Could I Go Vegan? | My Food Mentality (AD)

Could I Go Vegan? | My Food Mentality (AD)

I’m always looking at what I can do to be better with food.  I’ve gone through various periods of being vegetarian because, every so often, I feel like my body needs a meat break.  However, one thing I have never tried is going vegan.  It’s not that I don’t want to, in fact the idea of veganism does intrigue me.  However, I have thought in detail about why veganism may not be for me.

I’ve wanted to talk about whether I could go vegan for a while, whilst also voicing my concern.  Therefore, when Health Labs contacted me asking to sponsor a blog post* regarding their new vegan test, I felt that now was the time.

Who are Health Labs?

Health labs are a website that allow you to test different things about yourself.  Be that allergies, deficiencies, STD’s, diabetes… The list goes on.  Essentially, you:

  • Order the test you want online (No doctors referral needed)
  • Enter your zip code to find your local health lab (They have over 4500 all over the place)
  • and get your results sent to you within 1-3 days

One thing that sets them apart from similar websites is the fact that they have a vegan test.  This allows those who are vegan to test for any nutrient deficiencies that are more common amongst vegans.  This way, you can monitor those nutrients and ensure that you’re taking the correct supplements/alter your vegan diet.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t test this for myself because their tests are only available in the US.  However, we both agreed that since it was something that appealed to me and I have quite a large percentage of US readers (They make up my second largest viewership), it was still worth letting you all know!

Oh also, they gave me a (Completely non-affiliated, literally only helps you) 25% off code, so use Jasmine25 for 25% off all vegan testing!

A quick note…

Before I go into my reasons for not being vegan, I would like to stress that while I encourage debate I am a human being and I do not want to be attacked. You are welcome to give your opinions and share constructive criticism, but please do not call me a horrible person for eating meat.  I appreciate and have mad respect for every person that is vegan and, as you will see, I try where I can.  So, keep it positive please.

I know that it’s an amazing thing…

I know that we need to save the animals and our ecosystem.  I’m aware that it has health benefits and is a far more accessible lifestyle nowadays.  In all honesty, I try as hard as I can whenever I can.  However, I do have my worries and fears.

I have had past issues restricting food groups

I mention in older posts that I have gone through every fad diet under the sun.  My previous unhealthy relationship with food has led me to cut as many food groups out of my diet as possible, in an attempt to lose weight fast.  I’m a lot better with my mentality when it comes to healthy eating now.  However, I still have down days and I’m aware of my limits (Post on this soon).  One of my biggest worries is that if I started removing so many foods from my diet, my mind would switch to unhealthy real quickly.

I worry that I’d struggle with meals

I love cooking and experimenting with food is one of my favourite things.  However, when it comes to cutting out animal byproducts, I wouldn’t even know where to start.  I feel like this would be less of a problem now, as I am a massive fan of Sophie from Glow Steady’s recipes which are all (Or mostly… I’m not sure) vegan.  However, before really getting into blogging, this was a large concern for me.

I live on a student budget

As a student, I live off of a very strict budget when it comes to food.  I work on getting the most out of as little money as possible.  Cutting out meat would be fine for me, but the second you start cutting out everything animal related, my shopping budget would increase.  I may be able to avoid this with a lot of planning and scheduling.  However, the second I get bogged down with uni work, I resort back to old shopping patterns because I simply don’t have the time for intricate planning and deal hunting.

I don’t know how my body would take it

And that’s where the Health Labs test kicks in.  I don’t know, I’m trying to get a lot better at knowing my body and understanding what it does and doesn’t need.  I’ve been dying to do one of those intolerance tests and seeing how intolerant I am to different things.  My worry is that, because I’m not fully equipped to convert to veganism yet, I wouldn’t properly nourish my body.  I haven’t done enough research yet to maintain a balance of nutrients in a vegan diet.  Until I’ve had time to do that research and planning, it’s just not a viable option for me.

But I do want to change.

