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  • Writer's pictureTlalane Manciya

Going vegan for the month of October

Before reading this - please know that this post is definetely not some kind of vegan propaganda where I try and convince you to switch to this lifestyle. This post is more about sharing my own experiences and this journey. Thank you.

No meat, no fish, no dairy and no eggs for a month - yes, you read correctly :-)

Let me first start with a simple explanation of what a vegan diet is? A vegan diet is made up of plant-based foods such as vegetables, grains, nuts and fruits, as well as foods made from plants. Vegans do not eat foods that comes from animals, so this includes dairy products, eggs, meat, fish and honey.

The thought of removing animal products from my diet has always been one of the things that has always been in my mind for years for several reasons, but since it is not easy, it wasn't something I was ready to do until I was mentally prepared and educated enough to start on this journey, no matter how short it may seem.

Meat and dairy are central to my life, growing up food was about meat and dairy, but mostly meat, a meal wasn't a meal without meat - so dropping meat completely is going to be a challenge.....that i'm willing to do..

As many would like to know why I decided to embark on this experiment, answers vary and it is something that for years has been on my mind, and at the time giving up somethings seemed impossible, like milk - as much as there are other alternatives, I wasn't ready to try them. I knew I had to be in a good space to finally do it and I finally feel ready, and these are my reasons for deciding to go vegan for a month.

  1. The curiosity of wanting to know how my body would feel going without animal products.

  2. It is a great opportunity for me to learn about nutrition and improve my diet, as this will give me a chance to explore new ways of eating healthily.

  3. Change of lifestyle. Going vegan not only reinvents my relationship with food but gives me an opportunity to view food differently.

  4. This is on my bucket list, so why wait any longer?

I am a very positive person and would like to believe that this journey will have positive impacts, but I'm also realistic and know that anything is possible, every day will be different, and I will need to focus and keep going. I am feeling optimistic about the adventure ahead of me.

So my dear friends, my commitment is to be a vegan for the entire month of October and chronicle my journey (observations and experiences) for all those interested here. So do stay tuned as I share my journey with you!

Thank you reading.

What are your thoughts on a vegan diet?

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