongly pointed out that it wasn't suitable for vegans... shame!
Anyways I didn't give up, especially since I'm not really a fan of salty snacks, which are vegan most of the time btw., and after a while I found that there are actually vegan substitutes to almost any snack you could think of. 
There is even a 100% vegan chocolate made with soy milk and since I'm an absolute chocolate lover I decided to try two of those soy milk chocolate brands out..


The vego bar was one of the bars I tried together with a bar by Cuor Di Soja chocolate.
These chocolates, however, didn't really have me convinced - they were more brittle and really tasted different from the usual chocolate. They did the job to stop my cravings for chocolate though so I think, if you just need a piece of chocolate once in a while and as long as you don't love it absolutely passionately, these chocolate substitutes will do.


The raspberry snack was my favorite here.
Another tasty snack to replace jelly babies, were those dried pieces of fruit for me - they're healthier than their non-vegan alternative and, quite frankly, they taste way better and more intensive!

I have also tried vegan cheese! One pizza topping cheese and one with peppers that you could eat right away.


The vegan cheese I loved so much was the pepper one by violife.
The pizza topping, didn't really melt in the oven and tasted a little too sweet to really confuse it with the actual cheese. The normal vegan pepper cheese was great, though & I ended up absolutely loving it (which is weird because I'm usually not really a big fan of cheese)!

The most important main-meal vegan substitute turned out to be tofu and of course I was already familiar with this since, as a vegetarian, this is something I like to have on my plate here and then, too. I actually came across a lot of tasty and quick tofu recipes in my time as a vegetarian that I really loved so I might be publishing a post about my favorite tofu-recipes on here very soon. ;)


Although these are all great snack- & food substitutes my ultimate lifesaver during this month was Soya for sure! The milk and dairy products that you can get from this bean are all 100% vegan and, since I couldn't properly start into the day without my müsli or a tasty yoghurt, Soya products were definitely a must for me here! 

My favorite brand for Soya products is definitely Alpro.
For those who, like me, didn't quite make friends with the natural taste of the soy milk, there are different taste variations such as coconut and almond - I LOVE the coconut flavored one & the vanilla flavored soy yoghurt to which I like to add some fresh berries, too!
So healthy and so delicious!

So if you are really trying, it's nowadays not hard at all anymore to find vegan replacements to your ordinary foods with many of them tasting really good and authentic, too! Eating out in restaurants hasn't been a big problem either since I was usually simply able to order vegetarian dishes without the cheese or other dairy or egg ingredients and whenever this wasn't possible you could always still order a tasty salad!

Apart from the obvious changes in my diet, however, I honestly didn't notice much of a difference – Quite frankly, I was expecting I would feel a lot healthier but maybe I didn't notice a difference here because I've already been a vegetarian, so already been living pretty healthy before.. 
Oh, I didn't lose any weight either btw. not like that has been my intention but it would have been a nice extra, too! I did notice my skin becoming better, though! It seems to be more bright and there are less impurities! 
Maybe I should have done the vegan experiment for a longer period of time to notice more of an effect or maybe the improvement of my skin was the only thing I would have noticed even then... 

Anyways it was definitely worth the experience! But I am also happy it has ended now and I can go back to my delicious dairy yoghurts & actual chocolate of all kinds but one thing I will definitely keep in my food repertoire is the delicious coconut flavored soya milk for sure!  


Are you vegan or have you tried it before? 
What were the changes you noticed? 

xx Micky




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  1. Helpful post, thanks for sharing doll!!!
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  2. That was a really interesting post! :) I also wanted to try it out and I'm vegan since two weeks. I also really like Alpro products! So far I haven't noticed any major changes except that now I eat less sweets because I feel like there aren't as many that don't contain milk or eggs. I would like to try the vego bar if I find it! :)
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    1. I've noticed that, too!
      & I think it would be worth trying the vego bar although I personally wasn't such a big fan of it.. ^^; Anyway, thank you for leaving your comment! :)

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  3. I've never officially tried veganism but I do like to eat mostly plant based. However, I don't think vegetarianism or veganism has to be as hard as some people make it out to be. Obviously, you found plenty of alternatives! I think it's one of those things where once you get the train rolling you start having an easier and easier ride. I think maybe for the month of January I'll go at least full vegetarian to combat all the sweets I know I'll consume in the holidays. Might as well be honest with myself! But, um, I think I'll stick with dark chocolate instead the Vego bar. I kinda like my chocolate.

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    1. It's really not that hard, espeically vegetarianism – I'm a vegetarian since ages now and I couldn't even imagine to ever go back to eating meat again!
      And honestly I wasn't a big fan of the 'vegan chocolate' either so I really preferred dark chocolate, too! I'd be curious to know what your experiences were once you've tried veganism as well. :)

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    1. Wow, thank you so much dear! <3
      I'll be happy to do a post on that, soon! :)

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  5. This post is so helpful! I'm not a vegan, but i always like to switch out certain foods and this gave my the perfect new additions. I've often wondered how vegans manage with so many foods being unsuitable for them so this was really interesting xx
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  6. What a lovely post! I understand how hard it can be to find food, I'm celiac and so many things that you wouldn't expect to have wheat in them do ♥
    Amy xx

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    1. I can totally see how difficult this must be for you now!
      I'm glad you liked my post :)

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  7. It looks delicious! <3 Great post:)
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  8. I have never tried to be vegan, but I would try it for a
    few weeks to see if it is something for me.
    Your post shows that there are many vegan substitutes and that there is even
    vegan chocolate, so that might convince me. ;)

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    1. Although I didn't really like the vegan chocolate, I think it is definitely worth a try to live vegan :)

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  9. Soyabean and all those kinda foods are amazing, my mum always told me since tofu kinds of food are so soft they must make our skin feel better + softer too! ^_^ <3

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    1. Yeah, I think that might be true :)
      Haha moms are so wise.. ^^

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  10. The Tofu dish looks delicious!!!
    I like Tofu more than beef !

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    1. It definitely has more variations in terms of what to cook it with! :)

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  11. You didn't "go vegan" for a month you went plant based. Veganism isn't a diet or a dad you pick up and lay back down. It's an ethical choice to live with the least amount of harm as far as is possible and applicable. Being "vegetarian" is still torturing and murdering animals and it's no different then an "omnivore" eating a steak. I encourage you to make a real change that will help non humans, the planet and yourself as we are naturally herbivores. There are so many videos and documentaries showing the torture, rape,murder, environmental and scientifically based health benefits of eating plant based or becoming a vegan. Watch forks over knives for a scientific break down of the diet, watch cowspiracy for the environmental implications and the absolute most important documentary ever made you should watch if nothing else is Earthlings free on YouTube

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