Over time, I’ve tried to slowly incorporate more animal free lifestyle choices into my diet.  When at uni I opt for almond milk, I only eat meat 1-2 times a week and I’m slowly making my way around Linda McCartney’s range.  I want to take this further, and I really want to try creating some vegan recipes of my own.  Perhaps I’ll set myself certain days of the week, or start swapping out more products. The truth is, I don’t know if I’ll ever go vegan.  It seems like a lot more commitment than I’m ready for at this moment in time.  However, I definitely want to move further down that spectrum, and I’m excited to see where that takes me.

Thank you so much to Health Labs for sponsoring this post!  If you’re from the US go give them a browse and use code Jasmine25 for 25% off all vegan testing!

 

Does anybody have any positive plant based suggestions for me?  Let me know in the comments!

Lots of love,

Jas xx

 

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*DISCLAIMER* This post was sponsored by healthlabs.com.  However, all opinions are my own.  I pride myself on being honest and genuine, and only work with companies that I feel are a good fit for me or my audience.  If you would like to read more about how I work with companies, you may do so here.

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  1. Greatness Reinvented
    September 10, 2018 / 8:17 am

    Great post and some top points there. With any life choice it has to be right for you at the time. I tried juicing for a month. While I saw great results it wasn’t sustainable for me. But I do still have at least one a day.

    GR | https://www.thegreat.uk

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 10, 2018 / 6:11 pm

      Yeah I agree about doing what’s right! I’ve always wanted to try juicing, but I also feel it wouldn’t be sustainable

      Jas xx

  2. September 10, 2018 / 9:46 am

    Aw what a shame it’s only available in the US, it’s a useful idea! I have so much respect for people like you Jas because going veggie or vegan is a big change and its much better to try and eat less meat and dairy than be someone who rejects the whole idea completely, and ultimately you have to choose a diet that will keep you happy and healthy <3 My biggest tip is to keep eating a really varied diet and take your favourite meals and work out how to make them vegan so you're not missing out at all. And you could always do things like vegan january or meat free Mondays etc 😀 x

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 10, 2018 / 6:12 pm

      Awwwww thank you so much! Yeah I’m definitely going to focus on varying my diet, and I love your tip about switching out the meat in my favourite meals! Thank you so much!

      Jas xx

  3. September 10, 2018 / 10:01 am

    I totally understand what you say about veganism not fitting a student budget and being a bit difficult when it comes to meals. I’ve thought about making more swaps to things like vegan cheese but it’s just so expensive! Personally I’m a veggie and always go for soya milk because that’s a pretty inexpensive swap, and try and use beans as an animal product free protein source. I probably won’t ever go vegan but I like to try and incorporate some vegan products into my diet.

    Megan // https://pixieskiesblog.wordpress.com

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 10, 2018 / 6:14 pm

      I tend to go for almond milk instead of milk at uni because it’s also an inexpensive swap! And I want to get more into beans! I’m with you, veganism looks very hard, but I like incorporating some products in. Thank you so much for the comment!

      Jas xx

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 11, 2018 / 5:07 pm

      Awww, glad to know that you wonder it too!

      Jas xx

  4. September 10, 2018 / 4:24 pm

    I’ve had weird periods in my life too where I’ve completely gone off meat and have had to be vegetarian for short periods of time. It’s like my whenever I’ve reached to eat some, my mind proper tortures me and tells me how wrong it is!? I’ve had a dairy and gluten free period too which was super hard to do both requirements together. Food can be such an issue for a lot of people so I completely understand why there are so many different options and names for different things nowadays and i’d never bash someone for their eating habits! I’d definitely consider Healthlabs for testing whenever I do eventually think about fully going vegan!
    Alice Xx

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 10, 2018 / 6:16 pm

      It’s so weird finding out what works for your body, isn’t it? I’ve tried so many different things and noticed how each one has affected me. Still trying to find what’s quite right for me!

