My Vegan Journey (pt.1)

If you’re like me, vowing to make a major change can sometimes come with a bit of trepidation.

What you say: I want a new job!
What you feel: What if I fail?

What you say: I’m ready to be a better parent/lover/friend!
What you feel: What if my advancements aren’t well received/rejected?

You may see where I’m going with this, but stick around and let me unpack this a bit.

Last month I made a heck of a confession in regards to my overall digestive health.  At that time I vowed to spend some time eliminating what I thought were the sources of the problem, dairy and meat, from my diet.

The truth is I’ve cut down quite a bit, but I haven’t gone 100%. Just the thought of being vegetarian, or even (gulp) vegan is really intimidating.

Unfortunately, so was the physical and mental aspect of act of going cold turkey from them both at the same time.  So this time I’ve devised a multi-step plan.  First on the chopping block is my beloved dairy.

My Truth about Dairy

I don’t consume much, anyway.  I don’t eat much cheese, I drink almond milk instead of regular milk, and stopped eating yogurt some time last year.  But there are a few milk-based vices that I had a hard time letting go of: namely  ice cream, cream cheese and heavy whipping cream.

Why whipping cream you may ask—the answer is quite simple: I use whipping cream as creamer for my coffee.  I little goes a long way, and it makes my java sing!

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Credit: Death to Stock Photo

Unfortunately, of the three things I still consume, this one is the sole culprit of my  GI issues.   I know this, and I have for quite some time.  This isn’t the first time I’ve tried to give it up.  I’ve tried everything, including a number of dairy alternatives like:  powdered non-dairy creamers and non-dairy milk and neither won me over.

  • Powdered creamers—the list of ingredients make me want to drop the canister off at a science lab instead of in my coffee.
  • Non-dairy alternatives—leaves the coffee  flat and unappealing.

The other two, ice cream and cream cheese don’t have as much of an impact on my personal digestion, but if you know like I know, they can be gateways to other yummy dairy foods.

For instance, cream cheese isn’t a problem for me per se,  but when you whip it up with  butter and powdered sugar, you have the makings of some great tasting cream cheese icing.  Ice cream is pretty self- explanatory, don’t you think?  Chocked full of yummy creamy goodness full of nuts and the best of them feature caramel. #yum

But the fact of the matter is, all good things must come to an end.

Moving Forward

So for the next few weeks I’ll be making a slow march toward veganism, one dairy free meal at a time.

Up next—Meat

dun

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