      Jas xx

  5. September 11, 2018 / 1:03 pm

    If veganism is something you definitely want to do, it can actually be really easy! At first it can be ridiculously daunting, but there are so many simple swaps out there and you’ve made such an amazing start with swapping to almond milk! If you ever need any tips or support I’m always here!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 11, 2018 / 4:18 pm

      Thank you so much! I may come to you with advice at some point!

      Jas xx

  6. September 11, 2018 / 8:11 pm

    Really great post! I have been thinking a lot too recently about changing up my diet a bit, all the pints you made were great especially not having the biggest budget and the amount of prep and time it actually takes xx

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 11, 2018 / 9:11 pm

      Thank you! Yeah, making a life choice like this definitely takes some time!

      Jas xx

  7. September 11, 2018 / 8:37 pm

    I’ve been working on my eating habits, making sure I eat more plant based meals and less meat. I’ve made vegan recipes and I love some of the meals I’ve eaten, but as a student I find myself going to what’s cheap and that’s never healthy.. so I want to try and meal prep or come up with food I can have during classes and while on campus instead of spending a lot of money on a cheeseburger or something like that.

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 11, 2018 / 9:15 pm

      Sounds like we’re in very similar positions – good luck!

      Jas xx

  8. September 11, 2018 / 9:02 pm

    I changed to oat drink from dairy milk and can’t drink dairy in my tea now because it tastes horrid.

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 11, 2018 / 9:15 pm

      I tried oat milk and I did like it! I enjoy almond more though!

      Jas xx

  9. September 11, 2018 / 9:39 pm

    I’ve been a vegetarian for a long time now but I’m still not sure if I can go full vegan. I think I love cheese and chocolate too much! I’m the same as you and have started to make small changes like switching to dairy free milk, oat milk is my favourite. I need to give Linda McCartneys range too as the burgers look so good. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Jas <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 12, 2018 / 4:41 pm

      I am such a big lover of cheese! Small changes have been the best for me so far, also Linda McCartney sausages are amazing!

      Jas xx

  10. Lisa's Notebook
    September 11, 2018 / 9:41 pm

    I’ve heard a lot about HealthLabs’ tests, I think they’re such a good idea. Like you, I’m keen on cutting down on meat and dairy but practically speaking it’s hard with two confirmed carnivores in our family. Good luck when you go back to uni, whatever you decide to do! X

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 12, 2018 / 4:42 pm

      Yeah, my family are massive meat eaters too, but hopefully it should be easier at uni!

      Jas xx

  11. September 11, 2018 / 10:37 pm

    Thank you for the lovely mention! I totally appreciate that it isn’t for everyone and different people handle cutting things out differently. I was really careful when I switched to make sure I knew where all of my vitamins and minerals were coming from. I found that my food bill decreased massively when I started eating a vegan diet though. I think the idea that it’s too expensive is a really popular myth because certain ‘super food’ ingredients are really expensive. Almond is always my milk of choice too x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 12, 2018 / 4:45 pm

      No problem Sophie, you deserve the mention! Yeah, I want to slowly start switching more and more things, and that’s really interesting what you said about the price!

      Jas xx

  12. September 12, 2018 / 3:42 pm

    I did a similar post when I worked with Health Labs and I was worried that I’d get attacked too because I’m not Vegan either. Although I have started introducing Soy milk into my diet in replace of regular milk in a lot of things and you know I actually prefer it! I also eat Alpro Vegan yoghurts and always try and chose vegan options in cafes etc! I’ve had disordered eating in the past too and that’s definitely a valid reason why we need to be careful about our diets and especially changing them so dramatically! xxx

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 12, 2018 / 6:07 pm

      Yeah, I was really worried that I’d get attacked, but I’m so happy with how well people have taken it! I love tha Alpro chocolate yoghurt! And yeah, we both definitely both have a valid reason to take it easy with restricting foods

      Jas xx

  13. September 12, 2018 / 8:12 pm

    Great post, I really enjoyed reading it xx

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 12, 2018 / 8:13 pm

      Thank you!

      Jas xx

  14. September 12, 2018 / 8:26 pm

    Unfortunately, I don’t think I can help you with some useful advice, since I have never been vegan myself, although I have been vegetarian. I know there are many amazing vegans on youtube and sometimes I do watch some (from fitness community) to inspire myself what to eat, but I was never a vegan.

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 12, 2018 / 10:56 pm

      Yeah, I’m definitely going to check out Youtube!

      Jas xx

  15. September 12, 2018 / 8:30 pm

    I wouldn’t be able to go vegan I’m way too fussy with food I’d probably only be able to eat 2 meals for the rest of my life but I take my hat off to people who manage it!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com xx

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 12, 2018 / 10:56 pm

      Yeah, I take my hat off to those people too!

      Jas xx

  16. September 13, 2018 / 5:07 pm

    Great post! It’s always a difficult topic to discuss, especially on a public forum; I hope no one attacks you for not becoming a vegan bc that’s the worst!

    Carla x

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 13, 2018 / 5:14 pm

      Honestly I was so worried about posting it because I didn’t want to be attacked, but I’ve actually had such a positive response at the moment, it’s restored my faith!

      Jas xx

  17. September 13, 2018 / 5:23 pm

    I think I could go vegetarian but vegan would be very hard for me. I admire people who can do it and give up on so many foods. Also, I’d be afraid that my budget would be spent too fast.

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 13, 2018 / 8:34 pm

      Yeah, I could definitely see myself as a vegetarian, but yeah, vegan would be a lot more difficult

      Jas xx

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 13, 2018 / 8:34 pm

      Yeah, if it was available in the UK I would most definitely try it!

      Jas xx

  18. September 13, 2018 / 6:06 pm

    Wow I loved reading this post. It such a thoughtful insight into how you decide what diet you choose and I completely agree with you. I feel like I could go vegetarian as I don’t eat any red meat so that would be easy for me but I don’t know if I could go vegan. Having PCOS means I need certain foods so I’d have to do a lot of research into it. Great post and I also love Sophie’s recipes, they’re fab! Great post Jas
    Liz xx

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 13, 2018 / 8:36 pm

      Thank you so much! Also, Sophie’s recipes are absolutely amazing aren’t they?

      Jas xx

  19. September 13, 2018 / 7:55 pm

    I love this post and totally relate! I try and cut down my meat and animal product consumption but I don’t think I’ll ever be vegan because I’m really fussy with food and don’t like a lot of the alternatives.

    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 13, 2018 / 8:38 pm

      Yeah, I think by cutting down we’re still making a difference!

      Jas xx

  20. September 14, 2018 / 5:20 am

    becoming vegan (or even just vegetarian) would be a huge lifestyle change, so it’s great that you are really thinking it through beforehand! love that you are limiting your meat intake, which is something i try to do as well. i’m a picky eater though, so i know veganism wouldn’t be for me (among other reasons). good for you for considering it!

    – cassy | blissfullyher.com

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 14, 2018 / 12:03 pm

      Thank you! Yeah, it’s such a big lifestyle change, hence the thought process

      Jas xx

  21. September 14, 2018 / 3:13 pm

    Health Labs seems great for people who are worried if they are deficient in anything; and it’s even better that they have tests tailored to different lifestyles such as if you were vegan or vegetarian they know exactly what the look for in terms of deficiency.

    I personally eat meat maybe 2-3 times a week at most but I also have days where I’m eating quinoa and grilled vegetables. It’s all about balance. I also can relate to cutting out food groups, I realized that as I had a few hospital scares this summer that me constricting what I was eating sort of deprived my body of the energy it needed. Since then I just make sure I have a balance and not be too hard on myself. Maybe after you finish school you can slowly make changes to your eating habits so that way you aren’t stressed with both school work + meals!

    If you’re looking for some vegan recipes I would definitely recommend checking out @glowsteadyy (on twitter) blog!

    Sahara
    http://saharas-dreams.blogspot.com

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 14, 2018 / 9:11 pm

      Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment! I absolutely love Sophie’s recipes!

      Jas xx

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